We may be talking about a difference of only .216% here!
Imagine a number-line on a wall. This number-line starts at 0 on the left and goes to 100 on the right. There's a point on this number-line which represents the advantage/disadvantage of the H17 rule. If we consider the number "50" to be the break-even point (meaning that the H17 rule would have absolutely no impact on the player's advantage at all), then Bootlegger's figure of .215% would be represented by a point on the number-line situated at ~49.8925.
Based on your arguments for H17, how much advantage do you think the H17 rule provides the player? One percent? Half-a-percent? One quarter-of-a-percent? At a one-percent advantage, your point on our number-line would be situated at 50.5. At a half-a-percent advantage, your point would be at 50.25, and at a quarter-of-a-percent, your point would be located at 50.125.
Now, take a step back and look at our number-line. Based solely on your estimate, without doing any number-crunching whatsover, your estimate of the H17 advantage/disadvantage has come incredibly close to the "real" figure provided by those who actually DID do the number-crunching. If you believe that the player has a quarter-of-a-percent advantage, your strictly mental arrival at that figure may only be off by a factor of 1% (50.125 vs the actual 49.8925). That's a pretty damn good mental esitmate! It just so happens to be slightly on the opposite side of the mid-point of our number-line in this instance. Those are the breaks.
If you were to try to tell us that the player's advantage is somewhere in the neighborhood of 10%, I'd tell you that your perception is way off. I don't really have a problem with anyone who arrives at the (mistaken) conclusion that H17 is slightly better for the player, once I understand that he's reached that conclusion strictly via mental gymnastics. There are, however, plenty of people who've already taken the time to do the number-crunching for us. Their results have been checked and re-checked, so I don't understand why you'd voluntarily choose to ignore their conclusions and go strictly with your own perceptions. If you want to crunch your own numbers, by all means be my guest, but I doubt that many people here are interested in re-inventing the wheel just to answer your question, particularly when your mental perception is already so incredibly close to the reality.