If I play a reasonable 120 hours a month, the data looks like this. I have a (slightly) higher chance of going busto because my expenses catch up to me:
But all in all you have to admit that these numbers are extremely good. Historically my WR has been near the top of the range of values I used, and the Commerce games seem to be even better than the ones I'm used to in the Bay Area. So I'm willing to say that free-lancing presents a less than 5% risk of me going busto.
Now on to the prop job, which is much more difficult to compute since there are a lot more variables to consider. Again I start with $14K and have expenses of $2K per month. I assume 1000 hours worked in 6 months, and use my numbers from a pitiful 5.5 shifts of propping to access how often I'll be in which game (which so far are 8 hours of 20/40, 18 hours of 40/80 and 18 hours of sitting around). I also use my $440/hour StDev for 20/40, but drop my WR all the way down to $25/hour for that game. The games honestly haven't been that good, and most of the time I'm in them I sit with like 2-3 props. There are still fish and I think I'll still win, but nowhere near what I could free-lancing with table selection and away from my fellow 40/80 props. My 40/80 StDev is going to be much higher in terms of big bets per hour, because the game is going to be short handed and more aggressive. This is just true, trust me. So again I put in some numbers with two StDevs (12 and 14 big bets per hour) with varying win rates. The problem here is that I have no idea what my true win rate is in this game:
As you can see, if the StDev is as high as I think and my win rate as low as I fear, continuing to prop would incur a pretty substantial p(busto). Something like .1 seems reasonable, although it could be as high as .2 and realistically can't be below .05.
So what am I gonna do? I'm gonna think about it some more :)
As an add on here, I'd like to point out that the $14K is not "all the money I have in the world". It's not even really very close. It's just all the money I've decided I'm willing to lose on what was supposed to be just "a shot" in the first place. Second of all it is my hope to play 4 figures of hands online per week either way, shooting for more in the 2000 range if I go free lance. It is my hope that this experience will make me better and add a little to my bottom line. I left it out of the calculations here, though, just for simplicity.