You always want to know more about me, so let me pull back the curtain and tell you everything!
Nature and Travel
· Favorite color? Blue
· The coolest natural wonder I've ever seen? Niagara Falls
· The most fun road trip I've ever taken, where and with whom? Alabama Road trip from Toronto with college friends
· The best place I have ever traveled; where I'd spend my whole life if I could? Marco and I both said we could see ourselves living in Melbourne, Australia
· Favorite environmental sound (rain, thunder, etc.)? Do crickets count? Otherwise rain/ocean waves
· The prettiest natural landscape I've ever seen? Niagara Falls
· My favorite type of wild weather? Rain misting with a rainbow and sun
· The most scared I've been by a bug or critter? Seeing my first "spider" in El Salvador
· My favorite flower, purchased? sunflowers
· My favorite flower or plant, personally grown? Birds of Paradise
· My favorite flowers to receive in a delivery? Not a big flower person, I prefer to give them!
Food and Drink
· Favorite meal out, ever? 71 above in DT LA
· Favorite food I've cooked? Wild Mushroom Risotto
· Favorite food from childhood? Homemade Lasagna
· Favorite drink on a hot summer day (include event)? Alcohol?
· Favorite drink on a cold winter night (include event)? Alcohol.
· Favorite total meal that I cook (list all items)? Barbecued Burgers, BBQ Veggies including Corn on the Cob, homemade sweet potato fries
· The best cup of coffee I've ever had El Salvador
· The best dessert I've ever eaten? Tiramisu in Paris, France
· Favorite junk food? Doritos
· Favorite pizza toppings? Pepperoni and Mushroom
· The one "splurge" grocery item I have never yet splurged on? I generally splurge lol
· My favorite cooking or kitchen smell? Bacon
· The one food item I can never run out of? coffee and tea
· Favorite dinner my mom made? Lasagna
· Favorite ice cream ever, and from where? Salted Caramel from Salted Straw
· Favorite alcoholic beverage? Old Fashioned
· Favorite dessert? Tiramisu
· Favorite cereal? Honey Nut Cheerios or Granola
· Favorite type of cuisine? Most Asian including Thai and Indian
Hobbies and Entertainment
· Favorite car I've owned? Still on my first car, haha. Ford Fusion 2013 baby!
· Favorite hobby activity that makes me get lost for hours? GAMBLING!!
· The most important tool in my craft or hobby kit? scissors
· The coolest handmade gift I ever gave anyone? I made Marco a menu for our trip to Paris
· The most fun game I've ever played? Mouse Trap
· Favorite movie of all time? Willy Wonka (the original!)
· Favorite horror movie? Scream
· Favorite TV show? This is Us
· Favorite book of all time? The Alchemist
· Favorite TV rerun I could watch 50 times? Will and Grace
· The most treasured book in my library? Managing yourself
· Favorite musician? Jann Arden
· Famous person I've admired, living or dead, whom I'd most like to meet? Abbott and Costello
· Favorite artist? Shag
· Favorite song? You are Everything by Jann Arden. When Marco and I first heard this live in concert, we swore it was written just for us.
· Favorite guilty pleasure band? Damien Rice
· Favorite song I ever danced to; with whom? Home by Michael Buble, with Marco at our wedding
· The most competent activity I do? Work hard
· The favorite picture I've ever taken? Marco and I in a hot air balloon
· Favorite instrument? Violin
· Favorite sport? Baseball
· Song that makes me move no matter how bad I feel? Happy
· The best paid entertainment I've ever seen? Cirque du Soleil
· The most fun sporting event I ever attended? Blue Jays
People and Family
· Favorite conversation I've ever had with a person? Danielle and I could talk for hours!
· Teacher who changed my life, and why? Mr.Gaskin got me hooked on computers
· Professional mentor who changed my life, and why? Marco is a huge inspiration to me, he's so smart and has so many admirable qualities
· The hardest question a child has ever asked me? How old are you?
· The most important time I've had to "be there" for a friend? My old buddy Al.
· My favorite non-relative adult growing up? my neighbors
· My favorite aunt or uncle? My aunt Marj and uncle Pat I've always looked up to
· My favorite moment as a parent? N/A
· Nicest thing I've ever done for a little kid? I tipped a father/son duo $100 last month in Vegas while street performing
· My favorite moment as a sister or brother? Being in my sister and brother’s wedding parties
· My favorite moment as a spouse or significant other? Every time we work well together as a team
· My favorite moment as a daughter or son? Surprising my parents with a 20th Anniversary party when I was 10 years old!
· The one person I loved who never knew? Jonathan Taylor Thomas
· Favorite person to take a walk on a beach or in the woods with? Marco
· The kindest thing a stranger ever did for me? Held a door open
· The kindest thing I ever did for a stranger? I love tipping for great service
· My favorite patriotic experience? I hosted a 150th Birthday party for Canada
· My biggest moment of celebrity? Working opposite Lee Tergesen in BBC's Copper
· The closest call I've ever had? Getting hit by a car while riding my bike
· My most suspenseful moment? Every time I play $100 Wheel of Fortune
· My most unexpected achievement? Named Junior Citizen of the Year in Burlington, Canada
· The happiest moment I can remember? The day I saw Marco for the first time
· The best anonymous thing I have ever done or given? Donations
· The most healthy and vital time in my life? Being Vegan
· The worst thing I ever got away with? I get caught for everything I do :p
· The hardest I ever laughed in my life was...? with my friend Julie
· The biggest secret I still safeguard? (Don't reveal it!) That time that I accidentally...
· The most significant change I've had to go through and how it made me better? Moving to a country where you have no friends or family. It made me much stronger and more self-reliant.
· My "biggest deal" memory of childhood? Getting 5 runs in a baseball game when I was 6 years old!
· Best Sunday afternoon I ever had? Staying in bed watching GOT with Marco
· Most fun I ever had on a Saturday night? Hanging out with my friends chilling over drinks and music
· The best advice I've ever been given? Do what makes you happy, don't work for money
· The best advice I've ever given? Be a failure at what you love
· The best birthday I ever had and why? My first one in California because it could be held outdoors! (no snow!)
· The most exciting secret I've ever been told? When my friends were pregnant!
· My favorite story or experience with the paranormal? Boo Hoo, nothing to report
· If I could go anywhere, be with anyone, be doing anything, right now: Where? Who? What? Hawaii, Marco, Resort and Hammock
· If I had one hour to live, what would I spend it doing? Calling and messaging as many people as I could to let them know I loved them and that they left an impact on my life.
· Perfect day out: what, where, with whom? Dinner and Drinks, Pub, friends
· The one item I would take to the desert island? WIFI
· My favorite paid employment, ever? Camp Counselor for an Arts Camp
· My greatest skill (past or current)? Overworking
· Most rewarding time I've ever spent volunteering? I used to volunteer at an Alzheimer’s home in Canada
· Favorite perfume? Givenchy
· Favorite household cleaner smell? the ones you can't smell
· Favorite outdoor smell? fresh cut grass or a campfire
· Favorite smell from childhood? Grandma's perfume
· Favorite baked good to smell? bread
Pets and Animals
· Favorite pet I ever had? My cat, Mister P
· The most unusual pet I've ever had? Hampster, Chipper
· Best time I've had playing with a pet? Bringing Mister P to the park
· Favorite type of pet? Cat
· Favorite animal? Pug
· Favorite dinosaur? T-Rex
· Favorite bird? Hummingbird
Material Items and Beauty
· Favorite item to go shopping for with a friend? Christmas presents for friends and family
· My best hair day ever? I haven't a clue lol
· The best gift I've ever gotten: what and from whom? Tickets to see Broadway show from Marco
· My favorite piece of jewelry I've ever bought for myself? I don't wear jewelry
· The prettiest shiny object I've ever owned? My wedding ring
· My favorite fabric material? Flannel
· My one favorite item of clothing? My Rude Sweatshirt
· Favorite item no one knows I own? Old War medals that someone threw to the trash
· Favorite hair color? Blue
· Favorite type of jewelry? My Wedding Ring
· Favorite type of shoes? My comfy blue Nike's
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Della Yong asks,
"Stopping the Reels - Which is better, allowing the reels to spin freely or use the start/stop option? Does it matter?"
We all like to think we have a secret to winning. We KNOW how to win, and we CAN control the outcome. The reality is that we can NOT outsmart a computer. Repeat after me...
The SECOND you hit the Spin button (or pull the handle), the outcome has already been decided.
“Oh no Brian, whenever I see two bonus symbols I always stop the reels and 9 times out of 10 it works!”. I do love your optimism, however just like you cannot stop a speeding train like Superman, you cannot stop the reels to affect its outcome. It just can’t be done. Ever. Ever.
That said, I still give myself credit for stopping the reels and getting the bonus even though I had zero impact on the outcome. I did it! :p
So in answer to your question: which is better – stopping the reels or letting them spin freely? It doesn’t matter. Since slot machines run on random number generators (RNG’s), the only thing stopping the reels does is change the timing of your next spin which evidently will be hit at a different micro-second. Same goes for a bonus if you stop the reels, it alters the next spin (just not the one already in motion).
But to all the Super heroes out there, keep on keeping on! And be sure to tag me in your upcoming Instagram photos and stories using @BCSlots and be on the lookout for exclusive giveaways on there like we did last month!
Brian Christopher xoxo ❤️
Do you have what it takes to be a Rudie?
The Rudies Club is a private group of people who have a common interest and love for gambling and especially my channel, Brian Christopher Slots, on YouTube. The name itself was voted on by its members and chosen based on my regular use of the catchphrase "RUDE."
When creating this group, I wanted it to more than just a ‘fan club’, and more about the community itself. Our Rudies come from all walks of life and 12 different countries around the world. It is a page where we respect each other, are positive with our posts and encouraging of each other.
We even have many #Rudies4Life members, in fact 616 of our members have been with us for over a year, so we must be doing something right! But hey, don’t take it from me, here are some posts from Rudies members themselves on what the Rudies means to them…
So what does being a Rudie get you?
AND A LOT MORE….
Everything listed above comes at our base level for only $5 per month. Consider upping your pledge to receive even more perks like:
To become a Rudies Member only take a minute, but it’s an experience that will last a long time. There’s no obligation to sign up and you can come and go whenever you choose. Check out our page and find the tier that’s right for you!
Whether you join or not is not what is important, it's that you share the spirit of the channel and are able to enjoy the videos I post daily. #RudieLuck to everyone!
And in case you needed another reason to join us, here are a few more quotes from the Rudies about why they decided to join the fam...
Brian xoxo ❤️
What is the advantage of playing the four games compared to the one game. – Judy Hayes
Is more always better? It can be....
Have you ever seen anyone playing more than one machine at a time? Not only is it a pet peeve of mine, it also looks freakin’ hilarious! Wonder 4 Games (and those like them) have taken over casinos to allow players to play 4 of one game at once, or a combination of 4 different titles, with a single spin. It truly is marketing genius.
Wonder 4 Wonder Wheel
So are the odds any better? YES! Your chances of getting a jackpot or bonus have now quadrupled!! Is the payout percentage higher? NO! So although you may have additional chances of winning a jackpot or getting a bonus, it’s only because you’re physically playing 4 machines at once. Here’s the big difference…
For example, if your normal bet on Buffalo Gold is $2.40 a spin, and then you move over to a Wonder 4 machine and play all 4 Buffalo Golds - in order to be eligible to win the same amounts, you would have to bet FOUR TIMES MORE money. In order to keep your payouts consistent, your bet should be $9.60! Since that is too much to bet for most people who are comfortable with the $2.40 bet, they’ll do that same bet here…except that it’s the same as betting 60 cents a game and getting paid out on 60 cent spins.
Buffalo Gold on Wonder 4 Wonder Wheel
If that’s the case, then what exactly is the advantage of playing a wonder 4 game? The main one is that you have 4 chances to get a bonus on a single spin. On top of this they’ve also added progressive jackpots to the game which actually means that the game is a little more volatile han a regular machine in order to payout large progressive amounts.
So are Wonder 4 machines better than playing a single game? No….but they could be. As always, it comes down to LUCK and TIMING. It’s almost as if the guy who coined the phrase ‘it’s all about timing’ knew what he was talking about or something! 😂Here's a look at my first progressive win EVER on a wonder 4 game! Enjoy!
Brian Christopher xoxo ❤️
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John Lloyd asks, Do casinos make slots machines loose when they first introduce them at their casinos?
This is a topic that I’m asked about a lot, something my buddy Jason often refers to as slot machines being in their ‘honeymoon phase’, where casinos want to hook you in with a NEW game and loosen the slot. Is this true or just a myth?
I find this to be in a very similar category to beliefs that slots are tighter on weekends, holidays or during renovations. It’s very easy to ‘stereotype’ a machine based on the first time you play it, or during a big win or loss. But here are some of the most important lessons to learn…
So no, just because it’s a new machine, doesn’t mean anything. I relate it to a brand-new restaurant opening. Do you think that on opening week they will provide the best service with quality ingredients and give you your full money’s worth….and then by week 6 decide that they will start providing poorer service and lower grade foods in the hopes that you’ll continue to keep coming and paying the same amount? If that were the case, they would go out of business rather quickly. In the same sense, casinos are not going to tighten machines at a later date in the hopes you won’t notice – because we WILL notice and just go to another casino instead. They have a lot on the line too and they have to keep competitive with other casinos – not to mention they have to follow strict laws and guidelines.
I can probably name a dozen brand new slots I lost my butt on and a dozen brand new slots where I won big on from the start. In the end, it’s all about timing, a little bit of luck and lining it up! Here’s an example of when I first played Tarzan and hit a jackpot…and never hit a thing on it again. And another where I created a whole video of myself ALWAYS losing on Wonder 4 and named it the "Worst slot machine to ever to have been made" when it first came out, only to end up falling in love with the game and getting multiple jackpots on it in the future. Find the game that excites you, put in a bill, and try your luck at it. In the words of Forest ‘BC’ Gump, Life is like a slot machine, ‘you never know what you’re gonna get’. More on Wonder 4 style games in a couple weeks…
Brian Christopher xoxo ❤️
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One of my Rudies has a bunch of questions for me: What inspires you outside of casino gambling? What do you see as essential qualities in being a great friend? You see your Rudies as family. I am very impressed by that. That loyalty is ingrained in your personality. Methinks your own family was very instrumental in instilling that quality in you. As well as the kindness and acceptance that you exude. What constitutes a bad day for you? What makes it better? - Cathy Zawacki
Thanks for all the questions Cathy! Outside of gambling, family is very important to me. I've always been an extremely sensitive and sentimental person (though YouTube sure has toughened me up, haha). I'm inspired a lot by my family, by seniors in general and those who fight to make our world a better place in every way. Even seeing an older person who reminds me of my grandparents gets me teary eyed. Just last week at Plaza Casino I couldn't stop staring at this old man playing poker on an old coin machine, and the joy he exuded when he hit 5 Aces! He was so proud that he pulled out his flip phone (awwww!!!) and messaged someone quickly. In comes his twenty or thirty something nephew to celebrate with him. That whole silly moment got me so emotional. So yes, inspired by family and beautiful people.
I have many life-long friends back in Canada and have made more in the US. It's important to remember where you came from and to keep in touch. I'm not the best at that, but do try to see everyone when I visit family in Toronto once a year. The single most important aspect to being a good friend in my opinion would probably be listening and understanding their side. Personally, I've always had a hard time speaking my emotions in person, but it is something I'm working on. And yes, my Rudies are like family. After moving to Los Angeles, Marco and I left all of our family behind. We just have each other, our friends and our Rudies. And because the Rudies are so damned like-able, they make it easy to love them so much. I've never been a part of a group so accepting, so positive and so lucky, haha. If I had a nickel for every time they landed the grand on a 50c bet 😂.
Every good quality I hold was instilled in me at a young age by my parents. They're exceptionally great role models and I always ask myself what they would do in certain circumstances in life, because they just made it all look so easy.
We all have bad days. Sometimes I get in a depressed state of mind and there's nothing that can take me out of it. Marco will ask me what's wrong, and I sometimes can't put my finger on it. It could be as simple as 1 out of 100 comments being negative towards me, or the fact that my numbers are sliding, or that I just didn't get enough sleep. I don't think I'm any different from anyone else in this, and that we all get down on ourselves at one time or another. If we didn't, we wouldn't be able to really delve inside of ourselves and find out who we really are. I always question myself on how I can improve in life, or how I can bring more joy to others. If we do only really have one life to live, I may as well try and make it the best for me and those I surround myself with. The best remedy for me is time and decompression. I really think I'd benefit from meditating, but I don't think I have the patience for it, haha. Going to bed and waking up are the worst for me because my mind will never turn off! It's a blessing and a curse I suppose, haha.
So yes, outside of gambling, I love my family, my friends and my life. Not everything is going to be perfect, but that's life. If everything in life were easy what would the point be? For those times when life gets you down, if you have any ideas on how I can get out of a 'funk' or sleep better, feel free to let me know on our Facebook Post for this blog, or share a photo of yourself doing it on Instagram and tagging @BCSlots.
Or to see a sure way of me having a good time, check out this live video with my bestie Slot Queen as we gambled the night away at the Casino!
-Brian Christopher xoxo ❤️
People often ask me what their budget should be for the casino. The simple answer is that it should be whatever you're comfortable losing! So let's say you only have $500 for a weekend or $50 for a day. What should you play?
Personally, it takes me 90 minutes to get to my 'local' casino, one way! So I won't be making that drive with a $50 budget as it would cost that much to get there in gas, haha. Regardless, let me entertain that notion.
$50 is not a lot of money, especially when you're considering using it to gamble with and potentially lose. I have lost $50 in a single spin many times, haha. Don't get me wrong, I have friends who have played on $20 for an hour betting 8 cents a spin. If that's your prerogative, go for it! However if you have $50, then keep to those 50cent spins or under. It may sound small, but that's only 100 spins and that may not be enough to even land a bonus. Perhaps get yourself 10 $5 bills and pick out 10 games to play. After 10 spins, re-evaluate if you want to keep spinning or continue playing. Trust your instinct because if you don't, you'll hate yourself for it later and you'll get in a sour mood. Keep that smile people, you're supposed to be having FUN!
$500 Weekend Budget
Say you're going to Vegas for the weekend and you want your money to last the entirety of your stay. Well you better be strong willed and ensure you follow a plan. For starters, you can forget about the high limit room! It's easy to get carried away on your first night and lose it all, so bring some envelopes! Label the envelopes by date and time (because you know once midnight strikes, that next days budget could be gone in a blink of an eye!). The first day give yourself a little less than a third of your budget, say $150. That way if you lose it all, it won't hurt as much and you'll still have a positive outlook on the weekend. If you lost half right away, you may be swayed to bet higher the next day to try and re-coop your funds which is a huge no-no! Better still, give yourself 3 envelopes for the night with $50 in each for 6pm, 9pm and 11pm! Don't put $20 bills in there because you're bound to lose it all at once. Use $5 bills. The act of continuously putting money in the machine should be enough for your brain to catch on the fact that you're losing your butt. Once the first envelope is done, go and refresh in your room, grab a bite or sip on a cocktail at the bar. The whole point is to keep that positive energy going and staying active. Bad mojo can ruin it all for you, so have fun with a realistic outlook.
What to Play?
There are volatile machines (tough to win on, but when you do it can be huge) and there are non-volatile machines (pays out more frequently but at lower amounts). Of course they don't label that for us, so you'll have to go by memory of watching my videos. Another trick is that progressive machines (ones with large jackpots that keep progressively rising) tend to be a bit more volatile. At a low budget you'll want to keep your bets low. Even at a $3 max bet, your $50 budget can be gone in as little as 17 spins, or 1 minute. So be smart. If you're a Rudies member, you've seen dozens of Rudies win huge jackpots at 50cent or 80 cent bets, so don't think for a second you have to max bet. Keep your max to $2 or under per spin. Honestly whenever I max bet, I swear everyone sitting beside me betting 8 cents or 50cents a spin gets that bonus 3 times as often as I do. So take the pressure off, get your free drinks from the servers while betting 18 cents and and have fun!
If luck is on your side and you find yourself UP $100 for example, don't take that as a sign to start upping your bets. That is a sure way to lose it twice as quickly. Keep to the same level of bets that got you the wins in the first place. It must be working!
Make it FUN!
Turn it into a game and give each envelope a purpose. Perhaps you want to only play one style of game, or only play until you get a bonus, or only do 20 spins per machine. One of my favorite things to do is play until you make 5 times your bet back and get off. Or cash out after you make a profit, even if it's after the first spin! Maybe you want to take some bigger chances, so allocate one of your envelopes for $3 spins on a non-volatile game. If you lose it, well you still have another 9 envelopes, so no biggie. But at least you gave in to some of that temptation.
Group Pull it UP!
Playing with friends? Pool your money and that $50 budget is now $100! Take turns spinning and set up some rules and follow a game plan together. It definitely helps you be more accountable when you play with friends....so long as they are as responsible as you and follow the rules!
Celebrate the small wins!
You're betting 50 cents a spin and you just had a $50 win when your whole budget was $50? Take that money and stash it away in your Winners Bank!! You basically just won the lottery (seriously, the machine was meant to TAKE your money, not give it away), so rejoice and take it home with you. Even if you're up $10 on a machine, take that money and run. You beat the system!
Notice I've used the term "lose it all" quite a bit. That's because the odds are forever in the favor of the casino. If you lose, you really don't 'lose', because you came and had an adrenaline rush of gambling and that is an accomplishment and a win. And hey, if you went away with some of your original money, or with a profit - then amazing! I'd say I leave a casino with a winning trip on 1 out of every 5 trips. Sometimes I'll have three back to back winning trips, but that usually is followed up by a big slump. Winning money or even jackpots is never a given, it's a bonus! Go to the casino for the experience, for the excitement and with a donation in hand! Win or lose, you have accomplished your mission if you leave the casino satisfied and with a smile on your face.
I'll end with something to make you think twice about splurging on higher bets. Here are my top 5 Jackpots by bet amount, win and payout percentage. Notice which one OBLITERATED the other bets by payout, it's unreal!
Wheel of Fortune - $50 Bet, $10,000 Win, 200xWin
Cleopatra 2 - $9 Bet, $7385 Win, 820xWin
Triple, Double Red Hot Strike - $10 Bet, $11,250 Win, 1125xWin
Double Easy Money - $6 Bet, $10,000 Win, 1666xWin
>>Mighty Cash - $0.80 Bet, $7234 Win, 9042xWin
Brian Christopher xoxo ❤️
What's the Difference between Vegas-style Slot Machines (Class III) and 'Bingo' Slot Machines (Class II) found at Indian Casinos?
I am proud to announce that this weeks blog is written by guest writer, and Rudies Member, Joshua O'Connell from KnowYourSlots.com.
If you’ve been around slots for a bit, you might have heard the terms Class II and Class III machines. Or you might have heard about random number generators or Bingo machines. If you’re wondering what this is all about, today’s blog post is for you.
Defining Class II and Class III Gaming Machines
The actual terms Class II and Class III come from federal regulations of Native American gaming, specifically in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which became law in 1988. The terms have spread beyond those casinos, for reasons that will be clear later, but this is where they came from. In a nutshell, here are the basic ideas of each as outlaid in federal law:
So how are there Class II Slot Machines? Well, they’re not really slots, even though they look an awful lot like them. Let’s define a Class III slot machine, otherwise known as a Vegas-style slot machine, and then we’ll discuss how Class II differs.
Class III: Vegas-Style Slot Machines
Class III slot machines are the ones you traditionally find in Vegas. The outcome of the game is defined by random-number generators, or RNGs, that is constantly running inside the game, generating new numbers. When you hit the play (or repeat bet) button, the RNG number (or numbers; as each reel could be controlled by its own RNG on some games) active at that time is locked in. The outcome of the game is looked up and rendered in the form of the reels spinning to a stop (mechanical reels) or animated to a stop (video slot machines).
When you hear Brian talk about “It’s all about timing,” that’s what is going on here - the exact moment you press that button the random number generated at that same moment is the one that is used to generate the results you see on your screen. Hit it a split second earlier or later and you would have ended up with a different number (thus a different outcome).
Since you lock in that number the moment you hit play, stopping the reels quickly will not change the outcome. The outcome was already decided when you started the reels spinning. What it would do is change the timing of your next spin.
Class II: Bingo Machines
A Class II machine is a device that is supposed to aid you in playing Bingo. If you’ve gone to a Bingo Hall and seen the electronic devices that some use to play the game, that’s generally the idea.
Someone smarter than most of us realized that another way that Bingo could be “helped” by a device was a visual game not unlike the look and feel of a slot machine. In it, you electronically place a bet on a game, and the outcome of whether you win or lose rendered in the form of an entertaining device (slot machine-like device), but the game you were actually playing was Bingo. The machine “aids” you by kindly taking your bets and showing you if you won. (How nice of it!)
Unlike Vegas-style slots, Bingo games’ outcomes are not determined inside the machine, or the moment you press a button. Yours and other wagers and bingo cards in a set of machines are pooled into a time-delineated bingo game (effectively all wagers within a tiny window of time, generally a handful of milliseconds), the balls drawn, and the outcomes returned to the machine in short order. Games generally need a certain number of players (although some systems allow as few as 2) and the game has to be completed to show everyone the outcomes; that’s why occasionally when playing a bingo machine it may take a bit longer to render the outcomes.
photo from RandomSlots
Bingo games were popularized in some states by the company VGT, now owned by Aristocrat, and a lot of investments in the idea and the system were made by the Seminole tribe in Florida. You can spot them pretty clearly as a bingo card is placed on the screen and the games are rendered against the cards as the slot reels are spinning. Some players have played them enough to be able to spot winning/losing patterns on the cards faster than the reels can render.
Does One Pay Better Than the Other?
Paybacks on Class III machines are set machine by machine - the casino decides what they want to pay back out of a selection of a half dozen or so choices. Most casinos will select the setting closest to what they want to achieve for that denomination(s) across their gaming floor.
Similarly, a tribe can set the Bingo prize levels to achieve the payback they wish to see for the game. As such, both have a level of control for the casino to decide what they want to pay.
Accordingly, neither will guarantee to pay better than the other; it’s up to the casinos themselves to make that call, as long as it meets the state-mandated minimums, which are usually laughably low compared to what most casinos actually pay back.
Many players will find it frustrating to learn that most tribes are not required to report their payback percentages. Some, like in Connecticut, do, because of the agreements they made with the state, but that’s an exception.
If I Don’t See a Bingo Card, Does That Mean It’s a Vegas-Style Machine?
Not necessarily. Some states, like New York, allow for other types of games that are also not governed by an RNG, but aren’t bingo either. Sites like the American Casino Guide give you a breakdown state by state of the games offered and by who, and can help you figure it out a bit. Some games act like virtual scratch-off cards, and some even use historical horse racing results to determine the outcome.
Many of these other alternatives are set up to support horse racing facilities get around slot machine limitations and regulations through legal loopholes, just as the Class II machines were designed to get around Bingo regulations in a similar way. And like the others, usually there is no real difference in long-term play unless you get very granular, as the payback scenarios are set up over time to basically achieve the casino’s desired outcome.
While Vegas-style slots and Bingo machines take very different courses to get you to your outcome, in reality both play similarly, and many of you may not have even noticed that you’re playing a different sort of game. The next time you get a big win, if you see you’re on a Class II machine, you might find that the right reaction is to stand up and yell out BINGO!
Joshua O’Connell is the founder and creator of Know Your Slots, a website that aims to educate about slots, advantage play and casino comps. He’s a slot enthusiast and a proud member of the Rudies since launch.
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I have posted over 1,500 videos on YouTube, so it was hard to pick the best moments, but I'll give it a shot. Here are some of my all time favorites moments on YouTube...
10. Many of us have had hit a Jackpot before, but how many have hit it on a $2 bet?
9. High Betting, High Drinking...need I say more?
8. My FIRST time playing Tarzan, was my BIGGEST win ever on it!
7. If ever I'm feeling blue, I'll watch this video. Then all I'm feeling is orange, and seeing green!
6. The BIGGEST bonus at $9 Bet on Cleopatra, and the MOST EXCITING moment in my life that started it all...
5. The BEST Group Pull EVER in terms of Payout Percentage - we KILLED it!
4. I LANDED THE GRAND. If that wasn't epic enough, I did it LIVE with my Rudies Family
3. Gambling in Australia!! Marco and I traveled down under whilst gambling with awesome fans!
2. Brian + Marco + 1 Hour = GOLD
1. Where it all began, the first video
I have gambled a lot in my day, and the majority of that over the past 3 years whilst creating content for my YouTube channel. I am very good at teaching you tips and tricks, and it all stems from screwing it up first on my own, haha. So I'll try to cover a few mistakes you should learn from me.
GET OFF THE MACHINE
Oh my goodness, the hardest lesson to learn is WHEN to get off a machine. Keeping to a strict budget on a per machine basis is the best method to ensure you don't get burned like I have. After a night at the casino, I can ALWAYS remember which machines I stayed on too long for - and if I added up all the losses from those, they equate to the majority (if not all) of my losses for the night. I have literally sat at Lightning Link betting $5 a spin and lost $1,000 without a single bonus. I've done the same on Dragon Link at the $10 bet and I can remember many more instances that are ingrained in my head. My suggestion - just use a $20, $50 or $100 in every machine you play. If you lose it, walk away. You can always come back to it later. Just don't keep feeding those bills as your eyes gloss over in a matrix of sorts waiting for a non-guarantee to occur.
THE BEST OFFERS ARE USUALLY THE WORST
I've been lured to drive 6 hours to a casino because they offered a free BBQ only to find out, I only get the basic model IF I hit 5,000 points on my players card, but with another 15,000 points I get the deluxe version. (fooled me twice!) OR, you actually do drive 6 hours and get the BBQ, but then you have to gamble enough while there in order to keep more offers coming only ending up losing MORE money than the BBQ was worth. Would you actually pay $2000 for a BBQ you didn't really need in the first place? Or on the opposite end, did you really just drive 45 minutes to get a kitchen tool set worth $10 that you didn't even need? Read the fine print, and only spend the money at the casino you want to spend at the casino.
This ties into the last point. I've gone to a casino just in order to get 20,000 points in order to keep my high tier status. If you take into account all the money you could lose in order to reach that, it may not be worth it in the end. I actually thought I was so smart once. I needed 50,000 tier points and knew the casino gave a ton of points if you bought concert tickets. So I proceeded to spend $1,000 in concert tickets in order to resell them and get the points. Well, turns out I couldn't sell all the tickets and I ended up with tickets I couldn't use and spending money for them. Chances are the next tier level perks aren't worth the extra money you may lose on the deal, so just be happy with what you have.
An early mistake I made in Vegas, was giving my friends my free rooms to use so we could all hang out together. I didn't realize (i was super new to Vegas) that by using a room, they expected you to play a bunch in order to 'pay' for it. So all of my awesome perks and giveaways disappeared over night, and all my cheap friends had a great experience that cost me instead of them. Only use your deals for yourself, unless you never plan to go there again.
DEBIT AND CREDIT CARDS
First off, bringing a credit card is the biggest mistake you can make (and I used to do it when I was new to gambling in my twenties). Aside from it being a bad idea because you're using money you don't have to gamble with, you are also immediately charged fees. So that $100 you just took out could end up costing you $130, so now you need to make 30% more on the slots just to break even. NEVER use a credit card and just leave the debit card at home while you're at it. Bring only the cash you are able to lose while keeping within your entertainment budget.
THE MORE, NOT THE MERRIER
I used to play at every casino I could, splitting up my bank roll amongst them all. Although I was always smart enough to use my players card, I didn't realize that I was hurting my offers in the long run. I was playing less money for shorter spurts of time at 5 casinos and getting $10 offers. When I finally figured it out, I decided to put all my eggs in one basket and my overall offers improved. Play more time at one casino and your offers (and tier level) will improve.
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