To my Haters with Love
I’ve come to learn that having haters is something that comes with having a YouTube Channel. I never really thought about that much when I started my venture, and when it began to happen, I was shocked. Within days of uploading, I received homophobic, hate-filled rants that mostly had nothing to do with my content itself and more to do with just being #RUDE.
These days, the hate generally comes more from either other YouTube channels or their followers. It really is quite sad that people feel it is appropriate to spread hate, lies and rumors about people they have never met – whether they believe it to be true or not. They choose to create videos bullying others who are defenseless to their words.
I choose not to engage.
There is no value in bringing light to their hate and lies. In fact, I have never spoken badly about another person on my YouTube Channel. If I do not like someone or don’t agree with them, they don’t deserve my attention or the attention that my words would bring them. That said, I do have a few words for my haters – with love.
You don’t have to like me.
You don’t have to agree with my business. I’ll add that any channel on YouTube that decides to turn on monetization is, in and of itself, a business. You gain income and you have to claim that to the government. Some people love to bring attention to the fact that I do this to make a living. Duh, I’ve never heard of a successful entrepreneur who didn’t make money or who wanted to work 60 hours a week for no pay.
If I wanted to try and sell a t-shirt for a whopping $1000 😂, I’d have the right to do so – just as my followers have the right to buy it or not. (I obviously don’t, but if I thought people would want it, for sure you’d find it in my store LOL).
“You only do this to make money!”
Some like to attack me for charging $6 for wristbands that they claim cost me 10 cents to make. Guess what – even if they did cost me 10 cents – I am allowed to set whatever sale price I choose. Why not attack Coke for selling Dasani for $3 a bottle for something that costs them 0.0015 cents to produce? That’s how you can pay your staff, your electricity, all of your expenses. It’s called running a business. No business ever survived selling at cost. The fact that I even have to write this is embarrassing. I do call my channel educational, so there ya go, haha.
I have never forced anyone to pay for anything I’ve ever sold. My videos are free to watch for all. For those who wish to join my Rudies Fan Club, regardless at what level, they all receive the exact same perk of being a part of the group and watching our private content. And again, I wouldn’t produce things for people to buy if I didn’t think they’d want them. Take my stickers for example, I thought they’d be very popular. I spent hundreds of dollars getting them printed and to date I have only sold 2 stickers. It’s sometimes a gamble!
When I started my Patreon account after having around 10 or 15,000 subscribers, I was attacked by others saying it was a horrible thing to do and how dare I. Fast forward a year and there are over 100,000 YouTube channels on Patreon –many with less than 100 subscribers even, which is their choice. It is setup to help every creator at any level.
I’ve also been called out from people for blocking them from my channel or Patreon account. Turns out – it’s my page, so if I feel you are being too negative – I will block you. Heck if I didn’t like the fact that you said you saw a Green Dress (when it obviously was Blue!) – I can block you lol. I’ve removed people who use homophobic, racist slurs, who speak negatively about me or my friends, or who flat out put out negative energy. And again, that’s my choice. On occasion myself or a moderator will make a mistake and we’re only glad to listen and reverse them if warranted.
I’m not perfect. I have made mistakes and I will continue to make mistakes.
I’m an innovator and so I like to try new things. My group pulls were gaining popularity, but every time I'd hold them there would be a large portion of people who either didn't show up or would cancel last second. This would result in many upset people not being able to participate because it was 'full'. That's why in 2017 I decided to charge $10 for a few group pulls. It was not about the money, but I figured if I charged $10 and provided them with swag valued over that amount, that they would actually show up! It did work, but after doing a couple of these it just felt weird accepting money from people so I decided to just over book people in the hopes that some would cancel. It’s not to say I won’t charge again in the future (I just ran an event for 120 people with over 100 on the wait list and yet again, only a 3/4 showed up), but that’s my choice – as it is the participants choice to pay if they so choose.
Another channel who I have always praised and looked up to, (and even offered to do a collab with), has repeatedly berated me and spread rumors about my buying subscribers and most recently saying a video I uploaded 2 years ago was shot without permission. It was a group pull I filmed openly (I mean come on, I had my phone out and was conversing with everyone in the video), and I worked my butt off to create a top notch video of it complete with background Vegas footage. It was after only having a channel for about 3 months and I was still figuring things out. I failed to shout out the group who organized the group pull in the video and learned of my mistake only afterward and so I added a link in the description to them. There was no ill will and in fact, I shared the video to their forum the next day as I was so proud of it. I was also allowed with full permission (and with shout outs this time!) to film more group pulls with them in the future. So I hope they realize I didn’t do anything rude on purpose, but if any participants did, I apologize.
Bottom line – go ahead and spread your hate, your lies or call me out if I make a mistake.
But leave my husband out of it.
I am disgusted and appalled by these people who create nicknames for us, or fake accounts using my image with derogatory names and comments and then to go as far as to do the same to my husband? Shame on you. The tactics shown as of late are those I wouldn’t expect from a child.
Just as it is my choice to do any of the above, I get it that others have every right to say what they want as well. They claim that they’re providing a public service to people. I choose however to believe that my own 151,000 followers can make decisions for themselves. If they wish to take others’ words as fact from people who don’t know me, then that’s their prerogative. Whenever I’ve seen a channel do something I don’t feel is appropriate, I have personally reached out to them in a private message to voice my concerns which is the respectful route to take. Every successful YouTube channel, or person, or business in the world for that matter, will face criticism and haters. I am only in control of my own actions and I will continue to learn and grown on my own. As such, my focus has and always will remain to be, creating quality entertainment with responsible gambling in a positive and upbeat environment.
My New Years resolution is to not let the haters get to me because their actions and words actually say a lot more about them than they do about me.
I am and always have been open to comments, questions or concerns by private message should anyone ever wish to have a respectful conversation.
Brian Christopher xoxo ❤️
My longtime fan and friend, Kat N, wanted me to touch on etiquette in the casino, and frankly I wish this was posted at the entrance of every casino I go to :p
I’ll do this post as a TOP 10 LIST as opposed to my normal blogs.
TOP 10 PIECES OF ETIQUETTE FOR THE CASINO
You may have noticed some overlay in this blog from my Biggest Pet Peeve Blog, so be sure to check it out as well as others!
Til next week when we get a little personal about my life...
Brian xoxo ❤️
When to Cash Out?
Vicky H wants to know, ‘When is a good time to Cash Out?’ I’ve also been asked by numerous people, How long should you stay on a Machine?
This is one of those “easier said than done” moments. So let me just say it, haha.
You should cash out when you start asking yourself ‘should I cash out?’. It’s true, right?? We sit on a machine and we are losing and losing and for some reason that finger just keeps pressing that SPIN button even though your mind is screaming at you to cash out (but the devil on your shoulder says to keep pushing because it’s ‘DUE’ to pay!). If you’re not good at listening to that voice, try this instead:
Based on your budget, start with a certain bill: $5, $20, $100. NEVER put a ticket in the machine unless you are prepared to lose it all (not speaking from experience….ahem…obviously…). Start your spinning, and if after your first 10 spins you haven’t lined up a single line hit, it’s time to reevaluate. Either cash out and promise to come back later (it will always be there!) or prepare yourself for another 10 losing spins, just in case.
I like to start with a fresh $100 in a machine, which on a $5/bet machine, will get me 20 spins. I feel it usually takes 20 to 40 spins before I can see any action. So hopefully $100 would do that for me. However, if I get down to $50 and I haven’t hit a darn thing –then it’s time to CASH OUT.
Now what happens if you are WINNING!! When or better still, HOW, do you cash out? So many times I hear from people that they won $500 on a machine but they just kept playing it down to nothing. Don’t be ‘that guy’. Instead, let’s say you just won a sum of money on a machine. Any of these methods are acceptable:
My buddy Neily777 follows a Cash Out Strategy of putting $20 into a machine and cashing the ticket out if he hits $25. Then he could either put in another $20 OR move on. Making 25% profit is HUGE on slot machines, heck, breaking even is huge too! So take those wins when you can!
What is NOT acceptable, is to continue playing expecting to keep on winning, not setting limits, or thinking that it’s ‘HOT’. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There is no such thing as a HOT machine, nor is any machine ever DUE to pay out (unless it’s a ‘must pay by’ machine). #ItsAllAboutTiming
Set your limits on a machine and CASH OUT when you KNOW it’s right. And for goodness sakes, take those wins and hide them in your Winners Bank. Go home with something in your pocket as a little reminder that you DID in fact win something at the casino.
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I'll see you all next week when we talk a little about Casino Etiquette!
Brian xoxo ❤️
Sooooo many of you often ask during my live streams or in the comments #WHERESMARCO! I have even received emails and private messages asking if Marco and I are ‘OK’ since they haven’t seen him in a video for a while. I assure you, we are awesome and better than ever!
First off, we have been married for 10 years and together 15 – crazy!! We got married in my home town of Toronto, Canada. We’ve lived together in Paris France, Toronto Canada, and now in Los Angeles USA. In the work force, I have never had your typical ‘day job’. I’ve been an actor since I was 11 years old and so all of my jobs were the ones that supported that career: server, bartender, Lyft and Uber Driver, Vacation Rental Operator, fire inspector, sales and retail etc. Then after the birth of my YouTube channel, I’m now a YouTuber!
Marco on the other hand, works a 'real' job, haha, which is precisely why he doesn’t have the flexibility to join me on most of my trips. He works Monday to Friday from 9-6 and as a non-gambler he doesn’t particularly want to spend his whole weekend flying to a smoky casino and work events with me (though he has plenty of times!). He has joined me on numerous trips this year including Rudies Weekend and the Rudies Cruise. He especially likes joining for the casino trips where the hotel I’m staying at has a Spa or pool as he loves his massages and pool time. In fact, he was an avid swimmer as a child and continues to swim laps almost daily at the gym. So that’s how he keeps his boyish figure. Me, well…I have a card that says I’m a member of a gym. It’s a start.
So if you’re at an event with me and you see Marco there, you can finally say, “There he is!”, and count yourself lucky. I count myself extremely lucky to have the love and full support of him and all of my family for my venture. And just because you may not see him, it doesn’t mean he hasn’t been a huge part of helping me organize from home. He’s instrumental in helping me get, and stay, organized.
And hey, if you REALLY want to know where he is, be sure to follow Marco on Instagram: @WheresMarcoBC
Brian xoxo ❤️
The Volatility of Slot Machines
Robert P. asks, “Can you explain what constitutes a volatile machine?”
Volatility essentially means how risky a game is, or how easy or difficult it is to win a jackpot on a machine. The more volatile a machine is, the less often you win HOWEVER when you do win, you’ll win BIG!
A great example of a machine with high volatility incliude the Ainsworth machines that have giant jackpots above them that say, ‘Must win by’ and then a large sum of money, like $10,000. It means that the majority of the money that is put into the machine will go towards paying out that single person who is lucky enough to win said jackpot. It doesn’t mean you will lose on every other spin, but just that they won’t pay out as well, or as often, on the whole. Higher volatile machines would also include those that have progressive amounts to win or are
very difficult to hit a bonus on.
Low volatile games are those that will pay out more often, but at smaller amounts, and offer the least amount of chances to win a jackpot. These games are best for those with a smaller budget who may wish to play longer and aren’t as obsessed with coming away a massive winner.
Games are not strictly Volatile or Non-Volatile. They could be anywhere on a range from low, to mid, to high, or anywhere in between. Here's just a few examples I’ve come up with based on my experiences with these games:
High volatile games: Cleopatra, Mustang Money
Mid to High Volatile Games: Quick Hit, Gold Bonanza, Wheel of Fortune, Betti the Yetti, Buffalo
Mid Volatile Games: Top Dollar, Mighty Cash, Pinball, Dancing Drums, Fu Dao Le
Low Volatile Games: Texas Tea, Lucky Pony
So you have to choose: do you want to play more and win smaller amounts? Or play less and have a chance to make it rich? I suggest mixing up your play styles. Perhaps allot a quarter of your budget to higher volatile games, half to mid-level volatile games and then if you’re down to 25% of your budget, to stick to lower volatile games. Of course, there is no guarantees at ANY level that you’ll come away a winner, so you better just hope that Lady Luck is on your side! And sometimes when you take a risk, like I did with my biggest Cleopatra WIN, it may pay off for you!
Let me know of some of your own examples under our post on Facebook!
Brian xoxo ❤️
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