I can't tell you the number of emails I have received from casinos these past months that start with "Your health is of the upmost importance to us". But you have to wonder, do they really mean that or are they just conforming to the narrative because it's popular right now? I mean, if they REALLY cared about our health, AND the health of their staff, WHY do they allow smoking of cigarettes, cigars and vaping on the casino floor when we know it so harmful to us?
My fans are full of smokers and non-smokers, and full disclosure - I used to smoke for many years (we're the worst kind of people because we HATE smoke after the fact, haha). That aside, I have since done my research on smoking in the USA and beyond, and will do my best to provide an open and honest opinion piece to not offend anyone. This article will solely be based on facts and quotes from our fans.
Ever since attending my first G2E (Global Gaming Expo where they showcase the newest in Slot Machines, Technology and other casino related services) 4 years ago, I connected with the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation (ANRF). They are a nonprofit, "working to create a healthier, smokefree world and to raise a tobacco-free generation." I loved what I heard. As part of our initiative, we are supporting and visiting casinos who have recently gone nonsmoking like Agua Caliente, Angel of the Winds, Cherokee and Soboba.
There really are ZERO studies on how many gamblers are actually smokers. We (casinos and gamblers) seem to think that the majority of gamblers smoke. I mean, the majority of slot machine / table game areas are in smoking sections - and casinos must do their math and research right? RIGHT? Wrong. They have actually told me to my face that the majority of their slot dollars come from the smoking section, which is based on great stats, and very true, HOWEVER that's from casinos whose non-smoking section is full of 50 slot machines from the 1990's. Seriously. And there is zero separation between sections aside from a 3x4 sign. So their results are quite skewed.
Because our safety wasn't important BEFORE?
Let's get to the facts straight before I upset my smoking fans and their rights....
I'm not trying to take away your rights...because smoking is actually not a right. If it were, you should have banned yourself from supporting restaurants, bars, theaters, malls or traveling on airplanes as they took away those rights from you many years ago.
Ok, NOW for the facts...
13% of the USA are currently smokers. That's 1 in every 8.7 people! Yet 100% of the population (that's 10 in 10 people to be clear), must breathe in secondhand smoke. The Surgeon General has even stated that there is "no risk-free level of secondhand smoke". Exposure to secondhand smoking causes an estimated 41,000 deaths per year in the US.
Now these aren't stats we didn't know. We always knew it was bad for us, but sometimes it takes a single incident in time or a pandemic to open our eyes to it.
Now for the REAL facts
A longstanding argument is that casinos would go out of business if they barred smoking. Well, have a look at the restaurant and bar industry. People argued that smoking and drinking went hand in hand and that they'd go out of business - and guess what? People still eat and drink - just like they'll still eat, drink, see shows, go to nightclubs and gamble!
Last month we decided to host a SURVEY with our Rudies Members. We had over 900 members respond. These are real answers from real gamblers. The results were informational and we are looking to expanding our reach to all of YOU! Please fill out our survey as truthfully as possible so we can continue to grow our real responses.
Based on responses by July 9, here are our findings...
17% Age 18-39
53% Age 40-59
30% Age 60+
Approximately 1 in 5 Rudies are smokers. So contrary to popular belief that majority of gamblers are smokers, our results show differently.
70% of gamblers say that smoke bothers them in a casino.
And a whopping 88% of SMOKERS would choose a Non-Smoking over a Smoking casino, so long as there was a smoking patio with slots (like many casinos like Maryland Live offer). These casinos provide a clean air for ALL patrons and ALL staff, where no one has to walk through a smoking section to get the non smoking one, and no staff have to work.
Here are some anonymous quotes from both sides to close things off:
"I am a smoker so I'm not sure it makes a difference but I do encourage thoughtful smoking. Either do it outside away from others or don't smoke. I have friends who can't/won't go play bingo with me because its smoked out. Id rather not smoke while I play than not play with friends. I would take a break from gaming at a casino if it didn't have games outside, to smoke a cigarette." - smoker
"It hurts my eyes, nose and throat and gives me a headache. It also makes me leave the casino earlier than what I might like due to discomfort." - nonsmoker
"It makes me feel sick and I usually move. If the venue is too full of smoke I will leave and not come back." - nonsmoker
"As a smoker I don't feel I have a right to subject anyone else to my bad habits. If they all went non smoking I would probably do better at the casinos because I would be forced to take a break and go outside instead of chain smoking through those losing sprees." -smoker
"Yes- and that's why-it chases out a lot of us non-smokers who can't handle the smoke. It didn't hurt bars and restaurants to go non-smoking-I am quite sure it would not hurt casino business either." -nonsmoker
"it’s a healthier environment and many non smokers would probably play longer! There are times I must step outside for fresher air! I also can’t stand when a smoker sits by me and causing fun to end!" -nonsmoker
"I think there should be a separate areas for smokers to actively gamble. However as a smoker I do like the non smoking area, it’s cleaner, and can breathe better. Older casinos with poor ventilation are miserable and stinky." - smoker
"My mother was a smoker and died of lung cancer so I am afraid of second hand smoke and with the Corona Virus I am very worried about the virus spreading by smokers when they exhale. When some one vapes you can see the fog spread quite a distance." - nonsmoker
"I think with the virus casinos should be NonSmoking even though I am a smoker because you take a drag you have to exhale. Not safe right now. As a smoker it would be nice if there was an outside venue for smoking. But if there isn’t I’ll just smoke in my car." - smoker
"We as a conscious society need to start putting our health forward and consider the severe impacts of second hand smoke and hold stronger standards. The Coronavirus should be the opportune time for casinos to take a firm stance for the health and safety of both the public in their venues as well as their employees." - nonsmoker
"There is no reason the average person (majority) should be forced to be around other people's smoking. People have the ability to smoke on their own time on their own property. The general public should not have to be exposed to it while at a casino or entertainment venue. It negatively affects a great number of people and things need to change." - nonsmoker
Based on the above, majority of gamblers in our study agree that the time to make casinos nonsmoking is now. It has been proven to have ZERO effect in countries like Canada and Australia who have gone completely non-smoking. The rest of the USA already went mostly non-smoking many years ago due to health concerns. Couple that with the pandemic right now and everything we have learned - it is the right time to shift smoking to outdoor areas once and for all in casinos and everywhere.
So what do you think?? Have your say NOW by taking our survey!
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Casinos have now been closed for over a month and signs are showing that they will soon come alive again once more. But when those doors swing open, how many of us will actually go, and is it safe?
Every casino has their ideas of how their casino floors will look. Here is a sample of what you can expect at some:
So when will they open? Most casinos are waiting patiently on orders by governors. That includes many native casinos on reservation land, even though they are free to open at their leisure. Most casinos have given 'closed until' dates, rather that 're-opening dates'. Here's a quick rundown at the most popular casino areas from what I've seen:
Nevada / Las Vegas - Most likely a June 1 opening, however some casinos are taking earlier hotel bookings for Memorial Weekend.
Mississippi - Hoping to open prior to Memorial Weekend.
California - Multiple casinos have announced reopenings, but San Manuel is closed until at least end of May.
Washington - Several casinos are open or reopening soon.
New Jersey / New York - Looks like they're closed until the very least. June 1, however I see that going longer.
Connecticut - Closed until at least mid May
Michigan - Island Casino is looking to open on May 16th. Commercial casinos are closed until at least May 28th.
Oklahoma - Some casinos have already reopened with more anticipated soon.
Colorado - No dates set yet, but this site provides updates.
TODAY however, marks the first day that a major casino in the US welcomes the public to play. Coeur D'Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho started opening up other areas of the casino days ago and is now ready for gamblers to arrive. You can imagine this was not a decision taken lightly.
In their words, "Enhanced safety measures will be in place including physical distancing, aggressive cleaning and sanitation guidelines, and mandatory face-covering protocols to protect the health and safety of all patrons and employees."
That's definitely a great start, but as was mentioned in a recent webinar I attended called 'Managing Your Property Reopening – The New Reality of the Slot Floor', led by Az Husein of Casino Science, casino staff will now become the floor police to try and enforce such policies. They didn't sign up for the job, but it's been virtually assigned.
On the panel was Jason Fiege, CEO of nQube. He displayed many scientific mock ups showing different scenarios of how casinos could handle traffic on the floor, and how expanding the number of cleaners on the floor could impact the amount of exposure and transmission. In a nutshell, his theory was that social distancing, as opposed to closing sections, was the best method. And that although increasing the amount of cleaners to an exuberant amount would help, it would still not stop the spread of a virus. In fact, in the case that a cleaner would be infected, it would spread much quicker.
So now that I've scared you with that delightful tidbit, just remember this. How do you contract Covid-19? Through the eyes, mouth and nose. The average person touches their face a few dozen times AN HOUR. Get out of the habit of touching your face (easier said than done, I know). The best method of safety is found within ourselves. Wash your hands. Often. Soap and water is your friend. When that is not available, hand sanitizer is the next best bet. For the best method as outlined by CDC, please scroll to end of blog.
How does this impact Brian Christopher and BCSlots.com? As a casino influencer, it is my job to showcase casinos and slots. I almost feel like I'm turning into a casino reporter. As casinos re-open, I am making it my duty to present what the casinos are doing to protect the public. I truly want to support all casinos and staff. As such, I have reached out to dozens of casinos, offering to travel out to them and live stream my findings to you all (and slot play of course), once it's safe to do so. For now, I will be doing this solo to follow social physical distancing, while wearing a mask and taking extra sanitary precautions. I will also not be announcing these trips in advance as I do not wish to attract crowds and therefore ask that you not travel just to meet me during this time. It will be weird not interacting with you all, and going live with a mask - but I know that this is temporary. As an added perk, all Superchat donations I receive in May will be donated to the hard working and deserving casino staff at locations where I'm going live. Should you hear any updates with EXACT dates of re-openings, please do let me know!
This time has been super hard on everyone, and I promise casinos and my fans that I am there for you and we will get through this together. Whether you agree with everything casinos and the country is doing, or you think this whole thing is blown out of proportion, just keep in mind that it is temporary and that it's better to go too far, than not far enough. And casinos being extra clean 'aint a bad perk either! Gotta think positive.
I also want to give Angel of the Winds Casino props for taking this opportunity while closed to turn their casino into a non-smoking establishment. With health and safety supposedly being top priority for all right now, it's the perfect time. 82% of Americans are non-smokers, so if casinos really want to put our health first, follow suit ♥️♣️♦️♠️.
Have your say and congratulate them on my twitter post!
Virtual Hugs and Windex to you all,
Brian ❤️ xoxo
US Casino Openings:
Dates are subject to change at any time. We will continue to update this list as much as possible. If you see a CONFIRMED reopening date on a casino's website or social media, please forward a link to the announcement to firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Now (alphabetical)
The American Gaming Association has an interactive map of all casinos that have reopened - currently more than 180 locations! Click the link to search your area.
Beau Rivage, Mississippi
Bucky's Casino, Arizona
Chuckansi Gold, California
Cliff Castle, Arizona **Reopening with Slots Smoke Free!
Fortune Bay, Minnesota **Reopening Smoke Free!
Foxwoods, Connecticut (local guests only)
Kewadin Casinos, Michigan
Kings Club Casino, Michigan
Mohegan Sun, Connecticut (local guests only) *Reopening Smoke Free!
Red Hawk, California
Snoqualmie, Washington (invite only)
Saganing Eagles Landing, Michigan **Reopening Smoke Free!
Soaring Eagle, Michigan **Reopening Smoke Free!
Talking Stick, Arizona
Yavapai Casino, Arizona
Nevada Casinos (with reopening plans approved by gaming commission)
Desert Diamond Casinos, Arizona
West Virginia Casinos
Thunder Valley, California
Point Place, New York (local guests only)
Turning Stone, New York (local guests only)
Yellow Brick Road, New York (local guests only)
Four Winds, Michigan **Reopening Smoke Free!
Indiana Casinos (earliest - still pending approval)
Massachusetts Casinos (pending approval)
Atlantic City, New Jersey (target date - not confirmed)
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With all regular casinos closed right now, I've been asked a lot lately if a certain site is legal or not to gamble online. Unfortunately, there are a lot of scam sites out there who will gladly take your money and not pay you out. So pay close attention to the below. I'll tell you first about actual gambling, and then alternative ways to play for fun, and to win actual cash money.
Online Casino Gambling is legal only in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. It is also legal in Canada. Online Poker is legal in those states as well as Nevada. Online Sports Betting is legal in NJ, PN, IN, WV, IA, NH, NV, OR, and RI. Any site that tells you otherwise, is lying.
I have personally only gambled online in Canada (many years ago when I used to live there), and also in New Jersey while in Atlantic City. They are completely legit and follow the same rules and payout percentages as land based casinos. I have not had much luck on them in AC, but as always - it's all about timing!
Playing Slots from your Phone or Online
If you want to play some of your favorite casino games that you're used to seeing at your local or in Vegas, I promote Quick Hit Slots. They have a lot more than just Quick Hit games, like Dancing Drums, Monopoly Big Money, Heavenly Riches, 007, Dragon Spin and Dragon Riches. It's free to play, and I often give out extra free coins at Coins.BCSlots.com a few times a month.
Playing Slots to Win Money
Now if you're looking to play to win money from Canada or the US, then there are a few ways of achieving that legally. I give a full step by step guide below.
Social Casino PlayChumba.com allows you to play with Gold Coins for fun. And if you decided to buy extra Gold Coins, they will reward you with free Sweeps Coins. Sweeps Coins (SC) stands for Sweepstakes Coins and are equal to a US dollar. $1SC = $1USD. So if you purchase for example 35Million Gold Coins for $100, they will also give you $104 Sweeps Coins. Play with those sweeps coins, and anything you win you can cash out to your bank! This is completely legal across the US and Canada, excluding Washington and Quebec.
There is also PlayLuckyland.com , another social casino for you to play online in the US (also excluding Washington, sorry!). They also have an app for Android. Otherwise all these sites are playable on desktop.
Now if Poker is your game, there is PlayGlobal.com where you can join in on tournaments galore, both for fun or with sweeps coins.
To learn more, make sure you watch me play these online every week on my Extras Channel on Mondays and Fridays in April, plus Thursdays on my Main Channel! Also, be sure to join our Facebook Community Page, run by us, to find answers to your questions, and see everyone share their big wins!
Most importantly, please remember to treat playing online slots the same as you would in a regular casino. Only play with an entertainment budget. You can also set limits for yourself on the site for how much you play with per week. I strongly suggest you play with Gold Coins first to get familiar with the site, before playing with Sweeps Coins. Here is a step by step guide to playing on these sites:
HOW TO PLAY:
1. Click one of the links above and create an account.
2. Play with Gold Coins for fun, or switch to Sweeps Coins and buy a package. Depending on your credit card or bank, you may be charged a small international fee (my Amex does not charge anything).
3. If you play with Sweeps Coins and hit the threshold to cash out (PlayChumba is $100, PlayLuckyland is $50), click the redeem button. You can either redeem for cash in your bank, or for a gift card to places like Amazon.
4. In order to redeem your money, you must get verified. You could do this before you play or at this moment, but it can take up to a week or so to get verified. Getting verified is a legal part to ensure you are who you say you are, and that you are located in a legal state/province as listed above. They will require at minimum a copy of identification and a bank statement to know where to put the funds (and ensure it belongs to you). It may seem intrusive, but it's a liability issue and must be done.
5. Once verification is complete, you can redeem your money. They say it can take up to 10 days to complete, but in my history, it's closer to 2-3 days.
Although I did my best to give you the most accurate information I could on these sites, please read the terms and conditions to ensure you have the most up to date info. And feel free to reach out to their customer service in case you have any questions.
Most Americans, Canadians, Europeans....well, most of the WORLD (like Marco and I above) are cooped up at home as we fight the global Covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately for most of us, that also means we're stuck at home to focus on the news of the pandemic all the time....(with no chance of hitting the casinos)!
Well I say there is something better we can do with our time....
Here are 5 things to remember each time that anxiety sneaks up on you.
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