Today's questions comes in from Sharon K who asks,
"I’m curious how you can film while playing, keep the view steady and still read comments. It
seems like your just using one cell. Also how do people do superchats and comments?"
Thank you so much for your Topic suggestion Sharon (enter yours below!). I will answer your question and take it one step further by explaining all of the equipment I use on my channel!
First and foremost Sharon and EVERYONE, you MUST subscribe to both my daily video Channel, Brian Christopher Slots, and my Live Stream Channel, BCSlots LIVE. Not just because I'm cool, but because you have to in order to comment or super chat. After you're subscribed, the comment box will remain for you to leave comments going forward, and a $ sign will appear beside that during live streams in order to send a Super Chat. Please also note that subscribing is free of charge and there is no fee to watch my videos on YouTube.
In terms of what I use to film, I'll go into full detail below with affiliate links to all products I use in case anyone is interested in using them for a new channel!
Reading the chat during a live stream is quite difficult when there are literally thousands of them in an hour. I also have to focus on the slot machine too haha. It is easy to miss a lot of comments, especially because I can only see 3 comments at a time. So I tend to scan the comments. There are a ton of repeat questions that I can easily ignore (like 'what casino are you at' or 'where's Marco?' lol), or questions that are way too personal which I also ignore haha. If something fun, unique or exciting catches my eye, then I'll try to read it out. Of course I always try to shout out Super Chats so I can thank that person for their support. I should also mention that Super Chats were created to help support the creator in their endeavors of providing quality content. That money helps to pay for my growing staff, equipment, travels and more. I am very strict about using my own income to use for my gambling only.
At the Casino I want to be as lean as possible. So it's just me, my iPhone X, my monopod with phone holder and extra battery cases that are fully charged (I have 4!). I love my monopod and now many channels use it too. It's much easier to carry with you than a tripod and less intrusive (although some security think it looks like it's a weapon!). It keeps it mainly steady with a little rockiness. I also own a gimbal stabilizer for those days that I am walking while filming. A rookie mistake is to run out of battery DURING a live stream (it has happened to me in the past. I'll sometimes bring my external battery charger as well with a long cord in case I need to charge while filming. I also encourage you to use a phone with a large harddrive on it, or you risk running out of space and not being able to film that giant jackpot you just hit (used to happen to me often!). If you can't afford a a phone with more space, then bring along a laptop or something else to upload your files to (however this takes time!). I used to do that for my first year - I'd just go up to my hotel room, unload and continue. One really great piece of advice - invest in an external hard drive! On one occasion I uploaded my videos to my laptop, deleted them off my phone and continued on my way. It wasn't until I was back home that I realized all of my videos were corrupt and I lost hours of footage (that cost me thousands of dollars!). So save those thousands and spend a few bucks to protect yourself by uploading your footage to more than one device or in the cloud. Even today, I keep doubles of everything until it's live on youtube.
To delve even deeper into how I produce, when I'm not at the casino I am busy at home filming commercials or live stream chats, editing, mailing out purchases from my store or prepping for upcoming events.
A quick list of my Green Screen Set-Up includes:
and the lighting to accompany it:
and for better audio:
Finally comes the editing process. There are many kinds of computers and programs to use, so feel free to use what you're comfortable with. This is my setup:
So as you can see, this job is quite costly. It took me many tries at purchasing the wrong equipment and failing - but I think I figured it out in the end. And now I can save you money from making the same mistakes I made!
To see all of the products on one page, visit my Amazon Affiliate Store. And for a more in depth view of starting your own YouTube Channel (Slots or otherwise), be sure to watch the Live Stream I did to give you all of my secrets!
I have received many, many blog suggestions from you all and a recurring one revolves around taxes. I was hesitant to respond as I am by no means an accountant, but I figured I'd offer a bit of guidance. The below is represented by my own experiences only within the US and playing slots.
The government wants all of your money. We already knew that. But there are ways of making sure they don't get their hands on it.
Basically ONLY when you win a Jackpot Handpay ($1200 or more), the casino is required to get the IRS involved and provide you with a W-2. Depending on the State or the Casino, they treat this differently. Some hold back 'estimated' taxes immediately, and others don't. In California and Nevada, they don't take them out. They will hand you a form stating your jackpot win and you are now required by law to file those wins as income at tax time. You will now be taxed at your tax bracket. Technically when you don't win a Jackpot, BUT leave a casino in the positive - you're suppose to claim that win too....technically...
Now for casinos who give you the OPTION to withhold taxes or not, what should you do? Well that all depends on how often you gamble, and how big the win is. If you're a regular gambler and you know for a fact that you'll be down overall at the end of the year - then don't have them take out the taxes on a small hand pay. You may as well collect the interest on that money instead of the government. My first year in the US, I told them to keep the taxes so that I'd have a nice surprise coming back at tax time...however the government took a year and a half to pay me back! No thank you! Now, if you win a large sum of $20,000 or higher (depending on what you normally bet/lose this will be a lot higher or lower for some readers), you may wish have the taxes withheld ONLY IF you can't trust yourself to spend that money. The worst thing you could possibly do is to keep all the money, spend it all, and then owe a lot at tax time that you can't afford. You have be honest with yourself and do what makes sense for you. Personally I'd have to win about $25,000 or more to consider holding back taxes or not, but I gamble multiple times a month.
To save yourself from owing anything at tax time, you must prove that you lost more money than you won. One way you can do that is by ALWAYS using your players card in the slot machine. This will track all the money that goes into the machines, and all the money that comes out. At the end of each year you can request a WIN/LOSS Statement from every casino you've played at, which (99 times out 100) will show that you lost more money. Granted, this is not a legal document, however it seems to work for most people. What you're supposed to do according to the IRS: "To deduct your losses, you must keep an accurate diary or similar record of your gambling winnings and losses and be able to provide receipts, tickets, statements, or other records that show the amount of both your winnings and losses." Talk about a buzz kill! But that's what they want. (Refer to Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions, for more information.)
For someone like me who visits dozens of casinos in a year, it's a part-time job in itself organizing all of this stuff - but with 50 hand pays a year, you better believe I do NOT want to be paying taxes on all of those 'wins'.
I urge you to take my notes with a grain of salt and to do your own research and to use a professional accountant...I am a professional slots player, aka I lose more than I win all the time. For a more in depth checkup on yourself, the IRS has provided an interview to help you determine how to claim your gambling wins/losses that you can follow.
Now to make the mood a little lighter, how about a few videos where I had to get the IRS involved because of a BIG WIN!
Now get out there and win some big jackpots!! (Just make sure you lose more so you don't owe any taxes, haha)
I go through ups and downs of whether I should dress up for Halloween or not each year. Yes, it’s a made up holiday designed to take our money and make us fat…BUT it’s also a time to be a kid again and have some fun!!
Here’s a look at my past creations...
Perhaps the most epic costume happened right before the last presidential election where Marco and I dressed up as Hilary and Donald!! Who wore it best? HA! (Don't tell him I posted this or he'll kill me!)
This current year, I'm not really feeling like dressing up. That said, I will be doing a live stream tonight (Wed Oct 31) from a casino so I need to wear something...I wonder what I'll be??? (I'm not teasing either, I have zero idea haha). If I wanted it to be Slots related, I could be a giant 7, Willy Wonka, Glinda the good witch, a dragon or just a big ole slot machine. Whatever it is, I have to make sure I can move around in it alright so I'm able to gamble!!
By the way, I will be going Live on my regular Youtube Channel, but then I'm doing a SECOND live stream from my BRAND NEW LIVE CHANNEL!!
Be sure to SUBSCRIBE because we are going into the HIGH LIMIT ROOM baby!!
See you soon!!
Believe it or not, after dozens of trips to Las Vegas I always seem to forget something. I hope this list provides you with a great start!
Because of Smokey Casinos:
Because of Cold Casinos:
Because of the SUN, duh
Because it’s expensive!
Because it’s VEGAS
Because you’re Traveling:
And the best thing you can do to prep for a trip to Vegas??? WATCH MY VIDEOS to learn where and what to play! And be sure to order your CasinoSwag in advance so you can dress to impress in the Casinos! I mean hey, if you're not going to win a Jackpot, you may as well look as if you did!
I generally keep my cool in my videos, so you may be interested to know there are some things that really get my slot blood boiling. Here are a few that involve an average trip to a casino.
Lap Dancers. We all have a little bit of road rage I’m sure. Mine revolves around people on their phones while driving! I’m sorry, but no matter how good a driver you are, looking down at your lap for even 2 seconds is all it takes to kill me. And I take that seriously, my fans rely on my live stream to start on time! I have been known on occasion to do a long honk beside someone on their phone and flip them the PHONE hand sign, lol. As in, hang up the phone!! I imagine myself to resemble an angry Cruella Deville driving by. Most are embarrassed and put it down.
Once at the casino, there are a flurry of other pet peeves…
Chair Huggers. People who put ash trays or dirty items on a chair in front of a slot machine drives me nuts. Or even worse, they will angle a chair against the machine or tie their bungee cord between the slot machine and their chair to proclaim “This machine is MINE!”. I think it bothers me most because I understand the RNG’s of slot machines and that most machines are not set to go off at a certain time. I assume most of these chair huggers believe otherwise.
Bangers N Smash. These are the people who just LOVE to smash the buttons on a game – especially when they get a ‘link’ bonus. Non-stop banging the button while at the same time rubbing the machine trying to alter the outcome of a predetermined computer screen and yelling at it. I’ve even seen fists punching the screen when it doesn’t do as they request. I wonder if I told them to settle down if they would listen?
Hover ‘Boreds’. Believe me, if anyone is used to getting stared at in a casino – it’s me! However, when people who are not watching me because of my channel and are just hovering over me and watching me play because they are bored or something – it really irks me. As much as I love the attention I receive from my channel, I still require space and like to keep people at a safe distance without feeling their breathe on my neck.
LETTUCE HAVE AN OPTION PLEASE. I love to eat food, and at the casino you can find some pretty fancy places. That said, the options for a vegan are often, well, option-less. I understand it’s my personal choice to be vegan – but is it asking too much to have at least one item on the menu that doesn’t come from the death or torture of animals? Wow, that got deep real fast haha. I don’t judge those who do eat whatever their taste buds desire, but believe it or not, even a simple salad rarely makes its way onto the menu without it being covered with bacon, cheeses or dairy filled dressings. My go to meal request at casinos sadly is more often than not “a side of french fries with a side salad – hold the cheese, meat and dressing”.
I think if everyone just watched my channel, this world would be a better place haha. That way they would understand how slots work and perhaps have a better stress-free time!
Have you seen this video where a woman decided to hit me instead of her machine? Perhaps another pet peeve of mine lol: CLICK HERE TO WATCH
It’s a great question we should all ask ourselves before getting in that car and heading to our local. I fear that most people go for the wrong reason – to get RICH!
No matter how many times I tell people that “There is no such thing as winning in the long run on slot machines”, and no matter how many facts I can throw at people about how slots are designed to take your money – the majority of people continue to play to make it rich.
The correct answer should be: “Because I get a thrill out of the excitement at the possibility of winning a jackpot – BUT – realize that the odds are against me.”
I suggest you repeat the following statement before you start your next gambling escapade:
“I ________(your name), am going to the casino today for the sole purpose of spending $______(whatever your budget is). For that money I expect to get back in return the following: Five hours of game play, a comp meal, parking, cocktails, good music and the excitement of having the opportunity to win a jackpot. I am fully going to the casino with the expectation of spending (not losing or investing, but spending) X amount of dollars for this entertainment.”
Setting up that expectation may help put things in perspective. I can’t tell you how many times in the past I’ve said statements like “I can’t believe I just lost $1,000 today. I could have bought a new computer, or TV with that!”. That was back when I thought I was investing and had some kind of control over my wins. Now that I’m grounded in reality, I get to decide if I want that TV or if I prefer some entertainment for the afternoon.
Yes, you can get lucky.
Yes, you can have a lucky streak.
But eventually that luck will run out, and the slots will take what they feel they are deserved.
There is no such thing as winning on slot machines in the long run.
There is no such thing as making a living playing slot machines.
There is only luck and timing, and you better hope they both Line it UP! But even if they don’t, you should be happy – because you got what you paid for…EXCITEMENT!
Hello Rudies! As most of you probably know, once in a while, I’ll film a collaboration or friendly competition video with some of my slot friends - always a good time with my pals! There have been many ‘challenge-style' videos going around lately towards me and others, and I don’t mean to disappoint, but these out-of-the-blue ‘challenges’, are something that I always decline, for a few reasons.
Even the word ‘challenge’ comes with baggage attached to it - many people associate it with conflict and negativity, and that’s not in my nature. I started doing this JUST to have fun and prefer to keep it on target with my core beliefs!
Also, if anyone can ‘challenge’ me at any time, and there were an obligation for me to accept them all, I wouldn’t be able to make these videos for you guys anymore. I’d be spending all of my time responding to challenges from every person who came along. If I decide to do a fun video with my close friends, as I have in the past, then that should be my choice (speaking of which, I’ll be filming a fun video with Diana just next week!). My friends and I get along great on YouTube and beyond, and we always have a blast together while cheering each other on even from abroad.
Anyway, with that being said, I’m sure my position on this will disappoint some people - it’s not possible to please everybody. But I’m hopeful and confident that the vast majority of you will understand where I’m coming from, and recognize that for me, it’s all about having fun, and playing responsibly and I wish everyone the most success. So with that being said, I’ll see you guys at the slots! I have a busy week ahead and best start packing for it...
It is VERY difficult for me to differentiate between which slot machines are my favorite, and which ones I play because they’re my FAN’S favorites. Despite numerous times of being asked this question before, I will attempt (and most likely fail) to pick my top ten slots at the casino right now. To help me choose, I am ranking them in order of which machines I just MUST play every time I visit the casino.
Cleopatra 2 – I mean come on, it was one of my biggest jackpots ever and it really kickstarted my channel. I’m always trying to relive that moment.
Wheel of Fortune – Speaking of moments – who can forget that $10k win during a LIVE Stream! I never used to play this game, but now you can’t get me off of it!
Buffalo Gold – This has been a crowd favorite for quite some time. It probably would have been closer to the top of the list 6 months ago, so we shall see if it even ranks in 6 months from now!
Quick Hit Wild Blue – I just can’t NOT play this game. I will keep trying to hit those 8 or 9 quick hits!
Tarzan – Aristcrat has done it again with this new concept game. As much as I hate the volatility, I freakin’ love it too! (It does help I got a hand pay on my first attempt!)
Double Top Dollar – This game is fun regardless of the denomination. It’s one of the few times you feel like you have SOME control over the outcome! And it must be the "DOUBLE" version too!
Wonder 4 Tower – This game is always a must. My favorite is playing all 4 Pompeii games at Max Bet which is only $5 a spin!
Lightning Link – This is one of those games that I used to LOVE, and then despised and now LOVE again! And talk about a game changer for the industry! As much as I realize that ‘it’s all about timing’, you always get that feeling that the MAJOR or GRAND is about to hit! I’m ready to #LandTheGrand
Dancing Drums – This is one another one of those game changing machines. I mean, who doesn’t want to fill that pot up and get one of those delicious bonuses?
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – One of the older versions with the 7 characters all around it. It’s my favorite movie and they did a wonderful job with this machine.
Honorable Mentions: Super Jackpot Party, Gold Fish 2, 2x10x5x Bonus Times, Pinball
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My first year in the US, Marco and I lived in the Northern California Bay Area. I would drive to LA every week to audition and take classes for film/TV (yes, 12 hours a week driving!). With New Years just around the corner, we had planned a trip to Vegas - our first time EVER visiting the city. In preparation, I turned to YouTube to find out what casinos to visit and I came across people playing slot machines. At first I thought it was nuts to watch someone else gamble, but within minutes (as I’m sure you can attest), I was engulfed in the world of SLOTS.
Fast forward a year and Marco and I now lived in Los Angeles. I was once again returning to Vegas on a trip with family and it was at this time when I decided that I’d try my hand at filming my play. I never wanted to start a slots channel - in fact I posted my videos on my 7 year old acting channel (that had around 30 subscribers!) as opposed to starting an actual ‘Slots Channel’. I did it merely for the fun and excitement. I kid you not when I say that I had ZERO intentions of going much further with it and little did I know that this action would forever alter my path in life. I don’t think there is a soul on the planet who could have predicted what we have built would become what it is today. But it was the actor and filmmaker inside of me who wanted to change it up a bit from what I was used to watching.
My first videos were kind of lackluster, but the viewers found something unique they liked in them. I never advertised, shared my videos to social media or did any sort of publicity aside from simply publishing them on YouTube. Instead, I allowed them to grow organically. I mean I didn’t plan on my channel succeeding and so I gave it no thought as to whether or not I should share them anyhow.
To my complete shock and surprise, the videos took off! Within 3 months I had 4,349 subscribers and was invited to join the YouTube partner program. It was at this point where it was time for me to make the most important decision of my life. For some reason the world had presented this crazy path for me. Do I follow this non-scheduled journey or let it go and continue on the path of acting which I had been on for the past decade plus. I decided that perhaps I should see where this one may lead. Two and a half years later there’s this magical thing called the RUDIES, 65 million views, and a Silver YouTube Play button on my wall. None of it came without a ton of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. I knew nothing about YouTube going in and so I studied hard, took classes, attended conferences, emailed companies and basically started to take charge of my own path. 2 years ago I couldn’t have told you I’d be where I am today, and I have no clue where I’ll be in a further 2 years. But I will continue on this path and I thank you for joining me on the ride!
“OMG, I want your life!”, is a comment I hear a lot. To which I always respond, ‘If you only knew…’
Everyone assumes that since they see me gamble 7 days a week on YouTube, and that I’m always traveling to different casinos, that all I do is GAMBLE! I haven’t done the math, but I’m fairly certain that my gambling time represents around 5% of what I do.
On a normal day, I wake up around 7am, check out how my video is doing for the day (scheduled and posted on YouTube for 4am PST), review my email / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Snapchat - responding to dozens of questions and comments, before showering and eating breakfast.
The entirety of the day revolves around responding to countless emails, reaching out to casinos for approvals, holding conference calls with different properties or brands, posting and responding to my private Rudies page, and more. I give my Rudies most of my free time as I’m very grateful for their support and I want them to feel special.
I will go through any orders from BCSlots.com and personally package them and seal them with a RUDE sticker. If there are only a couple orders for the day, I can give them to my USPS delivery person, Yvonne (she’s amazing). Otherwise a trip to the post office is in order where I will check out my P.O. Box for any deliveries. This usually includes a trip to a local vegan fast food joint for some added deliciousness. On my way home I may pick up groceries, but these days I often will just order my groceries for delivery from Amazon to save time.
I’m always trying to reinvent myself and my channel to keep it fresh, so I’ll spend hours creating new ideas, researching a ton and pulling the trigger on some that seem to make sense. Not everything I have tried works out, but often times it does. Understanding your audience is an integral part of the business and I feel I have a good grasp of that.
A huge part of my work obviously revolves around my videos. Each month I generally have one trip by plane to a destination (Vegas, Sacramento, Atlantic City, New York, Maryland, Michigan, etc.) for a 4 day weekend, on top of 2-3 Wednesday nights at my local casino (as part of my ongoing Wednesday Night Live Streams). So in an average month there will be 6 days of gambling. The odd time it may be more if I do a tour or hold a special event like a Rudies Cruise, Rudies Weekend, BC Slots Tournament, or attend an industry conference like G2E.
Currently I work from around 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week. With my team continuing to grow, I’m hoping to have a better work/life balance with a Monday to Friday 9-5 commitment. I’ll never complain because I love what I do, and I don’t take any of it for granted.
Signing off… from an airplane… after an exciting event at a casino!