I suppose I always just assumed people would figure it out by watching the videos, but turns out this is a very popular question to ask. How do Group Slot Pulls work? I’m hoping this will answer all questions I’ve seen in the comments of my past videos.
First off, I have to get permission from a casino to be able to record there. Some casinos have open filming policies, so they reap the benefits of my attendance.
Basic rules are simple:
How do you choose the Games?
As far as the games we play, I usually narrow down the options to 3-5 games and have the participants vote on them. The games I choose are based off of denomination, bet amounts, as well as location in the casino. I have to ensure there will be enough space around a machine for a large group without causing an issue for other patrons or staff in the casino. I also try to make it so that each participant gets around 6-10 spins each. The minimum amount of spins I want to have on a single machine is 40. I figure that generally speaking that should be enough spins to get at least one bonus (sometimes we get multiple and other times none at all!). On occasion a casino will require that I choose the slot machines in advance so that they can inform security where we will be or even turn that machine off for us to play which is awesome. In those cases, I use my best judgement in choosing the machine for the group.
Legally speaking, there are some things I do to ensure no one leaves the casino with all the money on a spin they did. I will only use my players card in the machine. Sure, I get the points from it which results in me getting maybe $10-$20 in freeplay – but I do that to safeguard the money. (And believe me, I don’t run these huge events to make an extra $20, and I play enough on my own to already be in the top tiers). More importantly, some states say whosever card is in the machine is responsible for the money and the taxes. Imagine if you’re in a group of 20 people you’ve never met and one person spins the wheel and hits $10,000. They could easily demand that it’s their money and leave with it. Some casinos are really awesome and provide me with a specific players card for the group which will equally allow us to all share in the players points. I wish they all were able to accommodate this. The other safeguards I use is making everyone sign a waiver agreeing to our terms (where they also agree to having their image in my videos online).
I live far away, can I send you money to be in included in the group pull?
It sounds like an awesome idea to include a ton of people, however sadly it is against the law to gamble with other peoples money and then split the money. The person legally must be in the casino.
Who Pays the taxes?
I agree to cover up to $5,000 worth of wins in taxes. What that means, for my group pulls, is that if the group hits $10,000 in overall wins, I will personally cover the taxes on the first $5,000, and as a group, we would split the taxes on the second half. If however we hit $6,000 in hand pays but our overall win is only $1,000, then I won’t hold back anything. In general, we do not go over $5,000 in overall wins, in fact it has only happened once. That group only had to share a couple hundred dollars in taxes among 25 people which was around $20/person.
In some States, whoever does the SPINNING is responsible for paying the taxes. In those instances, I always leave it up to the player if they want to take that chance. I also keep it to just American residents to spin so we avoid any immediate tax withholdings from those in other countries. Canadians for example have to pay taxes immediately on the spot. So if they spun a jackpot, they’d pay hundreds in taxes and end up leaving the group pull negative! To avoid that hassle and headache, in such States, I regretfully keep it to just American residents - but I'll still call them up and do the spins in their name.
Bottom line, everything I do is to safeguard each other and myself. These events are put on for the enjoyment of others to not only get a chance to gamble with myself, #priceless haha, but more importantly give people the opportunity to play high limit slots when they otherwise may not have had that chance. And also give them their 5 seconds of fame!
Do you tip on the hand pays?
Just like in my own play, we always tip the slot attendants. Rather than pay them after every single hand pay, I pay them at the end. So if a group of 20 people is left with $5086.46, rather than pay them each back $254.32, each person would get $250 and the remaining $4.32 (or $86.40) would go to the staff as a thank you.
So do you WIN or LOSE overall in your Group Pulls?
When you consider that high limit slot machines have an average payout percentage of around 92% or so, you should really expect the same from a group pull. I’d say that most of the group pulls end up in a loss of around $20 a person, with a quarter of group pulls coming away winners of around $25 a person. On occasion we’ve had the group each walk away with over $100 in profit, once over $500 each in profit, and twice, we’ve had horrible a payback where we lost most of our money. To me (and most participants), it’s about the journey, the experience and the excitement! We play for 30 minutes to an hour spinning strictly high limit slots. We cheer, we jeer, we drink and we scream!! That in itself is an awesome value for your money. And if you walk away with some profit or a small loss – it’s all worth it in the end. If you read the comments on these videos from the participants, they always say they look forward to the next one! The camaraderie is infectious. Why go to the batting cages when you can play with a team! Heck, I will lose $200 in 1 minute on my own, I’m only so happy to lose $20 in 45 minutes!
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Here’s a look at BIGGEST Payout Percentage WIN as a group aboard our Rudies Cruise in 2018, and our BIGGEST Profit as a group in Las Vegas.
Next week we will delve into the world of payout percentages and what that means to a player…
Brian xoxo ❤️
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 ❤️
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!
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...
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!