Payout Percentage for slot machines effectively means how much money on average over the lifetime of a slot machine, it pays back to you – in percent.
For example, if a single slot machine brings in $1 Million Dollars ‘Coin In’ and pays out $900,000 ‘Coin Out’ – then it has a 90% payout percentage (or 10% goes to the casino as profit). This is designed mathematically as the probability of what may transpire.
Casinos are able to adjust the payout percentage of a game based upon how the slot manufacturer set the game up and on local laws. Most slot machines will be pre-set with the ability to adjust from 85-95% payout. If a casino would like to encourage more patrons, then they may increase how much they pay back. Some older casinos who have to compete with the newer prettier casinos, for example, will usually have a higher payback. I’ve heard from some casinos who don’t serve alcohol having to increase their percentages so that they could compete with those who did serve.
While the majority of Indian Casinos are not legally obligated to report their payout percentages, other casinos are required to do so and can be found in the American Casino Guide. Many people assume that Indian Casinos (or even Bingo machines for that matter) are set lower because of this, but it’s not true. If a casino has poor payouts, then people would simply not go. And this year, I am KILLING it at the Indian casinos (knock on wood). In some locations like Las Vegas, the city does not announce the percentages by casino, but rather by location. Aka Strip Casinos, Downtown Casinos etc. Some states break down the payout percentages by denomination and others as a whole for the casino or even city!
Not all Slot Machines are created equal…
Penny Machines. Oh how I love thee. They are usually the most fun games with the best bonuses, music and graphics. But don’t be fooled – they have the WORST payout percentages. Penny machines can be set to payout around 89%. A misconception is that this means that 89% of people end up winning while only 11% lose. Or if you put in $100 into a machine - that you are guaranteed to cash out with at least $89. WRONG!! Here’s an example:
If one person puts $5 in a slot machine and wins $1,000 then they have a payout percentage of 2,000%. That means that a further 224 people (or so) who also put in $5 will have a 0% payout percentage (go broke). The grand total of that? An 89% payout percentage. (Of course, you’d have to add a lot more zeroes to my example to show a true comparison of a real slot machines life, and a lot more winners at varying amounts).
Progressive Slot Machines
When you see machines with large progressive jackpots – let’s say for this example they are set to a 90% payout. That certainly does not mean that 90% of people are winners. It’s probably more like (this is completely made up by my semi-educated guess) 0.001% win a jackpot, 10% make a good profit, 20% make a small profit, 20% break even and 50% lose all their money. Because of this, progressive machines are most difficult to pull a profit because most of the money that goes into the machine goes toward paying out that 1 PERSON who takes the top prize.
Wow, what a buzz kill. So what games should we play?
One clear fact is that higher denomination machines (not bet amount, but denomination) have higher payout percentages. Pennies are the lowest, followed by 2cent, 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c, $1 and so forth up to $100 and above. When you hit the $100 bet range or more, they can have close to a 95% payout! So why wouldn’t we all just bet on $100 machines? Again, they usually have a large progressive amount or Jackpot Amount that will account for most of the winnings thus generally making you a loser.
Does this mean that the casino can ‘flip a switch’ at any time and adjust the payout percentage?
No. No. No. Everyone, including myself, LOVES to blame a casino at times saying that “Oh this section is not paying out”, or “they’re under renovations and have to pay for it” or “It’s the holidays so they’ve flipped the switch!”. It’s just not true no matter how many times you say it. Sometimes you are just darned lucky, and sometimes you are not just darned unlucky. In order for a casino to adjust a payout percentage on a slot machine, they have to open it up and make adjustments to each individual machine. This process can take up to 45 minutes to do, so by the time they are done, the holiday would be over! So no, there is no man in a booth getting ready to shut it down. There was a time when casinos were hoping to go to server based machines, but it didn't happen.
Play within your limits. If you normally bet $5/spin, rather than play a penny machine with an 87% payout, why not play a $1 denomination machine for the same bet amount of $5/spin with a 92% payout! That’s why when you see me playing Lightning Link, I always do the 10cent denomination for $5 a spin rather than max betting the 1 cent version. When it does come to multi-denomination machines like Lightning Link, the jury is out as to whether the payout percentages actually change or not. I have heard that it depends on the manufacturer. So in that case, I’ll play Lightning Link in the High Limit room instead with the exact same 10cent denomination at $5/spin bets (the lowest on that machine). Or better still, try your hand at Video Poker for higher paybacks (assuming you know how to play!).
So why do I play penny slots after knowing all of this?
Can you blame me? They’re too much darn fun!! Imagine if all of my videos were on single line $1 machines or me just doing 2 spins on a $100 machine. No one watches for just that! So I will take the 5% cut in payout percentage if it means I have more fun.
Don’t forget, payout percentages are not advertised by casinos nor are they on slot machines, except….LIGHTNING ZAP!! This particular game, created by Everi, is set to start as a whopping 90% payback and they often advertise that at casinos! I’ve also noticed that while playing slots at Dotty’s in Vegas, the slot machines would encourage me to ‘up’ by denominations for higher payout percentages! I think if slot manufacturers caught on to that, it would be very smart. Wouldn’t you bet $3 instead of $2 if it told you your payout would go from 87% to 90%? It sure worked on me, although I ended up losing quicker.
Here's an AMAZING HIT I got in Reno on Lightning Zap on a $2 bet with a 24,450% payback! Is that right? It sounds too high...but when winning $2 on a $2 bet is 100%, I guess it adds up quickly!
There are of course even more tricks and tips to try and make the biggest bang for your buck. More on that next week!
Brian xoxo ❤️
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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 ❤️
"Why do you do backup spins and why do you do them at the same amount instead of going down to minimum bet?” - Lynne Nuibe
For starters, I didn’t come up with the ‘back-up spin’. I heard The Big Payback use it a while back and it caught on in my own play. I know a lot of you out there tell me you hear yourselves saying 'Rude' or 'Line it UP!", just like how I catch myself saying "For the Love" or "Girls and Pearls". Now I didn’t know why TBP did them at the time, but it sounded cool and sometimes worked out.
I have a few reasons why I do it. (Also, I always play at the dollar amount I feel comfortable playing, and so lowering a bet for a backup doesn’t make sense to me.) For me, they generally follow a bonus, a big win, or a big loss! Since we all know by now that slot machines are designed to take our money, it’s a good way to force yourself to get off!
After a bonus. Most bonuses are difficult to hit and usually where the most money is hidden. So after a bonus, chances of getting another one soon is slim.
After a big win. If it’s a big win, you probably won’t have another one, let’s be honest. So leave with it!
After a big loss. You know when you’re on a machine and you are just losing and losing and you are convinced it is ‘due to hit’ (no such thing) but deep down know it probably won’t happen? Well this forces you to get off after 1-3 more spins. I use this method a lot in my live streams. And never fret, because It will always be there tomorrow!
But WHY do I really do it? I compare it to how we teach our children that it’s time to leave the park or Grandma’s house. “Ok Charlie, you can play for 5 more minutes…3 minutes left…1 minute until we leave” and then you go. It eases the pain of having to leave (just as it does to get off a slot machine). I will either say that I’ll do 1-3 more backup spins - OR - sometimes I’ll say I’ll get off when I hit a certain dollar amount (higher or lower from where I’m at), which is a very similar method.
After that final back-up spin, I may do another if I won my money back or more. It has worked out for me numerous times, and sometimes not. I have no clue if I’m up or down from them (probably down, it’s slots!), but it’s the best way I’ve found to get off a machine.
Here’s a an AWESOME Video showing a great Back Up Spin or TWO!
Of course winning by yourself is fun, but winning with a GROUP is even better! Next week I'll discuss in detail, Group Pull Events!!
Brian Christopher xoxo ❤️
Although I’m calling this my top 10 movies…it’s more like the top 10 I can think of right now Movies. If you think I missed out on some good ones, let me know on my Facebook Post!
Titanic – I LOVED this film when it came out. Saw it twice in theatres and 3 times at the Drive-In! (In high school I created a play called the S.S.Gigantic where I played Dack Jawson and pushed Rose overboard!)
Charlie (Willy Wonka) and the Chocolate Factory – probably watched it a hundred times as a kid, and it’s also my favorite slot machine. Coincidence? I think not.
The Truman Show – As silly as it sounds, this comedy had a great impact on my life. I decided not to live life as I was ‘supposed’ to and follow norms, but to discover it on my own and follow my own path.
ET – Another childhood favorite. Still an awesome film to watch. I hope Hollywood never remakes it.
Philadelphia – Probably the first film I ever cried at watching. It was super timely, well acted and sent out an awesome educational message.
Midnight in Paris – Just like Truman show, this film opened my eyes. The biggest take away is that every generation says that the previous generation had it so lucky – so to focus more on the good things in your life instead.
Goonies – I’m seeing a trend – childhood favorite – and now a slot machine!
Mambo Italiano – If you haven’t seen this Canadian film, do it! A super funny film about an Italian boy who comes out to his family. It came out around the same time as My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Mambo is better!). I loved it so much, I bought it twice so I could watch it again when I lived in Paris!
Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs – this film holds a special place in my heart. The first film I ever saw in a movie theatre and it was with my late grandmother.
The Lion King – I had the movie, I had the pillows, the comforter, the pogs and everything – even though I was probably too old for that, haha. Who else is excited about the live action film coming out!!? It looks awesome!
Mrs.Doubtfire – Instant classic for me. Robin Williams is one of my favs and he definitely kicked ass on this.
Robin Hood – I’m talking about the Disney animated feature of course. But I actually loved the Kevin Costner one too. What ever happened to him?
Big – Tom Hanks again! I loved the message in this film. I actually got to dance on the flat piano in New York when I was 15. I understand that toy store has since closed. A claim to fame I have is that I actually got to audition for the role that Tom Hanks played in BIG in front of the casting director of the film (years after it came out of course). She absolutely loved my performance and everything I brought to the character to make it my own. She said I definitely would have made it to see the producers. Born too late, haha.
I literally spent a month writing this list, and it was hard to narrow it down. I’ve never been one to have favorites of any category including slots machines (another blog I had issues writing!). That’s why in case you didn’t notice, there are 13 films listed haha. How do you choose?? If you love films like I do, check out these Movie Themed Slot Machine Videos I posted that were based around slot machines made from movies! Next week we’ll jump back into slots where I’ll explain my theory around the back up spin…
Brian Christopher xoxo ❤️
People always ask where I'm from or where I've lived, so here ya go! I was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario – a small city of maybe 190,000 or so now (110,000 when I was young). Ever since my first trip to Toronto and New York City, I knew I was destined to live a big city. I always loved the hustle and bustle of big cities, the multiculturalism and its food offerings as well as the vibe. So as soon as I could, I moved to Toronto for college to pursue acting.
After college I decided it was the best time of my life to go and travel. I wanted to do that first, before I got settled into a family and a job, and just explore. I researched where to go in Europe and I found Contiki Tours! I chose a 3 week tour through Europe which I believe covered around 13 countries! On top of that, being very proud of my Maltese heritage, I wanted to live in my home country for a Summer and see how life was for my ancestors and perhaps end up moving there.
So after my 3 week tour starting in London, I landed in Scotland to visit family there for a week. Next was Malta. Malta is a country with its own language. It’s an island on the Mediterranean right next door to Sicily and Africa. It’s basically a big beautiful country built on rock full of wonderfully (short) amazing people. While there I got a job as a bartender at a Nightclub and also as a receptionist at a hotel. I sometimes would work until 6 in the morning at the club and then walk to my day job as a receptionist. I worked a ton of hours and barely made enough to survive on. Malta had just joined the EU that month, so things were changing and hopefully for the better. After 4 or 5 months in Malta, during which my grandparents came to stay for 3 months with me too which was AWESOME, as well as my parents who came to visit, it was time to fly to Paris to reunite with Marco.
Marco and I had only dated 6 months before being apart for 6 months while I traveled and lived in Europe. In Paris, Marco attended University while I found odd jobs. I first got a job as a nanny to two French children. I’d pick them up from school and walk them home, make sure they did their homework until the parents returned from work. Soon after I found a job as a bartender at a Canadian pub and the next month I was a manager at an English style pub. The plan was only to stay in Paris for 3 months, so when my boss asked me to take over the bar I was shocked! I told him I was leaving in a month and a half and he said that was fine that he knew I could do a good job. Well he was right, haha, because I built up their revenue by 30% in that short time by running fun events like a Battle of the Bands competition.
It was time for me to return to Canada, and so I did. I said goodbye to Marco so I could get a start on my acting career, post college, and he could finish his studies. Not 2 weeks later did I get a call from Paris that they wanted me to return to run their biggest, most popular, multi-million dollar bar! I declined 3 offers until they gave me ‘an offer I couldn’t refuse’ haha. I really missed Marco, so it was a no brainer. 2 years later, Marco and I left Paris to live in Canada.
In Toronto we lived for 8 years together during which time we moved to 4 different properties and my acting career took off. I held many roles in tv series, films and commercials and Marco soared in his job. My dream had always been to go to LA and finally the time had come. Marco got a transfer through work to move to San Francisco! For the year that we lived there, I would drive every week to LA (6 hour drive) to audition and take classes. I booked a few small commercials and films on my own, but nothing too crazy. After a year of living in SF, we were able to transfer once more to Los Angeles.
Once in LA, I started driving for Uber and Lyft to help support my acting career. Most actors don’t make a living, and I was ok with that. I was doing what I loved and that was all that mattered. Shortly after arriving in LA however, I started a little YouTube Channel. Well, that’s a lie. I already had a YouTube Channel that was like 5 years old and I had like 18 subscribers. It held all of my acting reels on it (they’re still there! Here's my demo reel from 2015!). So I added a few gambling videos on there for fun, but spruced them up for entertainment.
Fast forward to today, I have now lived, with Marco, in 3 countries or 4 cities. I encourage everyone to travel as much as you can. It truly opens your eyes to the world around you and makes you appreciate life and others. When I first landed in Malta, I had $1000 to my name. My family all thought I was crazy, but look at me now :p haha . My favorite saying in life is “Nothing changes, if nothing changes”. And it’s so true. When I returned to Canada after being away for many years, it astonished me how much I had grown and how much I had seen – yet many of my friends had not changed. They were still in the same jobs, at the same places, doing the same things. For me, that was not enough. I need and require change in my life. For others, they require order and repetitiveness. To each his or her own. But if your desire is there, then feed it!
If you want to go back to my very first YouTube Slot Video, enjoy it HERE where I played Lightning Link for the FIRST TIME! I used to upload 3-5 videos A DAY before I decided to squish them into a single larger video instead lol. The first day, April 19, I uploaded five videos. April 20, I uploaded six videos and April 21, I uploaded only 2 videos. I then took a 3 week break because I honestly wasn't planning to post any more videos, but since they took off - I rolled with it! I think I made a good decision haha.
I've talked about my top 10 favorite slots in the past, so next week let's change it up to my Top 10 Movies of all Time! And if you think I should visit your casino next and have a connection, let me know below!
Brian Christopher xoxo❤️
LA to Vegas: Should I 🚘 or ✈️?
I’ve now traveled from LA to Vegas dozens of times, so I know a thing or two about going that route.
For the first year of my channel I would only drive. Door to door would take about 4.5 hours depending on traffic. Traffic can really suck at times since there really is only one route in and out – the I-15.
The reasons I drove was a mix of ‘I like driving’ and ‘I’m saving money’. That, and door to door flying was not much quicker. The flight itself is 45 minutes only which is awesome, but add in travel time (and cost) to the airport, check in, airport security, wait times, de-boarding, getting your luggage etc. – it was close to 4 hours all in. And that’s IF there were no delays. You can easily get a flight for $60 one way, or $120 round trip plus your Lyft rides to the airport so you’re looking at maybe $150 to fly vs the cost of driving your car ($60 for my sedan). Whichever you choose, below are some of my tricks.
2) you can change or cancel your flight any time free of charge with no change or cancellation fees (only pay more if the new flight price is higher, or get credit if you cancel)
3) they’re just freakin’ awesome to fly. Super friendly and their boarding process is spot on. And if you fly more than 25 times a year with them (I did 30!), you get priority boarding and more!
For me, the best advantage to driving is the fact that you can come and go whenever you like and you are not dependent on others for that to happen. If you have a change of plans, drive off!
And the best advantage to flying is the ease and stress free travel. Since you are reliant on others, I always choose to book my flights to arrive hours before I’m needed for a dinner or live stream because you always have some cushion to prepare for a delay.
And most certainly, never fly to the wrong airport….as I did in THIS VIDEO!
Aside from LA, I've lived in many cities and countries worldwide. More on that next week!
Brian xoxo ❤️
Everyone seems to be fascinated with how Marco and I met as many have submitted this question!
First off, we are talking 15 years ago!! This is before smart phones and dating apps – ya know, when people used to talk😂. I was living in Toronto and decided to make a trip to London, Ontario for a night out with friends. It was me, my best friend and my ex, haha. We just wanted to go out and party and have a good time. I’m pretty sure it was the only gay bar in town (it no longer exists), and so we were dancing away to tunes from DaRude and Christina Aguilera. Then all of a sudden I saw this young man sitting alone at a bar facing the dance floor. I told my friend, ‘Check him out, so cute!’. Of course my friend told me to go talk to him. And of course, I was too scared to approach him. Then my friend told that if I didn’t go talk to him – then he would! With that, I said fine. But only after I went to the restroom, haha.
On my return back, I’m wondered what I was going to say to him. My brain wouldn’t function so I just went straight for it, “Why aren’t you on the dance floor”, I asked. His answer (and everything about that night including the 60 year old bartenders face, the drinks we had and songs we danced to), I remember. “Because nobody asked me to dance.” Well with that, I invited him to come and join my friends and I on the dance floor. We danced all night and hit it off. I learned that he had just moved to Canada only days prior and was staying in a hotel. The next day he would be moving into an apartment. Being the gentleman and 'cool guy' I am haha, I offered to help him move since I had my mom’s MINI-VAN for the weekend lol. He accepted and after a great night, I dropped him back at his hotel.
The next morning, there I was curb side waiting for Marco at 10am as promised. He on the other hand, did NOT show up. I waited until 10:30am and nothing. I finally walked into the hotel and asked if they could buzz Marco, but then realized I didn’t know his last name. Luckily at that moment, the elevator doors opened and out he came. He was shocked I was there because he didn’t think I would actually show up! I’m a man of my word and I was on time. And in true Marco fashion, he was late! Haha.
Long story short, I helped him move into his apartment and we started our relationship. Turned out I was about to move near him in a neighboring city that following week to live with my sister to save money to travel across Europe, so we were able to see other more often. He was just there working as part of his university credit in Paris, France for a year. So after dating for 6 months, I then traveled and toured Europe for 6 months (long distance relationships are hard, but we’re proof they can work!), and finally we both flew into Paris on the same day. He studied there for a further couple years and I stayed and worked as a bartender, a nanny and eventually running a bar.
And I suppose the rest is history…or history in the making. Marco is not a gambler at all, but he does join me on many occasions in the casinos. Here’s our Favorite Video together playing his favorite game (and theme): Sphynx!
See you next week when we compare flying vs driving to VEGAS!
Brian xo ❤️
“What other than slots, do you do on your spare time??” asks Mari L.
First off, spare time..What’s that?? Haha. Although I do work my butt off for my channel, I do allow myself time to enjoy the things that I love.
Travel. I love to travel the world. I’ve so far lived in Malta, Paris, Toronto, San Francisco and Los Angeles (more on that in my blog in 3 weeks!) and I’ve visited all over Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti. Unfortunately (or fortunately) these days I always include casino trips in those, so they become work trips. But NOT when I went to Hawaii for my 10th Wedding Anniversary! There are no casinos in Hawaii don’t ya know ;)
Entertaining. I LOVE to entertain friends and family. Any excuse to have a party, and I will host it. And with each party, I try to outdo my last one. At Marco’s recent Birthday party I found a bartender on Craigslist and hired a company to make tacos on the deck and we even had a drag queen (Cake Moss!) come and perform. For the Oscars I rented a large screen and projector complete with a popcorn machine to make the experience more fun. At one of my parties, just show up and enjoy!
Family. Marco and I are the only family we each have in the city. My family is all in Canada and his are spread between Indiana and Central America. So whenever we get a chance to see our families, we make the most of it. For the second year in a row, we have invited my parents to stay with us for a month in LA (complete with a trip to Vegas of course!).
Sports. I like to watch Baseball as it was the sport I played growing up. Blue Jays are my team. Aside from baseball, I enjoy participating in the end of year finals of other sports like Super Bowl Sunday. I recently went to watch the Toronto Raptors play in LA in fact!
Home. If it’s just me at home for the weekend, I like to get a bit dirty with some handyman work or yard work. I’ve only electrocuted myself twice (I swore I turned off the electricity beforehand lol). As you may have heard, I recently fixed our hot water tank by diagnosing the problem using YouTube videos.
Birds. We have a hummingbird feeder with resident bird, Buddy, who sits atop the feeder to fend off other birds from getting any nectar. He’s a jerk, but I love him, haha. After the death of our cat a couple years ago, he’s the best thing since. We travel too much for a real pet and so we have a fake cat too ;)
Outside of all that, Marco and I like to make random date nights. Our next one is a metro date. We’ve never used the subway metro lines in LA before, so we’re going to explore the stops and find some cool places to visit! And for my Birthday, he’s planned an outing to see the show WICKED, which I haven’t seen before! I’m always open to finding more places to see and visit, so let me know where else to go by commenting on my blog post on Facebook!
To find out more about Marco and I and how we met, check it out next week!
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 ❤️
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 ❤️
Brian Christopher is a popular YouTube Star specializing in Slot Machine Gambling Videos