7 Minute Miles

Will the goat grand ever hit?

Posted Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 11:42 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 11:42 PM

It’s literally been years, Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on October 6, 2021 at 11:42 pm

Fall Winnings scratcher

Posted Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 10:23 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 10:23 AM

5X $5 = $25 winner

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2021 at 10:23 am

TIL re: Historical Horse Racing

Posted Thursday, September 9th, 2021 10:21 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 10:21 PM

Historic Horse Racing Games: A Different Take on Slot Machine Style Gaming

Originally published by DK on September 9, 2021 at 10:21 pm

Best win of the trip

Posted Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 06:11 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 6:11 PM

Really wanted the maxed out major, but it was not to be

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2021 at 6:11 pm

Snagged a Yardbird reservation

Posted Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 06:06 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 6:06 PM

Solid, but overall I thought Revival is better

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2021 at 6:06 pm

Best slot experience ever?

Posted Monday, September 6th, 2021 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Movies,Travel at 7:29 PM

Mad Max Fury Road @ Venetian

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2021 at 7:29 pm

Raiders Nation

Posted Monday, September 6th, 2021 04:39 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Football,Travel at 4:39 PM

Quick first visit to M Resort

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2021 at 4:39 pm

Viva Moz Vegas!

Posted Monday, September 6th, 2021 01:52 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts,Music,Travel at 1:52 AM

Concert post coming soon

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2021 at 1:52 am

Resorts World Vegas is…

Posted Sunday, September 5th, 2021 06:55 pm GMT -5 in Art,Casinos,Food,Travel at 6:55 PM

…not sure what to think yet

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2021 at 6:55 pm

The King of Sportbooks

Posted Sunday, September 5th, 2021 06:43 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Football,Travel at 6:43 PM

Doing the hard research for work #LeaguePartners

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2021 at 6:43 pm

Paper BC sighting

Posted Sunday, September 5th, 2021 03:32 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 3:32 PM

Not going to play for 100 points there, though

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2021 at 3:32 pm

Circa had some cool stuff 😎

Posted Sunday, September 5th, 2021 03:26 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 3:26 PM

But $40 to go see the pool thing?

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2021 at 3:26 pm

Sunday Nino Night

Posted Monday, August 9th, 2021 08:35 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 8:35 AM

Quite an interesting variety of slot play (left down, but with money)

Originally published by DK on August 9, 2021 at 8:35 am

It (finally) happened again

Posted Friday, July 30th, 2021 05:48 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 5:48 PM

Just in time too – started to run low on free credits

Originally published by DK on July 30, 2021 at 5:48 pm

Great numbers

Posted Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 10:19 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 10:19 PM

…but no wins @ Grand Hinckley

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2021 at 10:19 pm

Another Lightning Link first

Posted Sunday, July 18th, 2021 12:46 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 12:46 PM

Now to get it on a real floor…

Originally published by DK on July 18, 2021 at 12:46 pm

A good Orchid tonight

Posted Thursday, July 15th, 2021 12:50 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 12:50 AM

Black Orchid @ Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2021 at 12:50 am

One of the classics

Posted Thursday, July 15th, 2021 12:49 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 12:49 AM

Open-faced club sand wedge, Minnehaha Cafe

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2021 at 12:49 am

Lookin’ good, Meadows

Posted Thursday, July 15th, 2021 12:47 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Golf at 12:47 AM

BOGO @ The Meadows at Mystic Lake (contest prize)

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2021 at 12:47 am

Never seen that happen before

Posted Sunday, July 11th, 2021 10:12 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 10:12 AM

Knew it was possible – now want to see it at a real casino

Originally published by DK on July 11, 2021 at 10:12 am

This new game was fun

Posted Friday, June 25th, 2021 02:06 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 2:06 PM

RIP Stompy, though

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2021 at 2:06 pm

Tough night on the gaming floor

Posted Friday, June 25th, 2021 08:56 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 8:56 AM

One of the few highlights @ Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2021 at 8:56 am

Great night at The Wilderness

Posted Friday, June 25th, 2021 08:54 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Friends,Golf at 8:54 AM

So great to catch up with friends

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2021 at 8:54 am

Happy (Casino) Father’s Day

Posted Sunday, June 20th, 2021 05:45 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Holidays at 5:45 PM

Minnehaha Cafe @ Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on June 20, 2021 at 5:45 pm

It was on the way

Posted Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 10:22 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 10:22 PM

When in Rome (or Hinckley)

Originally published by DK on June 1, 2021 at 10:22 pm

One away from $15K

Posted Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 07:43 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 7:43 PM

That was almost something

Originally published by DK on May 22, 2021 at 7:43 pm

Never had a twofer before

Posted Monday, May 17th, 2021 04:07 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 4:07 PM

Two different progressives on the same spin

Originally published by DK on May 17, 2021 at 4:07 pm

Get that new burro!

Posted Monday, May 17th, 2021 04:06 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 4:06 PM

That was pretty interesting casino tech

Originally published by DK on May 17, 2021 at 4:06 pm

New Turman scratchers

Posted Saturday, May 8th, 2021 02:10 pm GMT -5 in Art,Casinos,Games at 2:10 PM

Broke even on the initial few

Originally published by DK on May 8, 2021 at 2:10 pm

Needed that little escape

Posted Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 06:04 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Games at 6:04 PM

Thanks for a great time, SMSC

Originally published by DK on April 27, 2021 at 6:04 pm

Just like my birthday 🎂

Posted Monday, April 26th, 2021 01:11 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 1:11 AM

Best win of the night

Originally published by DK on April 26, 2021 at 1:11 am

Never had *that* happen before

Posted Monday, April 26th, 2021 01:06 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 1:06 AM

110 free spins on Orchid @ Mystic (40-cent bet, no progressives, won $86.35)

Originally published by DK on April 26, 2021 at 1:06 am

Fleece, Noodle Bar, Standard Cat

Posted Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 07:53 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Games at 7:53 PM

Back again this weekend

Originally published by DK on April 22, 2021 at 7:53 pm

More money for wildlife

Posted Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 06:41 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 6:41 PM

Not doing so great on scratchers lately

Originally published by DK on April 21, 2021 at 6:41 pm

Bulldoge Nino Visit

Posted Saturday, April 17th, 2021 10:13 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Games at 10:13 PM

Made another run at the Grand Casino Hinckley Black Orchid ($15K top progressive)

Originally published by DK on April 17, 2021 at 10:13 pm

Quick Banza lunch

Posted Thursday, April 15th, 2021 10:22 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Food at 10:22 PM

…with CK @ Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2021 at 10:22 pm

Livin’ the Rudie life

Posted Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 07:15 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Shopping at 7:15 PM

Rude shirt, Banza mask and a new sticker for the laptop

Originally published by DK on April 14, 2021 at 7:15 pm

A very green green

Posted Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 05:15 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Golf at 5:15 PM

Not quite open yet at The Meadows (had tarps on when we first arrived)

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2021 at 5:15 pm

Lots of little ones

Posted Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 05:13 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 5:13 PM

With one giant forg

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2021 at 5:13 pm

My guilty indulgence

Posted Monday, March 29th, 2021 02:24 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 2:24 PM

The filet (with blue cheese) @ Mystic Steakhouse

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2021 at 2:24 pm

Brian Christopher Slots

Posted Friday, March 26th, 2021 04:42 pm GMT -5 in Business,Casinos,Games,Longform,Video at 4:42 PM

It seems hard to believe, but I’ve now been out of the casino industry almost six years. Being an old person, I still visit casinos on a regular basis (more on that age demographic thing later). I keep in touch with a number of my former colleagues and suppliers and get an occasional industry newsletter in my inbox from time to time. A recent one had a link to a story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that I thought was super interesting: The Plaza downtown was opening an area of their slot floor dedicated to a YouTuber named Brian Christopher.

As a nerd, I’m normally pretty open to new gaming trends, but I never fully understood the desire to watch other people play video games on Twitch (and other services). To see that a major casino in Vegas was partnering with someone who records himself playing slot machines was surprising to me, given what I know about casino marketing and security. I started following the BC Slots channel on YouTube about a month ago and I have to admit I now understand the appeal.

So what’s this all about?

While there are probably hundreds of slot machine YouTubers out there now, what Brian Christopher has accomplished so far is impressive. The 40-year-old is originally from Toronto, moved to Los Angeles and now lives in Palm Springs (more on his backstory here). His branding appears to have changed over time – he owns BrianGambles.com and casinoswag.com, for example – and joined YouTube way back in 2006 (he went full-time with BC Slots in 2016).

As of March 2021, his videos have more than 222 million views, with 358,000 subscribers to his channel. His fans are called “Rudies” and he gets financial support from them via Patreon, where people can pay anywhere from $5 to $1200 a month, and from contributions during live chats. Other financial aspects of his business, including sponsorships and appearance fees, are not disclosed. His YouTube account was suspended briefly in 2018 (along with many other gaming channels), as documented in this story from The Atlantic.

Christopher has an appealing video presence (he was an actor before YouTube), with many catchphrases popular among the Rudies. Many of these end up on merchandise that he sells online. In addition to the partnership with The Plaza, he has hosted promotions with many regional casinos and at least one slot manufacturer (Aristocrat). He’s mentioned on recent videos that he attended the G2E conference, an industry trade show not open to the general public.

BC Slots has a small staff in Palm Springs and outsources aspects of the operation (video editing and social media management were specifically mentioned in an interview). Videos are posted daily to the YouTube channel, he does periodic live streams on YouTube and Facebook and has regular content on Instagram and Twitter as well. Assistant Britt appears in most videos, while his husband Marco makes less frequent appearances. Other routines include handing out free “lucky wristbands” to fans and hosting group pulls, where participants normally pay $200-$500 for a set amount of spins (usually on a high-limit machine).

So what is my take on all of this from the perspective of a former casino operator? My initial reaction was “there is no way security would allow this to happen” in Minnesota. Casino security guards are notorious for yelling at people who take pictures on their slot floors (let alone video). On one of his old blog posts, Christopher lists casinos he has visited (including several in Las Vegas that he said were rude and that he would never return to <cough>Caesar’s Palace<cough>). My guess is that those visits involved security getting involved before marketing knew what was going on.

Getting back to the age demographic thing, the entire time I worked in the casino industry, leaders and pundits were afraid of the aging demographic. All the best players were getting older and dying off and there was this constant fear of trying to appeal to younger generations. I always felt this was a little misplaced, because 1) your older players still have a lot of money and 2) younger people will get older and want to eventually do some of these same things. The success of BC Slots (and other gaming YouTubers) show that younger players can get interested in these “traditional” games just like their parents (and grandparents). What will be interesting to see is if the casinos decide to start producing this content themselves. The videos are a great way to train players on new games and generate excitement that can drive future visits.

I love the production value of the videos that Christopher produces. He doesn’t edit out the losses and only show bonuses and jackpots (although I think he does project a luckier-than-average overall image). I also applaud him using his platform to promote causes like Smoke Free Casinos, an effort I’ve long supported (and which may finally get some traction post-pandemic). The partnership with The Plaza is very clever – the section has his favorite games, you can watch videos of him winning jackpots on those games and you can earn your own lucky wristband with 100 points of play in that area. Another recent promotion gave $100 in free play to the first 300 people that mentioned his name in Palm Springs (all were gone the first day). It’s also great that he has a link to NCPG in every video.

So what’s not to like? Security directors will surely see many more copycats try to film without permission. In general, I’d like to see those policies change anyways – from a marketing standpoint, it’s important that guests can share images and videos of them having fun. It’s good for the guest and good for the casinos. I think we are mostly beyond the days of people not wanting to be pictured at a casino (which is not to say guest privacy isn’t important). There are also copyright issues with filming in a casino for profit – some of his videos have to be edited to conceal logos from clothes or mute a song playing in the background. Seems like most of the slot manufacturers are good with their intellectual property being shared and promoted (although I wonder if that will change if some games start to get bad publicity).

The other issue I have with BC Slots is bet size and disclosure. Personally, I’ve always been a minimum bet slot player who likes to maximize time on machine (it is, after all, entertainment). It rubs me the wrong way that BC highlights max betting in all his videos and tends to make light of those that don’t follow suit. While casinos love max bet players, the majority of people can’t afford it and shouldn’t gamble that way. Granted, videos with $25 spins are much more exciting to watch than those with 40-cent spins, but I think it’s unfair if there is no disclosure that some (or all) of that play is coming from the house. From his FAQ page:

How much money do you gamble with & where do you get it from?

Well money is a delicate subject as it’s very personal. I will say however that I am very smart with money. I strictly use an entertainment budget to play with and understand how slot machines work (more on that below). Also a lot of my money gets recycled from previous trips and the key is knowing when to CASH OUT. And just like I don’t ask or know how much my sister and brother make at their jobs, I’m not going to get into finances with complete strangers either 😉

It’s a whole lot easier to do ten pulls on a $100 slot machine if that $1000 was given to you by the casino, no?

That said, I do enjoy watching these videos and will likely continue to do so. Time will tell if it changes the way I play in real life or not. I did try a few new games on my last casino trip based on things I had seen in the videos (although definitely not at those same denomination and bet levels). I think it would also be really interesting if someone compiled statistics/analytics on his videos (index of games played, amounts won/lost, bonuses hit).

In my opinion, there is an amazing lack of information on slot machines online that makes it hard for people to learn about what games they would like (volatility, best odds, payouts, rules). That is probably the biggest benefit to casinos from YouTubers like this – people can see how the games are played before they risk their own money. Hmm…maybe there is a new side hustle in my future…

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2021 at 4:42 pm

Near-miss Orchid Greatness

Posted Sunday, March 14th, 2021 09:13 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 9:13 PM

One away from $15K (and an example of 40-cent vs. 99-cent) @ Grand Casino Hinckley

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2021 at 9:13 pm

So. Much. Playthrough.

Posted Saturday, March 13th, 2021 10:25 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 10:25 PM

Mostly happy switching to Lightning Link (50-cent spins)

Originally published by DK on March 13, 2021 at 10:25 pm

Northland Greatest Hits

Posted Saturday, March 13th, 2021 10:22 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 10:22 PM

Walleye, Bay Muffin, VC Blue Cheese & Wings

Originally published by DK on March 13, 2021 at 10:22 pm

Best line hit so far

Posted Saturday, March 13th, 2021 12:53 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 12:53 PM

Lightning Link – Dragon’s Riches @ Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on March 13, 2021 at 12:53 pm

Friday at the Bay

Posted Friday, March 12th, 2021 01:14 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Games at 1:14 PM

Bay muffin, Wild Chuco, Casino Club

Originally published by DK on March 12, 2021 at 1:14 pm

Sunset Steakhouse

Posted Thursday, March 11th, 2021 08:19 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 8:19 PM

That was not the original name…

Originally published by DK on March 11, 2021 at 8:19 pm

Luna ❤️ BC Slots

Posted Saturday, February 27th, 2021 12:09 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Pets at 12:09 PM

Such a silly doge

Originally published by DK on February 27, 2021 at 12:09 pm

BANZA! Got 3 out of 6

Posted Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 07:58 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 7:58 PM

…and had “spinnies” on the Black Orchid progressive (which would’ve been almost $15,000)

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2021 at 7:58 pm

No

Posted Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 02:24 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 2:24 PM

Answers were MAYBE NEXT TIME, TRY AGAIN, YOU TRIED, CLOSE, OUR REGRETS and NOPE

Originally published by DK on February 3, 2021 at 2:24 pm

I’m addicted to this channel

Posted Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 10:19 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Links,Video at 10:19 AM

https://www.bcslots.com/

Originally published by DK on February 3, 2021 at 10:19 am

Sqrel should totally be a winner

Posted Thursday, January 28th, 2021 03:24 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 3:24 PM

I feel robbed

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2021 at 3:24 pm

One Biiiiillion Dollars

Posted Friday, January 22nd, 2021 12:39 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 12:39 PM

💰 💵 ☘️

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2021 at 12:39 pm

Thanks for the recipe

Posted Thursday, January 14th, 2021 12:09 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 12:09 AM

Shouldn’t this be a state secret?

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2021 at 12:09 am

Finally, a Grand Story

Posted Sunday, January 10th, 2021 11:20 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Mini Posts,Travel at 11:20 PM

The very clever series of commercials for Grand Casino (developed by the talented Chad Germann and his team at Red Circle Agency) has always made me feel like I should have one of those experiences at some point. Sadly, I’ve never had a large jackpot at Hinckley or Mille Lacs, but today my daughter and I at least had something happen that might qualify as a true Grand Story:

Hinckley has a ton of my favorite game, Black Orchid, often with unusually high progressives. The first machine I played today had a large frog progressive, so MK pulled out her lucky frog (a handmade clay pin) and set it on the machine. A few minutes later, boom, $78.43 frog jackpot. On our way out, we saw another Black Orchid that had a very large butterfly progressive that we tried to hit (unsuccessfully). Just before giving up, though, we hit a smaller $30.61 frog jackpot that put us back on the positive side of the ledger for the night…

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2021 at 11:20 pm

Prime rib, Grand-style

Posted Sunday, January 10th, 2021 09:48 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 9:48 PM

Not usually a fan of prime rib, but this was delicious

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2021 at 9:48 pm

Wow – FSN to become Bally’s

Posted Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 11:03 am GMT -5 in Business,Casinos,Sports,Television at 11:03 AM

https://www.startribune.com/from-play-ball-to-play-bally-s-sinclair-betting-on-legal-gambling-to-boost-viewership/573452881/

Originally published by DK on December 22, 2020 at 11:03 am

Bravo, Minnehaha Cafe

Posted Monday, November 16th, 2020 08:58 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 8:58 PM

Breakfast, lunch or dinner – always good

Originally published by DK on November 16, 2020 at 8:58 pm

Good fortune *did* arrive

Posted Monday, November 16th, 2020 08:47 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 8:47 PM

Thank you, babies!

Originally published by DK on November 16, 2020 at 8:47 pm

SK at the Steakhouse

Posted Monday, November 16th, 2020 08:31 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Food at 8:31 PM

Such a solid joint

Originally published by DK on November 16, 2020 at 8:31 pm

FU Moo Moo

Posted Monday, November 16th, 2020 08:28 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Pets at 8:28 PM

Snol’s casino debut

Originally published by DK on November 16, 2020 at 8:28 pm

We went 0-10

Posted Monday, November 16th, 2020 09:57 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Football,Games at 9:57 AM

Tank for Trevor?

Originally published by DK on November 16, 2020 at 9:57 am

Highest 40-cent Orchid ever

Posted Monday, November 2nd, 2020 12:32 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 12:32 AM

But I only hit the cat one

Originally published by DK on November 2, 2020 at 12:32 am

Good fortune has arrived

Posted Sunday, October 11th, 2020 06:07 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 6:07 PM

…but it didn’t stick around

Originally published by DK on October 11, 2020 at 6:07 pm

This soup, though

Posted Sunday, October 11th, 2020 06:02 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 6:02 PM

Chicken wild rice soup @ Minnehaha Cafe, Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on October 11, 2020 at 6:02 pm

$40 on a 30-cent bet

Posted Friday, October 2nd, 2020 06:03 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 6:03 PM

Thanks, Grand Portage (gave it all back)

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2020 at 6:03 pm

New games at Mel’s old place

Posted Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 12:35 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 12:35 PM

I miss Mel

Originally published by DK on September 30, 2020 at 12:35 pm

This view never gets old

Posted Friday, September 25th, 2020 10:53 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Golf,Nature,Travel at 10:53 PM

Approach to nine green, peak color, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay #nofilter

Originally published by DK on September 25, 2020 at 10:53 pm

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Posted Friday, September 25th, 2020 10:48 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 10:48 PM

Top notch food at Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on September 25, 2020 at 10:48 pm

Good returns

Posted Thursday, September 24th, 2020 10:11 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 10:11 PM

Small bets lead to small jackpots

Originally published by DK on September 24, 2020 at 10:11 pm