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TBT to Fair Twilight Hours

Posted Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 08:31 am GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 8:31 AM

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2021 at 8:31 am

Drivin’ Down to Georgia

Posted Thursday, May 6th, 2021 11:29 am GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 11:29 AM

Originally published by DK on May 6, 2021 at 11:29 am

I could watch this all day

Posted Monday, May 3rd, 2021 07:45 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 7:45 PM

Originally published by DK on May 3, 2021 at 7:45 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

Where Dreams Go To Die

Posted Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 04:06 pm GMT -5 in Links,Marathons,Running,Video at 4:06 PM

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2021 at 4:06 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

The Kate Bush Story 🎶

Posted Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 02:12 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Music,Video at 2:12 PM

Originally published by DK on January 26, 2021 at 2:12 pm

What a gift to be alive

Posted Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 10:54 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 10:54 PM

Originally published by DK on December 30, 2020 at 10:54 pm

Hanukkah Sessions: Night One

Posted Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 08:53 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 8:53 PM

Originally published by DK on December 16, 2020 at 8:53 pm

History of our Hood

Posted Monday, December 14th, 2020 12:01 am GMT -5 in History,Links,Video at 12:01 AM

https://video.tpt.org/video/tpt-documentaries-lowertown-rise-urban-village/

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2020 at 12:01 am

Xevious had great sounds

Posted Thursday, October 29th, 2020 11:36 pm GMT -5 in Games,History,Links,Video at 11:36 PM

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2020 at 11:36 pm

Never enough Tom Petty

Posted Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 10:50 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 10:50 PM

Originally published by DK on October 20, 2020 at 10:50 pm

Use WordPress? Wordfence Live

Posted Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 02:41 pm GMT -5 in Links,Technology,Video at 2:41 PM

Originally published by DK on October 6, 2020 at 2:41 pm

Gloraz + Roba Smeefma

Posted Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 12:32 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 12:32 PM

Originally published by DK on September 9, 2020 at 12:32 pm

Happy travels, you fascist

Posted Sunday, September 6th, 2020 11:45 am GMT -5 in History,Links,Television,Travel,Video at 11:45 AM

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2020 at 11:45 am

“Wildflowers” (Home Recording)

Posted Thursday, August 20th, 2020 12:35 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 12:35 PM

Originally published by DK on August 20, 2020 at 12:35 pm

Looking good, Highland Bridge

Posted Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 05:09 pm GMT -5 in Business,Links,Video at 5:09 PM

Originally published by DK on July 14, 2020 at 5:09 pm

RIP Ennio Morricone

Posted Monday, July 6th, 2020 09:28 am GMT -5 in Links,Movies,Music,Video at 9:28 AM

Originally published by DK on July 6, 2020 at 9:28 am

I miss Tom an awful lot ❤️

Posted Friday, June 26th, 2020 10:08 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Music,Video at 10:08 PM

Originally published by DK on June 26, 2020 at 10:08 pm

Hocus Pocus by Focus

Posted Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 07:05 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 7:05 PM

Originally published by DK on June 24, 2020 at 7:05 pm

Regroup, attack & disperse again

Posted Thursday, May 28th, 2020 09:27 am GMT -5 in Design,Games,History,Links,Video at 9:27 AM

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2020 at 9:27 am

Don’t cry in my office

Posted Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 03:33 pm GMT -5 in Links,Movies,Video at 3:33 PM

Originally published by DK on May 6, 2020 at 3:33 pm

Peter Gabriel Live in Italy

Posted Monday, April 13th, 2020 04:23 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Links,Music,Video at 4:23 PM
Originally published by DK on April 13, 2020 at 4:23 pm

Stipey trimmed the beard

Posted Monday, March 30th, 2020 10:53 am GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 10:53 AM

Watch Michael Stipe Unveil Demo of New Song ‘No Time for Love Like Now’

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2020 at 10:53 am

Kenny Don’t Love Me No More

Posted Saturday, March 21st, 2020 04:11 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 4:11 PM

Originally published by DK on March 21, 2020 at 4:11 pm

Bucket List Rage

Posted Monday, February 10th, 2020 04:26 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Links,Music,Video at 4:26 PM

Originally published by DK on February 10, 2020 at 4:26 pm

Is this new Pearl Jam or Muse?

Posted Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 01:05 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 1:05 PM

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2020 at 1:05 pm

iamamiwhoami; vista

Posted Thursday, September 12th, 2019 09:03 am GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 9:03 AM

Originally published by DK on September 12, 2019 at 9:03 am

Earthquakes of Cascadia

Posted Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 03:37 pm GMT -5 in Links,Science,Video at 3:37 PM

Originally published by DK on September 4, 2019 at 3:37 pm

Are you a maneater too, Beavis?

Posted Thursday, August 29th, 2019 01:08 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 1:08 PM

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2019 at 1:08 pm

These guys are so great

Posted Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 07:34 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 7:34 PM

youtube.com/watch?v=rzPWOVdI__Y

Originally published by DK on August 21, 2019 at 7:34 pm

MK swam with her at Riptide

Posted Saturday, July 27th, 2019 02:22 pm GMT -5 in Links,Sports,Video at 2:22 PM

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2019 at 2:22 pm

She’s 50!

Posted Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 12:48 pm GMT -5 in Links,Video at 12:48 PM

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Union Depot Floodcam

Posted Sunday, March 24th, 2019 07:38 pm GMT -5 in Links,Video,Weather at 7:38 PM

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2019 at 7:38 pm

Wish the D would return to MN

Posted Friday, November 9th, 2018 09:43 am GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 9:43 AM

Originally published by DK on November 9, 2018 at 9:43 am

Drones attack Pine Valley GC

Posted Monday, September 10th, 2018 04:27 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Links,Video at 4:27 PM

https://www.golfdigest.com/story/pine-valley-golf-club-like-youve-never-seen-it-exclusive-drone-footage-of-all-18-holes

Originally published by DK on September 10, 2018 at 4:27 pm

Union Depot Railfan Cam 1

Posted Thursday, July 26th, 2018 09:52 am GMT -5 in Links,Video at 9:52 AM

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2018 at 9:52 am

Cali + Gorillaz + JB = ❤️

Posted Thursday, May 31st, 2018 11:47 am GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 11:47 AM

Originally published by DK on May 31, 2018 at 11:47 am

Oh, The Places You’ll Flow!

Posted Sunday, March 11th, 2018 09:49 am GMT -5 in Hockey,Links,Video at 9:49 AM

Originally published by DK on March 11, 2018 at 9:49 am

Real life Black Mirror

Posted Monday, February 12th, 2018 04:55 pm GMT -5 in Links,Technology,Video at 4:55 PM

Originally published by DK on February 12, 2018 at 4:55 pm

Impossible Germany on KCRW

Posted Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 11:41 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Links,Music,Video at 11:41 PM

Originally published by DK on November 15, 2017 at 11:41 pm

So beautiful (and so sad)

Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 12:02 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Television,Video at 12:02 PM
Originally published by DK on May 27, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Simply one of the best

Posted Thursday, April 13th, 2017 02:34 pm GMT -5 in Links,Movies,Pop Culture,Video at 2:34 PM

Originally published by DK on April 13, 2017 at 2:34 pm

The 2017 Salad Report

Posted Saturday, March 11th, 2017 11:40 pm GMT -5 in Hockey,Links,Video at 11:40 PM

Originally published by DK on March 11, 2017 at 11:40 pm

Keeping up with the Kattarshians

Posted Friday, February 24th, 2017 10:07 am GMT -5 in Links,Pets,Video at 10:07 AM

http://nutiminn.is/kattarshians/

Originally published by DK on February 24, 2017 at 10:07 am

Excellence at the Burg

Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 01:23 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Links,Video at 1:23 PM
Originally published by DK on February 21, 2017 at 1:23 pm

Smithy’s Carpool Karaoke

Posted Monday, December 26th, 2016 10:59 am GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 10:59 AM

Originally published by DK on December 26, 2016 at 10:59 am

An office holiday card

Posted Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 12:54 pm GMT -5 in Football,Holidays,Links,Video,Work at 12:54 PM

http://www.vikings.com/holiday-card.html

Originally published by DK on December 21, 2016 at 12:54 pm

10K resolution is a thing?

Posted Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 09:38 am GMT -5 in Football,Links,Technology,Television,Video at 9:38 AM
Originally published by DK on October 2, 2016 at 9:38 am

Metallica: Hardwired Premiere

Posted Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 02:46 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Links,Music,Video at 2:46 PM

Originally published by DK on August 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm

“Prince was the shit”

Posted Friday, April 22nd, 2016 12:48 am GMT -5 in Links,Television,Video at 12:48 AM

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/e748yj/chappelle-s-show-charlie-murphy-s-true-hollywood-stories—prince—uncensored

Originally published by DK on April 22, 2016 at 12:48 am

America’s Bold North

Posted Monday, October 19th, 2015 10:40 am GMT -5 in Links,Video at 10:40 AM

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2015 at 10:40 am

Lost Python? Yes!!

Posted Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 10:50 am GMT -5 in History,Links,Movies,Pop Culture,Video at 10:50 AM

Originally published by DK on October 14, 2015 at 10:50 am

U.S. Bank Stadium Live Stream

Posted Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 11:15 am GMT -5 in Links,Sports,Video at 11:15 AM

http://www.vikings.com/stadium/new-stadium/webcam.html

Originally published by DK on September 23, 2015 at 11:15 am

Twenty-four people

Posted Monday, September 21st, 2015 01:27 pm GMT -5 in Links,Science,Video at 1:27 PM

Originally published by DK on September 21, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Sign me up – Grandma’s 40th

Posted Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 04:56 pm GMT -5 in Links,Marathons,Running,Video at 4:56 PM

Originally published by DK on September 2, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Don’t Jump Off

Posted Thursday, June 18th, 2015 01:04 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 1:04 PM

Originally published by DK on June 18, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Minnesota IT Jobs Report

Posted Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 08:21 pm GMT -5 in Links,Technology,Video,Work at 8:21 PM

Originally published by DK on June 2, 2015 at 8:21 pm

Delta, Delta, Delta

Posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 12:29 pm GMT -5 in Links,Travel,Video at 12:29 PM

Originally published by DK on May 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Gone Squatchin

Posted Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 10:56 am GMT -5 in Golf,Links,Video at 10:56 AM

Originally published by DK on April 29, 2015 at 10:56 am

Now I’m hungry again

Posted Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 12:37 pm GMT -5 in Food,Links,Video at 12:37 PM

Originally published by DK on March 3, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Badger van down by the river

Posted Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 09:23 pm GMT -5 in Links,Pop Culture,Schools,Video at 9:23 PM

Originally published by DK on February 24, 2015 at 9:23 pm

There is a video for everything

Posted Friday, December 12th, 2014 11:20 pm GMT -5 in Links,Television,Video at 11:20 PM

Originally published by DK on December 12, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Line Cook

Posted Friday, December 12th, 2014 11:19 pm GMT -5 in Food,Links,Video at 11:19 PM
Originally published by DK on December 12, 2014 at 11:19 pm

My Ad of the Year

Posted Saturday, December 6th, 2014 11:42 am GMT -5 in Links,Video at 11:42 AM

Originally published by DK on December 6, 2014 at 11:42 am

Charlie Fixin’ to Die

Posted Saturday, November 29th, 2014 05:53 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 5:53 PM

Originally published by DK on November 29, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Owner of a Turtle Heart

Posted Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 08:41 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 8:41 PM

http://www.avclub.com/video/trampled-turtles-covers-yes-210712

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Drones Over Tower

Posted Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 03:32 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Links,Video at 3:32 PM
Originally published by DK on October 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm

What’s up, blue ox?

Posted Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 02:17 pm GMT -5 in Links,Video at 2:17 PM

http://www.bemidji.org/pages/ChamberWebcams

Originally published by DK on October 7, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Joe has turned around ATI

Posted Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 09:50 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Links,Video at 9:50 AM

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2014 at 9:50 am
 

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