Spinning and Winning

Staying Connected Through a Love of Slot Machines

Have you ever wondered what people search for most on YouTube? In a word – music! According to a recently released report, a quarter of the Top 100 searches worldwide are music-related. Canadian artist Justin Bieber is one of the most popular these days. Did you know there are more than two-million monthly searches for Despacito? A song that saw a huge boost in views after the release of Bieber’s remix. In fact, Despacito, the original version, is now the most watched video of all-time on Youtube at 6.5 billion views.

The video gaming sector is on the rise too. Many of the platform’s top searches are dominated by video games and those who play them. This is a growing trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, any time soon. Despite competition from sites like Twitch, games like Fortnite, Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto have gained tremendous traction on YouTube. So much so that pro gamers, have become household names.

The data was released back In October by Ahrefs. They’re a data-driven marketing company with a toolset powered by a huge index of backlinks, keywords and content. The report also shows that millions of people are watching live TV on Youtube with searches like “CNN Live,” “Fox News Live,” or simply “live” getting millions of searches per month. But, did you know that there are YouTubers that cover slot machines?

Slot Machine Gambling?

“I’ve been part of the slot community on YouTube now for several years and there’s a great camaraderie on there and a lot of great people. I’ve made some great friends through the years,” slots enthusiast Blain Klein said.

No, slot machine gambling didn’t make the cut on the Top 100 search list but if Klein has his way that will soon change. The 58 year old professional treasure hunter from Portage, Michigan, is just one of many new video creators and live streamers who provide excellent gambling-related content on Youtube, where the slots community is burgeoning and thriving.

“Tis’ the season for 800 subscribers,” reads a meme at the top of Klein’s Facebook page, an indication of just how well his channel’s been received in the very short time it’s been around. In the six months since its inception, his channel, Spinning and Winning with Blain, has more than 800 subscribers and it’s growing daily.

“Somehow, someway we’re all connected by our love of slot machines. Many of us see each other weekly via live chats. We converse back and forth on Facebook and those relationships grow. Many of us will meet live at the casino and even take trips to Las Vegas.”

Klein was first attracted to slot machines at the age of 18, when he “looked older” and somehow managed to hit a $125 jackpot on a nickel slot machine in Las Vegas. He’s been playing for more than 40 years now and has gathered a vast repertoire of knowledge along the way. He is certainly no stranger to staring down the one-armed bandits. Technology has changed over the years but his love for the game has not. He’s been hooked ever since that first pull nearly four decades ago.

The Thrill of the Slot

“I think it’s the thrill of the win and the excitement that draws people to the slots. It’s an adventure, an escape, it’s a game that takes you away from reality for a while. The machines give you a short adrenaline rush but with anything, especially a slot machine or any form of gambling, you have to play with responsibility. Don’t over extend yourself.  You need to know your limitations and when to quit.”

Klein’s goal with his channel is to simply have fun, enjoy the slots and share his experience with others, any win is a bonus, and he is not alone in that endeavour. Team Maple has already told you about Jon Friedl, aka Professor Slots, author of Learning to Win: How to Make a Profit at Slot Machine Gambling, who has also taken the leap on Youtube.

Brian Christopher, Diana Evanni and The Big Jackpot boast three of the bigger, more watched slot machine channels on Youtube. Slot Cats and Windy City Frenzy also have highly visible and busy channels.

Streaming into the Future

Spinning and Winning with Blain is here to stay. Klein has no plans to stop publishing or posting content. His channel is jam packed with hundreds of videos and live streams. You’ll see titles like ‘Eureka,’ ‘High Stakes Big Bonus,” and ‘Piggy Bankin’ Makin’ Moolah.” He profiles different slot websites, both real money and free play. He even offers up tips on how to cash in on the various special bonuses offered.

In Youtube, he’s found a fascinating new hobby and a direct link to other likeminded individuals who share his passion. It’s been lucrative at times as well. His biggest win of $6,400 came 15 years ago at the Stardust Hotel on a $1 machine.

“I have won several times while streaming. I’ve had jackpots of $1,180 and $895 and I have hit several times for $1,000 and a few times for $4,000 on a machine called Buffalo Gold. It’s very exciting when that happens. I’m spinning and winning for fun and I love it when people come along for the ride and have some fun too.”

And just think, with just 200 more subscribers on Youtube he’ll hit another jackpot – He’ll be monetized!

 

Derrick Oliver

Derrick Oliver

Derrick Oliver Dewan is the founder of High Roller Radio and has interviewed a number of the world's top poker players and gamblers. A former radio and television broadcaster, Derrick was brand manager for Poker Pro Canada magazine and has written for a variety of publications, including the Toronto Star & Windsor Life.

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