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    How Do They Do It?

    I, and am sure many of you, watch Youtube channels of people playing, live streaming, posting videos....
    And they bet large...and often. Are these people gazillionaires...? Or they funded by their followers? I must be missing something.
    And if they're funded by their followers...what's in it for them (do they get a share)?

    I'm totally baffled by people losing hundreds of dollars in a few minutes in one machine and then go on to the next.

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    My guess would be that many who started out are outright millionaires, or at least financially stable enough to spend $10k a month gambling.

    I look through the slot channels I watched, and the one with the most subs has only around 280k. I don't think Youtube pays them that much to fund their hobby. As for patron donations, that is unknown to us. Again, I don't think the fans donate enough to pay for the gambling trips.

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    I've gotten to know a few slot YouTubers. I remember about 10 years ago when I realized that slot YouTube videos even existed. I had no idea that someone would want to watch someone else play a slot machine...

    For some it's a hobby and a little revenue from YouTube helps fund their gambling. For others it is their business and they make good money doing it. I would guess that it is a lot like musicians in that for every one that is popular, well known, and making good money there are 1,000 others that aren't.

    In my early years in the business I had a group of customers that would come into the casino to play video keno. They would each buy a whole can of nickels, $100 worth. They would unwrap them and play nickel keno one nickel at a time. To me this would be so boring it would border on torture but they had a blast. On the other end of the spectrum I remember congratulating a $$30,000 JP winner who was playing a $25 machine. He said "thanks, two more of those and I'll be even". All kinds of different players with different levels of spend.

    The whole YouTube as a business thing fascinates me. The popular YouTubers (Slot YouTubers and really all YouTubers) have a number of ways to make money. Fan clubs, exclusive access to certain live streams, and probably most importantly, merchandise. "Only $20 for five rubber wristbands with my latest catch phrase printed on them". On top of just merchandise, giveaways based on how much people spend on the merchandise.

    I've watched (in amazement) a few of the live streams for slot YouTubers and people send them money in real time while it's happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MsTabbyKats View Post
    I, and am sure many of you, watch Youtube channels of people playing, live streaming, posting videos....
    And they bet large...and often. Are these people gazillionaires...? Or they funded by their followers? I must be missing something.
    And if they're funded by their followers...what's in it for them (do they get a share)?

    I'm totally baffled by people losing hundreds of dollars in a few minutes in one machine and then go on to the next.
    Some are wealthy... and some have generated wealth through their video play. Many have Patreon accounts, where people pay to see videos not released to the general public, they sell merchandise, and when they live stream, people donate. They hold Slot parties at casinos, slot group pulls. etc. They use their player club cards for all of this, and when you are playing that large amount, you end up with a lot of free play, and free hotel rooms, food, etc. SDguy123 is one of these guys.... I do think that he actually does this for a living now. And, I also think that many of these people are addicts as well... unable to stop, but have found a way to feed their habit. SDguy posts daily, and he often leaves the casino well ahead of his supposed monies going into the casino. When you get free rooms, free food, and free play into the hundreds per day, it is easy to bet large. and... there ARE people who really DO have a large monthly income who DO bet that much... it is all relational... make $100,000.00 a month, it is simple to see how someone can take 20 grand to the casino. No different than someone like me taking $500.00 to the casino.... it is the percentage I can afford. I watch people at the casino bet $20-$50 a spin... they win big, yes, but they also lose big. Relative... everything is relative.

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    Interesting....it seems everyone agrees with "they must have money". I'd say "trust fund babies". All the posters look way too young to be retired with an amassed fortune.

    What I find interesting is that they all seem so calm. I see a lot of emotion in "the real world". In addition...the high rollers I see look like they're playing on the govt's money.

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    ive always wondered about this as well.. a little out of curiosity and mostly out of envy.

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    I've watched a few playing $25 -100 per spin, inserting anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 Tito. Possibly lottery winners, inheritance, business owners, highly paid professionals...who knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuffinCups View Post
    I've watched a few playing $25 -100 per spin, inserting anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 Tito. Possibly lottery winners, inheritance, business owners, highly paid professionals...who knows.
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    I have known a few of the You Tubers (many started on this original forum in the late 2000's) and statistically, while it looks pretty on You Tube, most have lost a lot of money on the slots themselves over the years. It seems their merchandising and "fan club" activities brings in the revenue for their play. A few have "interesting" pasts. I have noticed that even the "big" betters have pulled back in the past few years. The edited videos, compared to the "live" ones, tend to show less of the major losses.
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    The slot youtubers make A LOT of their money from monetized youtube accounts and videos. Ever notice when you go to click on a video and you watch that 3-5 second commercial before the video plays or right before you get to see the big bonus hit a quick 3 second video pops up? Thats how they make most of their money.

    A 10 minute or so youtube video with 1,000,000 views can pay the content owner $10,000+.

    There's a popular youtuber named Mr Beast, he has tens of millions of subscribers, he literally gives away, cars, houses and tons of money to random people. His videos get 25,000,000 views in 2 days.

    Yeah they have patreon accounts, sell merchandise and get superchats during livestreams but a big chunk of their money and income comes to them thru the views on their youtube videos.

    Also, some have sponsorships and make money with those too.

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