Beat it -- or not -- Vegas to unveil Michael Jackson slot machine

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Beat it -- or not -- Vegas to unveil Michael Jackson slot machine

By Michael Martinez, CNN
October 1, 2011 -- Updated 2243 GMT (0643 HKT)

Los Angeles (CNN) -- As the trial surrounding Michael Jackson's death gets underway, Las Vegas is about to make a revelation of its own: A Michael Jackson slot machine, to be unveiled next week.

It's just a coincidence that the release of the Michael Jackson King of Pop slot game on Tuesday is occurring along with the trial of the performer's physician, Conrad Murray, who's charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death, said a spokesman for Bally Technologies.

The Los Angeles trial, exposing stark details of Jackson's last moments, began this past week.

With iconic images of his sequined glove and dancing shoes, the Jackson slot machine exemplifies state-of-the-art gaming, with a surround-sound chair that even vibrates to the pop legend's music, the manufacturer said. The machine also has four high-definition screens for wagering and displaying his videos such as "Beat It."

A University of Nevada Las Vegas gaming analyst who reviewed the machine Friday predicted it is "going to be a popular game for a lot of people" -- though it is "unfortunate" that the game is being unveiled during the manslaughter trial, the analyst said.

Another expert on Vegas gaming noted how slot machines are programmed to guarantee a return for casinos. "Slot machines generally speaking are the most profitable for the casino, and they are the most cynical in their design," said Marc Cooper, an associate journalism professor at the University of Southern California and author of "The Last Honest Place in America: Paradise and Perdition in the New Las Vegas."

"That the manufacturers of these machines would extend the cynicism from math to popular icons should not be surprising to anybody," Cooper said.

The Jackson game is being introduced Tuesday at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. Bally plans to show 150 games in total, with the Jackson slot machine among its top features, the firm said.

Bally executives said Saturday that the timing was accidental.

"We started the process about a year ago," said Mike Mitchell, vice president of game design at Bally, adding that's when the firm negotiated the licensing of Jackson's music and videos with several parties, including Jackson's family and estate.

The game will be in casinos by early 2012, he said.

Added Bally spokesman Mike Trask, referring to the manslaughter trial: "It's a sad story for everybody. No matter what you think of Michael Jackson and what you think of everything going on, there's no question that he was an amazing entertainer and he was an icon of American pop culture. It's going to be a fun and thrilling game that millions of players are going to enjoy playing all over the world."

The game emphasizes an immersion experience in which players sit in a chair with Jackson's music piped into speakers behind the headrest, and the tunes are intensified with subwoofers and thumpers, said Bally video game designer David Schultz.

The music list is composed of six songs: "Billie Jean," "Beat It," "Smooth Criminal," "Bad," "Dirty Diana" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," according to Bally.

The game is designed so that during bonus rounds, Jackson's sequin glove shows the player where to touch the screen to spin a gaming wheel, designed like an album, to try to win a credit, Bally spokesmen said.

A celebrating Jackson also moonwalks across the screen and gives the player wild symbols, spokesmen said.

The game targets people who grew up to MTV and recall Jackson's original videos, Bally executives said.

"These were groundbreakers, and they still hold up," said Bally game producer Chris Guerrero about the Jackson videos. "It's amazing to watch them each and every time."

Said Trask: "The person who was 18 when 'Beat It' came out is now 40 and now has more discretionary income and is excited about this game."

The minimum bet is 40 cents, with a maximum of $4, Bally officials said. Because the game will be networked with other Jackson machines across Nevada -- a so-called wide-area progressive game -- the jackpots will start at $750,000 and extend into the millions, Bally officials said.

Mitchell deemed the game a "blockbuster."

"We think the Michael Jackson brand, along with the energy and entertainment value, combined with the jackpot, will give us a huge hit," Mitchell said.

David G. Schwartz, director of the center for gaming research at University of Nevada at Las Vegas, said the game is being rolled out just as the global audiences are watching the televised manslaughter trial and learning the stark circumstances of Jackson's death. Jackson died at age 50 in 2009 of an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, in combination with sedatives.

"It's kind of unfortunate because there's people talking about the last hours of Jackson's life," said Schwartz, "but I don't think there's too much they can do about the timing of it because of the expo next week."

Schwartz tested the game Friday at Bally's invitation, he said.

"I've never seen anything that integrates that kind of video content right into the game," Schwartz said. "It's just a fun game because you basically got Michael Jackson, the music and the dancing that is part of the game. That's why I think it's going to be a popular game for a lot of people.

"It has an 'immersive' aspect that is coming out in a lot of games now," said Schwartz, who reviews gambling trends for Las Vegas publications and on his blog and dgschwartz.com website.

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Thank you for sharing this article.
I'm sure Michael was the 1st one who tested the game ;D
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Thank you for sharing this article.
I'm sure Michael was the 1st one who tested the game ;D

You're welcome Everlasting. For some reason this sentence caught my attention "It has an 'immersive' aspect that is coming out in a lot of games now" ... could apply to the Hoax.
We are here for you Michael and will always love you whatever happens.
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Something that stood out to me was the fact that a good thing to get on a slot machine is 7-7-7 (jackpot number).

We all know the significance of that number ;)

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Michael Jackson slot gets a boost from his brothers






Posted on July 5, 2012 by William Sokolic

Tito, Marlon, and Jackie Jackson unveiled the new Michael Jackson King of Pop video slot machines at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa last Friday. As the unveiling came three days after Jackson’s death three years ago, the brothers were overcome with emotion.  Hiding their tears behind matching sunglasses, the brothers watched as fans of the late pop legend tried their luck on Bally Technologies’ tribute to “the world’s greatest entertainer”. Later that night, the brothers, with Jermaine performed to a sold out audience in the Event Center.


http://blogs.courierpostonline.com/acuncovered/2012/07/05/michael-jackson-slot-gets-a-boost-from-his-brothers/






Okay, I don't know how I missed this thread back when it was first posted, but I had to dig for it and comment on it.

Today I was in the casino with my mom and I heard MJ's music playing...but it wasn't over the loud speaker.

I looked around and hunted for the source of the music because it was driving me crazy not knowing where it was coming from.


....and then BAM I walked up on the Michael Jackson slot machine. 


I was floored! I didn't even know these existed. :icon_eek:

They play his music the whole time you play the machine. 

I was grooving in my seat so bad that my mom walked away embarrassed.


...I guess my grooving paid off....I won $50.... Thanks MJ!  :icon_razz:



If you're ever in a casino, hunt for it! You'll love it.

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Hiding their tears behind matching sunglasses

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@Snoopy71

I got to play the MJ slots back in May.  I wasn't sure they would have it down here in LA so I walked around a bit to check and sure 'nuff, I found them.  I was so excited.  The music is loud (speakers right next to your ears) and the seats vibrate. They had 3 machines in a row and I took turns playing all of them.  I won big on all 3.  The most was $232 dollars on one of them (see below).  :penguin:  I loved it!  I don't like penny machines but this one is an exception.   ;D


[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOOJs-EW7q8[/youtube]

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I got to play the MJ slots back in May.  I wasn't sure they would have it down here in LA so I walked around a bit to check and sure 'nuff, I found them.  I was so excited.  The music is loud (speakers right next to your ears) and the seats vibrate. They had 3 machines in a row and I took turns playing all of them.  I won big on all 3.  The most was $232 dollars on one of them (see below).  :penguin:  I loved it!  I don't like penny machines but this one is an exception.   ;D


[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOOJs-EW7q8[/youtube]

Yep, loved every minute of it. The music blasts like it's in stereo surround sound! :Michael_Jackson_dancing_smile

The lady next to me won a lot of money...she was getting her groove on too!  :icon_lol:

I think this has become an all time favorite machine of mine  :icon_e_wink:

Just watching your video clip I miss it already!

I'd love to have one of these in my house! :animal0017:


....the only thing that was kinda weird was people would gather around you and watch you play the machine. :suspect:

I guess they were waiting for MJ to jump out of it or something!  :icon_lol:


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Thank you for sharing this article.
I'm sure Michael was the 1st one who tested the game ;D



 :icon_lol: :icon_lol: :icon_lol:  sure !!!!!
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Thank you for sharing this article.
I'm sure Michael was the 1st one who tested the game ;D



 :icon_lol: :icon_lol: :icon_lol:  sure !!!!!



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Woman wins $1.5 million
on Michael Jackson game at LCO




Tami DeMarr of Hayward gives a thumbs-up sign after
winning a $1.5 million jackpot Nov. 30 at the LCO Casino



The LCO Casino Lodge & Convention Center awarded $1.5 million to jackpot winner Tami DeMarr of Hayward on Friday, Nov. 30.

According to DeMarr, she had inserted a $20 bill and played the first spin when the jackpot hit for $1,527,006.18 on the newly-released Wide Area Progressive Michael Jackson slot machine. The machine had only been on the floor for 17 days.

“Congratulations to Tami on her big win here at LCO Casino,” said LCO Casino Lodge & Convention Center Chief Executive Officer Lee Harden. “There are two very cool things about this win. This happened on the birthday of her twin sons and it was 30 years to the day that Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ album was released. We couldn’t be happier for her.”

LCO Casino Lodge & Convention Center recently introduced 400 brand new chairs to the gaming floor and installed 60 new slot games.

According to DeMarr, her immediate plans for the win include purchasing a new handicap-accessible van for her daughter.



What a thrill (er)!  :th_bravo:
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WOW!  Lucky her!  But it should have been me!   :Pulling_hair:

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WOW!  Lucky her!  But it should have been me!   :Pulling_hair:

 :icon_lol:

I heard that!   But it still gives me hope. :icon_e_biggrin:

....next time I'm just going to make sure I'm parked in front of one of MJ's slot machines on an album/film release date!  :icon_e_wink:


.....hmmmm...the TII release date perhaps?!  :animal0017:
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WOW!  Lucky her!  But it should have been me!   :Pulling_hair:

 :icon_lol: :icon_lol:    for you Snoopy71   :bearhug:

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Hey! I don't know how I missed this either, last year!

But, it appears that we ALL can play with MJ online, sans the vibrating chairs, for real money or just for fun, too!  :icon_bounce: :icon_bounce: this is as far as I got today, but, ZOWIEEE,  :bearhug:  :affraid: he's here, he's there, HE'S EVERYWHERE!  :icon_e_surprised: :Michael_Jackson_dancing_smile :Michael_Jackson_dancing_smile :Michael_Jackson_dancing_smile 
         
http://www.slotsinvegas.com/bally/micheal-jackson/


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It is certainly an amazing feeling playing  on MJ's slot machine, getting bonus when starts Beat It where MJ sings and kicks giving more bonuses to a player. Not to mention what an awesome, wonderful show "One' is at Mandalay Bay. It was as good as Immortal but with different incline to spread his daring message to governm. and the world. Michael's hologram as teenager and adult in gold costume ends show  making fans cry.  :michael_jackson-1135: :michael_jackson-1135: :michael_jackson-1135:   :-*
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Why not just tell people I'm an alien from Mars? Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight. They'll believe anything you say, because you're a reporter. But if I, Michael Jackson, were to say, "I'm an alien from Mars and I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight," people would say, "Oh, man, that Michael Jackson is nuts. He's cracked up. You can't believe a single word that comes out of his mouth."