A tidbit from the world of land based gambling today, as we look at the launch of the new Pawn Stars slot based on the popular television show. Released by Bally Technologies, this (perhaps bizarre) slot machine carries on the current trend of immortalising just about every movie that gets released and every television show out there, and is currently available in Las Vegas.
As you play your way through the game you will come face to face with the “stars” of the show on the reels, including Rick “The Spotter” Harrison, Richard “The Old Man” Harrison, Auston “Chumlee” Russell or Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison. One of the main features of the game is a bonus round in which you get to negotiate with these larger than life characters, and if you get it right then you will win a jackpot.
You will find the slot machine games in a wide range of casino resorts who have picked them up, including The Mirage, The Venetian, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Golden Nugget, Mandalay Bay, Circus Circus, Palms Casino Resort, ARIA, Monte Carlo, Luxor, and the MGM Grand. There is a real interactive element to the game, as one of the team will offer you a certain amount of cash to buy an item from you – and if you want to use a gamble feature, then you go to an appraiser who will look at the object and give it a valuation, with the risk being that they could push the price lower.
“You win a jackpot, you get a (virtual) item,” Rick Harrison explains. “We go back and forth and come to a deal, or we don’t. It’s like you’re in a pawn shop.” Thankfully, you do not actually have to go into a pawn shop in order to find the games, although the real life Gold & Silver Pawn Shop run by the Harrisons on Las Vegas Boulevard has inexplicably become one of the top attractions in the city – mostly with people coming in as tourists with a small or low value item to sell, and queues forming to get in that could last you an hour.