Players get a grip on
new Hee Haw slots

May 29, 2006 2:47 AM

Bally Technologies has begun installing its new Hee Haw slot machine based on the long-running classic television show that ranks among the most popular TV programs of all time.

Featuring Hee Haw co-hosts Buck Owens and Roy Clark and colorful down-on-the-farm characters, the Hee Haw slot machine is a multi-level progressive game on the five-reel S9000 machine driven by Bally’s advanced ALPHA OS technology.

Already on line and entertaining players at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and other casinos around the country, the Hee Haw slot machine is now being offered to U.S. casinos in all major jurisdictions, stretching from Atlantic City to California.

The Hee Haw slot was in the spotlight during a special event on May 22, the eve of the Academy of Country Music Awards. Invited guests from both the gaming and country music industries celebrated the launch of the Hee Haw slot while paying tribute to the late Buck Owens at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. Buck Owens’ band, The Buckaroos, along with Buck’s son, Buddy Alan Owens.

Also paying tribute were current country stars Dwight Yoakam and Aaron Tippin and other special guests who performed during a high-energy jam session in front more than 300 people at the private party.

The Hee Haw slot features a configurable multi-level progressive program that gives players a chance at five "quick-hit" progressive jackpots. In addition, when lining up the correct symbol combination on the reels, players go into the free games bonus feature, which is displayed on the top-mounted LCD touch-screen monitor and gives players up to 30 free spins.

"The Hee Haw game is off to a great start and we believe the combination of our unique S9000 machine and the Hee Haw brand will deliver powerful results for casino operators while giving players a highly entertaining gaming experience," said Mickey Roemer, senior vice president of products and marketing for Bally Technologies. "Hee Haw hits the perfect sweet spot for slot-player demographics and we’re thrilled the brand is so full of life more than 35 years after the television show first went on the air."

Hee Haw debuted on CBS on June 15, 1969 and ran weekly for more than 20 years. By 1977, Hee Haw was the nation’s No. 1-rated non-network show and it ultimately became one of the longest-running syndicated TV shows in history with more than 585 one-hour shows produced. Hee Haw reached 90 percent of U.S. households and was seen on 220 television stations.