WMS Gaming’s new Monopoly debuts in Nevada

Mar 6, 2001 7:32 AM

WMS Gaming Inc. has began installing Money Grab, its latest game in the Monopoly-themed gaming series, in Nevada casinos. Approvals in other North American gaming jurisdictions are pending.

Money Grab is the first Monopoly-themed game using the company’s dual screen technology platform first made popular with Reel’em In Cast for Cash. Money Grab’s innovative top box design includes a 3-D model of the Mr. Monopoly character inside a clear dome filled with colorful game money. When the bonus round is triggered, the money swirls around in the dome as the player plays the Money Grab bonus.

Brian R. Gamache, president and chief operating officer of WMS Industries, said initial feedback from players and operators alike is "very positive. We are committed to two Monopoly product updates per year. This latest version infuses a whole new level of innovation, opportunity and excitement. The dual-screen technology brings a whole new look to the game, and introduces a new level of game interactivity which we believe will translate into a higher level of player entertainment and longer game play."

Money Grab’s a nine-line, five-reel video slots feature the WMS original song, "Doing the Money Grab." Characters include Miss Virginia Ave., Marvin Gardens, Louie the Counterfeiter, Mrs. Park Place, the Mr. Monopoly character and his dog. A money booth sits atop the machine with Monopoly money inside. The booth lights up and game money swirls during bonus rounds.

A special base game bonus is triggered when three Chance cards align on an active payline. Players choose a Chance card and win credits or one of the three additional bonus features.

Money Grab has two different second screen bonuses: Timer Money Grab and Cashier Money Grab. In each case, the player selects a contestant from the game characters to enter the money booth on the top screen. It’s filled with different denominations of bills the contestant then grabs. Awards are given based on the contestant’s performance. Bonuses are activated when three timer clocks or cash registers line up on an active payline, or by selecting a Chance card.

Nevada casinos with Money Grab slot machines include Mandalay Bay, Caesar’s Palace, Monte Carlo, Luxor, Excalibur, The Rio, Paris Las Vegas, Sam’s Town, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Fitzgeralds; Sunset, Texas, Boulder and Palace Stations.