New Money Grab hits Vegas casinos

Apr 3, 2001 9:37 AM

WMS Gaming Inc., a subsidiary of WMS Industries Inc. (NYSE: WMS), has begun installation of Money Grab, its latest game in the highly successful MONOPOLY themed participation slot machine series, in Nevada casinos. Approvals for Money Grab in other North American gaming jurisdictions are pending. The latest in the line of multi-line games is based on the classic MONOPOLY game, from Hasbro.

Money Grab is the first MONOPOLY themed game utilizing the Company’s innovative dual screen technology platform first made popular with Reel ’Em In Cast for Cash. In addition to WMS’ dual screen platform, Money Grab features an innovative top box design that includes a 3-D model of the Mr. MONOPOLY character inside a clear dome filled with colorful MONOPOLY 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, commented, “The initial feedback on Money Grab from players and operators alike is very positive. We are committed to two MONOPOLY brand product updates per year and this latest version infuses a whole new level of innovation, opportunity and excitement into the product line. The proven dual-screen technology not only brings a whole new look to the game, but introduces an entirely new level of game interactivity which we believe will translate into a higher level of player entertainment and longer game play.”

Money Grab game play

Money Grab is a nine-line, five-reel video slot featuring 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 on top of the machine with MONOPOLY game 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 are awarded credits or one of the three additional bonus features.

Money Grab offers two different second screen bonuses — Timer Money Grab and Cashier Money Grab. In each case, the player selects a contestant from the MONOPOLY game characters to enter the money booth on the top screen. The booth will be filled with different denominations of bills that the contestants 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.

A partial list of Nevada properties with MONOPOLY Money Grab on their casino floors include Mandalay Bay, Caesars Palace, Monte Carlo, Luxor, Excalibur, The Rio Hotel & Casino, Paris Resort Hotel & Casino, Sam’s Town, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Fitzgerald’s, Sunset Station, Boulder Station, Texas Station and Palace Station.