‘Jethro’ unveils IGT slots

Nov 19, 2002 6:13 AM

   The Beverly Hillbillies have made their debut in Las Vegas at Station Casinos. The new IGT slots, that is!

   The machines are the new TV Hits video slots called Clampett’s Cash and Moonshine Money released by IGT last week. They are the first and only penny slots linked to a mega progressive jackpot, which starts at $200,000.

   Max Baer Jr. (who played Jethro Bodine) made the first ceremonial “pull” at Texas Station on Thursday. He then traveled to Santa Fe Station, Boulder Station and Green Valley Ranch Resort where he spoke to GamingToday.

   Like his alter ego Jethro, Baer is quite the character. He loves his fans, he loves the public, and he is full of stories and jokes.

   Baer was also readily available for autographs and photographs and is really excited about the new IGT games.

   “This game is fantastic,” Baer said. “It’s funny and entertaining, plus it has voice-overs from the show’s cast, great video graphics that capture the essence of the characters, and that big progressive jackpot that’ll be paid to the lucky winner on the spot.”

   Baer will also be making another personal appearance at Sunset Station on Nov. 20, where he’ll finish his tour.

   The new slot game comes in two different versions and, even on a crowded casino slot floor, will be hard to miss. Towering Clampett’s Cash machines — at an impressive nine feet-plus — are topped with a likeness of “Uncle Jed” holding fists of cash.

   On Moonshine Mone, Granny sits on top of the machine in her rocking chair. On both themes, the bonus rounds feature animated skits, and players get to make picks that determine how much they win.

   For instance on Clampett’s Cash, the bonus starts when three Clampett’s Cash symbols land from left to right on an active payline. The game’s screen switches to Jed’s secret vault where the player gets 14 tries to determine the 4-digit combination to the safe. If the player “discovers” the combination, the vault opens and the player gets to keep the contents of the selected safe deposit boxes. Plus, the value of the bonus win is multiplied by the line bet. For example, if the player bet five coins per line, the bonus would be multiplied by five! So make sure you bet the “Max.”

   After The Beverly Hillbillies series concluded, Baer moved behind the camera, producing such feature films as Macon County Line and Ode to Billy Joe in the 1970s. In 1980, he retired to Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

   Developed under license from CBS Worldwide, Inc., The Beverly Hillbillies Video Slots joins 19 other Nevada MegaJackpots systems developed and operated by IGT, the world leader in the manufacturing of gaming machines and proprietary software for progressive gaming systems.

   The Instant Winner MegaJackpots award requires a maximum wager and is paid completely upon verification of the jackpot.