Bringing belly laughs to all, jackpots and bonus rounds to some players
and big bucks to a few, the world's favorite redhead makes her slot machine
debut at Bally's Las Vegas on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
I Love Lucy Slots, the newest MegaJackpots
theme from slot maker IGT, can only be played in Nevada at Park Place
Entertainment's casinos from the middle of December to the end of the year; in
early 2003, the games will be more widely available throughout the state.
The slot tradition of a ceremonial
"first-pull" took place at Bally's Las Vegas on Tuesday, at 11 a.m.
The honors will be performed by Suzanne LaRusch, a Los Angeles actress and the
"officially" sanctioned Lucy Ricardo impersonator, along with Ken
Geiger, Bally's vice president of slot operations.
"Just as Lucy appealed to
everyone, we've tried to design her slot theme to have universal appeal,"
said John Sears, vice president of MegaJackpots for IGT. "I Love
Lucy Slots are available in a spinning reel and a video slot version,
with both sharing the same MegaJackpots Instant Winner award that starts
at $300,000." Furthermore, players will be able to play a nickel, quarter
or dollar machine, all on the same progressive link.
The 12-line nickel I Love Lucy
Video Slots feature a bonus round built upon one of the most hilarious
sit-com episodes of all time: the riotous scene with Lucy and Ethel as chocolate
factory workers. Using actual video clips from the television classic, players'
bonus points depend on Lucy snatching chocolates from the ever-faster conveyer
belt. There is also a Classic Moments bonus in which the player gets to
choose a symbol that will activate the accompanying film clip.
The three-reel spinning slot version
features a custom Lucy topbox on a popular base game such as Triple Lucky 7s
or Double Diamond. When an I Love Lucy heart symbol lands on the
third-reel payline with max coins wagered, players are treated to the
Vitameatavegamin bonus round, based on the episode where Lucy takes on the
intoxicating role of TV pitchman. And, of course, when three Lucy symbols line
up on the third payline with max coins wagered, the lucky player takes home the
top prize of at least $300,000 (once the jackpot is verified.)
Park Place Entertainment casinos where
I Love Lucy Slots can be played include Bally's Las Vegas, Paris, Caesars
Palace, Flamingo Las Vegas, Las Vegas Hilton and O'Shea's Casino, all in Las
Vegas. Elsewhere in Nevada, the games can be played at Reno Hilton, Caesars
Tahoe, and Flamingo Laughlin.
Developed under license from CBS
Broadcasting Inc., Desilu, too, LLC and Unforgettable Licensing, the game joins
20 other Nevada MegaJackpots systems developed and operated by IGT, a
subsidiary of International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT), a world leader in the
manufacturing of gaming machines and proprietary software for progressive gaming
systems. The MegaJackpots Instant Winner award requires a maximum
wager and is paid upon verification of the jackpot.