The spirit of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop is alive and growing in the city of Las Vegas. With Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson: Immortal” starting at the beginning of December at Mandalay Bay alongside the Michael Jackson Fan Fest and Madame Tussauds at the Venetian Michael Jackson’s wax figures exhibit taking place Sept. 8 to Dec. 27, there’s a whole lot of Jacko in Sin City.
You can expect to hear his classic tunes in casinos all over Vegas as well as slot machine manufacturer Bally Technologies will unveil a Michael Jackson-themed slot machine next week. Bally is betting that the Jackson themed slot will be its next big hit after it makes its debut at the Global Gaming Expo on Monday at the Sands Expo.
The digital penny slot uses original Jackson songs and video to entertain players. And in case you were wondering, yes it is friendly and appealing to young and innocent boys, but as always, the same age restrictions do apply to underage gamblers.
While this slot machine does not offer wine or cocaine for consumption, if you hit a certain combination on the reels, Jackson moonwalks across the screen to “Bad.”
Users will be able to use Jackson’s iconic glitter glove to spin a wheel for prizes and watch his dancing foot kick icons to transform them into wilds during a “Beat It” bonus round.
Sony and the Jackson estate provided to Bally audio and video for the project and the new slot will offer six classic songs — “Billie Jean,” “Dirty Diana,” “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Beat It” and “Bad” — are used in the game’s first generation, and as Bally plans to introduce it in several Las Vegas resorts and casinos around the world, it also has a second version with two more songs planned for the future.
“Michael Jackson appeals internationally,” Director of Development David Schultz said. “Imagine walking by” as a gold Michael Jackson statue erupts in flames while music blares, Schultz said. “People just can’t help but stop.”
With the minimum bet at 40 cents and the maximum bet at $4, Bally is hoping people “Don’t stop till they get enough.”