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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Gambling with the Stars

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Well, The Slug made it to Vegas! We had no idea until we strolled through the casino that you could actually gamble alongside celebrities like The Munsters and Darth Vader. Seems like half of the slots here feature characters from television shows and movies plastered all over 'em. And some of them talk! After procuring some coinage, we tried out a few. Watch us lose the shirt off our back after the jump.

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Game show slots seem to be the most popular here in Vegas. We saw "Wheel of Fortune," "The Price is Right," "Password" and even "Shop 'Til You Drop." Our favorite, however, was "Match Game" which features spinning cartoon heads of popular blank-fillers such as Charles Nelson Reilly and Vicki Lawrence.  If you get matching icons, you can hear the voice of Brett Somers. Kinda _____ if you ask us.

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The man who put roasted chicken on the map has his own slot machine. And we love it! Not because we're a Kenny Rogers fan or anything but because we made our money back and got a free spin. After you stick your dough in this one, you can hear Rogers say, "OK. Now let's have some fun." Whatever you say, Kenny. Just keep showing us the money.

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We were hoping for Sigourney Weaver and some extraterrestrial saliva. Instead, all The Slug got was some spinning planets and bad luck. This was probably the most tenuous slot machine tie-in we came across. While the first "Alien" movie made us wet our pants, this slot machine just made us bored.

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Just when we thought we'd never see Rocky Balboa again, we turned the corner at the Mandalay Bay and there he was. Again. Talia Shire and Carl Weathers' heads spin in the three rows of this slot machine, but we didn't see Ivan Drago's melon. If we had hit the progressive jackpot, we would've totally screamed "Adrian!" in front of everyone.

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This one doesn't really have anything to do with celebrities or movie characters. The Slug just thought it was bizarre that the Sea Monkeys have their own slot machine. Didn't they all die when we were nine? OK. That's it. There are many, many more slots with pop culture connections, but we're out of quarters. What? The Slug isn't made of money!

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