Rolling Stones Slot Machine From Aristocrat

Rolling Stones Slot Machine
Rolling Stones

I didn’t think much of the Rolling Stones slot machine when I saw it next to the Batman TV show slot machine display last year at G2E. It looked cool for someone that liked the Stones but I don’t really like the Stones. The game looked similar to other Aristocrat slot machines which also wasn’t exciting.

That said, the 5.1 speakers and iChair you see on The Walking Dead slot machine should be great for a music slot machine. If you like the Rolling Stones then you should enjoy this game. I’ll hold out on music based slot machines until there’s a Queens Of The Stoneage slot machine.

Check out the Rolling Stones store on Amazon

Press Release with details on the Rolling Stones slot machine are below:

Aristocrat has transformed the game and now unleashes whirlwind of iconic rock, The Rolling Stones™ Slot Machine!

Hot Licks will spill from the Rolling Stones Slot Machine, putting players in the front row with the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band! The themed fascia is instantly recognizable, and the game itself is endlessly entertaining.

Players settle into the immersive iChair and experience 5.1 surround sound while their favorite Stones songs play, and animation on the interactive LCD screen spin and merge into concert footage.

The game begs players to go on a roll with four interactive features with high hit rates:
· In Wild Licks, the Rolling Stones Lick logo randomly appears and licks wilds onto the screen
· In Rock ‘N’ Roll Steel Wheel, players spin to win credits, World Tour Picks or Start Me Up! Free Games
· In World Tour Picks, players pick international Licks for credit prizes; if the player finds all 4 band members they win all prizes and a bonus band member pick
· Seven free games are awarded and played on an 80-line 10×5 reel set on the top screen in Start Me Up! Free Games

Rolling Stones™ is a 40-line game that can be configured for 1c, 2c or 5c denominations, has a low volatility, a minimum bet of 50 credits and a max bet of 250 credits.

Optimized for the VIRIDIAN WS™ feature Top box cabinet, The Rolling Stones Slot Machine will bring satisfaction to your floor.

Rocking The Vegas Strip With Clutch & MyVegas

I have pretty strange taste when it comes to music. If you follow me on twitter you get a sample of those tastes every now and again but my love of Britney Spears and Queens of the Stoneage should give you a pretty good idea of where my tastes lie. A few weeks ago I received a press release that one of my favorite bands of all time, Clutch, would be playing the Hard Rock Cafe (on the strip, not the casino) March 23rd  and I nearly lost my mind (in a good way). I was told that they wouldn’t be playing Las Vegas any time soon. Thankfully, that changed.

Seeing Clutch live isn’t complete without a few beers so I’ll probably stay somewhere on the strip that night because even buzzed driving is drunk driving. Unfortunately, I’m losing my Total Rewards Diamond Status this year and my room offers show it. There’s not a comp to be found at any Caesars Entertainment property. I don’t mind paying for a crash pad but I like when they’re free. 🙂

A few people recently mentioned that they’re playing the MyVegas game on Facebook to get a variety of freebies to use at MGM properties. I decided that since I can’t get a freebie from Caesars, I’ll see what the MGM Resorts properties can offer.

MyVegas is a (very addictive) game on Facebook where you earn points playing casino games that can be redeemed for a wide array of prizes from MGM Resorts. After a few days playing MyVegas I have it to the point where I can leave slot machine games on autospin and do something else on my computer while the game plays and earns points in the background. Sweet!

If I end up staying at a new hotel you’ll see a link to a review on one of the various social media sites I have. In the meantime enjoy the new song from Clutch. “Earth Rocker” is the title track from Clutch’s new album.

You can buy all Clutch music on iTunes (They have a large catalogue. Feel free tweet me for recommendations). If you plan on being in Vegas March 23rd you can buy tickets to see Clutch at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip on TicketWeb.

Vegas Loves Skrillex!

I can’t imagine that I’d know what or who Skrillex was if I wasn’t such a Vegas dork. But I am. Skrillex is a DJ and one of the hottest things in Vegas this side of Deadmau5. I like some dance music, but generally I’m a rock dude. You may know that from my trip to see Queens of the Stoneage last summer.

In fact, in a previous life I’ve met Skrillex. Back then his name was Sonny and he was a singer for the band From First To Last. My name was never different.

Skrillex has been nominated for a bunch of Grammy Awards and plays Vegas pretty often. Although I don’t get the appeal lots of people do as his club appearances are always packed. I saw this video the other day and figured it was a good excuse to pass it on as a bit of education.

Here’s a jam from Surrender at Encore. Now that you’ve seen and heard Skrillex, you can understand and enjoy this. Consider yourself educated.

Download Skrillex if you dig this video

Top 3 Things To Do In Vegas

I’m not sure if it’s the people I follow on twitter or if I’m just noticing it more, but I have seen a number of “Top X Things To Do In Las Vegas That Doesn’t Include Gambling.” I’m not going to censor myself today. I’ve had way too much coffee for that.

FUCK THAT

There, it’s out of my system. Thank you for letting me vent. People don’t visit Las Vegas to not do awesome things. People visit Vegas for three things.

  1. Gamble
  2. Drink
  3. Eat
  4. Repeat

Sure there are other things in between those activities, but those aren’t why people visit Las Vegas. Look at lions, tigers, dolphins? Sure I’ll look, but not if I’m on a hot streak at the blackjack table. However, I’d stop playing blackjack to grab a steak and bottle of wine. I don’t know anyone that says let’s stop gambling to walk so we can walk out and watch the Bellagio fountains. No men or women I know from back east would ever do such a thing. Because of this I tend to brush off lists of other things to do in Vegas.

However, my parents are visiting me and while I’m busy taking care of business they’re going to be lost old people in a new land. They don’t gamble. They are not my people. For them, I’m looking at these lists looking for old people things to do.

So, I’ll tell them to walk up and down the strip for some exercise. I’ll make sure they catch the Bellagio fountains and conservatory. That’s their kind of thing. I’ll make sure they check out the pirate show at TI. Hey, it’s free. Let’s be straight, they’re not here to visit Las Vegas. They’re here to visit their son who happens to live in the land of eat.drink.gamble.repeat.

Let me also be straight about myself. Since I moved to Vegas I don’t attack the city like I did when I was a tourist. Sure I still take vacations in Vegas. I did in July around the Queens of the Stoneage concert and I’m planning my annual December trip. However, in between raging I’m living a normal life that sometimes takes me to these other activities. Case in point – my drive through Red Rock Canyon. That’s not something I would have done as a tourist, but living here is entirely different. Still, when I’m vacationing here I’m visiting eat.drink.gamble.repeat. If you follow me on twitter you may have just noticed me go kind of crazy about eat.drink.gamble.repeat. I’ll blame Styx and Helmet for that.

Anyways, back to the subject at hand. I don’t know anyone that visits Las Vegas to do anything on these “Things to do in Las Vegas” lists. The people I know come to vegas for three things. To eat, drink and gamble.

Queens of the Stoneage
Queens of the Stoneage

Queens of the Stoneage at Cosmopolitan

The reason for my mini stay at home Las Vegas vacation began because I wanted to see Queens of the Stoneage at the Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan. I haven’t seen this band in years and I figured that the setting of the Boulevard Pool on a warm summer night would be amazing. As soon as I bought tickets I immediately went to Caesars.com to get a room because this isn’t the kind of band I want to see sober and I’d rather not pay for a cab – most rooms are cheaper or even free. The best I could muster was a room at Harrah’s, which wasn’t so bad after the upgrade.

After the room was booked I mentioned my excitement about how awesome the show would be to a friend and they booked a flight from the east coast. The game was on! What started as one night of raging became 4 nights of raging. R A G E !

I’ve seen Queens of the Stoneage before but it’s been a while. In the last year I’ve gotten back into their catalog. In fact, I’m listening to R as I write this. Side note: I wrote a comparison between the Boulevard Pool and watching a band at the pool at Red Rock Casino on Vegas Chatter last week and the main difference is the setting.

Watching Queens of the Stoneage (QOTSA) on the Cosmopolitan rooftop was awesome. The views we stunning and the sound wasn’t bad – especially for an outside venue and the setlist was great! They even played some songs I forgot about (like “Little Sister”).

Regular John
Avon
The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
3’s & 7’s
If Only
Sick, Sick, Sick
Better Living Through Chemistry
In My Head
Into the Hollow
Make It Wit Chu
Little Sister
(Intro Jam)
Burn the Witch
First It Giveth
Go With the Flow
You Can’t Quit Me Baby
Encore:
No One Knows
A Song for the Dead

It was almost like a greatest hits set, but it was kind of what I wanted. I got lost in the show and atmosphere a couple of times. Once alone when I found a seat towards the back of the pools looking at the stage with The Harmon in the background. Nice advertising for Viva Elvis.

QOTSA Back
QOTSA Back

I had another moment again when I was up closer watching the show and taking in the Vegas strip skyline. To be super honest, it was moving. That’s what Cosmopolitan has been banking with everything they do and the Boulevard Pool is a success there. I rarely have moments like this so this night will remain special for a long time to come.

QOTSA Side
QOTSA Side

One of the most stunning parts of watching a band on the Boulevard Pool at Cosmo is the marquee. It’s a great piece for the bands to have at their sides when they play because it makes watching the band easier if there are a lot of people or you just want to be in the back. The big screen is viewable for just about anyone on the strip (no audio though) and is visually stunning if you don’t want to be close enough to see the band from stage.

QOTSA Marquee
QOTSA Marquee

Speaking of being in the back, the Cosmo flickr has a bunch of professional pictures from the show which are way better than my iPhone pictures. If you’re into concert pictures you’ll notice there’s nothing take from less than 200 feet away from the stage. Still nice pics, but that’s the difference between nice and awesome and ZOMG!

Anyway, the people there to watch the band were cool, but that only accounted for about about 40-60% of the crowd. This show was easy to spot who was there to see the band and who was just there. QOTSA is the kind of band that is definitely more fun to watch with people that are into the music as they get into the music and everyone feeds off of each others energy.

Less cool was the fact that beer prices were about 20-30% higher than in the casino. My can of Fat Tire was $10. I don’t think I’ve ever paid more than $7 for a beer. My Stoli and Soda was about $13. I’m pretty sure that’s the price of Grey Goose at Book and Stage. I drank for “free” at Harrah’s beforehand so this wasn’t too big of a deal. (I say “free” because I know my gambling spend allows me the Diamond Lounge access)

The most uncool feeling was the feeling that the casino didn’t want any rock people hanging out after the show. Everywhere we went after the show had some kind of AWFUL pop-dance-remix music pumping. I get that people like that kind of music, but it would have been nice to be eased back into that after the high an awesome rock show. Especially since the casino usually plays much cooler music. I can only imagine that indie snobs going to the Cosmo to see bands will never return or would just leave right away without spending money. I ended up walking to Planet Hollywood to get a cab back to Harrah’s since the line was at 20-30 minutes.

Bottom line is that QOTSA was an amazing show, but it came across that the club (Cosmo) wanted a different customer that evening. I’m not sure “the curious class” isn’t being taken over by “the douchey class.” More on that another time.

Craps is Awesome and so are Suite Upgrades

Part One of my Vegas Vacation

Getting to the casino floor at Harrah’s was awesome, slow and difficult. At check in I was asked if I wanted a room with a view and if I wanted to wait for it since the rooms with a view weren’t available yet. I don’t really care about having a view, but while pounding away on her keyboard the awesome woman at the desk, again, asked if I wanted to wait – this time for a suite. Yes, I’ll wait for a suite! She didn’t mention if there was a view but since I don’t care about the view I said yes. After a bellman came and took my bags I headed to the Diamond Lounge for a drink. Well, one drink (Stoli n Soda) became four in the time it took for the suite to be ready. No big deal, there was booze and baseball on the TV’s.

I didn’t bother taking pictures or shooting video of the suite since it wasn’t anything special besides being big – 2 rooms big. Only a couple things really stood out besides the size of the suite. 1) It seemed as if there were bodily fluids on the chaise lounge. 2) Overall the room was functional, but it seemed as if the design hadn’t been updated since I was a kid – tube tv’s etc. It was even more out of date than the MGM Grand Bungalo Suite I detailed on Vegas Chatter a few months ago. Whatever, it was a suite!

After settling into the room I headed back to the Diamond Lounge for a couple more drinks. Why not!? Finally…it was time to get busy. I headed to the floor and found a $5 craps table located by the door to Carnival Court. The combination of 100 degree temperature outside and icy air conditioning made me feel like I was in Vegas in the summer. $5 craps seemed like a nice way to ease into a week of gambling. It was my lucky day…there was karaoke at the Piano bar. Nothing like hearing off key Bryan Adams at 6pm.

Hard Six Dice
Hard Six Dice

It was a fairly uneventful session until the end when I was about to be crapped out of $100. However, everything changed when I threw my last $3 on a hard 6. The shooter hit the hard 6 and I was back in the game. I pressed into a $5 hard 6 and he hit it again! I pressed my hard 6 to $10 and threw a $5 hard 6 for the dealers (the boys!)…and he hit it again!

This was amazing as the shooter was hitting points and numbers and of course hard sixes. My side of the table was ROCKING! I’d say 90% of the money on the table was from the four people on my side and 100% of the high fives were from people on my side of the table.

This is why we play craps!

After that last hard six I threw $5 for the shooter and now everyone was in on the action. Unfortunately, the shooter crapped out and he couldn’t collect on his hard six, but it was an awesome roll and my side of the table applauded the shooter. We only wished he was able to hit one more and cash in a little for himself (besides whatever he was placing himself).

So, from the brink of $0 I ended up almost $200! It was time to leave anyway, but it was a perfect time to walk away anyway – things couldn’t get better and I had to get to the Cosmopolitan for Queens of The Stoneage!

I repeat, this is why we play craps!

Queens of the Stoneage
Queens of the Stoneage

Vegas Vacation Notes

I used to take notes when I went on trips to Atlantic City and even sometimes in Las Vegas but I haven’t done it in a while. Last week a friend was in town and I took notes and caught much of what I did. As always there are a couple holes in my memory, but that happens. I’ll be writing up most of the trip between AC2LV and Vegas Chatter.

The photo above is the view of CityCenter from my room at Planet Hollywood.

UPDATE: This story was retitled from the original “staycation”, because I hate that word.

Sat
Car broke
Harrahs Check in
Upgrade
Diamond Lounge 1 drink turns to 4
Room old, but nice
Diamond Lounge 1 drink turns to 3. Waiter remembers us.
Craps, down $97. Then $3 hard 6, $5 hard 6, $5 hard 6, $5 hard 6 out. Bets for the boys and shooter.
Cosmo packed.
QOTSA
Henry Sucked. Music Sucked. Biggest buzzkill.
Cab line 20-30 minutes.
Walked to PH, no cab line.

Sun
Coffee
.25 BP VP
Room
Coffee
BJ
Check in to PH
Room fine
Cochon – AWESOME
Chandelier Bar
Caesars Craps Lesson & VP
PH
ZZZZZZ

Mon
Room coffee bad
Drop car to be fixed
Coffee Bean – Hard chairs, slow wifi
Afternoon – something sober
Striphouse – good steak, spicy wine
Peepshow – Almost fell asleep
Drinks/VP @ Sportsbook bar – bad
Hangover slots – mesmerizing, but too much $$$
UPDATE: PH BJ, TX woman, Staying on 12, BAD JUJU, lose
Gigantic Sevens – awesome
Dragons Spinning – awesomer
Heinekin Light
ZZZZZZZZZ

Tues
Early rise
Room coffee still bad
Starbucks diamond line returns
Starbucks now has wifi
Afternoon – something sober
Diamond Lounge – Vegas Bomb, snacks
Caesars – Casa Fuente – cigars & sangria
Caesars – Drinks @ Lobby bar
Cosmo – Pizza, girl burp loud
Cosmo – Girls like shoes
PH – ZZZZZZZZ

Weds
Early rise
Room coffee – put in machine, forgot to make it
Starbucks – Alcove near mall – write
Lunch @ Holsteins – Cereal Bowl Shake, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran
El Cortez – $3 single deck BJ, $5 Pai Gow, $3 Craps, Dudes on Don’t = jerks
3 bands playing
Four Queens 2-1 buffet
6:5 blackjack
penny 100 play video poker
back to PH
ZZZZZZZ

Thurs
Early rise
Room coffee – still nasty
Starbucks packed – TGFD!
Late Check out
Pack
In and Out
Airport
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