She’s had a residency at the Planet Hollywood casino since December 2013, but Britney Spears further cemented her status as a Las Vegas icon this summer with the release of her very own slot machine. The penny slot, which started showing up at various properties on the Vegas strip last month, features a variety of bright Britney-based symbols, bonus games based on some of her biggest hits (including “Toxic,” “Crazy” and “Oops, I Did It Again”), a curved LCD screen, 5.1 stereo sound and iChair technology. Minimum bets start at 60 cents a pop.
While this piece of corporate synergy seems particularly appropriate for Britney at this point in her career, she’s far from the first musician to lend her name and likeness to the flashy but glamorless world of low-level gambling. Many of rock, pop, and country’s biggest stars—and the occasional bizarre outlier—have been immortalized in the form of penny slots in the past few years. Here are 10 of the best musically-themed slot machines that are currently ready to take all of your money.
1. Dolly Parton
While many musicians are willing to lend their name and visage to a slot, Dolly seems to be the only one who actively promotes her line of casino games. There’s even a picture of her proudly posing with one of the machines on her website. All of the country legend’s slots, which include “Two Doors Down” Spinning Reels, “9 to 5” Spinning Reels, and the classic Dolly Parton Video Slots, feature concert clips, Dolly-centric bonus games, and a jukebox that allows you to play your favorite Parton track while you play. “Jolene” is one of the available options, and it sounds particularly good when you’re swilling on a watered-down casino cocktail and begging Dolly to please not take your money.
2. Michael Jackson
The King of Pop, the first of two Michael Jackson-themed slots, has shoes, sunglasses, gloves, and Dangerous-era Michaels for symbols, and bonus games based on the “Beat It” and “Smooth Criminal” music videos, complete with clips. Michael occasionally moonwalks across the screen and leaves a trail of wilds in his wake. But what really makes this game great is its attention to detail, from the trademark Jackson squeal that kicks things off when you first insert your money into the machine to the fact that it tabulates your winnings to the beat of the background music.
3. ZZ Top
There’s no good reason that ZZ Top should have a garish new slot machine on the market. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard are still going strong, but they don’t exactly have the profile of their musical gaming brethren. But the absurdity of the slot is really part of its charm. There’s a “Legs” bonus with locking wilds, and a “Sharp Dressed Man” bonus that involves picking your favorite Top-friendly accessories for cash prizes. There’s also a “Just Got Paid” bonus that intermittently shows up out of nowhere to award you moderate sums and/or bonus games and play some concert footage for you.
4. The Rolling Stones
Made by the same team behind Britney’s machine, The Rolling Stones’ slot also features and LCD screen, 5.1 surround sound and an iChair. All of this contributes to what’s hailed as a completely immersive experience for the player, who can enjoy snippets of concert footage in between spins of the reels and various bonus games based on songs like “Start Me Up.” The Stones’ famous tongue and lip logo serves as the wild in this game, and it occasionally floats around the screen and licks various symbols along the way, which turns them into wilds as well.
5. Elton John
This towering colossus of a slot machine, crowned with a larger-than-life pair of the singer/songwriter’s trademark ‘70s sunglasses, is every bit as over the top as you’d expect from Elton John. It’s got marquees, accessories, musical notes, and various Eltons for symbols, as well as bonus rounds based on “I’m Still Standing” and “Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting.” But the best part of all is the “Rocket Man” feature, which involves the star flying around the screen in a rocket and randomly changing everything he touches into wilds.
6. The Monkees
The Monkees’ foray into the gambling world is a shambolic mess of tamborines, cars, TVs, guitars, Daveys, Mikes, Peters, and Mickys. If a player is lucky, the right combination of one of these symbols can trigger a “spinning streak” and the chance to win even more. If a player’s even luckier, the right symbols in the right place can trigger a free spin bonus game in which the band’s theme song plays on repeat.
KISS also have multiple slot machines to their name, because obviously Gene Simmons would want in on that licensing action. The most common one features various Demon, Starchild, Space Ace, and Catman-inspired symbols and a “Love Gun”-blasting bonus round that seems really fun at first but ends with surprisingly little payoff. So it’s almost exactly like watching KISS in concert.
8. Elvis Presley
There have been a hunk of cash-burning Elvis slots over the years, but The King is probably the most comprehensive one, thanks to its “Hound Dog,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and “Jail House Rock”-themed bonuses. The Elv-ish voice that explains the games to you is a little off, though. Your average impersonator wandering up and down the strip or around Fremont Street could easily do a better impression of the King.
9. Kenny Rogers
In what is most likely the only casino game based on a message of careful odds management, The Gambler machine expands Kenny Rogers’ advice about knowing when to hold them and knowing when to fold them into a poker-inspired slot game with a train-themed bonus round. And, if two or more Kenny Rogers pictures appear on the reels after any spin, you can win up to 20 times your original bet!
10. Dean Martin
Given the singer, actor, and Rat Pack member’s ties to old Vegas, it’s only appropriate that he’d be celebrated in a series of slots with names like Dean Martin’s Vegas Shindig, Dean Martin’s Pool Party, and Dean Martin’s Wild Party. Wild Party, the best of the bunch, comes complete with kitschy graphics and a Martin caricature that hangs out in the corner and serenades you during the bonus round.