|Monopoly became the first board game to cross over into gambling yesterday, when a poker machine based on the popular game was unveiled at the annual Australasian Gaming Expo in Sydney.|
The machine, which aims to attract punters through the familiarity and popularity of the world’s biggest selling board game, is the part of an agreement between Star Games and WMS Gaming.
The attraction of board games is something that Star games are hoping to combine with the excitement of gambling, by offering more interactive bonus rounds based on the monopoly game.
“Monopoly is not a hard gambling game, it’s a soft gambling game, “ said John Rouse, managing director of Star Games, who owns the Australian rights to all Hasbro board games. “People are not only paying to gamble, they’re also paying for the experience.”
Monopoly is not the only board game to be converted; Star Games also has plans to make poker machine versions of Scrabble and the videogame Pacman.