Rock n rollers have thrown gambling into the mix since the birth of the art form. From the Rolling Stones sleazy Tumblin’ Dice to The Animals House of the Rising Sun, and Motorhead’s Ace of Spades, there has always been a place for the wild, degenerate, or free-spirited gambler in the canon of rock n roll. In the online era, the synergy between the two has not been lost on game studios and operators. Here we pick out some of the greatest moments where rock n roll met gambling.
1. Big Time Gaming Slots
The kings of the online slot world right now are undoubtedly Big Time Gaming. Their Megaways™ games offer some of the best high-risk slots play you’ll find anywhere. Not only have BTG produced sequences of incredible gameplay mixing free spins, progressive multipliers and cascading wins to send players wild, but they’ve done it to some classic rock n roll soundtracks. It’s no coincidence that BTG picked the tracks they did as the backdrop to their awe-inspiring slots. Songs like Danger! High Voltage, The Cult’s Lil Devil, and Europe’s epic 80s hit, The Final Countdown, are the perfect mix of feel-good and rebel-rousing that capture the spirit of the game studio that has revolutionised this vertical of the industry.
2. Metal Casino
Back in 2017 a group of heavy metal fans got together to launch an unusual new casino site fronted by the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne. Metal Casino is a fully immersive rock n roll experience, complete with its own Twitch.tv channel. It was built on the Gaming Innovation Group platform, also home to Rizk, and utilised the famous Wheel loyalty program to reward players who start out on a World Tour from the moment they begin wagering on the site. The evolution of Ozzy has seen him go from goth hero to much-loved reality TV star and his involvement in Metal Casino has no doubt turned many of his fans onto the joys of slots and live dealer. If you fancy trying something a little bit different in your gambling experience, this is the place to go.
3. Guns n Roses Slot
Another game developer to spot the opportunity to build a slot around rock n roll iconography was industry giant, NetEnt. Guns n Roses slot is part of a trilogy of games that is completed by the Jimi Hendrix and Motorhead slots. This 20 payline game coincided with the bands 30th birthday and includes a pick-your-own set list allowing you to choose the tracks you want to listen to whilst spinning the reels. The Encore Free Spins bonus round is one of the highlights of the game, as one band member is chosen to be a wild symbol, appearing stacked on the middle reels to boost your wins. It’s epic fun with a 5,000x top payout.
4. Elvis the King Lives Slot
The King, Elvis Presley, will forever be associated with Las Vegas, the city of sin, home of gambling, and the place where he played 800 shows in the late 60s and early 70s. So it’s no surprise that WMS put his name to this 11 reel, 80 payline slot with a host of hits from his career. This game runs on a Double Money Burst engine that super-sizes symbols across two reel sets and includes wilds, free spins and videos of Elvis playing out live. It’s also a high variance game, with a 5,000x top payout, so not for the feint-hearted. It’s a rock n roll slot to its core!
5. The Rock n Roll Hit Hall of Fame
Ok, so we’ve shown you some of the big moments where rock n roll meets gambling in the online era. But before we sign off, here’s our classic gambling songs hall of fame to see you on your way:
– Ace of Spades by Motorhead
– Tumblin’ Dice by The Rolling Stones
– House of the Rising Sun by Nina Simone
– Poker Face by Lady Gaga
– The Dealer by Stevie Nicks
– The Card Cheat by The Clash
– The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
– Deuces are Wild by Aerosmith
– The Jack by ACDC
And or course …
– Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley