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Howard Stutz

The power of "Pawn"

8 October 2012

LAS VEGAS -- A few years ago, Rick Harrison was basically "a nerd running a pawn shop" when television cameras from the History Channel turned his family business into an internationally recognized product.

So why not put the whole group from the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on a slot machine?

"It's definitely pretty cool, especially living in Vegas," said Harrison, who stars in the reality series with his father, Richard Harrison, son Corey Harrison and Adam "Chumlee" Russell.

The slot machine, developed by G2 Game Design and produced and distributed by Bally Technologies, Inc., was unveiled last week at the Global Gaming Expo. It could be on casino floors in early 2013.

The video game has a bonus feature where players can "pawn" an item with one of the show's stars for additional credits.

Rick Harrison said walking through a casino and seeing his likeness on a slot machine "will probably be pretty surreal." Then again, the entire rise to fame has been somewhat unusual.

"It gets weirder and weirder," Rick Harrison said. "We started off with a little pawn shop and living the American dream. The American dream is pretty flexible. It's pretty exciting to see this come to fruition."