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Agassi slot machines debut in Vegas casino
June 7, 2005
CBS SportsLine.com wire reports *
LAS VEGAS -- Popular on the tennis court, Andre Agassi is hoping to be a big draw on a casino floor.
Agassi's name and image are emblazoned on slot machines rolled out Tuesday at the MGM Grand hotel-casino, with a percentage of proceeds and licensing fees to be funneled to Agassi's Las Vegas-based charitable foundation.
"I was a little hesitant, being a professional athlete, about the association with gaming and wagering," Agassi told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "But my connection to this city is so clear and I'm so tied in with the city, that I found myself in a unique situation. Seeing myself on a slot machine seemed like a perfect fit for a boy from Las Vegas."
The Agassi slot machine is a penny-based game with a tennis theme and graphics to complement bonuses and progressive jackpots. Eventually, the slot machines will be installed at casinos across Nevada.
"I think people will be glad to know that if they're losing money playing the game, at least a portion will go toward helping to make a difference in the community," Agassi said. "My goal in establishing the relationship was to make sure some of the money makes it to kids here."
Agassi's foundation has raised more than $50 million through its annual "Grand Slam for Children" events.
The 35-year-old Agassi, who has won 59 singles titles since turning pro in 1986, lost in the first round of the French Open last month. He and his wife, former tennis star Steffi Graf, have two children and live in Las Vegas.