Penn National to Use Scientific Games VLTs

Penn National Gaming has signed an agreement with Scientific Games to utilize the supplier’s WMS Blade gaming terminals in 270 Illinois bar and retail gaming establishments.

Supplier Scientific Games Corporation announced that Penn National Gaming has signed a deal to use the supplier’s award-winning WMS Blade gaming terminals in the network of 270 bar and retail gaming establishments served by Penn’s recently acquired Prairie State Gaming video gaming route in Illinois.

The Blade terminals support an entire suite of customized premium games and play mechanics. Powering this game library is the new CPU-NXT3 processor, which facilitates game-changing experiences with unparalleled detail.

The Blade cabinet’s immersive player experiences are intensified by cutting-edge hardware and technology. Two closely placed, high-definition, 23-inch LCD monitors combine with an integrated premium sound system to immerse players in the game.

The Blade video gaming cabinets are scheduled to be released to the Illinois VGT market in January. The initial rollout will include eight popular game themes, which will later be expanded with two game titles exclusive to PSG, including “Life of Luxury,” which is an iconic game brand, and a new version based on “Alice & the Mad Tea Party,” which has been designed to mirror the excitement of one of the best performing VGT games in the state, “Bier Haus.”

“We’re pleased to be able to offer our bar and retail gaming establishments the next generation of one of the industry’s most popular game platforms,” said John Canham, general manager of Prairie State Gaming. “In addition, having two exclusive premium brand titles will further position PSG as one of Illinois’ top VGT operators.”

Jay Snowden, chief operating officer of Penn National Gaming, added, “This agreement is a great example of how Penn National can leverage its status as the nation’s largest regional gaming operator into a direct benefit for PSG’s bar and retail gaming establishment customers in Illinois. In addition to these next-generation games and exclusive content, Penn National looks forward to continuing to provide our nearly two decades of industry leading experience in operating electronic casino games, marketing and compliance in highly regulated environments.”