First Vegas-themed Gaming Room in PA Opens in Emlenton

| August 26, 2019

EMLENTON, Pa. – The first legal Video Gaming Terminals in Western Pennsylvania opened to the public on Friday at Emlenton Truck Plaza.

The Pennsylvania legislature approved truck stop gaming in 2017. Emlenton Truck Plaza will be among the very first in the state to operate the games. Operational for 47 years, Emlenton Truck Plaza provides Pilot-branded diesel and was approved by the PA Gaming Control Board after an arduous background check and facility review.

This will be the first truck stop in Pennsylvania to go live with Video Gaming Terminals with a Vegas-style gaming room designed by Commonwealth Gaming.

Video Gaming Terminals are low stake slot machines closely regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Carol Burns, part-owner of the facility, said she chose to install Video Gaming Terminals as part of her upgrade and renovation program.

“The travel plaza business is a very capital intensive business and the gaming proceeds will help offset some of the costs while providing new entertainment options to patrons,” Burns explained.

Burns and her brother Ed Yasechko recently took ownership of the truck stop that was built by their father, Mr. Yasechko, in 1972.

The owners of Emlenton Truck Plaza partnered with Commonwealth Gaming as their Terminal Operator due to their knowledge and experience in the video gaming industry, their design capabilities, and their ability to professionally service the gaming area.

Commonwealth Gaming is based in the Harrisburg area and actively fought for the gaming expansion in Pennsylvania since 2015.

Travelers of the I-80 corridor hoping to see the new Video Gaming Terminals in Pennsylvania can locate the plaza off of Exit 42 at 6406 Emlenton Clintonville Road in Emlenton, Pennsylvania.

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