Gaming terminals come to Emlenton Truck Plaza

From staff reports

The first legal video gaming terminals in western Pennsylvania opened to the public Friday at the Emlenton Truck Plaza.

The Pennsylvania legislature approved truck stop gaming in 2017.

The Emlenton Truck Plaza was approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board after a background check and facility review. This will be the first truck stop in Pennsylvania to go live with video gaming terminals with a Las Vegas-style gaming room designed by Commonwealth Gaming.

Video gaming terminals are low-stakes slot machines closely regulated by the Gaming Control Board.

Carol Burns, part-owner of the plaza, said she chose to install the terminals as part of an upgrade and renovation project.

“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 said.

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