Rutter's, Penn National team up for video gaming in stores

Hamburg Rutter's among 20 awaiting state approval

WYOMISSING, Pa. - Two Pennsylvania-based companies -- one that operates convenience stores; the other casinos -- have formed a partnership.

Rutter's has chosen Marquee by Penn LLC, an affiliate of Penn National Gaming, to operate video gaming terminals in 20 of its stores, including its lone Berks County location in Hamburg.

"Rutter's is a proud, Pennsylvania-based company with a storied history in the Commonwealth and a proven commitment to the communities in which we serve," said Scott Hartman, the president & CEO of Rutter's. "Penn National shares these same attributes, and we look forward to partnering with them to provide our customers the opportunity to enjoy playing VGTs at a number of our locations throughout Pennsylvania."

The Rutter's stores have not yet received state approval to operate the video gaming terminals. If they do, each would would be eligible to host up to five VGTs, which are similar to slot machines.

State law allows for a maximum bet of $5, with a payout of up to $1,000.

"Like Rutter's, we started with a single facility in central Pennsylvania," said John Finamore, Penn National's senior vice president of regional operations. "Today, we are the largest regional gaming operator in the United States with a demonstrated track record of providing quality entertainment and customer service. We are excited to combine our expertise with Rutter's established success in the convenience store industry to offer VGT gaming at their qualified locations."

Penn National, headquartered in Wyomissing, is also waiting state approval of its two mini-casino licenses. One of the licenses would be used to operate the proposed Hollywood Casino Morgantown in Caernarvon Township.

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