A new network agreement signed by Penn National Gaming and Scientific Games subsidiary Bally Gaming will see the operator roll out new video gaming terminals and premium content across its Illinois route operation.

The Illinois business, Prairie State Gaming (PSG), will roll out Scientific Games’ WMS Blade terminals, which support a suite of customised premium games and play mechanics, throughout its network of 270 bar and retail gaming establishments.

The game library is powered by the supplier’s CPU-NXT 3 processor, with the cabinets employing cutting-edge hardware and technology to offer immersive player experience.

They feature two high-definition 23-inch LC monitors, with an integrated sound system delivering high-quality, clear soundtracks to the games.

“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,” Penn National chief operating officer Jay Snowden said.

“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.”

Prairie State Gaming general manager John Canham added: “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,."

The Blade cabinets are to be rolled out in the Illinois market in January next year, featuring eight popular game themes. This will be expanded with the addition of two exclusive titles for PSG, including Life of Luxury and Alice and the Mad Tea Party, which has been designed to mirror Bier Haus, one of the best-performing games in the state.