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Chicken Power And Horsepower Rev Up August PA Casino Promotions

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Go beyond gamblers’ everyday dreams of winning at blackjack or a slot machine. This month, you have a chance to go for the big bucks, and big clucks, by outfoxing a chicken at a game of Tic-Tac-Toe.

The promotion at Presque Isle Downs & Casino offers a top prize of $1,000 cash. Higher up in the pecking order of this month’s casino prizes are a 2017 Jeep Wrangler at Mohegan Sun Pocono, a 2018 Audi S5 at Sands and a 2017 Maserati at Rivers.

Here’s a look at some of Pennsylvania’s best casino promotions and attractions for August:

East

Mohegan Sun Pocono

1280 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
(888) 946-4672

Jump in my Jeep

Players can earn entries for a chance to win a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. Each Momentum point earned through 9:45 p.m. Aug. 26 generates an entry for the grand prize drawing at 10:15 p.m. Aug. 26.

Points earned on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are multiplied, based on club tier level:

  • Core – 2X
  • Ignite – 3X
  • Leap – 4X
  • Ascend – 5X
  • Soar – 10X

Giveaways start in the afternoon as a run-up to the finale drawing. Every 15 minutes from 3 to 8:45 p.m., one player from each club level will be chosen to win slot free play. Then, from 9 to 10 p.m., there will be drawings every 15 minutes which award cash and free play to one player from each club level.

Hot Seat giveaway

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday through Aug. 23, five players will be selected every 15 minutes to pick an envelope from a box. Each envelope awards a prize of $100 to $1,000 in slot free play.

Mount Airy Casino Resort

312 Woodland Rd.
Mount Pocono, PA 18344
(877) 682-4791

Penny bonanza

From 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 8, the first 1,000 guests to sign up will get three maximum bets on Mount Airy’s newest penny machines.

Baseball scratch-off

From noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 4, players may ask for a scratch-off ticket at the promotions desk. Scratch-off players can win between $10 and $1,000 in free play.

Free play match

On Wednesdays, Mt. Airy will match monthly free-play offers from any other New Jersey or Pennsylvania casino. Players must show a slot offer valid for that day and the competitor’s casino card. The maximum award is $300. Some players must earn 1,000 Player’s Club points to qualify for the match.

Parx

2999 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
(888) 588-7279

X marks the spot

Slot players at Parx can try to unlock a treasure chest holding $60,000 worth of slot free play. Players receive one treasure key game card for every 200 points earned from Aug. 7 to 13. Each $20 in slot play generates one point. Ten prizes of $5,000 in free play will be awarded, and each game card is good for $20 in instant free play.

$25,000 blackjack tournament

Top prize in the Aug. 29 tournament is $12,500 cash. Players earn an entry by compiling 75 Xclub points at any table game from Aug. 1 to 29.

Sands

77 Sands Blvd.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(877) 726-3777

Hot seat drawing

Two winners will be chosen every hour from 1 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 for up to $500 cash, slot free play, or Sands gift cards. Prizes will be doubled in the 8 p.m. drawing.

2018 Audi S5 Sportback sweepstakes

Players can earn entries through most of August for an Aug. 27 drawing offering a grand prize of a 2018 Audi S5 Sportback 3.0T Quattro Tiptronic. The first entry is free, with additional entries awarded for rated slot play through 6:45 p.m. Aug. 27.

Players earn 10X entries on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 20 and 25X entries on Tuesdays through Aug. 22, as well as on Aug. 25 and 26.

The drawing for the car will be at 7 p.m. In addition to the grand prize, four prizes of $1,000 in free play will be awarded. A second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. will award five prizes of $1,000 in free play.

SugarHouse

1001 N. Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(877) 477-3715 

Meet Pete Rose

Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader Pete Rose will be at SugarHouse for a meet-and-greet session from 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 12. Tickets are $75 each, but Rush Rewards members can enter a drawing for two free tickets, which include an autographed 8×10 photo with the inscription “2017 Philly Wall of Fame” as well as a photo opportunity with Rose.

Entries will be accepted through noon on Aug. 10. The drawing for the free tickets will be at noon Aug. 10, and the winner will be notified by email or phone.  The meet-and-greet will include appetizers and an open bar. Anyone under 21 is permitted only in the Event Center. Recording devices are prohibited.

Valley Forge Resort Casino

1160 First Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 354-8118
($10 resort purchase required to enter casino)

Tiffany at the tables

Table game players at Valley Forge can earn entries through mid-August for drawings offering Tiffany & Co. gift cards. The promotion has two drawings:

  • Aug. 18 for play at games on the main casino floor for five $500 gift cards
  • Aug. 19 for play at high-limit blackjack or baccarat for one $2,500 gift card

Players receive an entry for the Aug. 18 drawing for:

  • Every natural in blackjack
  • Natural 9 (banker bet) in baccarat
  • “Yo” Eleven on craps
  • Tie bet on Mini/Midi Baccarat
  • 0/00 straight up on Roulette
  • Played flush on Three Card poker or Pai Gow poker
  • Straight in Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em
  • Two pair in Criss Cross poker
  • Two-card blackjack in Spanish 21
  • Any played pair in Pai Gow poker

High-limit players earn an entry for every natural in blackjack or Natural 9 (banker bet) in baccarat.

Quadruple points

Play on slots and table games earns 4X points every Tuesday throughout August.

West/Central

Hollywood at Penn National

777 Hollywood Blvd.
Grantville, PA 17028
(717) 469-2211

Triple point days

Marquee Rewards members earn 3X points for play at any slot machine or table game every Thursday in August, starting at 6 a.m.

Solar eclipse giveaway

In advance of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, Hollywood will give away solar eclipse glasses to anyone presenting a Marquee Rewards card, starting at 11 a.m. on Aug. 20 at the H Lounge. One pair in every four will include a prize of up to $500 in slot free play.

Club members in the Icon and Executive Producer level should pick up their glasses at Coat Check. Glasses will be given away until 4 p.m. or until supplies run out, with one pair of glasses per account

Lady Luck Nemacolin

4067 National Pike
Farmington, PA, 15437
(888) 523-9585
($10 resort purchase required to enter casino)

Monday Fun Day

Marquee Rewards members earn 12X points on Aug. 7, 14 and 21. Players must sign up at the rewards desk before playing. A card holder may earn up to 25,000 points per day. The offer is not valid on video poker.

Keep on Truckin’ promotion

Players earn 20X entries each Monday in August. Each Sunday in August, drawings from 5 to 7 p.m. will award 15 prizes, ranging from $1,000 in cash to free slot play or table game match play to bonus drawing entries.

The grand finale will be Sept. 3, when the top prize of a Ford F-150 pickup or $20,000 in cash will be awarded to one lucky Lady Luck customer.

Meadows

210 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301
724-503-1200

Full Throttle Camaro giveaway

Meadows players earn entries for play between July 30 and 11 p.m. Sept. 2, with 5X entries for play on Thursdays.

Preliminary drawings will be at 11 p.m. Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26 and Sept. 2. Each drawing will award five prizes of $500 in slot free play. Additionally, two of the five winners will receive a key for the grand finale drawing.

On Sept. 2, drawings at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. will each award 25 prizes of $100 in slot free play.

A drawing at 11:15 p.m. Sept. 2 will award the grand prize of a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro and nine prizes of slot free play.

Wallet-Buster drawing

Drawings every hour from 8 to 11 p.m. Aug. 17 will award one prize of $1,250 cash, one prize of $1,250 in slot free play, and 10 prizes of $125 in slot free play. If the winner of either of the top two prizes is not present, the prize will roll over to the next hour. One winner is guaranteed at 11 p.m. Players earn entries for play through 11 p.m. Aug. 17

Presque Isle Downs

8199 Perry Highway
Erie, PA 16509
(866) 374-3386

Chicken Tac Toe

Test your Tic-Tac-Toe talent against a live chicken every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in August, starting at noon. Players who earn 50 same-day tier points qualify to play Chicken Tac Toe. Those who beat the chicken win a prize up to $1,000 cash.

Jumpin’ Jeep giveaway

Players earn an entry by playing on Aug. 18 or Aug. 25, and receive a bonus entry for every 20 points earned either day. From 4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 18 and 25, 10 people will be chosen each hour to win up to $250 in slot free play. At the 10 p.m. drawings, three people will be selected for a chance to win the Jeep. Five of the six finalists will receive $500 cash, while the other will get the Jeep.

Rivers

777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(877) 558-0777

Eighth-anniversary drawings

In honor of its Aug. 9, 2009, opening, Rivers will give away $60,000 worth of free play. Hourly drawings from 1-8 p.m. each Tuesday will award eight prizes of $200 in free slot play. The top prize at 8 p.m. is $2,000 cash, plus all unclaimed prizes from previous drawings. Players must swipe their Rush Rewards card at a kiosk to activate their entries.

2017 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 drawings

The speedy Maserati will be awarded in a drawing on Aug. 6. Preliminary drawings at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. will award 10 prizes each of $250 free slot play and a physical entry into the finale drawing. In the finale, 10 names will be selected; nine will win $1,000 in slot free play and one will get the Maserati. Entries are based on players club points earned from Feb. 1 through Aug. 6.

Rivers Rumble VII Boxing: The latest round of live boxing at the casino amphitheater will be Aug. 12. Tickets start at $30 for the entire night and include $10 Free Slot Play or Match Play. The amphitheater will open at 5 p.m., and the first bout will start at 7 p.m.

Mark Gruetze

About

Mark Gruetze of suburban Pittsburgh writes the Player’s Advantage column for Trib Total Media and the Tribune-Review. A skilled recreational gambler for more than 35 years, he covers casinos and gaming from a player’s perspective. He is a retired journalist.