Thanksgiving, rather than quietly staying at home or visiting Aunt Gertrude once again to pick at her dried-out turkey with grated carrots on the side, isn’t your only holiday option. Pennsylvania’s land-based casinos and online casinos offer excellent options for really celebrating.
The tasty options on the menu for PA gamblers range from online slot races at Stars Casino to mega food spreads at many PA casinos.
We’ll survey some of the offerings here.
Thanksgiving dining and casino promotions at PA casinos
Hollywood Casino serves up turkey and Super Bowl prizes
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course‘s Final Cut offers a special menu from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday. It includes a Cornish hen at $29, with add-ons such as apple stuffing, a sweet potato puree and pumpkin fritters. Also, there is a pie giveaway in the H Lounge based on rewards tier status.
With football traditionally part of the holiday, football is one of their big promotions with the start of a Big Game Ticket drawing.
Visit a marketing kiosk at the casino and enter your NFL picks. Each week, the player with the best picks increases their chance of selection in the final drawing on February 5.
The top winner gets two Super Bowl tickets for 25 years plus airfare and room accommodations not to exceed $15,000 in total expense each year. The winner can instead opt for a single lump-sum payment of $262,325.
The recently renamed Hollywood Casino at the Meadows is also promoting the Big Game Ticket drawing.
The recently-opened Hollywood Casino York, a mini-casino, is playing up big screen TV football viewing along with a traditional menu at its Dinner & Drinks dining venue for just $25. Hollywood Casino York is also offering a pick the most winners promo on football, but it is called Choose the Champs and offers a top prize of $225,000. The game runs until January 9.
Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia says Thanksgiving is season for winning
Every jackpot of more than $1,200 from now until December 18 at Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia, players can qualify for an entry into their $25,000 Jackpot Drawings. In the end, 45 winners walk away with a share of $25,000 in free slot play plus a top prize of $1,000.
Mohegan Sun Pocono stuffed with turkey and Santa
At Mohegan Sun Pocono, Molly O’Sheas, Rustic Kitchen, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House are each offering takes on turkey on Thursday.
Santa’s Workshop of Wonders has just begun at the casino and runs until December 25. Filling three gameboards first can mean a $25,000 prize. And there is one instant winner of $100,000.
Rivers Casino Philadelphia and Rivers Casino Pittsburgh
Jack’s Bar + Grill at Rivers Casino Philadelphia is offering a full traditional meal on Thanksgiving from noon until 8 p.m. And there is a turkey burger and fries special all month long for just $8.88. Martorano’s Prime at Rivers Pittsburgh offers a $70 turkey meal and Wheelhouse provides a $25 version.
Valley Forge Casino
The Revolution Chop House at Valley Forge Casino is a traditional turkey meal, with a turkey sandwich, the Gobble, to go thrown in for takeout. Hours are 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. The Italian Market sells the same turkey sandwich, plus a non-alcoholic drink, for $15 eat-in, making the Chop House offer a bargain at $35 for the sit-down and the takeaway on one bill.
Black Friday promotions at PA casinos
- Live! Casino Pittsburgh has a fun promotion for Black Friday playing off their site in a rehabbed mall space. Shop all morning at Westmoreland Mall or Westmoreland Crossing. Drop the receipt in a drawing drum at the casino beginning at noon. Ten lucky players who are Live! Rewards cardholders at the mini-casino will get a refund of their shopping expenses – up to $500. At 9:00 p.m., winners get pulled. They have five minutes to claim their prize.
- Live! Casino Philadelphia, one of the few PA casinos with a hotel, is playing to its strength with a Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotion. Book a room those days and take 20% off, plus get a dining credit of $25. Rates begin at $151.20 a night. Live! Casino Philadelphia is also offering a traditional roast turkey feast featuring a PA-grown bird for $65.
- Black Friday gift cards are drawn at Rivers Philadelphia from noon to 4 p.m. for Rush Reward cardholders. Winners get to select a shopping bag.
- Presque Isle Downs & Casino is doing a hot seat drawing between 3 p.m and 9 p.m. on Black Friday.
PA online casino promos for Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend
Unibet is offering the Extra Stuffing leaderboard prize pool through November 28.
Stars Casino is offering a $10,000 leaderboard race beginning on Thanksgiving. The top 400 players will get paid, races are free to join, and any spin can move a player to the top of the board. The more you win, the higher you move up the board.
PlayLive!, Live! Casino Philadelphia’s online casino, features a leaderboard contest for Thanksgiving with the use of a Live! Rewards card. Prizes are free spins on the slots Starburst, Butterfly Staxx 2, Gorilla Kingdom, Riches of Midgard, Cash-o-Matic, Vegas Night Life, Grand Spinn, Imperial Riches, Cash Noire and Double Stacks.
Wind Creek Bethlehem Thanksgiving weekend entertainment
Wind Creek Bethlehem adds laughs and Christmas music to the menu on Thanksgiving weekend.
First, there is the angelic voice of Sarah Brightman ringing in the holiday season with a Christmas symphony on Friday and the acerbic Chelsea Handler on Saturday.
Brightman’s tour in support of her first new album in years begins where else but Bethlehem, PA’s Christmas City. She’s at the Event Center. Tickets start at $69.50 for her 8 p.m. show.
And for something way different, Chelseas Handler brings her stand-up comedy tour “Horney and Vaccinated” to the same stage on Saturday, with tickets beginning at $49.50.
Always good to go out with a big laugh.
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