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Holiday Celebrations Abound At PA Casinos This February

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Even though it’s February, Pennsylvania casinos are still celebrating holidays, from Groundhog Day to Valentine’s Day to anniversaries at two properties.

Throughout the state, players can reap bonus points, free buffets, and shots at new cars and cash prizes. Presque Isle in Erie, marking the 11th anniversary of its opening, and Hollywood near Harrisburg, observing its 10th, are offering cash, free play, and parties for their players.

Here’s a look at some of the best casino promotions and attractions for February:

East

Mohegan Sun Pocono

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

Groundhog Day shadow fever

Depending on the official outcome of Groundhog Day, Momentum players club members will will earn double or triple points from noon Feb. 2 to 3 a.m. Feb. 3 at Mohegan Sun Pocono. If Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, sees his shadow and predicts six more weeks of winter weather, Momentum club members will get double points.

If he doesn’t see his shadow, meaning an early onset of spring, club members get triple points. Club members who use their card at any slot machine or table game, excluding live poker, are eligible. The additional points will be credited automatically.

Play and buffet

Earn four status points with slot or table game play Wednesday through Sunday to qualify for a free buffet. When you’ve earned your points, swipe your Momentum card at any promotional kiosk to receive a buffet voucher.

The voucher must be printed by the end of the earning period each day. For play from Wednesday through Saturday, the voucher will be valid through the close of business on the following day.  For play on Sunday, the voucher will be valid until close of business.

A player may qualify for only one free buffet coupon per person per day. Standard pricing is $15.99 for lunch, $19.99 for weekday or weekend brunch, and $25.99 for weekend dinner. The buffet is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Million Dollar Madness

Each Saturday in February, players can get a chance to spin a wheel with a top prize of $10,000 cash on Feb. 3, 10, and 17, and $1 million cash on Feb. 24.

On each Saturday, four people will be selected in a drawing at the top of each hour from noon to 9 p.m., and each gets to spin the wheel three times. Players club members get one drawing entry for each status point earned through 8:59 p.m. Feb. 24, with 10X entries on Thursdays.

Mount Airy Casino Resort

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

$10 Buffet

Every Monday through Friday in February, Mount Airy invites guests or players who earn at least 777 points can get a $10 buffet. Standard pricing is $16.99 for lunch, $19.99 for weekday dinner, and $25.99 for Friday dinner.

Parx

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

Go for the Gold

Players club members can earn game cards that yield free play when the U.S. Olympic team medals at the Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. XClub members who earn 40 entries can receive one game card per day from Feb. 5 through 8. The Olympic Games will be from Feb. 9 to 25.

If the United States wins a medal in the sport you picked, you will receive $50 in free play for gold, $25 for silver, and $10 for bronze. If the team wins more than one medal in the sport, you get the free-play value of each. Free play will be automatically added to the players club card at the end of the games and will be valid Feb. 26 through March 1.

Poker high hand bonus

Parx, which recently opened a 48-table poker room inside the main casino, is offering a variety of high-hand bonuses from Feb. 5 to 25:

  • $250 every half-hour: Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays and Sundays from 2 to 7 p.m.
  • $500 every half-hour: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 7 to 11 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 1a.m.
  • Grand prize drawings: Each high-hand winner will be entered into four March 19 drawings for a a cash prize of up to $5,000

Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin

The two Grammy winners will perform an acoustic concert on March 1 at the new XCite Center. Lovett, with 14 albums to his credit, blends elements of country, gospel, blues, and folk. Colvin, a contemporary folk artist who won a Grammy for her 1989 debut album “Steady On,” is also known for her song “Sunny Came Home.” Tickets are $60 to $90.

Sands

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

2018 Alfa Romeo sweepstakes

One person at Sands Bethlehem will win a 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, while four others will win $1,000 in slot free play in a drawing at 7 p.m. Feb. 25.

The first entry is free. Additional entries are based on slot play through 6:45 p.m. Feb. 25, with 10X entries on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Feb. 18, and 25X entries on Feb. 6, 13, 20, 23, and 24. There will be a second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. Feb. 25 that awards five prizes of $1,000 in free play.

Sweet rewards

A 3-pound box of Barton’s Chocolates will be given to anyone who earns five players club points by 8 p.m. Feb. 10. Players can pick up their candy on the street level of the Outlet Mall, across from Old Farmer’s Almanac, between 1 and 9 p.m. on Feb. 9 or 10. Limit of one gift per patron, and player must show valid ID to pick up the candy.

SugarHouse

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

Top tier match

Players holding a top-tier card from any other casino in Pennsylvania or New Jersey can receive $250 in slot free play by signing up for a Rush Rewards card and visiting the high-limit podium. Eligible players also receive a 60-day Key Membership, which includes admission to the High Limit lounge and Key Club parking. The offer is available to eligible members who haven’t played at SugarHouse for at least 13 months.

Valley Forge Resort Casino

1160 First Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 354-8118

Sweetheart sweepstakes

Valley Forge is awarding more than $5,000 in slot free play from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Every 30 minutes, one player will be randomly selected to receive $100 in free play for himself/herself plus $100 for his/her significant other. Drawings are open to anyone actively playing a slot machine.

Dream vacation drawing

Players wanting to get away can set their sights on a Feb. 23 drawing that will award 50,000 airline miles, a $1,000 gift card, and a Norwegian Cruise Line gift certificate. The first entry is free, with additional entries based on slot and table-game play through Feb. 23.

West/Central

Hollywood at Penn National

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

Spin to Win

Free slot play and a batch of instant lottery tickets will be given away every 20 minutes from 3 to 10 p.m. Feb. 2 First prize is $500 in free play and $100 worth of lottery tickets. Second prize is $250 in free play and $50 in lottery tickets, while third prize is $125 in free play and $20 in lottery tickets. To be eligible, players must have a Marquee Rewards card inserted in a slot machine or have an open table game rating.

10th Anniversary Celebration

Two promotions celebrate Hollywood’s 10-year anniversary:

  • Candy and free play: From noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 11, players club members can pick up a free candy bar at the H Lounge (or at the coat check for Icon and Executive Producer levels). One in every four bars will include a prize of up to $500 in slot free play.
  • Cash and free play: From noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 23, two winners will be selected every 10 minutes to win either $500 cash or $500 in slot free play. Limit of one prize per club account.

Meadows

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

Rule The Road SUV giveaway

Meadows Casino is giving away both a 2018 Jeep Cherokee and seven prizes of free slot play at 10:15 p.m. Feb. 24, along with dozens of free-play prizes in preliminary drawings every Saturday in February. During drawings at 7, 8, and 9 p.m. each Saturday players can possibly win one of 25 prizes of $100 in slot free play or table game match play; at 10 p.m. Additionally, the casino is giving away five prizes of $500 in free play. Two of those five winners will receive a key for the grand finale drawing.

Entries are based on play through 10 p.m. Feb. 24, with 5X entries on Thursdays. Winners must be present to claim their prizes.

Blackjack Madness freeroll tournament

A $10,000 first prize and $5,000 second prize are up for grabs in this tournament open to players who qualify in February. The tournament starts at noon March 17.

To qualify, you must earn 10,000 points through slot or table-game play during February. Entrants must swipe their players club card at a kiosk from March 1 to 17 to print out an entry, then register at the cage for a seat assignment. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meadows, operated by Pinnacle Entertainment (soon to be Penn National) since September 2016, switched to the company’s MyChoice players club in January. Club members earn one tier point for every $10 coin-in on slots or every $20 coin-in on video poker. Table game points are based on the game, average bet, and length of play.

Sunday Giveaway

Cash and free slot play will be handed out in drawings from 3 to 5 p.m. every Sunday in February:

  • One prize of $1,000 cash each hour
  • One prize of $1,000 slot free play every 30 minutes
  • 10 prizes of $100 slot free play every 15 minutes

Entries are based on play from Feb. 1 through 5 p.m. Feb. 25.

Presque Isle Downs

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

11TH anniversary celebration

Presque Isle marks its 11th birthday with a variety of giveaways:

  • 28 freebies: There are three different giveaways:
    • 1,100 t-shirts will be given away starting at 10 a.m.
    • Free hot dog, chips, and soft drink will be given to the first 1,100 plays at the INCafe, starting at 11 a.m.
    • A free cupcake will be given to the first 1,100 people beginning at 1 p.m.
  • Free play and cash: From 4 to 10 p.m. Feb. 2 and Feb. 23 and from 1 to 8 p.m. Feb. 27, 11 prizes of free play and cash up to $1,000 will be awarded every hour. Club members get one free entry for every drawing day they play, plus one bonus entry for every 20 points earned each drawing day. Players earn 10X entries for play on Feb. 26. Limit of one prize per night.

Donate for vets, get free play

Donate $10 to Boots on the Ground, a group that help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, and receive $10 in free slot play. Donations must be made at Guest Services. Limit of one free-play award per day from Feb. 1 through 28.

Rivers

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

Denali truck drawing

Rivers Casino is giving away a 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali pickup plus dozens of prizes of slot free play in drawings on Feb. 18. Club members get one entry for every 25 points earned. In preliminary drawings at 1, 4, and 7 p.m. Feb. 18, a total of 30 finalists will be chosen, and each will receive $250 in slot free play. The finale drawing that evening will award the truck and prizes of $1,000 in free play.

Mark Gruetze

About

Mark Gruetze of suburban Pittsburgh, a skilled recreational gambler for more than 35 years, covers casinos and gaming from a player’s perspective. He is a retired journalist and wrote the Player's Advantage gambling column for seven years.