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Presque Isle Offering Super Bowl Tickets With New Casino Promo

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While NFL fans on each side of Pennsylvania can savor their home team’s high seeds in the playoffs, gamblers can enjoy casino promotions designed to make them ignore the cold and snow of January.

The Presque Isle poker room is offering two pairs of Super Bowl tickets in a free tournament. Other promotions throughout the state promise free cars, free cash, and free play.

Here’s a look at some of the best PA casino promotions and attractions to kick off 2018:

East

Harrah’s Philadelphia

777 Harrah’s Blvd.
Chester, PA 19013
(800) 480-8020

Winter of Jackpots

This two-month promotion offers weekly chances to win free pulls on Harrah’s high-denomination slot machines and keep all winnings. It will award cash prizes in eight drawings.

Total Rewards members get one free entry daily, plus a bonus entry for every 25 tier credits earned each promotional day. Players can earn 5X entries on Wednesdays, and users of the TR app can receive 1,000 bonus entries on Mondays.

Drawings on Jan. 13 and 27 and Feb. 10 and 24 will award $10,000 in prizes. In addition, app drawings will award $500 on Jan. 6 and 20 and Feb. 3 and 17. Winners will be announced via the TR app.

Mohegan Sun Pocono

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

Ultimate Lexus Giveaway

Mohegan Sun Pocono is giving away a new Lexus RX 350 Jan. 27. Players get one entry for every status point earned through slot or table game play from 6 a.m. Jan. 26 through 9:45 p.m. Jan. 27, with 10X entries on Jan. 26.

From 4 to 9:45 p.m. Jan. 27, five winners will be chosen every 15 minutes for prizes of $500 in cash or free slot play. The Lexus winner will be chosen in a drawing at 10 p.m.

Million Dollar Madness

Starting this month and continuing through Feb. 24, players can earn entries in a drawing that offers a chance to spin a wheel with a top prize of $1 million cash. Each status point earned through 8:59 p.m. Feb. 24 yields one entry, with 10X entries on Thursdays.

Preliminary drawings on Feb. 3, 10, and 17 will offer prizes of up to $10,000 in cash. The final drawing on Feb. 24 will award the million-dollar prize.

Play $20, get $10

From 6 a.m. Jan. 13 through 3 a.m. Jan. 14, players who put their first $20 through any slot machine may remove and reinsert their Momentum card to receive $10 in free slot play.

Mt. Airy Casino Resort

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

Mohegan card bounty

Taking a poke at a competitor, Mt. Airy will pay $15 to anyone who surrenders a Mohegan Sun player’s club card between 1 and 9 p.m. Jan. 26. Those taking advantage of the offer will be entered in a 9:30 p.m. drawing with a prize of $100 cash.

Luxury camper van giveaway

One person will win $500 in free slot play in hourly drawings from noon to 8 p.m. Jan.27. At 9 p.m., the drawing will award $500 in free play, $5,000 cash, and an Axion luxury camper van.

Parx

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

Wayne Brady

Let’s Make a Deal” host and ad-lib comedy star Wayne Brady will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Xcite Center at Parx Casino. The Emmy winner and Grammy nominee recently completed his “Makin’ Sh*t Up” tour. Remaining tickets for the Parx show cost $40 to $50 each.

Bill Engvall

The comedian known for his blue-collar approach will perform two shows on Jan. 14 at Parx. The 6 p.m. show is sold out, but tickets for the 9 p.m. performance are available for $25 to $65 each.

Sands

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

$10,000 Super Slot Tournament

MySands cardholders are eligible for a free entry in a Jan. 8 slot tournament with a top prize of $5,000 cash plus 24 other prizes of cash or free slot play.

Players must register at the Sands Bethlehem My Sands desk between 9 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. on the day of the tournament. Players get a second entry by earning three club points between 6 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8.

2018 Chevy Impala sweepstakes

A 2018 Chevy Impala 2LZ and four prizes of $1,000 in slot free play will be awarded in a drawing at 7 p.m. Jan. 28. A second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. will award five prizes of $1,000 in slot free play.

The first drawing entry is free, with additional entries based on rated slot play from Jan. 1 through 6:45 p.m. Jan. 28. Players can earn bonus entries on these dates:

  • 50X entries on Jan. 5, 6, and 7
  • 25X entries on Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 26, and 27
  • 10X entries on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Jan. 12 to 21

SugarHouse

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

Flash free play

Rush Rewards club members can earn next-day free play based on their slot play at SugarHouse. To be eligible, players must have a valid e-mail address on file with the club before playing. Free play can be activated at any kiosk starting at 10 a.m. the next gaming day and be valid for 30 days.

Valley Forge Resort Casino

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

$50,000 winter slot tournament

Slot fans can play once a day in this free tournament that runs from 3 to 7 p.m. from Jan. 2 through Feb. 28 at Valley Forge. Cash and slot free play are awarded daily. Players club members redeem one point to enter.

Cash Is King sweepstakes

Drawings on Jan. 26 and 27 will award a total of $30,000 in cash, with separate drawings for high-limit and general-floor play.

  • High-limit drawing: Players receive one entry for every natural at blackjack or every natural 9 on a banker bet in baccarat between Jan. 1 and Jan. 26. The drawing at 9 p.m. Jan. 26 in the high-limit table game area will award $5,000 in cash.
  • Main-floor drawing: Players receive five entries for every point earned for slot or table game play between Jan. 1 and 26, with 10X points on Wednesdays. The drawing at 9 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Center Bar will award one prize of $25,000 in cash and five prizes of $1,000 in slot free play.

West/Central

Hollywood at Penn National

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

Triple point Thursdays

Marquee Rewards members earn 3X points for slot or table game play every Thursday in January from 6 a.m. until 5:59 a.m. the following day. Rewards will be credited within 48 hours.

Super progressive jackpot

Marquee Rewards members can also earn entries at slots or table games for a monthly progressive jackpot drawing with a top prize that starts at $10,000 cash. Entries are based on play at Hollywood from Jan. 1 through Jan. 25. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25, five winners will be chosen every 30 minutes for prizes of $150 to $250 in slot free play or one prize of $100 in free play and a spot in the final drawing at 9:30 p.m.

At 9 p.m., four players will be win a spot in the final drawing. At 9:30 p.m., each of the 10 finalists will pick an envelope that awards either slot free play, ranging from $300 to $1,000, or the progressive jackpot. If the jackpot envelope is not selected, the prize rolls over to February’s drawing.

Lady Luck Nemacolin

4067 National Pike
Farmington, PA, 15437
(724) 329-7500

($10 resort purchase required to enter casino)

Cash Key

Twenty-five players chosen in drawings at 9 p.m. on each Saturday in January win $75 in slot free play and a chance to pick a “cash key” worth $1,000 in cash. In addition, all winners are entered in the March 24 finale drawing to see who gets a cash key worth $12,000 to $24,000 cash. The first drawing entry is free, with an additional entry for every 200 tier points earned from Lady Luck play.

Flat screen frenzy

On Fridays in January, one player will be chosen every hour from 6 to 8 p.m. to win a flat-screen TV. My Fan Club members get one entry for every 100 points.

Meadows

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

$50,000 Sunday giveaway

The first three Sundays of the month feature drawings for both cash and free play. From 3 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 7, 14, and 21, drawings will award these prizes:

  • 10 winners of $100 in slot free play every 15 minutes.
  • One winner of $1,000 in slot free play every 30 minutes
  • One winner of $1,000 cash each hour (Cash winner must be present to claim prize)

Meadows Players Club members earn entries from Jan. 1 through 5 p.m. Jan.21.

Jackpot frenzy

Players earn entries throughout January for a drawing with hourly winners of $500 to $1,000 in slot free play. Drawings will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 1. Entry tickets must be put into one of three drawing drums between 6 and 9:55 p.m. Feb. 1.

Dash for cash

Hourly drawings from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 13 will award 10 prizes of $125 in slot free play, one prize of $1,250 in free play, and one prize of $1,250 cash.

Winners of the $,1250 cash and free play prizes must be present to claim the award. If not, the prize rolls to the next hour’s drawing. One winner is guaranteed at the 10 p.m. drawing. Entries are based on play from Jan. 1 through 10 p.m. Jan. 13.

Presque Isle Downs

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

From poker table to the Super Bowl

Skill on the felt could lead to two tickets to the Feb. 4 Super Bowl in Minneapolis, which conceivably could feature both the Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 2 seed in the AFC) and Philadelphia Eagles (No. 1 seed in the NFC).

The top two finishers in a 20-person poker tournament will each win two Super Bowl tickets or 75 percent of the cash equivalent ($7,500 per winner). Tournament seats will be awarded in a series of drawings on Jan. 14, with entries based on play at Presque Isle Downs from Sept. 7 through Jan. 12 – one entry for 100 hours of eligible cash game play plus an additional entry for every 10 hours over 100.

From noon to 9 p.m., drawings on the hour and half-hour, plus the one at 8:45, will have prizes of $100 in chips and a tournament entry. Additionally, there aredrawings at 15 minutes after and 15 minutes before the hour will award $100 in chips.

Winners of the drawing must be present to claim their prizes; a player may win only one tournament seat. The tournament will start at 3 p.m. Jan. 21, and play will continue until first and second place are decided. Chopping the prizes is not allowed.

Rivers

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

Mad Money Mania

Drawings at 2:15 and 7:15 p.m. Jan. 25 offer slot free play and a top prize of $20,000 cash. Players get one entry for every 25 players club points earned at Rivers from Jan. 1 through Jan. 25.

Winter winning drawings

A top prize of $5,000 cash will be available in drawings at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. Jan. 6. Entries are based on play from Jan. 1 through 6. Altogether, 60 prizes worth more than $40,000 will be awarded.

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.