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Things Are Heating Up At These PA Casinos This July

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The party’s on across the state as gamblers and Pennsylvania casinos celebrate the first full month of summer.

Mohegan Sun gets things rolling with a weekly bash featuring food, drinks and tribute bands re-creating the works of top rock performers. Presque Isle becomes a focal point for a massive motorcycle rally. Finally, Meadows marks the 52nd installment of the Adios, expected to generate a purse of a half-million dollars.

Elsewhere, casino-goers can revel in offers of free play, vehicle giveaways, and a variety of table game promotions.

Here’s a look at the best casino promotions and attractions for July:

East

Mohegan Sun Pocono

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

Hot Summer Fun

Free play, giveaways, and live music highlight this promotion, with weekly attractions throughout July and August. Events include:

  • Mystery Mondays: Playing slots or table games could yield free slot play every Monday. Momentum Club members who earn one status point that day after 6 a.m. can swipe their card at a promotional kiosk to receive up to $1,500 in free play.
  • Winning Wednesdays: Every 30 minutes from noon to 2 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m., three players will be chosen to win $200 in slot free play. The recipients play a game of bean bag toss for a chance to win additional $800 in free play.
  • Party on the Patio: Every Thursday, partiers gather outside for food truck fare, drink specials, and live music, with no cover charge. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with music by a variety of tribute bands starting at 7:30 p.m. This month’s performers are Tramps Like Us (Bruce Springsteen tribute) on July 5; Parrotbeach (Jimmy Buffet tribute) on July 12; All Revved Up (Meatloaf tribute) on July 19; and Draw the Line (Aerosmith tribute) on July 26.
  • Free Shirt Fridays: Starting at 9 a.m., the first 500 members to visit the Sky Bridge receive a free T-shirt. A different design will be given away each week. One shirt per club member, while supplies last. Valid, unexpired photo ID is required.

Mean or Green giveaway

The grand prize winner gets to choose between a “mean” Toyota Tundra 4×4 SR5 Double Cab truck or a “green” Toyota Rav 4 Hybrid Limited all-wheel-drive SUV. Momentum members get one drawing entry for every status point earned at slot or table game play from July 1 through Aug. 31, with 2X entries on Tuesdays and 10X entries from 6 a.m. to 6:59 p.m. Sept. 1. The drawing will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 1.

Mt. Airy Casino Resort

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

Double Points Days

Players club members earn 2X points every Monday and Tuesday in July when they play on the third-floor slots, in Mt. Airy’s non-smoking area.

Lucky Number

From 2 to 8 p.m. July 10, hourly drawings will award one prize of $100 in slot free play. The winner spins a wheel, and every Players Club member at the casino whose card number ends with that digit gets $10 in free play. Players receive one drawing entry for every 777 points earned.

Parx

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

Dive into summer

Parx will give away 10 prizes of $5,000 in free slot play and match play on July 22. Players become eligible based on play from July 16 to 22, with one game card awarded for every 200 entries earned. A player may receive up to eight game cards. Players may pick up their game cards from noon to 8 p.m. July 22. Non-winning cards are eligible for second-chance drawings at 2, 4, 6, and 8 p.m. Five prizes of $500 in free slot play will be awarded at each drawing.

Peter Cetera

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, known for his work with Chicago as well as his solo career, will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 26 at the XCite Center. A bass player, singer, and songwriter, Cetera was with Chicago from 1968 through 1986. He wrote “If You Leave Me Now” and “Baby, What a Big Surprise.” Tickets for the all-ages show are $45 to $85.

Sands

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

Mega Monday

Sands will give away more than $16,000 worth of slot free play in drawings on July 9. From 1 to 7 p.m., five prizes of $250 in free play will be awarded every hour. At 8 p.m., five players will win $1,500 in free play each. The first drawing entry is free, with additional entries based on play from 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. that day.

Lexus sweepstakes

A grand prize of a 2018 Lexus RH 450H all-wheel-drive SUV and four prizes of $1,000 in slot free play will be given away at 7 p.m. July 29. The first entry is free, with additional entries based on rated slot play from June 25 through 6:45 p.m. July 29. A second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. July 29 will award five prizes of $1,000 in slot free play.

Bluetooth headphone giveaway

MySands members who earn five points between July 15 and Aug. 25 can receive a free set of Tzumi Bluetooth wireless headphones. Qualifying players can pick up the gift between 1 and 9 p.m. Aug. 24 or 25. Gifts are limited to one per person and available while supplies last.

SugarHouse

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

Summer Sizzle Slot Tournament

All Rush Rewards members can play a three-minute session in a slot tournament from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays in July in the SugarHouse slot tournament area. The top 50 scorers each week win up to $1,000 cash. Members who play each week will be entered in a July 27 drawing with a top prize of $5,000 cash.

Valley Forge Resort Casino

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

Harley-Davidson sweepstakes

Valley Club members can earn entries through most of the month for a July 27 drawing that will award a 2018 Harley Davidson Road King Special. The first entry is free, and club members get five additional entries for every point earned from 6 a.m. July 1 through 8 p.m. July 27, with 10X entries on Wednesdays. Players must activate their entries between noon and 8 p.m. July 27. Six finalists will be chosen at 9 p.m., with one winning the Harley and the other five each getting $1,000 in slot free play at Valley Forge Casino.

West/Central

Hollywood at Penn National

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

Lucky ‘Lette

Marquee Rewards members win $150 to $500 in slot free play if they’re selected to play in this Roulette-based game. To be eligible, players must have their Marquee card in a slot machine or have an open table rating. From noon to 8 p.m. July 21, three club members will be selected at random every 15 minutes to play Lucky ’Lette. They then predict whether a Roulette ball will land on a red or black number. If they’re right, they get $300 in free play; if the ball lands on the other color, they get $150 in free play; and if the ball lands on one of two green squares – zero or double-zero – they win $500 in free play. Limit of one prize per member.

Kiosk games

Prizes of free slot play are up for grabs in kiosk games available on Mondays and Tuesdays after the Fourth. Marquee Rewards members must earn 500 tier points through rated play between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. each promotional date. Qualifying members then play the game at a Hollywood Casino kiosk. The Backyard BBQ game is available on July 9, 16, 23, and 30; the Free Play Fast Track game is available July 10, 17, 24, and 31. Free play prizes will be loaded automatically to the winning club account. Awards of less than $100 must be used by midnight the day after the prize was won. Prizes of more than $100 must be downloaded to a slot machine within 30 days. Limit of one prize per Marquee Rewards account on each promotional date.

Meadows

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

Adios week

Music, a family fun night, and live harness racing highlight the run-up to the Meadows’ biggest racing event of the year, the 52nd annual Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids on July 28. A purse estimated at $500,000 will be at stake. Elimination races will be July 21, followed by a trackside concert by Bon Journey. The July 28 post time will be at noon, with a trackside performance by NOMaD after racing. Miller founded the track, and his horse Adios was a champion pacer and ranks among the top studs in harness racing history.

Presque Isle Downs

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

Hot shooter

Craps shooters who get on a roll up can qualify to win extra cash in drawings on July 27. One Club members earn entries throughout July by getting 12 or more rolls per turn.  From 7 to 11 p.m. July 27, one person will be chosen every 30 minutes for a cash prize of up to $1,000. In addition, the top three “hot shooters” of the month will win cash prizes of up to $1,000.

Roar on the Shore

Presque Isle does its part for Erie’s 12th annual Roar on the Shore bike week, which is expected to attract 165,000 people. The casino parking lot will be the starting point for the Bringin’ In the Roar parade, which will feature 5,000 motorcycles on a seven-mile police-escorted route. Celebrity Grand Marshal is Rick Harrison of “Pawn Stars.” Registration for the parade begins at 2 p.m. and includes a performance by Rick Magee and the Roadhouse Rockers. The parade leaves at 6 p.m. At 10 a.m. July 22, the casino parking lot will be the site of a blessing of the bikes, followed by a pot-luck buffet from noon to 3 p.m., costing $9.99 per person. Bike Week is sponsored by the Manufacturer and Business Association in Erie, and this year’s proceeds will go toward construction of a 12-bed residence hall project at the Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center.

Table games hot seat

From 5 to 8 p.m. July 14, hourly drawings will award $1,000 cash to a randomly selected table game seat, and each One Club member at the same table will receive $50. If no player is in the winning seat, the $1,000 rolls over into the next drawing, but other players at the table still receive $50 each. In the final hour, drawings will continue until a winning seat is found. Players must be a One Club member to win.

Rivers

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

Mustang Shelby drawing

A 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby will be given away the evening of July 4. Ten finalists will be selected in each of three preliminary drawings, at 1, 4, and 7 p.m. that day, which each finalist receiving $250 in slot free play. The Mustang and nine prizes of $1,000 in slot free play will be awarded after the last preliminary drawing. Entries are based on Rivers Casino play since Feb. 1. Players must check in at a casino kiosk on drawing day.

Triple points days

Rush Rewards members earn 3X points from 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. July 10 and 31 for play on qualifying slot machines. The multiplier does not apply to Keno, video poker, virtual Roulette, Blackjack, or any table game.

Rivers-Opoly

Prizes ranging from $250 in slot free play to $5,000 cash will be available Saturdays in July and August starting July 14. Rush Rewards members earn entries based on play since Feb. 1, with every 25 points earned yielding one entry.  At 2 and 8 p.m. July 14, 21, and 28, qualified winners will play a board game to win prizes varying from $250 in free slot Play to $5,000 cash. The qualifying winners also receive an entry for the Sept. 1 the finale drawing, which has a top prize of $50,000 cash.

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.