July Promos Filled With Patriotism, Free Play, And Poker Tournaments

Posted on July 1, 2019

Gamblers can hit the road this month in a luxury car, a roomy pickup truck, or a vintage muscle car courtesy of giveaways from casinos across Pennsylvania.

Other promotions offer players prizes for playing high-tech video games, a chance to pluck cash out of the air, and a free slot tournament that could yield a trip to Las Vegas and a shot at $1 million.

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

Harrah’s Philadelphia

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

Carnival of Fun

Luck and skill at high-tech carnival-style games will yield multiple prizes of slot free play every Friday in July. Five entrants will be chosen every hour from 5 to 9 p.m. to play games in Harrah’s Topgolf Swing Suite such as:

  • Baseball pitching
  • Quarterback challenge
  • Zombie dodgeball

The five will compete against each for a first-place prize of $1,000 in free play. Caesars Rewards members receive one drawing entry each day they swipe their card at a promotional kiosk. Players get one additional entry for every 25 tier credits earned on slot machines or table games, with 5X entries on July 2, 9, 16, and 23.

10X table multiplier

Each Wednesday in July, Caesars Rewards members get 10X rewards credit for play at qualifying table games. To qualify, swipe your card at the promotional kiosk before playing. Bonus credits do not count toward tier score or return rewards.

Hollywood at Penn National

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

Super progressive drawing

Hollywood Casino’s progressive jackpot has grown to $70,000, with a drawing set for July 25. Marquee Rewards members get one entry for every four points earned through slot or table play. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 25, five will be chosen every half hour to play a game that awards slot free play and a chance to participate in the jackpot drawing.

At 9 p.m., four entrants will be chosen to advance directly to the finals. At 9:30 p.m., the 10 finalists will select a prize envelope from a barrel. One of the envelopes in the barrel will be for the $70,000 prize, while the others will award slot free play.

Lady Luck Nemacolin

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

Road, White, and Blue

Some fortunate Lady Luck Nemacolin players will get the choice of a 2019 Ford F-150 pickup or $20,000 cash is the top prize in a July 20 drawing. My Fan Club members receive one free entry for each day they play at Lady Luck Nemacolin, with one additional entry for every 200 tier points earned at slots or every 15 minutes at a table game.

Drawings at 9 p.m. July 6 and 13 will award 10 prizes of $75 in slot free play, with one of those winners also getting a spot in the final drawing. Seventeen people, including weekly winners from the June and July preliminaries, will be eligible for the finale.

On July 20, the weekly winners who got a finale entry must check in at the Lone Wolf promotional area. If all 17 finale spots are not filled, a drawing will award those remaining spots to other entrants. Finale participants will pick from hidden prizes offering cash, slot free play, or the grand prize. A second-chance drawing at 11 p.m. will offer five prizes of $200 in free play.

10X reward points

My Fan Club members can receive 10X points for play between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on July 12, 19, and 26. To qualify, swipe your card at a promotional kiosk before playing. The maximum reward is 25,000 points.

Meadows

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

MyChoice, MySummer

A 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 and multiple prizes of slot free play and MyCash will be awarded this month in a series of drawings open to all MyChoice players club members.

MyCash drawings

The Meadows is giving away five prizes of $500 in MyCash and two prizes of $1,000 in MyCash in drawings at 2 and 10 p.m. July 5. MyCash is good for purchases in the casino and at select retailers outside the casino. Members get one drawing entry for each day they swipe their card at a kiosk or generate a rating from 6 a.m. July 1 through 10 p.m. July 5.

Mercedes drawing

The first entry is free, with one additional entry for every 10 points earned for play between 6 a.m. July 1 and 10 p.m. July 27. As an added bonus, there are 5X entries on Thursdays. Hourly drawings from 6 to 9 p.m. July 27 will award 10 prizes of $100 in slot free play or table games match play plus five prizes of $250 in free play/match play and an entry in the finale drawing.

A 10 p.m. drawing will award five prizes of $250 in free play/match play and an entry in the finale. Each of the 25 finalists then draws an envelope. One gets the car, and the others get $500 in free play/match play. Winners must be present to claim prizes.

Lucky Hand cash drawings

Table game players can qualify for drawings with a minimum prize of $1,000 cash. MyChoice members earn entries for table-game play between 6 a.m. July 5 and 11:25 p.m. Aug. 2. On Aug. 2, drawings every 30 minutes from 7 to 11:30 p.m. will award 10 prizes of $1,000 cash. The grand prize will be at least $10,000 cash. However, it could be bigger, as any unclaimed $1,000 prize rolls into the grand prize.

Mohegan Sun Pocono

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

Hot summer fun

Mohegan Sun continues its group of summerlong promotions, which started in June and continue through August. Among them:

Toys of Summer giveaway

Momentum members earn entries throughout the month for an Aug. 31 drawing that will award an outdoor vehicle valued at up to $25,000 and five prizes of $1,000 cash. Momentum Club members receive one drawing entry for every status point earned by slot or table game play from through Aug. 31, with 5X entries for play on Mondays and 10X entries for play on Saturdays.

Party on the patio

Food trucks, drink specials, and live music by tribute bands will be available every Thursday at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with music starting at 7:30 p.m. This month’s bands include

  • Black Dog (Led Zeppelin tribute) on July 4
  • Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones (Prince tribute) on July 11
  • Tusk (Fleetwood Mac tribute) July 18
  • New York Bee Gees (Bee Gees tribute) July 25.

Fifty Shades of Summer

From 5 to 10 p.m. every Friday, five Momentum Club members will be randomly selected each half-hour to play for cash and slot free play by picking beach balls on a giant digital game board. Prizes range from $200 in free play to $5,000 cash, with the $5,000 prize guaranteed to be awarded each week. Players who reveal and match a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses will qualify for a $50,000 cash grand prize event on Aug. 30.

Slot tournament Sundays

Every Sunday, a free slot tournament will offer weekly prizes of cash and slot free play, with the summer’s top winner getting a trip to Las Vegas and a shot at a $1 million cash prize. Momentum Club members who earn three status points between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on tournament day are eligible. Winners from each session get $250 cash and $250 in slot free play.

Mount Airy Casino Resort

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

2X instant rewards

Every Monday in July, Instant Rewards players club members will get double points for play on penny slot machines at Mount Airy.

Red, White, and Blue money machine

Every hour from noon to 8 p.m. July 3 and 24, three Players Club members will be selected to enter a booth of whirling cash for a chance to grab up to $500. Players get one entry for every 250 points earned on the promotion day.

Parx

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

Sizzlin’ Summer Sweeps

A $1,200 Weber grill, $5,000 cash, and up to $10,000 in slot free play are among the prizes to be awarded in a pull-tab giveaway on July 27. Players get one pull-tab for every 200 entries earned from July 21-27, with a maximum of eight pull-tabs per person. Each pull-tab awards $20 in in free play.

Blackjack hot seat

Every 15 minutes from 6 to 10 p.m. July 17, one Parx blackjack player will be selected to receive $250 in match play. Any Xclub member with an active rating at a live blackjack table is eligible.

Big Stax XXX

The 30th edition of Parx’s signature poker tournament runs from July 28 through Aug. 22. Major events include:

  • Big Stax 300, with a $30,000 starting stack and a $340 buy-in
  • Big Stax 500, with a $40,000 starting stack and $550 buy-in
  • Big Stax 1100, with a $50,000 starting stack and $1,200 buy-in
  • Big Stax 2500, with a $100,000 starting stack and $2,500 buy-in

Other events include an Aug. 14 seniors (50-plus) tournament with a $340 buy-in and survivor tournaments on Aug. 21 and 22. Satellites to the four Big Stax events start July 28.

Presque Isle Downs

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

Classic muscle car giveaway

Forget about wheeling away in a new car, this promotion from Presque Isle Downs offers a classic 1970 Chevrolet Nova muscle car as the top prize. Players Club members get one entry for each Saturday they play in July, with one additional entry for every 200 points earned on promotion days.

Preliminary drawings will be from noon to 2 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. each Saturday of the month. Each week, a total of 78 people will win slot free play, with three of them also getting an entry in the July 27 grand prize drawing. The final drawing will be at 9 p.m., with 11 finalists getting $500 cash each and one winning the Nova.

Table games hot seat

Hourly drawings from 6 to 9 p.m. July 27 will award $1,000 to a table game player, with two $25 match play coupons going to each players club member also at the table.

Rivers

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

Table games anniversary drawings

From July 1 to Aug. 9, table game players can earn entries to qualifying drawings offering a top prize of $5,000 cash. All preliminary winners are eligible for the final drawing with a top prize of $10,000 cash at 9 p.m. Aug. 9.

10th anniversary $10 for $10

As part of Rivers Casino’s 10 weeks of 10 charities, every Saturday through Aug. 10, all Rush Rewards members who donate $10 cash to that day’s chosen nonprofit will receive $10 in slot free play or table game match play. Recipients are:

  • July 6: Achieva, which serves children and adults with disabilities
  • July 13: Allegheny CleanWays, which combats illegal dumping
  • July 20: Carnegie Library
  • July 27: Bidwell Training Center, which offers career training
  • Aug. 3: Southwestern PA Veterans Center
  • Aug. 10: Auberle, which helps at-risk children and families.

SugarHouse

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

98 Degrees social media contest

A hot forecast could mean two free tickets to the July 27 concert by the R&B vocal group 98 Degrees. Whenever the temperature is predicted to be 98 or above in Philadelphia, players can enter the contest on the SugarHouse Casino Facebook page.

The group will perform at 8 p.m. July 27 at the SugarHouse Event Center. Standard tickets are $69 to $89 each. VIP tickets, including a meet-and-greet with the band, are $149 or $249.

$1,776 Stars & Stripes sweepstakes

SugarHouse will give away $1,776 in slot free play every half-hour from 2 to 8 p.m. on the Fourth of July. Anyone playing with a Rush Rewards card is eligible to win a share of the free play.

Lucky 7’s sweepstakes

From 1 to 7 p.m. July 7, players using their Rush Rewards card will be randomly selected every seven minutes to win between $77 and $7,777 in slot free play.

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Valley Forge Resort Casino

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

$4,000 Fourth of July cash cube

Every half-hour from 1 to 7 p.m. July 4, two Valley Club members will be chosen to enter a cube of swirling rewards and win up to $2,000 in cash and slot free play. Winners must be present to claim the prize. Each player gets 30 seconds in the cash cube.

$25,000 Cold Cash Sweepstakes

Valley Club members start earning entries July 1 for drawings that will award five prizes of $5,000 cash. Members get five entries for every point earned at slot or table gameplay at Valley Forge through July 27, with the play on Mondays getting 10X entries for Valley Club level and 20X entries for Elite level.

A $5,000 prize will be awarded each hour from 6 to 10 p.m. July 27. Winners must be present to claim their prize.

Wind Creek

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

Hot seat

Every hour from 1 to 8 p.m. July 15, drawings will award two prizes of up to $500 in cash, slot free play or Wind Creek gift cards. Prize value is doubled at the 8 p.m. drawing. Anyone with a rewards card inserted in a slot machine at drawing time is eligible.

$10,000 super slot tournament

All casino members are eligible for a free slot tournament offering a top prize of $5,000 and 24 prizes of cash or slot free play. The tournament will be from 1 to 8 p.m. July. 22.

Entrants must register at the players club from 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. on tournament day. Those who earn three players club points by 7:30 p.m. qualify for a second entry.

2019 Ford F-150 Platinum sweepstakes

A grand prize of a 2019 Ford F-150 Platinum pickup and four prizes of $1,000 in slot free play will be given away at 7 p.m. July 28. A second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. will award five prizes of $1,000 in free play.

The first drawing entry is free to all players club members. Additional entries are based on rated slot play from 6 a.m. July 1 to 6:45 p.m. July 28, with 25X entries on Tuesdays and on July 26 and 27 and 10X entries every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through July 21.

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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.

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