Forget about seeing the first robin of spring. The real sign is that Pennsylvania casinos are basing promotions on the luck of the Irish and the thrill of the NCAA basketball tournament.
Table-game and poker players get in on the act, too, with chances for bonus cash and chips.
Mohegan Sun Pocono offers a shot at $5,000 cash for players who get a suited blackjack. Elsewhere, Rivers Sportsbook in Pittsburgh combines a poker room high-hand bonus with a chance for $5,000 extra depending on the NCAA basketball tournament champion. Finally, SugarHouse offers a free lottery-like game with a possible $1 million cash prize.
Here’s a look at some of the best casino promotions and attractions for March:
777 Harrah’s Blvd.
Chester, PA 19013
Money Booth Madness
Players at Harrah’s can win free play or a chance to collect swirling bills in a money booth every Saturday in March. Total Rewards members receive one free entry each day they play during the promotional period, plus an additional entry for each 25 tier credits earned at slots or table games. There are also 5X entries on Tuesdays. Users of the TR app can get 10 bonus entries every Monday while at the casino. Drawings offer two types of prizes:
- Free play drawings: Each hour from 6 to 10 p.m. on March 3, 10, and 24, the casino will draw the name of one active player who will win a share of $5,000 in free slot play. Winners with the TR app will get extra.
- Money booth drawings: Each hour from 6 to 10 p.m. March 17 and 31, one person will be chosen to enter the money booth for 30 seconds and collect as much swirling money as possible. Winners then will have 20 seconds to choose between keeping their collected money or taking a golden ticket that could be worth more.
Mohegan Sun Pocono
1280 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Suit Yourself sweepstakes
Suited Blackjacks could lead to $500 in free gaming chips or $5,000 cash in this two-month promotion at Mohegan Sun. Players earn one drawing entry for each suited natural in Blackjack or Spanish 21 during March and April. In drawings on May 20, the casino will award two prizes of $500 in gaming chips every 15 minutes. At 6 p.m., one person will win $5,000 in cash. Limit of one $500 prize per person.
Nothing but net
Basketball sharp-shooters could win bonus free play on March 30. Every 30 minutes from 4 to 10 p.m., five randomly selected active slot or table game players will receive prizes of $100 in slot free play. Since this is the month of March Madness, winners will be able to shoot up to four baskets to increase their prize:
- With the first basket made, the prize goes to $200 in free play
- Second, $400 in free play
- Third, $800 in free play
- Fourth, $1,600 in free play
Mt. Airy Casino Resort
312 Woodland Rd.
Mount Pocono, PA 18344
March competitor match
Every Tuesday and Thursday in March, Players Club members who bring in slot free-play offers and their club card from any other casino in Pennsylvania or New Jersey will receive a match of up to $300. The offer is available once daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. to invited guests or those who earn 1,000 points at Mt. Airy.
2999 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Feeling Lucky sweepstakes
Earn entries at Parx Casino from March 1 through 17 for a chance to share in a giveaway of $40,000 worth of slot free play and $10,000 cash. Additionally, play on March 5 and 12 earns multiple entries. From 4 to 10 p.m. on March 17, Parx will award 50 prizes of up to $200 in free play every hour. Moreover, the hourly winner with the most entries also qualifies for the 10:30 p.m. drawing with a top prize of $10,000 cash.
The Flaming Lips
The psychedelic alt-rock group known for “She Don’t Use Jelly” will perform at 7 p.m. March 11 at the XCite Center. The group, which worked with Miley Cyrus on her “Dead Petz” album and tour, is known for elaborate live shows, which include puppets, giant hands, and singer Wayne Coyne’s crowd-surfing inside a plastic bubble. Tickets are $35 to $200. Doors open at 6 p.m., and attendees must be at least 21.
77 Sands Blvd.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Spring pull tabs
From noon to 8 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday in March, players at Sands can receive up to three guaranteed-winner pull tabs. Each tab has a prize ranging from $10 in slot free play to $10,000 cash. Players qualify for a tab with every three players club points earned from noon to 8 p.m.
In addition, players earn one free tab each hour from noon to 8 p.m.
Chevy Silverado 1500 sweepstakes
A 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 15000 LT and four prizes of $1,000 slot free play are up for grabs at 7 p.m. March 25. The first entry is free. Additional entries are based on rated slot play from Feb. 26 through 6:45 p.m. March 25, with 10X entries on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through March 18 and 25X entries on March 23 and 24. There will also be a second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. March 25 featuring five prizes of $1,000 slot free play.
1001 N. Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
$1 Million Mega Pick
SugarHouse’s lottery-like drawing every Wednesday in March offers five levels of prizes ranging from $10 in slot free play to $1 million cash. The first entry is free, with up to five additional entries allowed each day for every 10 points earned from slot and table-game play. Signature and preferred club members earn double entries for play on Mondays. Six numbers between 1 and 60 will be drawn at 8 p.m. each Wednesday. Here’s the prize schedule:
- Match all six: $1 million cash
- Five matches: $10,000 cash
- Four matches: $1,000 in slot free play
- Three matches: $100 in slot free play
- Two matches: $10 in slot free play
Free parking and shuttle for flower show
SugarHouse becomes a shuttle hub while the Philadelphia Flower Show is open from March 3 to 11. Each show day, shuttles will leave SugarHouse Casino on the hour, dropping off and picking up passengers at the Convention Center’s Broad Street entrance. The last pickup at the convention center will be a half-hour before the show ends.
The annual flower show attracts a quarter-million people during its run. This year’s show, with a “Wonders of Water” theme, will include tropical jungles, temperate forests, native woodlands, and arid landscapes as well as the plants that thrive in each environment, such as orchids, flowering vines, and desert blooms. Flower Show tickets are sold separately.
Valley Forge Resort Casino
1160 First Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Luck of the Irish drawing
Valley Forge is giving away 10 prizes of $1,700 cash in hourly drawings from 1 to 10 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day (also known as March 17). Players may print their entries at any kiosk from 6 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. and enter them in the barrel at Center Bar. One winner will be randomly selected each hour. Prize will not be awarded if the winner is not present.
Money Madness sweepstakes
Earn entries throughout the month for a March 31 drawing with a prize of $25,000 cash. The first entry is free, additional entries based on slot or table game play. Players get 10X points on Wednesdays. The winner of $25,000 will be chosen at 9 p.m. March 31 at the Center Bar.
Hollywood at Penn National
777 Hollywood Blvd.
Grantville, PA 17028
Every 15 minutes from noon to 8 p.m. March 10, Hollywood Casino will select two Marquee Rewards members to win $500 in slot free play or $500 cash. Players must have their card inserted into a machine or have an open table game rating to be eligible. Prize must be claimed within 30 minutes. Additionally, there is a limit of one prize per club account.
Super progressive jackpot
The March Super Progressive jackpot is up to $30,000 after not hitting in January or February.
Marquee Club members earn one entry for every 20 points accumulated through slot table-game play from March 1 through 22. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 22, five entrants will be picked every 30 minutes to receive $250 in slot free play or $100 in free play plus a spot in the final round at 9:30 p.m.
At 9 p.m., four entrants will be selected for the final round. At 9:30, each of the 10 finalists will pick an envelope containing $300 to $1,000 worth of slot free play or the cash jackpot. If the jackpot enveloped is not picked, April’s prize will be $40,000.
210 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301
Heartland Poker Tour
The Heartland Poker Tour returns to Meadows with 10 tournaments from March 15 through 26. Single-table satellites offering seats in the $1,100 Main Event start March 14 and continue through March 24, space permitting.
Players eliminated from an event before the end of late registration may re-enter, space permitting. Events include:
- March 15-18: No-Limit Hold ’Em Belt Event, $350 buy-in, $100,000 prize pool guaranteed
- March 18: Seniors tournament, $200 buy-in
- March 18-20: No-Limit Hold ’Em Trophy Event, $250 buy-in, $25,000 prize pool guaranteed
- March 22-26: Main Event, $1,100 buy-in, $250,000 prize pool guaranteed
Baccarat, Blackjack tournaments
- Lucky Dog Mini Baccarat: Every Sunday in March, players can compete for an $1,800 first prize. Buy-ins are $50 each, with qualifying rounds starting at 6 p.m., semifinals at 8:15 p.m., and final table at 9 p.m. Other prizes range from $780 for second place to $180 for eighth through 14th. Register in the table-game pit on the day of the tournament.
- Lucky 21 Blackjack: Every Tuesday in March, the $21 tournament offers a $2,000 prize pool, depending on the number of entrants. Qualifying rounds are at 11 and 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:15 p.m., with the final table at 2:45 p.m. Each semifinal participant gets a $5 food court coupon. Players may enter up to one week in advance at the cage.
Presque Isle Downs
8199 Perry Highway
Erie, PA 16509
Table games cash awards
Table-game players could cash in on two promotions this month:
- Hot Seat: From 5 to 8 p.m. March 17, one table-game seat will be selected randomly to receive $1,000 cash, and each other One Club member at the table will get $50. If the winning seat is unoccupied, the $1,000 will roll over into the next drawing. In the final drawing of the night, drawings will continue until a winning seat is found. The player must be a One Club member to receive a prize.
- Cash giveaway: From 6 to 10 p.m. March 31, 10 winners will be chosen at random times for cash prizes of $250 to $1,000. One Club members earn entries throughout the month for each hour of carded play at any table game except poker.
777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
2018 Jaguar SUV drawing
On March 4, during drawings at 1, 4, and 7 p.m. Rivers will award 10 prizes of $250 in slot free play, with each recipient qualifying for the finale drawing. That drawing will award nine prizes of $1,000 in free play and a grand prize of a 2018 Jaguar F Pace SUV.
March Madness poker bracket
Poker players who win a high-hand bonus between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. from March 5 through 11 also get a spot in a March Madness bracket. Each team in the NCAAA men’s basketball tournament will be randomly assigned to the 64 high-hand qualifiers. The players will win cash based on when their teams are eliminated:
- First round: $100
- Second round: $200
- Third round: $300
- Fourth round: $500
- Fifth round: $1,000
- Sixth round: $2,500
- Tournament champion: $5,000