[toc]Good deeds, good food, and good giveaways are in store this month as Pennsylvania casinos and their players get a head start on holiday party time.
In addition to Thanksgiving, two casinos are celebrating anniversaries. Mohegan Sun marks its 11th birthday with giveaways, and the Parx poker room will hand out cash in honor of its seventh birthday.
Players also can pick up free play for donating to food banks and reap rewards tied to Black Friday shopping. Military veterans can enjoy a few extra perks in honor of their service.
Here’s a look at some of the best casino promotions and attractions for November:
Mohegan Sun Pocono
1280 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
11th anniversary celebration giveaway
The state’s first legal casino, Mohegan Sun, celebrates its November 2006 debut with drawings offering $245,000 worth of slot free play. From noon to 10:05 p.m. each Saturday this month, one player will be chosen every 11 minutes to receive $1,111 in free play.
Any veteran who wins will receive an extra $100 in free play. There will be a second-chance drawing at 10:16 p.m. each Saturday for all unclaimed prizes. Players club members using a card at any slot machine or table game are eligible.
In another anniversary promotion, Mohegan Sun will award $130,000 in slot free play from 4 to p.m. each Friday during the month. Every 30 minutes, 10 players will be selected to play Birthday Blingo for free-play prizes of $100 to $1,000. Momentum Rewards members using a card at any slot machine or table game are eligible.
Triple Momentum points at tables
Table game players will earn triple Momentum Club dollars starting at 6 a.m. on Sundays and Thursdays. The awards are good for:
- Concert tickets
- Other casino purchases
Mount Airy Casino Resort
312 Woodland Rd.
Mount Pocono, PA 18344
From 2 to 10 p.m., Nov. 17, Mount Airy players club members can pick up a “windicator” game piece and receive $10 in slot free play. If the game piece blinks, players get to spin a wheel for a chance at $1,000 in free play.
15X rewards / swipe sensation
Players can get two bonuses on Nov. 26, the Sunday after Thanksgiving:
- Play on any penny slot machine earn 15X players club points
- Invited club members can swipe their cards at any kiosk machine between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. to receive free play
2999 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Fall into money sweepstakes
Ten people will each receive $5,000 in slot free play in this Nov. 25 drawing at Parx. Here are the rules:
- Players receive a game card for each 200 Xclub points earned from Nov. 19 through 25. Each game card includes an instant $20 in free play.
- Maximum of eight game cards per person
- Pick up your game cards between noon and 8 p.m. Nov. 25.
- Game cards that don’t win one of the $5,000 awards can be entered in a second-chance drawing. Those drawings, at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m., will be for $500 in free play.
Poker room seventh anniversary
The poker room is giving out $500 high-hand bonuses of $500 cash every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. Nov. 3 to 2 a.m. Nov. 4. Additionally, randomly selected players will win cash prizes at 11 a.m., 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. Players must be in a Texas hold’em game that is eligible for a bad-beat prize.
77 Sands Blvd.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Turkey, ham, prime rib, or lasanga giveaway
Players club members who earn five points between Oct. 22 and 9 p.m. Nov. 21 can receive a $15 coupon toward a turkey, ham, prime rib, or lasagna purchase at a participating grocery. Players can pick up their coupons from noon to 10 p.m. Nov. 20 or 21. Limit one coupon per person.
Outlets shopping spree
Sands Bethlehem is giving out two $500 gift cards to The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem via drawings every hour from 1 to 7 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 24.
At 8 p.m., three $1,000 gift cards will be up for grabs. The first drawing entry is free. However, additional entries are based on rated slot play from Oct. 30 through 7:45 p.m. Nov. 24.
At 7 p.m. Nov. 26, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, there will be a drawing at Sands with a grand prize of a 2017 Corvette Stingray and four prizes of a $1,000 in slot free play. Here are the rules:
- First entry is free, with additional entries based on rated slot play from Oct. 30 through 6:45 p.m. Nov. 26
- 10X entries for play every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 3 through 19
- 25X entries on Nov. 7, 14, 21 24 and 25
- Second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. Nov. 26 offers five prizes of $1,000 in slot free play
1001 N. Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Flash free play
Rush Rewards club members can earn next-day free play by playing slots at SugarHouse any day in November. The amount of the award will be based on the amount of play. Players can activate the free play at any rewards club kiosk starting at 10 a.m. the next gaming day.
The offer will be valid for 30 days. To be eligible, club members must have a valid email address on file with the club before playing.
Englebert Humperdinck and Kenny Wayne Shepherd
SugarHouse’s concert lineup features two musicians with widely different styles: singer Englebert Humperdinck and blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
- Humperdinck, whose first single to chart was “Release Me” in 1967, will perform at 9 p.m. Nov. 3 as part of “The 50th Anniversary Tour – The Legend Continues.” He has 64 gold albums, 35 platinum, four Grammy nominations, and a Golden Globe.
- Shepherd, who became nationally known at age 16 when “Ledbetter Heights” was released in 1995, will perform at 9 p.m. Nov. 10. He is hailed as one of the top blues guitarists and has recorded eight No. 1 blues albums.
Valley Forge Resort Casino
1160 First Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
($10 resort purchase required to enter casino)
$50,000 holiday slot tournaments
Valley Forge is hosting daily slot tournaments from Nov. 1 through Dec. 30 featuring 10 prizes of cash or free slot play. Valley club members redeem one point to enter the daily tournament, which has sessions roughly every 10 minutes between 3 and 7 p.m. Tournaments will not be offered on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day.
Valley club members can earn free play by picking the right horse while playing a slot machine. The casino will broadcast a recorded race each hour from 5 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday this month.
Players who have put at least $20 into a slot machine a half-hour before the race can choose which horse they think will win. Those who pick correctly will win shares of $1,000 in slot free play. The race plays on the slot machine screens.
Bliss wedding showcase
The showcase on Nov. 12 features wedding vendors, food, and a bride-and-groom fashion show. Each couple attending will receive a bridal swag bag from Valley Forge, and 40 prizes, including a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean or Mexico, will be awarded. Advance registration will close at 3 p.m. Nov. 10. Couples may register at the door for $10 general admission or $20 VIP.
Hollywood at Penn National
777 Hollywood Blvd.
Grantville, PA 17028
Lucky Marquee Rewards Club members can share the wealth if they win a drawing. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Wednesday this month, Hollywood Casino will choose five players every 20 minutes to win $100 slot free play. In addition, each winner may choose one friend to $100 in free play. Drawings are open to anyone with a players club card in a slot machine. Players may receive only one prize per account.
Fall food drive
Marquee Rewards Club members will receive $10 in slot free play for donating two or more non-perishable food or household paper products between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Donation boxes will be inside the casino parking garage entrances. Items will be donated to the Grantville Food Pantry.
Current and former members of the military personnel will receive a 2-for-1 buffet and $10 in free slot play on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. To be eligible, you must sign up for or be a member of the Marquee Rewards Club and show proof of military service to Player Services between 6 a.m. Nov. 11 and 5:59 a.m. Nov. 12.
Lady Luck Nemacolin
4067 National Pike
Farmington, PA, 15437
($10 resort purchase required to enter casino)
Post-Black Friday blowout
One prize of $1,000 cash and two of $250 cash will be awarded in drawings every hour from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 26, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Entries are based on play through the month.
Election Day and Thanksgiving point bonuses
- From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Election Day, Nov. 7, players club members earn 10X points
- From 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, players club members earn 16X points
- Maximum of 25,000 points per day, including tier multiplier
Thanksgiving weekly slot tournaments
The top 20 scorers in the free Nov. 21 tournament will win slot free play. The first entry is free, with additional entries based on play during the month. A player may have a maximum of three entries. Prize pool will be based on the number of entries.
210 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301
Heartland Poker Tour
The three-day Main Event, which concludes Heartland Poker Tour’s (HPT) first stop in Pennsylvania, offers a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool and a buy-in of $1,100.
The Main Event has three Day Ones, on Nov. 2, 3 and 4. Day Two, on Nov. 5, will narrow the field to the final nine players, and Day Three play on Nov. 5 will be streamed live from Meadows on Twitch.tv/HPT Poker. Qualifying tournaments that offer seats in the Main Event also are scheduled for Nov. 2 through 4.
Presque Isle Downs
8199 Perry Highway
Erie, PA 16509
Black Friday giveaway
Every Friday this month, 10 winners will be chosen every hour from 4 to 10 p.m. for prizes of free play and cash ranging up to $1,500. One entry is free for each promotional day you play, with a bonus entry for every 20 tier points earned each promotional day. Players club members can earn 2X to 5X entries based on tier level.
Table games cash giveaway
On Nov. 25, 16 table game players will be chosen at random times between 6 and 10 p.m. to receive cash prizes of $250 to $1,000. Players earn one entry for each hour of carded play at the Presque Isle Downs tables during the month.
Second Harvest food drive
Players who donate two non-perishable food items between Nov. 1 and Nov. 22 will receive $5 in free slot play per day. Awards are limited to one per person per day. Donations will go to Erie’s Second Harvest Food Bank.
777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Mad money mania
Two drawings on Nov. 30 offer a top prize of $20,000 cash plus other cash and free play prizes. Entries are based on play from June 1 through Nov. 30, with every 25 points earning one entry. Drawings will be at 2:15 and 7:15 p.m.