Boo-yah! PA Casinos Unmask Big Treats With October Promos

Written By Mark Gruetze on October 1, 2019 - Last Updated on October 2, 2019

Big money is the big treat in throughout Pennsylvania casinos this month:

  • Two $1 million giveaways at Wind Creek, where new owners wrap up the official grand opening of the renamed casino
  • A lottery ticket giveaway with a potential prize of $1 million at Mount Airy
  • A World Poker Tour stop at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, with a guaranteed Main Event prize pool of $300,000 and a guaranteed opening event prize pool of $100,000

Other sites are offering new vehicles, a VIP trip to a Browns-Steelers rivalry game, and a plethora of big-screen TVs.

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

Harrah’s Philadelphia

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

Free play for touchdowns

Caesars Rewards members can get $7 in slot free play for each touchdown the Philadelphia Eagles score in a regular-season NFL game.

To be eligible, players must opt-in at a Harrah’s Philadelphia casino kiosk between two hours before game-time and kickoff. Free play for first-half touchdowns will be awarded automatically at halftime; free play for second-half touchdowns will be awarded after the game. The free play will expire if it is not used within 72 hours of being deposited.

Double points for table play

Each Sunday and Monday in October, Caesars Rewards members will get 2X points for table game play. To participate, swipe your card at a promotional kiosk between 6 a.m. and 5:59 a.m. The multiplier is based on play during a single gaming day; bonus points don’t count toward tier score or Return Rewards. Players may claim an award only once per promotional day.

Hollywood at Penn National

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

$100,000 progressive drawing

Players can win free play or a chance at a $100,000 cash prize in a series of drawings at Hollywood Casino on Oct. 31.

MyChoice members get one drawing entry for every four points earned from slot or table-game play throughout the month. In drawings every half-hour from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, five entrants will be chosen to play a game offering slot free play and a chance to participate in the final drawing. At 9 p.m., four club members will be randomly selected for the final drawing.

At 9:30 p.m., the 10 finalists will select a prize envelope from a barrel. One envelope contains the cash prize; others award slot free play.


210 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301

Chevy Colorado giveaway

A Chevrolet Colorado pickup is the top prize in a monthlong series of drawings at The Meadows that also will give away thousands of dollars in slot free play.

MyChoice members get one free entry, with an additional entry for every 10 tier points earned from Oct. 1 through 10 p.m. Oct. 26.

Drawings from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday will give away 15 prizes of $100 in slot free play or table games match play plus one prize of $1,000 in free play/match play and a ticket in the pickup drawing. At 10 p.m. Oct. 26, 10 more entrants will win tickets to the pickup drawing.

The drawing for the truck will be at 10:15 p.m. Oct. 26.

Mohegan Sun Pocono

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

Point multiplier day

Momentum Club members at Mohegan Sun Pocono get double status points for play between 6 a.m. Oct. 14 and 3 a.m. Oct. 15.

Super Monster Match

Every 30 minutes from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5, 12, and 19, five players will be chosen to play a monster-themed game on a 65-inch digital game board. Awards range from $5,000 cash to slot free play.

Momentum Club members playing slots or table games are eligible for the drawings.

Mount Airy Casino Resort

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

Lottery ticket giveaway

A $1 million lottery ticket could be available in Mount Airy drawings from 5 p.m. to midnight Oct. 18.

Every 30 minutes, one person will win five $20 Pennsylvania Lottery scratch-off tickets for a game offering prizes ranging from $400 to $1 million.

Players Club members get one entry for every 250 points earned between 6 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. Oct. 18. Entries can be printed at promotional kiosks starting at noon.

Jeep giveaway

A 2019 Jeep Renegade and numerous prizes of slot free play will be given away Oct. 25.

Players get one drawing entry for every 250 points earned through Oct. 25, with 2X entries on Wednesdays.

One prize of $250 in free play will be awarded every half-hour from 2 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25. At 10 p.m. five entrants will be selected to receive a key; four will win $500 in free play, and one gets the Jeep.


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

Spellbinding sweepstakes

Fifteen prizes of $300 in slot free play and an entry in a drawing with a $10,000 prize pool will be given away at Parx each hour from 3 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26.

XClub members earn entries based on play from Oct. 13 to 26, with an entry multiplier for play on Oct. 21. Players get one entry for every $20 played on traditional slots or every $60 played on video poker.

Each winner in the hourly drawings gets $300 in free play; the one with the most entries also advances to the cash giveaway drawing at 10:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

Bank on the Birds

During every Eagles football game, every player active at a randomly chosen bank of slot machines will receive $500 in slot play. Four banks will be selected each hour.

To be eligible, players must have an XClub card inserted at any slot machine. The free play will be valid for 30 days.

Presque Isle Downs

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

Steelers-Browns VIP trip

Poker and table-game players at Presque Isle Downs can earn entries for a VIP package for four to the Steelers-Brown game in Cleveland on Nov. 14. The top prize includes a pre-game tailgate party, hotel accommodations, four club seats at the game, and $500 cash.

Entries are based on play between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or 6 to 10 p.m. through Oct. 26. Table-game players get one entry for every hour of play; poker players get one entry for every two hours. Tickets must be printed by 11:59 p.m. on the day earned.

The grand prize drawing will be at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12; a second-chance drawing will be at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

Attack of the 50-inch TVs

Presque Isle will give away 20 large-screen televisions every Friday in October. Three drawings will be conducted each hour from 5 to 9 p.m.:

  • On the hour: Four 50-inch TVs
  • 20 minutes after the hour: Five prizes of $150 in slot free play
  • 40 minutes after the hour: Five prizes of $250 cash
  • 9 p.m.: One Tier 3 or Tier 4 club member will win a 70-inch TV

Players get one free entry for playing each Friday, plus an entry for every 200 points earned that day (2X entries for Tier 2 members, 3X for Tier 3, and 4X for Tier 4).

Players can win more than once each night.

Costume party

A costume party from 9:30 p.m. to midnight Oct. 26 offers $10 in slot free play to each entrant and a cash prizes of $350 to $1,000 for the five best costumes. Registration begins at 8 p.m. at

Churchill’s Bourbon and Brew, and the costume contest starts at 9:30. DJ Butch Knight from Dynamic Sounds will entertain.


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

WPT DeepStacks Pittsburgh

The World Poker Tour returns to Rivers from Oct. 17 to 28 for WPTDeepStacks Pittsburgh.

The Main Event carries a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool with an $1,100 buy-in and a starting stack of 30,000 in tournament chips. Starting flights will be on Oct. 24, 25, and 26, with the final table on Oct. 28.

The series of tournaments opens with a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool with a $360 buy-in and starting stack of 25,000 in tournament chips. Five starting flights are set for Event 1.

Satellites to Event 1 and the Main Event begin Oct. 10.

The 12-event WPT schedule also includes:

  • Seniors tournament (50-plus) on Oct. 21, $10,000 guaranteed pool, $150 buy-in
  • Five-card PLO on Oct. 22, $150 buy-in
  • PLO with $25,000 guaranteed prize pool on Oct. 23, $560 buy-in


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

Lucky Apple sweepstakes

More than $20,000 worth of Apple products, including AirPods, a 10.5-inch iPad Air, and an Apple Watch Series 5, will be available in drawings on Oct. 4 and 18.

Rush Rewards members earn entries based on play through Oct. 18.

From 7 to 10 p.m. each drawing day, 10 entrants will be selected every 30 minutes. Each will pick an apple from a SugarHouse stand and reveal a prize of slot free play or Apple merchandise.

At 10:30 p.m., one winner will receive an Apple prize pack AirPods with charging case, Apple Watch Series 5, a 10.5-inch iPad Air, a 64GB iPhone 11, and a 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Valley Forge Resort Casino

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

$10,000 Halloween Hot Seat

Being in the right seat on Halloween could win you $1,000 in cash or $1,000 in slot free play.

A lucky seat will be chosen every 30 minutes from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31, Those chosen on the hour will win $1,000 cash; those chose on the half-hour get $1,000 in free play.

Winners have 30 minutes to claim their prizes.

Spooktacular Slot Tournaments

All Valley Club members get a free entry into a slot tournament from 3 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in October. The top 10 scores will share a prize pool of $1,250 cash and slot free play. Contestants must print an entry voucher at any kiosk before 6:45 p.m.

Discover Valley Forge Hot Seat

On Oct. 14, the almost overlooked Columbus Day holiday, one prize of of $500 in slot free play will be awarded every half-hour from noon to 6 p.m at Valley Forge Casino. The drawing is open to all Valley Club members playing a slot at the time.

Wind Creek

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

$2 Million grand opening finales

More than $2 million in prizes will be awarded this month as the casino’s new owners, Wind Creek Hospitality, celebrate the change in operations.

$1 Million Blackjack Finale

Players can still qualify for a blackjack tournament offering a top prize of $500,000 cash.

Blackjack players who earn one table point (defined as play yielding $20 in theoretical casino win) by 8 p.m. Oct. 4 may enter the last set of weekly sit-and-go tournaments, scheduled for 3 to 10 p.m. Oct. 4. Tournament registration begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 4.

The weekly preliminary tournament offers a top prize of $20,000 cash, with second getting $10,000 cash.

The top four chip-holders from each of the four weekly tournaments advance to the Grand Finale Preliminary at 9 p.m. Oct. 18. It offers a top prize of $25,000 cash and $25,000 in other prizes.

The Grand Finale Tournament will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 19, with a $500,000 cash top prize and $250,000 worth of other prizes.

$1 million slot sweepstakes

The top prize of $1 million and 24 cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 will be given away at 9 p.m. Oct. 12. Entrants qualified through drawings based on rated slot play in September. Entries in the grand prize drawing must be activated between 6 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 by inserting a players club card into any slot machine. Grand prize can be claimed as a 20-year annuity or as $500,000 in cash plus $350,000 in slot free play.

Lexus sweepstakes

A 2019 Lexus LS 500 F Sport and four prizes of $1,000 in slot free play will be given away at 7 p.m. Oct. 27.

The first drawing entry is free to all players club members, with additional entries based on rated slot play from Sept. 30 through 6:45 p.m. p.m. Oct. 27. Multiplier days are:

  • 25X entries every Tuesday through Oct. 21, plus Oct. 25 and 26.
  • 10X entries every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Oct. 20.

A second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. Oct. 27 will award five prizes of $1,000 in slot free play

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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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