Kick Off 2019 With Cash Prizes, Free Play And Other PA Casino Promotions

Written By Mark Gruetze on January 2, 2019
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Even though the holidays are over, Pennsylvania casinos are handing out cars, free play and other gifts in the hopes of attracting gamblers.

New cars, a $20,000 vacation and ever-popular cash are on the list, along with a $150 buy-in poker tournament boasting a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool and giveaways targeting table-game players.

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


Harrah’s Philadelphia

777 Harrah’s Blvd.
Chester, PA 19013

Winter of jackpots

This two-month promotion offers drawings for cash, free play and free pulls on high-denomination slot machines. Total Rewards members can get one free entry per day by swiping their card at a Harrah’s Philadelphia kiosk between 6 a.m. and 5:59 p.m. from Jan. 1 through Feb. 23. Additional entries are awarded for every 25 tier credits earned. Plus, it is 5x earned entries on Wednesdays. Users of the Play by TR app can get 100 bonus entries each Monday.

Mohegan Sun Pocono

1280 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Triple status points

Mohegan Sun Pocono slot and table-game players will receive triple points for play between 6 a.m. Jan. 20 and 3 a.m. Jan. 21. Ratings must be closed before 3 a.m. Status points will be credited immediately.

Table games cash giveaway

From 2 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21, one table-game player will be chosen every two hours to receive $1,000 cash. Also, everyone else at that table will get $100 cash. To be eligible, players must be actively playing with a Momentum card. Live poker play is excluded.


2999 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19020

Crack the Safe sweepstakes

A top prize of $10,000 is available to players who earn a code that opens a casino safe on Jan.12. XClub members earn entries based on slot play from Jan. 6 through 7:59 p.m. Jan. 12. Every $20 played through gets one entry. Players get one code, plus $20 in slot free play, for every 200 entries, with a maximum of eight per player. Participants must pick up their codes between 1 and 8 p.m. in the Parx’s main lobby. Those who receive a winning code will select one of 10 safes containing a prize of free play or cash. Each entrant may redeem only one winning code.

Bell Biv DeVoe

The group credited with originating the “new jack swing” fusion of hip-hop, funk, pop and R&B will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Xcite Center. Bell Biv DeVoe, made up of Ricky Bell, Mike Bivins, and Ron DeVoe, debuted in 1990 with the album “Poison,” which sold 4 million copies and featured four hits. Doors open at 7 p.m. Remaining tickets are $35 to $65 each.


77 Sands Blvd.
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Buick Enclave sweepstakes

Sands Bethlehem is giving away a 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir and four prizes of $1,000 in free slot play in a drawing at 7 p.m. Jan. 27. Each My Sands member gets one free entry, with additional entries based on rated slot play from Dec. 31 through 6:45 p.m. Jan. 27. Play on Jan. 1, 8, 15, 22, 25, and 26 earns 25x entries. Additionally, play on any Friday, Saturday or Sunday through Jan. 20 earns 10x entries.

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

$10,000 free slot tournament

All players club members are eligible for a free entry in a Jan. 21 slot tournament offering a top prize of $5,000 cash and 24 other prizes of cash and free slot play. Tournament play is from 1 to 8 p.m. Entrants must register at the players club center between 9 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. Jan. 21. A second entry is available to those earning at least three players club points between 6 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.


1001 N. Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Little Rush poker tournament

A prize pool of $100,000 is guaranteed in this two-day, $150 buy-in tournament starting Jan. 13 at SugarHouse. Two starting flights are scheduled daily through Jan. 18, with Day 2 set for Jan. 19. Registration, late entry, and unlimited re-entry are available until the start of Level 11. All late entries and re-entries will receive a full stack of 20,000 tournament chips. Players who complete more than one Day 1 flight may take only the largest stack to Day 2. Levels will last 25 minutes on Day 1, 40 minutes on Day 2. Ten players will advance to the final table. The buy-in is apportioned:

  • $120 to prize pool
  • $20 registration fee
  • $10 dealer fee

Valley Forge Resort Casino

1160 First Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Dream Vacation Sweepstakes

Valley Forge Casino is giving away a seven-day trip to Hawaii and a four-day stay in a Jan. 26 in a drawing open to all Valley Club members. Players get five entries for every point earned from Jan. 1 through Jan. 26 for slot or table-game play, with 10x entries every Monday. At 11 p.m. Jan. 26, six finalists will be chosen for a $20,000 vacation that includes:

  • Seven days in Hawaii
  • A four-day stay at the California Casino in Las Vegas
  • $500 in free slot play for player
  • and a guest
  • $1,000 cash
  • $1,000 Visa gift card
  • 50,000 AAdvantage miles

Club members must activate their free entry at any kiosk and any earned or bonus entries at a slot machine. Entries earned at any table game must be activated at a kiosk. Entries must be activated one hour before each drawing to be eligible. Winners of will have 2 minutes to claim a prize. If the winner is not present, another name will be drawn. If no one has claimed the prize after 10 names are called, the prize will be forfeited.

85″ TV Sweepstakes

High-limit-table-game players are eligible for a drawing for an 85″ Sony Bravia HD television. Valley Club member earn entries for each natural at blackjack or natural nine at baccarat at the high-limit tables between Jan. 1 and Jan. 25. The drawing will be at 9 p.m. Jan. 25 in the high-limit pit.


Hollywood at Penn National

777 Hollywood Blvd.
Grantville, PA 17028

Winner  Wonderland

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday in January, Hollywood Casino is giving out 10 prizes of $100 in free slot play every 15 minutes. To be eligible, Marquee Rewards members must have their cards inserted in a slot machine or have an open table rating. Limit of one prize per account per week.

Snowy Slot Play giveaway

Five prizes of $100 to $750 in free slot play will be awarded every 10 minutes from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 11. To be eligible, Marquee Rewards members must have their cards inserted in a slot machine or have an open-table rating.


210 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301

Drive into 2019

A Jeep Compass will be the top prize in a series of Saturday drawings at hthe Meadows throughout January.

From 7 to 10 p.m. every Saturday, 25 prizes of $100 in free slot play or table-game match play will be given away. The Jeep will be given away at 10:15 p.m. Jan. 26. MyChoice club members get one entry for every 10 tier points accumulated between Dec. 30 and 10 p.m. Jan. 26. Check-in is required within an hour before the drawing by swiping his or her player’s card at any kiosk or by generating a rating. Winners must be present to claim their prizes.

Sunday power play

Cash and free play will be awarded in drawings from 3 to 5 p.m. each Sunday in January. Prizes are:

  • $1,000 in cash each hour
  • $1,000 slot free play every 30 minutes
  • 20 winners of $100 free slot play every 30 minutes

The cash winner must be present to win. Players’ Club members earn entries based on play from Jan. 1 through 5 p.m. Jan. 27. Check-in is required within an hour before drawing time by swiping at any kiosk or generating a rating.

Presque Isle Downs

8199 Perry Highway
Erie, PA 16509

50+ Hot Seat

Members of the 50+ One Club are eligible for $50 Hot Seat drawings every 15 minutes between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each Tuesday in January at Presque Isle Downs. Members must be actively playing a slot machine to qualify.


777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Rivers Ringo

A shot at $50,000 cash and scores of prizes of at least $200 in free slot play will be given away each Saturday in January and February. Rush Rewards members earn entries starting Jan. 1, with every 25 points generating one entry. Drawings at 2 and 8 p.m. on Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan. 19, and Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16, and Feb. 23 will each award 10 prizes of at least $200 in free slot play. Also, each winner also gets to play Rivers Ringo for a chance to win up to $5,000 cash and is entered in the March 2 finale drawing, which will have a top prize of $50,000 cash.

On March 2, Rivers will hold wild-card drawings at 2 and 8 p.m. Winners receive 10 prizes of $200 in free slot play plus automatic entry in the finale. The finale will follow the 8 p.m. drawing. Ten of the finale entrants will be chosen for a chance at the $50,000 prize. If none of them wins the $50,000, the 10 winners split the amount.

Winter Wheel of Cash

Table-game players who win side bets or progressives on qualifying games can enter drawings awarding up to $2,000 cash on Fridays and Saturdays in January and February. Entries are based on play from Dec. 29 through 8:50 p.m. Feb. 23. Drawings will be at 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, with five winners called at each. The entry drum will be emptied after each week’s drawings.

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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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