Pennsylvania casino players can enjoy a jolly good show when Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married this month.
Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, and Mother’s Day are tie-ins for other casino promotions throughout the state. Police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, and nurses get a special nod at Philadelphia’s Parx Casino.
Here’s a look at some of the best casino promotions and attractions for May:
Mohegan Sun Pocono
1280 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
5X points on 5/5
Starting at 6 a.m. on Cinco de Mayo, Momentum Club members will get 5X points for play on slots and table games. The bonus period ends at 3 a.m. May 6. Status points will be credited immediately after the player’s session ends.
All Momentum Club members qualify for a series of drawings awarding free play and cash on May 19. Starting at 1 p.m., players may print their entry tickets at any promotional kiosk and put them in a barrel based on their club level. Every 15 minutes from 2 to 8 p.m., one person will be selected from each tier level to win free slot play:
- Core: $100 free play
- Ignite: $200 free play
- Leap: $300 free play
- Ascend: $500 free play
- Soar: $1,000 free play
From 8:15 to 9 p.m., one person from each tier level will be selected every 15 minutes to win free play and cash:
- Core: $200 free play and $200 cash
- Ignite: $300 free play and $300 cash
- Leap: $500 free play and $500 cash
- Ascend: $750 free play and $750 cash
- Soar: $1,500 free play and $1,500 cash
Free play prizes will be valid May 19 and 20. Limit of one prize per guest from 2 to 8 p.m., but all entrants are eligible for the drawings after 8 p.m.
Table game cash giveaway
Table game players will be eligible to win up to $1,000 in cash from 2 to 8 p.m. May 31. Every two hours, one player will be chosen to win $1,000 cash, and other players at the table will receive $100 each. Players must be using a Momentum card to be eligible. Live poker games are not included in the promotion. Limit of one top prize per winner.
Mother’s Day giveaway
Nine $250 gift cards to Spa Sapphire at Mohegan Sun will be awarded from 3 to 7 p.m. on Mothers Day, May 13. One winner will be chosen every 30 minutes. Players must be using a Momentum card at a slot machine or table game to be eligible. Unclaimed prizes will not be awarded.
Mt. Airy Casino Resort
312 Woodland Rd.
Mount Pocono, PA 18344
Players club members will receive 2X points every Monday and Tuesday in May while playing the third-floor slots at Mount Airy Casino.
Windbreaker giveaway / Cash drawings
Invited guests or players who earn 1,500 points may swipe their Instant Rewards card at any kiosk between 9 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. May 27 for a voucher to receive a free windbreaker at the Promotions Desk. Recipients are entered in drawings awarded $500 cash every half-hour from 3 to 7:30 p.m.
2999 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Big Stax XXV
The latest installment of the Big Stax series of poker tournaments features nine events and runs through May 25. The first event is the three-day Big Stax 300, a No-Limit Hold ’Em tournament with a 30,000 starting stack for a buy-in of $300 plus $40 in fees. The first of four Day Ones will be May 2. Other events include:
- Big Stax 500, with a $40,000 starting stack for $500 plus $50.
- Big Stax 1100, with a $50,000 starting stack for $1,100 plus $100.
- Two bounty tournaments, one offering a $500 bounty per play and one offering two $100 bounties per player.
- A seniors (50-plus) tournament for $300 plus $40.
- Three satellites awarding seats in the Big Stax 1100.
Some events start in Parx East, the old poker room, and finish in the new room in the main Parx casino.
Keb’ Mo’ Band
Blues specialist Keb’ Mo’, an award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist, will perform at 8 p.m. May 18 at the Xcite Center. Tickets are $20 to $60.
Honoring first responders and nurses
Parx will provide $10 in slot free play plus a complimentary sandwich and soft drink to first responders and nurses on days named in their honor. Recipients must show a valid employee/volunteer ID card and an XClub card between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. at the XClub.
- First responders: On May 4, International Firefighters Day; firefighters, police, and EMS workers are eligible. Free-play offer valid 8 a.m. to midnight; food offer valid 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Nurses: On May 6, National Nurses Day; free play offer valid 8 a.m. to midnight; food offer valid noon to 10 p.m.
77 Sands Blvd.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
$40,000 summer slot sweepstakes
A series of Memorial Day drawings at Sands Bethlehem will award prizes of $500 or $1,000 a month in free play for the rest of the summer. The monthly prizes will be paid in May, June, July, and August. The first drawing entry is free to all players club members, with additional entries based on rated slot play from May 1 through 7:45 p.m. May 28. Drawing schedule:
- 1 to 7 p.m. May 28: Two prizes of $500 per month awarded every hour
- 8 p.m.: Three prizes of $1,000 per month
2018 Kia Stinger GT2 sweepstakes
A top prize of a 2018 Kia Stinger GT2 plus four prizes of $1,000 in slot free play will be awarded at 7 p.m. May 27. The first entry is free, with additional entries based on rated slot play from April 30 through 6:45 p.m. May 27. A second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. will award five prizes of $1,000 in slot free play.
1001 N. Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Lucky players can win cash or free play in hot-seat drawings on Cinco De Mayo and on May 19, the day of Britain’s royal wedding.
- Cinco de Mayo: From 5 to 9:30 p.m. May 5, two players will be selected every half-hour to receive $500 in cash.
- Royal Wedding: From 6 to 8 p.m. May 19, players picked every 15 minutes will get to choose a crown that will award them $250 to $5,000 in cash or free play.
More than $100,000 in prizes, including a top prize of $10,000 cash, will be given away on Memorial Day. Players can earn entries all month long. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 28, drawings every 15 minutes will award gas gift cards, cash, and $1,000 to $5,000 in slot free play. Grand prize drawing will be at 8:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Taco Festival
The Philadelphia Taco Festival on May 12 and 13 will feature more than 30 restaurants and food trucks serving $3 taco creations plus live music, a tequila sampling tent, a margarita bar, and a chili-pepper eating contest. General admission tickets are $19.99, with pre-event sales offering them for $9.99 and $14.99. Tacos and beverages are bought separately. Admission is free for ages 10 and under.
Valley Forge Resort Casino
1160 First Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Spring slot tournament
Open Valley Forge slot tournaments every day in May offer prizes of up to $25,000 in cash and free play. New club members receive one free entry; others redeem one point to play if not invited. Registration is from 3 to 6:45 p.m. each day, with tournaments running between 3 and 7 p.m. Players must print a voucher at a kiosk and bring the voucher to the tournament. Sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
$100,000 Deal of a Lifetime
Table-game players can qualify throughout the month for a shot at a $100,000 cash prize on May 26. Players club members earn one entry for:
- Natural blackjack in Blackjack or Spanish 21
- Winning “Yo!” eleven bet at Craps
- Winning tie bet at mini/midi-Baccarat
- Winning 0/00 straight-up bet in Roulette
- Flush in 3-Card Poker
- Straight in Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em
- Two pair in Criss Cross Poker
- Played flush in Pai Gow Poker
- Any pair played in Pai Gow
Entries must be put into the drum at Center Bar by 8 p.m. May 26. Seven winners will be selected, each getting $1,500 cash and a seat in Deal of a Lifetime. During the finale, a suited blackjack wins:
- Ace and Jack of spades: $100,000 cash
- Clubs specific: $50,000 cash
- Hearts or Diamonds specific: $25,000 cash
If no one wins one of those prizes, the rest of the hand will be played out and the players win $500 cash for beating the dealer; an unsuited blackjack gets an additional $250 match play.
Hollywood at Penn National
777 Hollywood Blvd.
Grantville, PA 17028
Hollywood Casino is giving out prizes of up to $500 in slot free play on four days this month: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. May 1, 15, and 29 and from noon to 8 p.m. May 18.
Five prizes will be awarded every 15 minutes. Participants must have their Marquee Rewards card inserted in a slot machine or have an open table rating at the time of the drawings to be eligible. Limit of one prize per club account on each date.
Table games sweepstakes
Table-game players could win cash prizes of up to $5,000 in drawings from 2 to 8 p.m. May 20. Players earn entries by getting specified hands or winning specified bets during play from May 1 through 19. Entries must be placed in a drum at the H Lounge on May 20. Drawings for $500 in cash will be at 15, 30, and 45 minutes after the hour from 2 to 7:45 p.m.; $1,000 cash will be awarded on the hour from 2 through 7 p.m. The top prize of $5,000 will be awarded at 8 p.m. Also on May 20, hot-seat drawings from noon to 2 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. will award $250 or $500 cash.
$5 buffet discount
Marquee Rewards Club members will receive a $5 buffet discount on Cinco de Mayo (May 5) and on Memorial Day (May 28). The discount cannot be combined with any other offers.
Lady Luck Nemacolin
4067 National Pike
Farmington, PA, 15437
($10 resort purchase required to enter casino)
Spin into spring
Players Club members can earn entries throughout the month for a contest offering a top prize of $15,000 cash. Players get one entry for every day they play at Lady Luck, plus one bonus entry for every 15 minutes of table game play or every 200 points earned for slot play. Drawings at 9 p.m. May 5, 12, and 19 will give 10 players a chance to spin a wheel offering a top prize of $5,000 cash. The finale drawing at 9 p.m. May 27 will have a guaranteed winner of $15,000 cash. Second-chance drawing at 10 p.m. May 27 will award five prizes of $500 cash.
210 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301
$15,000 Saturday night thriller
Players at The Meadows earn entries from May 1 through 11 p.m. May 19 for a bevy of cash and slot free play prizes to be given away in drawings from 8 to 11 p.m. May 19. Here’s the schedule:
- 20 prizes of $100 in slot free play every hour
- One prize of $1,000 in slot free play every hour
- One prize of $1,000 cash every hour
Winners of the $1,000 cash and $1,000 in slot free play must be present to claim the prize. If a winner is not present, the award will roll over to the next hour. One winner is guaranteed at 11 p.m.
Cruise into summer
Table-game and poker players start earning entries this month for a chance to win a top prize of a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro to be awarded in July. In addition, prizes of cash, slot free play or table-game match play will be awarded every week in May. This month’s table-game drawings will be every Saturday; poker room drawings will be every Thursday. Winners of the weekly drawings get a golden ticket for the July 7 grand prize drawing, when the Camaro and nine prizes of $1,000 in slot free play will be given away. Play between midnight and noon Monday through Thursday earns double entries.
Presque Isle Downs
8199 Perry Highway
Erie, PA 16509
Pig roast/5K run-walk
Presque Isle’s pig roast and 5K run-walk on May 5 will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Erie. The fun run will start at 9 a.m., and the 5K race, at 9:30 a.m. Registration will be 7:30 to 8:55 p.m. trackside. The pig roast brunch will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Prices are:
- Pig Roast only: $12
- Fun Run (8 and older, once around the track): $10, fun run only; $15, fun run and T-shirt; $25, fun run, T-shirt, and pig roast
- 5K Run (21 and older, three times around the track): $20, run and T-shirt; $30, Run, T-shirt, and pig roast
The top three male and female finishers in each of nine age categories win cash prizes.
$5,000 table games cash giveaway
From 6 to 10 p.m. May 25, 10 players will be chosen at random times to receive cash prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000. Players earn one entry for each hour of carded table-game play this month. Live poker is not included.
Make My May giveaway
Ten prizes of up to $1,000 cash will be given away every hour from 4 to 10 p.m. on May 4 and 25. Players get one free entry for each promotional day they play, plus one bonus entry for every 20 tier points earned each promotional day. Players can win only once per drawing day. Activity is required at least once an hour to stay checked in for the drawing. Table Game Players will need to visit a kiosk once an hour, or end their current table play once an hour, to stay registered.
777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Live on the river
Chris Jamison, the Pittsburgh singer-songwriter who became one of the top-selling artists in the history of “The Voice,” will perform a free outdoor concert at the Rivers amphitheater at 7 p.m. May 25. The concert is open to all.
Royal wedding watch party
Fifty couples whose invitation to the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle apparently was lost in the mail will be selected to attend a royal wedding viewing party at Rivers Casino. The party will include a traditional English breakfast, multiple television screens showing the live broadcast of the ceremony, an English brunch of sausage, baked beans, fried eggs, black pudding, grilled tomatoes, and other dishes, and a wedding cake of lemon and elderflower by Rivers’ in-house pastry chef.
Contestants must explain in no more than 100 words why they should be invited to the soiree. A panel of Pittsburgh wedding planners will select 50 winners of two tickets each. The event starts at 6:30 a.m. EDT May 19. Entries must be submitted by May 4. Winners will be notified by email on May 11.