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Whether you’re looking to win a new car, challenge a chicken to tic-tac-toe, or see a musical heartthrob from the 1960s, Pennsylvania casinos have something for you this month.

Presque Isle Downs in Erie is bringing back its offbeat contest in which players can match wits with a live chicken. Across the state, Peter Blair Dennis Bernard Noone, better known as the Herman of Herman’s Hermits, will perform at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Car giveaways include a Volkswagen SUV at Sands Bethlehem.

Elsewhere, the Meadows south of Pittsburgh will celebrate craft beers and classic cars, while Parx welcomes rocker Nancy Wilson and Valley Forge offers prizes for almost any roll at the craps tables.

Here are some of the best casino promotions and attractions at Pennsylvania casinos for August:

East

Mohegan Sun Pocono

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

Double Momentum Dollars

Momentum Club members earn double points for play every Thursday in August. Multiplier applied for play from 6 a.m. Thursday through 3 a.m. Friday. Offer not valid for poker.

Herman’s Hermits / Lee Ann Womack

A front man famous from the British Invasion and a much-awarded country singer will perform on back-to-back nights at the Keystone Grand Ballroom

  • Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17. During the 1960s, the Hermits’ hits included “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Into Something Good,” and “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am.” The 1910 Fruitgum Company, which had bubble-gum hits “Simon Says” and “1,2,3, Red Light” will be the opening act. Tickets are $34.50 to $54.50.
  • Lee Ann Womack, recipient of six Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards, and a Grammy, will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 18. Her albums include “I Hope You Dance” and “The Way I’m Livin’.” Tickets are $39 to $49.

Mt. Airy Casino Resort

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

$1 million Zoomball

Prizes ranging from $100 in slot free play to $1 million in cash will be the push of a button away for dozens of players on Aug. 24. From noon to 8 p.m. that day, five Mount Airy players will be picked every half-hour to play Zoomball, a machine that shoots plastic balls into a tube. It’s similar to the devices many lotteries use to pick the winning numbers. From Aug. 20 to 24, players earn an entry for every 777 Player’s Club points earned, for each slot jackpot of $1,200 or more, and for each buffet meal purchase.

Penny Bonanza

A thousand Players Club members will get three free max-bet spins on a designated slot machine in Winner’s Alley between 4 and 7 p.m. Aug. 22 The Player’s Club will release the location of the machine on that day. The line typically forms an hour early, a Player’s Club representative said.

Parx

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

Mega Wheel Spin

A spin of the Mega Wheel in the Jax Bar will award prizes of $50 to $500 in slot free play from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 5. Players qualify for a spin based on play from 6 a.m. to 7:59 p.m. Aug. 5. Each $20 played through a slot machine or each $60 played on video poker gets one entry. Then, 100 entries earn a spin. Use of free play does not count toward Mega Wheel entries.

Nancy Wilson and Roadcase Royal

Nancy Wilson, a co-founder of the rock group Heart, will perform with her band Roadcase Royal at 7:30 p.m. Aug 12 at the Xcite Center. The band also features Liv Warfield, once a member of Prince’s New Power Generation, and former Heart members Dan Rothchild and Ben Smith. Tickets are $25 to $55. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Audience members must be at least 21 years old.

Cash is King giveaway

Twenty prizes of $250 in slot free play will be awarded every hour from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 18. In addition, the top two point-earners among the 20 will be entered in a drawing for cash prizes totaling $20,000. Drawing entries are based on play from Aug. 1 to 18, with a multiplier applied to play on Mondays Aug. 6 and 13. Each $20 played through a slot machine or each $60 played on video poker gets one entry; Use of free play does not count toward giveaway entries.

Sands

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

Volkswagen Atlas sweepstakes

Sands Bethlehem is giving away a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium SUV and four prizes of $1,000 in slot free play in a drawing at 7 p.m. Aug. 26. The first entry is free, with additional entries based on rated slot play from July 30 through 6:45 p.m. Aug. 26. A second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. Aug. 26 will award five prizes of $1,000 in slot free play.

Mega Monday

Five prizes of $1,500 in slot free play will be given away in a drawing at 8 p.m. Aug. 13. There will be hourly drawings from 1 to 7 p.m. that day will award five prizes of $250 in slot free play. The first drawing entry is free, with additional entries based on play from 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. that day. Players must activate entries at least 15 minutes before each drawing.

Cash Bash

A top prize of $20,000 cash and 49 other prizes ranging from $500 in slot free play to $5,000 cash will be up for grabs in a drawing at 7 p.m. Aug.12. The first entry is free, with other entries based on rated slot play in July.

SugarHouse

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

Clutch Cash giveaway

Players at SugarHouse start earning entries on Aug. 1 for a series of Labor Day drawings offering a top prize of a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro. Rush Rewards members receive entries daily based on same-day points earned. Those enrolled in E-Perks get 5X entries for play on Mondays. Hourly drawings from 5 to 9 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 3, will award varying amounts of slot free play plus a chance to advance to the grand prize drawing.

Each hourly winner will pick a case. One of the cases will contain a key, which puts that person in the final drawing. In addition, one active player will be chosen every 30 minutes between 5 and 9 p.m. to participate in the finale drawing. At 10 p.m., the qualifiers for the finale drawing will each select a case. All the cases will contain $100 cash, with one also awarding the Camaro.

Valley Forge Resort Casino

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

Side Quests

Craps fans and players curious about the game can win a prize in a variety of ways at the “Side Quest” table from noon to midnight Sundays in August. Prizes are:

  • Roll a 2 or 12: Valley Forge T-Shirt
  • Make one point: Set of Valley Forge dice
  • Make three points without a 7-out: a $15 Wegman’s gift card
  • Make five points without a 7-out: $25 match play (must be redeemed that day)
  • Make six points without a 7-out: $150 to Revolution Chop House

Limit of one gift per person per day.

Cash is King sweepstakes

Five prizes of $5,000 cash will be given away in drawings from 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Center Bar. Valley Club members earn entries based on slot and table game play from Aug. 1 through 25, with 10X entries for play on Wednesdays. Players must activate entries between noon and 10 p.m. Aug. 25. Winners have two minutes to claim the prize. New winners will be drawn for unclaimed prizes.

Cool Cash Sweepstakes

High-limit Blackjack and Baccarat players can qualify for an Aug. 24 drawing that will award $5,000 cash. Valley Club members receive one entry for every natural in Blackjack or every Natural 9 (banker bet) in Baccarat Aug. 1 to 24. The winner’s name will be drawn at 9 p.m. Aug. 24.

West/Central

Hollywood at Penn National

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

Marquee Rewards slot tournament

Hollywood Casino is hosting a series of free slot tournaments on Aug. 10 awards $50 in slot free play just for being picked as an entrant and a top prize of $500 cash and $500 in free play. The competitions are every half hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Thirty minutes before each session, 20 Marque Rewards members will be randomly selected to participate. To be eligible, players must have a Marquee Rewards card inserted in a slot machine or have an open table rating. Prizes will be awarded for the top three scores of each session:

  • First: $500 cash and $500 free play
  • Second: $250 cash and $250 free play
  • Third: $100 cash and $100 free play

Meadows

210 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301
724-503-1200

Corks & Kegs Festival / Classic Car Cruise-In

Corks & Kegs is one of Western Pennsylvania’s largest craft beer events. The annual cruise-in features scores of classic cars, live music, and food as well. Cork & Kegs will be on Aug. 25 and 26. The cruise-in will be Aug. 26. Admission to either event is free.

  • Cork & Kegs: In addition to beer, wine, and food, the festival on the Meadows racetrack apron has booths for artworks, crafts, and other local vendors. Prices for beer samples hadn’t been set at the time of this writing, but 2017 prices were $10 for five samples, including a cup. Individual samples were $2 each. The Marshall Lowry Band will perform from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Davisson Brothers from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Ninth Annual Classic Car Cruise-in: Free registration of classic cars begins at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 26, with dash plaques given to the first 100 vehicles. Events begin at 11 a.m., with a variety of vendors, food trucks, and other attractions. Jason Kendall Band will perform at 11:30 a.m., with Jaggerz, who scored a hit with “The Rapper” in 1970, at 4 p.m.

Presque Isle Downs

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

Chicken Tac Toe

Those who want to test their luck – or pluck or cluck – have a chance to challenge a live chicken to a game of tic-tac-toe. The game is available from noon to 8 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursday and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays. To be eligible, players must earn 50 tier points each promotion and then claim their ticket from a kiosk. Those who beat the chicken can win a cash prize of up to $1,000.

Table Games Hot Seat

From 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11, hourly drawings will award $1,000 cash to the occupant of a randomly selected table-game seat. Players club members sitting at the table will receive $50 each. If no one is in the selected seat, the top prize will be added to the next drawing. At 8 p.m., drawings will continue until the top prize is awarded.

Rivers

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

Tuesday slot points multiplier

Rush Rewards club members receive a point multiplier for play at qualified Rivers slot machines between 8 a.m. and 11:59 on selected Tuesdays:

  • 14: Signature Members get 5X points
  • 21: Preferred Members get 3X points
  • 28: Rush Members get 2X points

Multiplied points do not apply to Keno, video poker, virtual Roulette, virtual Blackjack, or any table game.

$40,000 anniversary extravaganza

A top prize of $9,000 cash will be given away in a drawing marking Rivers’ ninth anniversary. Rush Rewards players club members get one entry for every 25 points earned from Aug. 1 through 7:59 p.m. Aug. 9. Preliminary drawings at noon, 2, 4, 6, and 8 p.m. Aug. 9 will award 20 prizes of $250 in slot free play and an entry into the finale drawing. Unclaimed prizes from the preliminary drawings will be added to the finale drawing. The final drawing will have 20 winners.

Mark Gruetze

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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.