March Madness And Gold Fever Make For Sick PA Casino Promotions

Written By Mark Gruetze on March 2, 2019 - Last Updated on May 19, 2021
PA casino deals and offers

March is shaping up as a great month for casino fans:

  • A cornucopia of guitar wizards gathering in Philadelphia to honor the legacy of Jimi Hendrix
  • A chance to win a gold bar in Pittsburgh
  • A way to turn a Facebook comment into free slot play in the Laurel Highlands

In addition, players will get a chance to put themselves in the midst of whirling cash that’s there for the taking, win free play with a basketball shot, and get a free ticket to a drawing for a $1 million cash prize.

Here’s a look at some of Pennsylvania’s best casino promotions and attractions for March:


Harrah’s Philadelphia

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

Money Booth Madness

Selected players will get a chance to stuff as much money into a pocket as they can every Friday in March. From 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, one person will be chosen each hour to enter a booth of swirling cash for 30 seconds and grab as many bills as possible. Then they have the option of keeping what they collected or trading it for a shot at a larger prize.

The first drawing entry is free for any day played during the promotional period. One additional entry is awarded for each 25 tier credits earned from slot or table game play. Users of the Caesars Rewards Mobile App get 10 bonus entries every Monday while at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Additionally, 5X entries are awarded for play on select Thursdays.

Mohegan Sun Pocono

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

$50 for $50 racetrack night

Mohegan Sun’s 2019 harness racing season starts March 16 with 100 fans getting $50 in free bets. For the first 100 fans to purchase $50 in live racing vouchers, Mohegan Sun will match their action for a total of $100 in vouchers. The 50-50 night is a wristband-only promotion. Distribution of wristband will starts at 5 p.m. The 50-50 distribution will start at 6:30 p.m. Post time is 7 p.m. Line may not form before 4 p.m. Limit of one wristband per fan, while supplies last. Participants must have a racing rewards card and valid ID.

Sweet Surprise giveaway

Feed your sweet tooth and get free play starting at 9 a.m. March 17 at the promotion booth. The first 1,000 Momentum Club members will receive a free chocolate bar containing an award of cash or slot free play. Every bar will have at least $10 in free play. The top prize is $5,000 cash. Limit of one bar per member while supplies last.

Nothing But Net giveaway

Basketball sharpshooters can win slot free play or cash each Thursday in March. Every half-hour from 4 to 10 p.m., five players will be selected to shoot up to four baskets. Each receives at least $200 in slot free play, with the prize growing for each shot made. Top prize is $5,000 cash. Drawings are open to any Momentum Club member actively playing a table game or slot machine.

Mount Airy Casino Resort

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

Double Points Wednesdays

Player’s Club members earn double tier points on March 6, 13, 20, and 27.

Competitor match

Mount Airy will match monthly slot free-play offers from any other casino in New York, Pennsylvania, or New Jersey. Maximum match is $200. Offer good from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 1, 7, 15, and 21 for invited guests or Player’s Club members who earn 1,000 points. To participate, print a voucher at a casino kiosk and present it with your competitor’s casino card and highest guaranteed offer for the month. Limit of one offer per day.


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

Lucky 7’s Sweepstakes

A top prize of $7,000 cash and more than 50 prizes of $700 in slot free play will be given away March 16. Every half-hour from 2 to 8 p.m., seven people will each receive $700 in free play. Parx will give out the cash prize at 8 p.m. Xclub member earn entries based on play from March 9 to 16, with one entry for each 100 points earned. Elite and Premium members receive a multiplier for play on March 11. Entries must be printed at Xclub West between noon and 7:30 p.m. March 16, then put into the drawing drum.

Experience Hendrix

A line-up of guitar greats will pay tribute to a rock legend at the Experience Hendrix concert on March 27 at the Xcite Center. Guitarists include:

  • Joe Satriani
  • Blues great Taj Mahal
  • Megadeath founder Dave Mustaine
  • Jonny Lang
  • Dweezil Zappa
  • Doyle Bramhall II
  • Eric Johnson

Other musicians include;

  • Former Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsies bassist Billy Cox
  • Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos
  • Chris Layton, drummer for Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Tickets are $59 to $129. People who buy a pair of tickets online also will receive a CD of “Both Sides of the Sky,” the third in a trilogy of albums highlighting previously unissued studio recordings from the Hendrix archive. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.


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

Lexus Sweepstakes

A 2019 Lexus GS 350 and four prizes of $1,000 in slot free play will be given away in a drawing at 7 p.m. March 31. A second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. will give away five prizes of $1,000 in slot free play. The first drawing entry is free, with additional entries based on rated slot play from Feb. 25 through 6:45 p.m. March 31. Here’s the bonus entry schedule:

  • 25X entries every Tuesday through March 26, plus March 29 and 30.
  • 10X entries every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through March 24.

Entries must be activated between 4 and 6:45 p.m. March 31 by inserting your Sands Player’s Club card into any slot machine or by opening a table rating.

Spring pull tabs

Pull tabs with a guarantee of at least $10 in slot free play and a top prize of $10,000 cash will be distributed every Monday and Tuesday in March. Player’s Club members qualify for one pull tab for every three points earned from noon to 8 p.m. those days. Pull tabs must be redeemed at the My Sands card center between noon and 9 p.m. on the day they’re earned. Maximum of three pull tabs per person per day while supplies last. Also, a drawing every hour from noon to 8 p.m. will award a free pull tab.


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

Shamrockin’ Slots

From noon to 8 p.m. March 2, SugarHouse will give out $1,500 in slot free play each half-hour among players at a randomly chosen bank of slot machines. All guests actively playing at the winning bank will split the prize evenly. Players carded in at more than one machine will receive only one share of the free play.

$1 Million Mega Pick

A top prize of $1 million is available in a weekly lottery-style drawing in March. The first entry is free each week, with one additional entry for every 15 players club points earned during a calendar day. Preferred and Signature members earn double entries every Monday. Maximum of five entries per day. Entry tickets must be printed on the day they are earned. Drawings at 4 p.m. every Wednesday will select numbers from one to 60. Prizes are:

  • Match all six: $1 million cash; winners must claim prize at Rush Rewards by 4 p.m. the following Wednesday.
  • Match five of six: $10,000 cash; winners must claim prize at Rush Rewards by midnight on day of drawing.
  • Match four of six: $1,000 in slot free play; winners must claim prize at Rush Rewards by midnight on day of drawing.
  • Match three of six: $100 in slot free play: winners must activate it by midnight at any Rush Rewards kiosk.
  • Match two of six: $25 in slot free play; winners must activate it by midnight at any Rush Rewards kiosk.

Free Blackjack tournaments

Any Rush Rewards member can participate in a free blackjack tournament from 6 to 10 p.m. each Thursday in March. The prize pool is $7,500 cash.

Valley Forge Resort Casino

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

Lucky Cash Sweepstakes

Valley Forge is giving out prizes of $5,000 cash in hourly drawings from 7 to 11 p.m. March 29. Valley Club members earn entries through play at eligible slot machines or table games between March 1 and 29. Every club point earned receives five entries.


Hollywood at Penn National

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

March Mania

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Wednesday in March, eight people will be randomly selected every 20 minutes to spin a March Mania wheel offering prizes of up to $1,000 in slot free play. To be eligible, you must have your Marquee Rewards cards inserted in a slot machine or have an open table game rating.

$10 for $10 Thursdays

Anyone who spends $10 for a buffet at Hollywood Casino on Thursdays in March will receive $10 in slot free play. The offer is open to all Marquee Rewards members and valid from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for purchases by cash, credit card, or debit card. Comps, vouchers, coupons, and other discounts cannot be used with the free-play promotion.

Lady Luck Nemacolin

4067 National Pike
Farmington, PA, 15437
(724) 329-7500

($10 resort purchase required to enter casino)

Basketball hot seat

From 1 to 4 p.m. March 24, hourly hot-seat drawings will award prizes of up to $600 in cash or slot free play. Drawings will include all slot and table game seats in the casino. Hot-seat winners who are playing slots will receive free play. Those playing table games will receive cash. If the selected hot seat is unoccupied, the winning seat will be moved one position to the left until a winner is found or all seats have been designated. If no one is playing at the slot bank or the table, the selection process will be repeated up to two times.

Wheel out the Jackpots Progressive

Lady Luck is offering a progressive jackpot promotion with additional prizes available to commenters on the casino’s Facebook page.

Starting March 1, Fan Club members receive one free drawing entry for each day they play at the casino, with additional entries awarded for every 200 tier points earned at slot machines or every 15 minutes played at table games. The first drawings will be at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. March 2, each offering 10 prizes of $75 in slot free play.

Subsequent drawings will be at 9 p.m. March 9, 16, 23, and 30. At those, 10 names will be chosen, with winners selecting a hidden prize containing either $75 in slot free play, an automatic spot in the finale drawing, or a minimum of $150 in free play plus a chance to spin a wheel that offers additional free play, the progressive jackpot or a whammy. The top prize starts at $7,000 cash and increases by $1,000 a week if it is not won.

Starting March 5, Facebook users who comment “#WheelOutTheJackpots” on the Wheel out the Jackpots Progressive Social giveaway Facebook post qualify for a drawing at 1 p.m. the following Friday during March. Participants may comment only once during each entry period. Five winners will be chosen each Friday and contacted via private message. Weekly prizes start at $70 in slot free play and increase by $10 for every $1,000 added to the casino’s progressive jackpot.

Presque Isle Downs

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

Table Games hot seat

Presque Isle will hand out table game match play coupons every 10 minutes from 8 a.m. to noon March 17. The hot-seat winner will receive five coupons good for $5, $10, or $15 match play.


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

Dollar Days

Tuesdays will be special throughout March at Rivers Casino:

  • Every Tuesday: Ciao restaurant will serve $1 pretzels and hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • March 5 and 26: Rush Rewards club members will get triple points on qualifying $1 denomination slot machines. One dollar coin-in equals three points.
  • March 12: All Rush Rewards members can get $10 in free slot play for every 1,000 points earned from 8 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. Play must be on qualifying $1 denomination slot machines.
  • March 19: Rush Rewards members playing at qualifying $1 denomination slot machines between 1 and 4 p.m. and between 6 and 9 p.m. will be eligible for hot-seat drawings.

Roll for gold

Players start earning entries March 1 for a drawing that will award a top prize of an actual gold bar. Rush Reward members become eligible for qualifying drawings by earn 25 club points. The first qualifying drawings will be at 2 and 8 p.m. March 9, 16, 23, and 20. At each, 10 entrants will win at least $200 in slot free play. Each of the 10 will roll a die and predict whether the next roll will be higher or lower. The first to complete seven consecutive rolls will win $5,000 cash. At the finale drawing on May 4, the top prize will be a 10-ounce gold bar. On March 1, gold was worth almost $1,300 per ounce.

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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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