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Veterans, shoppers, and table-game players can take advantage of special offers during November at Pennsylvania casinos.

Free play and free food will be on the table for veterans heading to various casinos on Nov. 11 or 12. Black Friday shoppers can enter drawings for cash or electronics at Lady Luck Nemacolin.

The Meadows is hosting a free blackjack tournament with a top prize of $5,000 cash. Meanwhile, Mohegan Sun will hand out cash to everyone at a lucky table, and Parx will observe the anniversary of its poker room by awarding a $500 high-hand bonus every 15 minutes.

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

EAST

Mohegan Sun Pocono

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

Cash Crew

Table-game players are eligible for $1,000 cash prizes in drawings on Nov. 4, 11, and 25. In addition, others playing at the table with the winner will receive $100 cash. One top prize will be awarded every two hours from 2 to 8 p.m. on those three Sundays. To be eligible, check in with a Momentum Club card and be playing at any table game except poker. Prize recipients must present a valid photo ID and Momentum card.

Double club benefits

Slot and table-game players will earn double Momentum dollars and status points from 6 a.m. Nov. 22 to 3 a.m. Nov. 23. Your Momentum card must be properly inserted in a slot machine or presented at a table game for rating to be eligible. Benefits will be credited automatically upon ending a playing session. Live poker is excluded from double Momentum dollars.

Prize wheel

One lucky Mohegan Sun player will win a grand prize of $5,000 in a spin-the-wheel giveaway from 2 to 10 p.m. Nov. 26. Five players will be chosen every 30 minutes to spin a wheel for a chance to win the cash or prizes of $200 to $1,000 in slot free play. Anyone playing a table game or slot machine with a Momentum card is eligible. Winners must provide a valid ID and Momentum card.

Mount Airy Casino Resort

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

Horse and carriage rides

Mount Airy will offer horse-drawn carriage rides for $20 starting Nov. 10. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Parx

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

Poker eighth anniversary

The Parx Poker Room will celebrate its eighth anniversary with $500 high-hand awards every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. Nov. 1 to 2 a.m. Nov. 2. In addition, cash prizes will be randomly awarded at 11 a.m., 7 p.m., and 2 a.m.

Michael McDonald

The Grammy-winning solo artist who was part of Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers will perform at a “Season of Peace, Holiday and Hits” concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Xcite Center. The singer-keyboardist-songwriter released “Wide Open,” his first album of original material in 17 years, in September. His “Season of Peace” CD includes 15 Christmas songs.  Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $75. There is also a VIP package including an autographed photo, holiday ornament and other items is $175. A meet-and-greet package is $250.

Sands

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

Mega Monday

From 1 to 7 p.m. Nov. 12, there will be five prizes of $250 in slot free play awarded every hour at Sands Bethlehem. The award then jumps to five prizes of $1,500 in free play at 8 p.m. The first drawing entry is free, with additional entries based on play from 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Players must activate their entries at least 15 minutes before each drawing.

Veterans appreciation

Active or retired members of any branch of the U.S. military can receive $10 in slot free play by stopping at the My Sands Club between 9 a.m. and midnight on Nov. 11 or 12. Recipients must show a military ID and a valid government-issued photo ID.  One award per veteran.

Dodge Ram sweepstakes

A grand prize of a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Limited plus four prizes of $1,000 in slot free play will be awarded in a drawing at 7 p.m. Nov. 25. The first entry is free, with additional entries based on rated slot play from Oct. 29 through 6:45 p.m. Nov. 25. Players must activate entries between 4 and 6:45 p.m. Nov. 25 A second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. Nov. 25 will award five prizes of $1,000 in slot free play. Those entries must be activated between 7 and 8:45 p.m. No re-draws in the 9 p.m. drawing.

SugarHouse

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

Salute to Veterans

  • From 8 to 11 a.m. Nov. 12, veterans who present a military ID will receive a free cup of coffee at Saxbys.
  • From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12, Rush Rewards members may use a casino kiosk to print out a gift voucher for a free T-shirt, then take the voucher to the gift redemption area. Limit of one shirt per customer while supplies last.

Free play feast

From noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 10, 10 prizes of $150 in slot free play will be awarded every 15 minutes. Anyone playing a SugarHouse slot with a Rush Rewards card in the machine is eligible for the drawings. Free play will be loaded onto the winners’ cards automatically.

Valley Forge Resort Casino

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

Deal of a Lifetime

On Nov. 1, table-game players at Valley Forge can start qualifying for a drawing that will offer a shot at a top prize of $100,000 cash. From 6 a.m. Nov. 1 to 7 p.m. Nov. 24, Valley Club members getting rated at table games will receive one entry for:

  • A natural they get at Blackjack or Spanish 21
  • A winning Yo-Eleven bet at craps
  • A winning tie bet at mini- or midi-baccarat
  • A winning straight-up zero or double-zero bet at Roulette
  • A flush at 3-Card Poker or straight at Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em
  • Two-pair in Criss-Cross Poker
  • A played flush at Pai Gow Poker or any pair played at Pai Gow

All entries must be in the drawing drum by 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24. At 8 p.m., seven names will be chosen, with each winning $1,500 cash and a spot at the “Deal of a Lifetime” Blackjack table.

In the finale, a player dealt an Ace of Spades and Jack of Spades wins the top prize. Additionally, a suited natural in clubs pays $50,000 and a suited natural in hearts or diamonds pays $25,000. If no one wins one of those prizes, the rest of the hand will be played out. Those who beat the dealer will receive $500 cash. Those who get an unsuited blackjack will get an additional $250 in match play.

In honor of Veterans

Valley Forge will offer free food and free cash on Nov. 11 in two promotions tied to Veterans Day:

  • $10 food offer: All active and retired military members will receive a $10 dining voucher to use on Veterans Day at any outlet but Dunkin’ Donuts. To get the voucher, go to Valley Services and show your active or retired military ID.
  • Cash drawings: In drawings open to all Valley Club members, two winners of $1,000 cash will be selected each hour from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Center Bar. Members may print a free entry from any kiosk starting at 6 a.m. and put it in the drawing drum before each drawing.

West/Central

Hollywood at Penn National

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

Free Play for Food

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 7, Marquee Rewards members who donate at least two non-perishable food or household paper products will receive a slot free play bonus of at least $10. Bonus is redeemable at a Hollywood Casino kiosk. Donation boxes will be inside casino parking garage entrances; items will go to the Granville Food Pantry.

Honoring Veterans

Marquee Rewards members with proof of military service and valid photo ID will receive a BOGO buffet coupon and $10 in slot free play between 6 a.m. Nov. 11 and 5:59 a.m. Nov. 12. The buffet is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

$110,000 Progressive Jackpot

Players can earn entries through the month for a monthly drawing whose top prize has swelled to $110,000 cash. Marquee Club members get an entry for every 20 points earned for slot or table-game play from Nov. 1 through 29.

From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29, drawings every half-hour will award four prizes of $250 in slot free play and one prize of $100 in free play and a spot in the final round. At 9 p.m., four players will be selected as wild-card entrants in the final drawing. At 9:30 p.m., each of the 10 finalists will select an envelope to win $300 to $1,000 in free play or the progressive jackpot of $110,000 cash). If no one wins cash jackpot, the December total will be $120,000.

Lady Luck Nemacolin

4067 National Pike
Farmington, PA, 15437
(724) 329-7500
($10 resort purchase required to enter casino)

Black Friday blowout

Shoppers who buy items on Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, can enter Lady Luck drawings offering prizes of electronics and slot free play. To enter, present your shopping receipts from Nov. 23 at the Lady Luck host office between 2 and 6:45 p.m. that day. Five prizes will be awarded every hour from 6 to 8 p.m.

Meadows

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

Rapid Fire Blackjack tournament

The Meadows is hosting a free Blackjack tournament with a top prize of $5,000. Plus, second place gets $2,500 and third, $2,000. All MyChoice members can earn up to five entries per day by earning 100 tier points at table games or slots. Those in the preferred, elite, or owners club levels get one free entry each day of qualifying rounds.

Qualifying rounds will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Nov. 8 through Nov. 10, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Entrants receive $1,000 in tournament chips, with $200 more available for a $2 dealer fee. Players then play 10 hands with a minimum bet of $100.  Each day’s top five finishers will receive cash or chips, from $500 for first to $100 for fifth. Thirty players will advance to the final round, which will start at 4 p.m. Nov. 17

Presque Isle Downs

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

Black Fridays giveaway

Players Club members can win up to $1,000 in cash or slot free play in drawings on Nov. 16, 23, and 30. From 4 to 10 p.m. those days, 10 prizes will be awarded every hour. Presque Isle players get one free entry for each promotional day played, with an additional entry for every 20 tier points earned that day. Members at the Silver, Gold, President and Chairman levels receive an entry multiplier, from 2X for silver to 5X for chairman. A player may win only one prize per night.

Rivers

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

Table games gift card drawings

Rivers will award five gift cards worth up to $500 at drawings at 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in November. Table-game players earn entries from Oct. 27 through 8:50 p.m. Dec. 1 for winning side bets or progressives on qualifying table games. The drawing drum will be emptied after each week’s drawings.

Fort Knoxalots

Fans of the Fort Knox slot machine can be entered in a drawing for 10 casino prize packs by playing the machines near the Wheelhouse Restaurant between Nov. 1 and 16. Each prize pack includes $100 in slot free play, two free buffets, and a Rivers gift. Winners will be drawn at random and announced Nov. 21 on Rivers’ Facebook page and website.

Mark Gruetze

About

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.