PA Casinos Honor The Vets And The Pilgrims With Holiday Promos In November

Written By Mark Gruetze on November 2, 2019

If you like turkey, shopping, cash, or cars, Pennsylvania casinos have something for you this month.

And several are offering special deals to veterans on Veterans Day.

The Parx poker room in Philadelphia celebrates its ninth anniversary with a $500 high-hand prize every 20 minutes. Meadows, south of Pittsburgh, plans a comp giveaway. Meanwhile, Wind Creek offers pull tabs that are guaranteed winners.

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

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Harrah’s Philadelphia

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

Big red sled

A 2020 Lincoln Corsair SUV is the top prize in a promotion that also offers weekly drawings for slot free play and other gifts.

Caesars Rewards members earn one drawing entry for every 25 tier credits accumulated from slot or table game play from Nov. 1 through 9:45 p.m. Dec. 28. Bonus days are:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5X entries
  • 24-27, 10X entries
  • Mondays, 100 bonus entries through the Caesars Rewards app

Money booth drawings will be from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays in November and December, except for Dec. 27. The top prize in these drawings is $5,000 in slot free play.

On Dec. 28, various gifts will be given away in drawings from 4 to 9:30 p.m. The finale drawing at 10 p.m. will award the car and four prizes of slot free play. Winners must be present to claim their prizes.

Hollywood at Penn National

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

Blackjack Blitz tournaments

Blackjack players can compete for a weekly prize pool of $5,000 on Nov. 7, 14, and 21.

Entrants can print their tournament voucher starting at 3 p.m. on tournament days. The games will play from 4 to 7 p.m.

Each entrant plays up to 10 hands of blackjack. The five highest scores of the day win a share of the prize pool.

Lady Luck Nemacolin

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

Turkey bowling

Three strikes and you win $1,000 worth of slot free play in Lady Luck’s turkey bowling promo.

The game will be available from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 8, 15, and 22, with five players chosen every hour to try to make a “turkey” in bowler parlance.

My Fan Club Rewards members get one free drawing entry for each day they play at Lady Luck, with one additional entry for every 100 tier points earned from slot play or for every five minutes of table game play starting Nov. 1.

Each bowling game contestant will roll a plastic ball down a wooden ramp toward 10 plastic bowling pins and win slot free play based on their results:

  • Open frame (not all pins knocked down in two attempts): $5 per toppled pin, with a $50 minimum.
  • Spare (all pins down after second attempt): $75
  • Strike (all pins down on first attempt): $125
  • Double (two consecutive strikes): $250
  • Turkey (three consecutive strikes): $1,000

Thanksgiving mystery point multiplier

Players club members will get at least 16X reward points for play between 7 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Participants must swipe their card at a promotional kiosk and opt into the promotion. The maximum award is 25,000 points.


210 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301

Great comp giveaway

Table game players can win hotel or dining comps, plus free play or cash, in drawings on Fridays and Saturdays in November.

Each MyChoice member gets one free drawing entry, with one additional entry for every 10 points earned for table game play from Oct. 25 through 10:55 p.m. Nov. 30. Eligible games are:

  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • mini and midi baccarat
  • Pai Gow
  • Three-Card Poker
  • Four-Card Poker
  • Let It Ride
  • Mississippi Stud
  • Cajun Stud
  • Heads-up Hold ’Em
  • Criss Cross Poker
  • Roulette
  • Big Six Wheel

Drawings will be each hour between 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with five winners picked at each drawing. Each winner will spin a wheel that has 50 prize spots, including:

  • A comped room at the Hyatt ($175 value)
  • A week of unlimited dining at the Carvery ($150 value)
  • Dining comps ranging from $50 to $500
  • Bistecca Steakhouse dinner comp for two ($175 value)
  • $500 in match play or free play
  • $1,000 cash

New look for gaming floor

The Meadows recently completed a revamp of the casino floor, adding 40 table games, putting in more walkways to non-gaming attractions and rearranging the slot machine layout. In addition, a retail sportsbook opened in the area previously occupied by the Vibe bar.

The Eatery by chef Fabio Viviani is expected to open this month, featuring a variety of dining options and a new, 36-tap bar. It is in the area that had been a food court.

Mohegan Sun Pocono

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

Turkey giveaway

Momentum Club members can get a free Thanksgiving turkey on Nov. 8 or 9.

Core, Ignite, and Leap level members who earn four points through slot or table game play between 6 a.m. and midnight either day can print a voucher at a promotional kiosk.

Members at the Ascend or Soar level can print their vouchers without having to earn points.

Triple status points

Momentum club members will get triple status points for slot or table-game play between 6 a.m. Nov. 11 and 3 a.m. Nov. 12.

Free play for veterans

Veterans who show a valid military or veterans ID at the player’s club between 8 a.m. and midnight Nov. 11 will receive $10 in slot free play.

Mount Airy Casino Resort

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

Buffet deals

Mount Airy is offering free or cut-rate buffets every Monday this month:

  • 4, 11, and 25: Players club members who earn 250 points can print a voucher at a promotional kiosk by 8 p.m. Some members will receive mailed invitations for a free buffet.
  • 18: The buffet will cost $5 for everyone, with no card or voucher required.


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

Poker room anniversary

The Parx Poker Room will celebrate its ninth anniversary with a $500 high-hand award given every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. Nov. 4 through 1 a.m. Nov. 5.

Every three hours, a high-hand prize of $2,500 will be awarded, with that cash split in case of a tie. In addition, five prizes of $500 cash will be randomly awarded at 10 a.m. and at 1 a.m.

John Cleese

Monty Python co-founder John Cleese will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Xcite Center. In addition to his work with the British comedy troupe, he appeared in television’s “Fawlty Towers”, portrayed Q in James Bond films, and Nearly-Headless Nick in Harry Potter movies. Remaining tickets to the Parx performance are $45 and $65. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Shopping spree sweepstakes

Players can earn entries from Nov. 11 to 29 for preliminary drawings that award $500 Neiman Marcus gift cards and a finale drawing offering up to $10,000 cash.

XClub members get one entry for every $20 played on slot machines or for every $60 played on video poker. Entries are multiplied for play on Nov. 18 and 25.

From 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 29, two Neiman Marcus gift cards will be awarded every half-hour, with those winners also qualifying for the finale drawing at 10 p.m. Top prizes in the finale drawing are $2,000, $3,000, and $10,000 cash, with the other finalists each receiving $1,000 in slot free play.

Presque Isle Downs

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

Veterans Day celebration

Veterans can get free slot play and a free buffet on Nov. 11. The offer is open to all veterans, active duty, or retired military personnel.  Complimentary meal and free slot play offers are valid only for people with a military ID. The buffet coupon is not valid with any other offer or discount. Normal buffet cost is $12.99 for club members, $16.99 for non-members.

  • Free slot play: $10 in free play will be loaded automatically onto the players club card of any veteran who has registered in a previous veterans-only promotion. New participants can register by showing their military ID at guest services.
  • The All-American Buffet will be free to veterans from noon to 8 p.m. A buffet coupon will be included on a mailer sent to any veteran registered for a previous veterans-only promotion. Veterans who do not receive the mailed coupon can visit guest services with their Military ID to receive one.

Rivers Philadelphia

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

2019 Audi Q5 giveaway

The just renamed Rivers Philadelphia, formerly known as SugarHouse, will give away a 2019 Audi Q5 in a drawing on Nov. 23.

All Rush Rewards members receive one free entry, with an additional entry awarded for every 100 tier points earned; entries will be doubled for play on Nov. 6, 13, and 20.

Every 15 minutes from 7 to 10:15 p.m. Nov. 23, three players will be chosen to select an Audi logo from a board and win up to $500 in slot free play. At 10:30 p.m., one player will win the car.

$15,000 Black Friday drawing

Gift cards worth up to $1,000 at Best Buy, Target, Macy’s, Amazon, and Wal-Mart will be given away Nov. 29, aka Black Friday.

The first drawing entry is free to all Rush Rewards members, with one additional entry for every 50 tier points earned from 6 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. that day.

Drawings will be every 30 minutes from 6 to 9 p.m., each picking eight entrants. Each winner will choose a shopping bag, with a top prize of a $1,000 gift card to the designated store.

Veterans Day special

Veterans will get a 15 percent discount on Nov. 11 at The Marketplace, Mian, Saxbys, or Geno’s Steaks. The discount cannot be combined with any other offers. Must show a valid military ID.

Rivers Pittsburgh

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

Stash of cash drawings

Rush Rewards Members who earn 25 points between Nov. 1 through Dec. 28 will qualify for the $100,000 Stash of Cash drawings and finale.

At 2 and 8 p.m. each Saturday in November and December, 10 winners will be selected for the chance to win various amounts of free play or cash. Each winner also qualifies for the finale drawing on Dec. 28, when 10 players will be chosen for the chance to win $50,000 cash.

Veterans Day buffet

Veterans and active military members can receive a free brunch in the Grand View Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Participants must present a valid military or veterans ID. The offer is valid once per person.


Multi-platinum rock band Styx, the group behind one of Pittsburgh’s favorite songs, will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Event Center. “Renegade” is a popular part of many Pittsburgh gatherings, from Steelers games to Fourth of July fireworks. SRO tickets are $79.

Valley Forge Resort Casino

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

$100,000 deal of a lifetime

Valley Club members can earn entries throughout the month for a drawing that holds a shot at a $100,000 cash prize.

Players get entries based on table-game play through Nov. 30. At 8 p.m. that day, seven entrants will be randomly selected, each getting $1,500 cash and a chance to play “deal of a lifetime.”

That consists of one hand of blackjack, where a suited blackjack really pays off:

  • $100,000 for an ace of spades/jack of spades
  • $50,000 for clubs specific
  • $25,000 for hearts or diamonds specific

If no one wins one of those prizes, the hand will be played out. Those who beat the dealer win $500 cash. Those who get an unsuited blackjack win an additional $250 in match play.

Veterans appreciation day

On Nov. 11, all active and retired military members can receive a $10 dining voucher valid at any outlet except Dunkin’.

They also can receive 2019 commemorative Veterans Day players card.

To redeem, show an active or retired U.S. Military ID at the Valley Services booth.

$25,000 holiday shopping spree

Twenty-five gift cards worth $1,000 each will be given away Nov. 29 in drawings open to all Valley Club members.

Members get five entries for every point earned for slot or table-game play from Nov. 1 through 9 p.m. Nov. 29. Valley Club holders get 10X entries for play on Mondays, while Elite tier members get 20X entries.

From 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 29, one person will be chosen each hour to win five $1,000 gift cards from retailers including Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Amazon, Best Buy, and Home Depot. Gift cards will be on a first-win, first-served basis

Winners must be present to claim their prizes.

Wind Creek

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

Toyota Highlander sweepstakes

A 2019 Toyota Highlander AWD Platinum is the top prize in a Nov. 24 drawing that also will award four prizes of $1,000 in slot free play.

Wind Creek Rewards members get one free entry, with an additional entry for every 40 base points earned from rated slot play between Oct. 28 and 6:45 p.m. Nov. 24. Bonus days are:

  • Tuesdays in November, plus Nov. 22 and 23: 25X entries
  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Nov. 17: 10X entries

The SUV drawing will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 24. A second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. will award five prizes of $1,000 in slot free play.

Autumn pull tabs

Wind Creek Rewards members can get a guaranteed-winner pull tab on Mondays and Tuesdays through Nov 19.

Players get one pull tab for every 120 base points earned between noon and 8 p.m. those days. Hourly drawings from noon to 8 p.m. will award a free pull tab.

Players may earn up to 3 pull tabs a day. Prizes range from $10 in slot free play to $10,000 cash. Tabs must be picked up at the rewards center been noon and 9 p.m. on the day they are earned. Tabs will be awarded while supplies last.

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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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