The shortest month of the year is long on giveaways and other casino attractions.
Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, a casino anniversary, and a universal desire to escape winter provide the basis for multiple promotions.
Throw in a new incarnation of a big poker tournament, SUV giveaways, and concerts by Gin Blossoms and Cheap Trick, and players have plenty of reasons to celebrate this month.
Here’s a look at some of Pennsylvania’s best casino promotions and attractions for February:
Mohegan Sun Pocono
1280 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Maximum Momentum Challenge
A top prize of $10,000 cash and 99 other awards are up for grabs for 100 Momentum Club members who earn the most status points through slot and table game play in February and March.
The earning period is Feb. 1 through March 31; prizes will be awarded April 27.
Sweet Deal giveaway
The first 1,000 players club members who show up at the Sky Bridge starting at 9 a.m. Feb. 10 will receive a free chocolate bar containing an award of slot free play or cash.
Minimum prize is $10 in free play; the top prize is $5,000 cash. Limit of one chocolate bar per person, while supplies last.
Groundhog Day Shadow Fever
No matter what wintry prediction Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog gives, Momentum Club members will rack up bonus points for slot and table game play from noon Feb. 2. until 3 a.m. Feb. 3.
Players will get double points if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, forecasting six more weeks of winter weather. If Phil doesn’t see his shadow, players will get triple points. The extra points will be credited automatically.
Double Momentum Dollars
Momentum Club members will receive double Momentum Dollars for slot and table game play from 6 a.m. Feb. 18 to 3 a.m. Feb. 19. Promo doesn’t include live poker play.
Momentum dollars will be credited automatically when a player’s card is removed from a slot machine or the table game rating is closed. Ratings must be closed by 3 a.m.
Mount Airy Casino Resort
312 Woodland Rd.
Mount Pocono, PA 18344
From 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 8, 14, 22 and 28, Mount Airy will match the highest guaranteed offer from any other casino in Pennsylvania, New York or New Jersey. Maximum match is $200.
Players club members must have an invitation or earned 1,000 points to redeem the match offer. One offer may be redeemable per day.
2999 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Big Stax XXVII
The latest installment of the popular Parx Big Stax poker tournament will run from Feb. 4 to March 4. Events include:
- Four satellite offering seats in both the Big Stax $300 and Big Stax $500
- Eleven satellite offering seats in both the Big Stax $1,100 and Big Stax $2,500
- The multiple-day Big Stax $300, $500, and $1,100 tournaments, each offering a top prize averaging $100,000. Top prize in the Bix Stax $2,500 has averaged $95,000.
- Senior tournament (age 50-plus) on Feb. 20, with buy-in and fee totaling $120
- Various bounty tournaments, with bounties ranging from green chip to purple chip.
- Twenty-five PLO/Hold ’em mix tournament, with buy-in and fee totaling $560.
Xcite Night Out
A pair of free show tickets, plus $300 in slot free play/table game match play will be given away every 15 minutes from 2 to 10 p.m. Feb. 1.
Anyone with an Xclub card inserted in a slot machine or with an active table game rating is eligible.
Winners get to choose tickets to February Xcite Center shows, which choices available on first-come, first-serve basis; excludes sold-out shows.
Free-play prizes will be valid for 30 days.
Get Out of the Cold sweepstakes
In the cold weather leading up to Valentine’s Day, slot and video poker players can earn entries for a drawing offering a top prize of a trip to Aruba for two.
From 6 a.m. Feb. 3 through 9:59 p.m. Feb. 9, players club members earn one entry for every $20 played on slots or every $60 played on video poker.
Entries are multiplied for play for play on Feb. 4.
Then on Feb. 9, two finalists will be chosen every half-hour from 6 to 10 p.m. At 10:30 p.m., one person will win the top prize and all other finalists will receive up to $1,000 in slot free play.
The trip is valued at $7,000, but the winner may choose to take $5,000 in cash or slot free play.
The alternative rock band famous for the song, “Hey Jealousy,” and energetic concerts will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Xcite Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 21-and-older show. Remaining tickets are $30 each.
77 Sands Blvd.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
A 2019 Volvo XC90 is the top prize in a drawing at 7 p.m. Feb. 24; four prizes of $1,000 in slot free play also will be awarded.
One drawing entry is free for every MySands member, with additional entries based on slot play from Jan. 28 through 6:45 p.m. Feb. 24. Multiplier days are:
- 25x entries: Each Tuesday through Feb. 19, plus Feb. 22 and 23
- 10x entries: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 17
Second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. Feb. 24 will give away five prizes of $1,000 in slot free play.
MySands members who earn at least five points between Dec. 31 and 8 p.m. Feb. 9 are eligible for a free 3-pound box of Bartons Chocolates.
Players can pick up their candy at the promotions center from 1 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8 or 9. Limit of one gift per person, while supplies last.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band behind the classic “I Want You to Want Me” will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Sands Event Center.
Tickets are $49.50, $59.50, and $69.50, plus fees. Also, rock guitarist/singer Aaron Lee Tasjan will perform. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Valley Forge Resort Casino
1160 First Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Sweetheart slot tournament
All Valley Club members are eligible to enter the free Sweetheart Slot Tournament from 3 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in February.
The top 10 scores each day will share a prize pool totaling $1,250 in cash and slot free play. To enter, print a voucher at any kiosk before 6:45 p.m.
Free Play Frenzy
Starting Feb. 1, Valley Club members can earn entries for drawings that will award five prizes of $5,000 in free play.
Members get five entries for every point earned on slot and table game play at Valley Forge between 6 a.m. Feb. 1 and 10 p.m. Feb. 23.
From 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 23, one person will be chosen each hour to receive $5,000 in slot free play or table game match play.
Winners must be present to claim to their prizes.
Hollywood at Penn National
777 Hollywood Blvd.
Grantville, PA 17028
Wild Card Wednesdays
Prizes of free $15 to $250 in slot free play will be awarded on Wednesdays to Marquee Rewards members who match the suit or rank of a card drawn at random. Drawings will be hourly from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Matching suit of wild card: $15 in free play
- Matching rank of wild card: $25 in free play
- Matching both suit and rank: $250 in free play
Members who receive a loyalty mailer may print their game card at a Hollywood Casino marketing kiosk between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. each drawing day. Those who did not receive a mailer can qualify for a game card by earning 15 tier points between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. on drawing days.
Lady Luck Nemacolin
4067 National Pike
Farmington, PA 15437
($10 resort purchase required to enter casino)
Two winners of an hourly drawing can become instant pals by matching each other’s prize and increasing their win, up to $1,000 cash.
Each hour from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 17, the names of two guaranteed winners will be chosen. Each gets to pick one of several hearts bearing a hidden symbol.
If the symbols match, each winner gets the amount of slot free play or cash listed. Though, if the symbols don’t match, each gets $50 in slot free play.
The first entry is free for any Lady Luck Fan Club member who plays slots or table games after 6 a.m. on the drawing day. Players get additional entries for every 100 tier score points earned on slots or every five minutes played at a table game.
10X reward points
Players Club members will receive 10x reward points for play from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Friday in February and from 10 a.m. to 10 on Feb. 10 and 24. Reward points capped at 25,000 per day.
210 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301
Hit the Gas Giveaway
A 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is the top prize in a monthlong series of drawings that will also give away thousands of dollars worth of slot free play.
MyChoice members can earn one bonus entry for every 10 tier points accumulated from play between Jan. 27 and 10 p.m. Feb. 23, with 5x entries on Thursdays.
From 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays in February, drawings at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. will award 20 prizes of $100 in slot free play or table game match play.
And at 10 p.m., a drawing will award one prize of $2,000 in free play or match play.
The Equinox will be given away in a drawing at The Meadows at 9:15 p.m. Feb. 23.
Presque Isle Downs
8199 Perry Highway
Erie, PA 16509
12th anniversary celebration
Presque Isle will hand out free food, free T-shirts and free play during a celebration of its 12th anniversary on Feb. 28:
- Free play and cash drawings: 12 prizes awarded every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Players club members get one free entry when they play that day, with bonus entries for every 200 points earned that day. Entries are multiplied for higher tier levels.
- Free T-shirt: For the first 1,200 people in the promotions area, starting at 10 a.m.
- Free hot dog, chips and soft drink: For the first 1,200 people at the INCafe starting at 11 a.m.
- Free cupcake: For the first 1,200 people at the INCafe starting at 1 p.m.
$50 for 50-plus
Every Tuesday in February, a hot-seat promotion is open to players club members who are 50 years and older. Members will receive $50 in free play every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To qualify, members must be actively playing any slot machine.
777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
$50 mini-bac tournaments
A mini-baccarat tournament with a $50 buy-in and a top prize of $2,000 cash is on tap at Rivers Casino every Monday in February.
The tournaments start with a qualifying round at 7 p.m. Each entrant will play 14 hands; the top 12 chip earners and two other entrants chose at random will advance to the two-table semifinal.
The top three chip earners from each table, plus one other semifinalist chosen at random, will advance to the final round. Every finalist will win cash, and the seven semifinalists, who did not advance, will each receive $100 in chips.
Chevy Tahoe drawing
A 2019 Chevy Tahoe LT and multiple awards of slot free play will be given away in a series of drawings Feb. 17.
Qualifying drawings scheduled at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. will choose 10 players to win $250 in slot free play apiece and advance to the final drawing.
The SUV will be awarded in the final drawing after the last preliminary drawing. Entries are based on playtime since Sept. 1, with one entry for every 25 points earned.