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Pennsylvania Casinos Getting Festive With May Car Giveaways And Cash Drawings

Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day provide hooks for promotions and specials this month at Pennsylvania casinos.

Some offer plays on the Cinco de Mayo’s date of May 5, while restaurants and buffets are loading up on Mother’s Day specials. There are also car giveaways abound in honor of the holiday weekend and the Indianapolis 500.

In addition, casinos with racetracks are pushing events tied to the Kentucky Derby on May 6.

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

East

Mohegan Sun Pocono

1280 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
(888) 946-4672
www.mohegansunpocono.com

Slot incentives

  • 555 giveaway on Friday, May 5 with $555 in free play awarded every five minutes from 2 to 10 p.m.
  • Double points from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. on May 14-15 and May 29-30

Mt. Airy Casino Resort

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

Slot incentives

Mt. Airy will match monthly slot free play offers from any other Pennsylvania or New Jersey casino. This promo is available to Player’s Club members. Players can redeem the promo from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. every Thursday in May, as well as May 12 and 26.

There is a limit of one offer per day, up to $300 maximum. Moreover, competitor’s offer must be valid for the day it is submitted. Please be aware some players must earn 1,000 points to qualify.

Concerts

  • Eddie Money – May 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets $55 and $65.
  • The Commodores – May 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets $55 and $65.

Parx

2999 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
(888) 588-7279
www.parxcasino.com

Slot incentives

The $60,000 Spring Fever Sweepstakes features 10 prizes of $5,000 free slot play or table game match play. Players get one flower game card for every 200 Xclub points earned from May 1-7. There is a maximum of eight cards per person. Each card has free play prizes ranging from $20 to $5,000

On Sunday, May 7 there will be drawings at 2, 4, 6, and 8 p.m. During each drawing, five winners will be selected to each earn $500 in free play.

Blackjack tournament

On May 30 from 7-9 p.m. there will be a blackjack tournament with a $25,000 prize pool and $12,500 top prize. Xclub members can earn up to 75 entries to the tournament by playing any table game from May 1-30.

Entertainment

Parx will be hosting the Philadelphia Fleadh Irish-American Festival on Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be 13 bands on three stages, plus an Irish dance competition and other activities. Tickets can be purchased for $20 in advance online or $25 at the gate. Children 12 and under admitted free.

Sands

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

Slot incentives

On Monday, May 8 the Bouncin’ Bonus Jackpots runs from 1-8 p.m. During the promo, three players per hour are chosen to receive $500 free play. The promo will end with a $1,000 free play giveaway at 8 p.m.

Car giveaway

Sunday, May 28 the Sands is giving away a 2017 Lexus LS 460 along with four $1,000 free play prizes. The first entry for every participant is free. However, players can earn additional entries from slot play from May 1-28.

Players will want to hit the slots on the weekends, as they can earn ten times the entries from Friday-Sunday. Additionally, Tuesdays through May 23, the casino will be offering 25x entries. There is another 25x entry period May 26-27.

There will also be a second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. on May 28 which offers five prizes of $1,000 free play each.

SugarHouse

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

Car giveaway

There will be a trio of car giveaways from May 27-29. Here is the schedule:

  • May 27 – Ford Focus
  • May 28 – Chevy Cruze
  • May 29 – Dodge Charger

Rush Rewards members can get free game pieces from 2 to 10 p.m. daily at the Rush Rewards booth. They can also earn additional game pieces for 20 points each.

If the car isn’t awarded by game piece by 10 p.m., it will be given away in a 10:30 p.m. drawing. However, if there is a game piece winner for the car, the 10:30 p.m. drawing will be for $5,000 cash.

Entertainment

Improv comedy stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are performing on May 13 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $59.

Dining

The Philadelphia Taco Festival is coming to Sugarhouse on May 13. Tickets cost $19.99. The festivities start at 11 a.m. and feature:

  • More than 40 local vendors
  • Margarita tent
  • Lucha Libre wrestling
  • Taco-eating contest, 11 a.m.

Valley Forge Resort Casino

1160 First Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 354-8118
($10 resort purchase required to enter casino)

$30,000 Spring in Cash sweepstakes

On Saturday, May 27 there will be a 9 p.m. drawing for six $5,000 cash prizes. Valley Passport members earn points May 1-27 at any slot or table game, with 10 times entries each Thursday.

Concert

Eddie Money will rock out Valley Forge on Friday, May 12 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $45.

West/Central

Hollywood at Penn National

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

Triple points days

Marquee Rewards members earn triple points for slot and table game play every Thursday in May from 6 a.m. until 5:59 a.m. Friday.

Slot incentives

On Friday, May 5 there will be $41,000 in cash/free play giveaways. Every 15 minutes from noon to 7:45 p.m., the property will draw names of two Marquee members playing slots or table games. Each will win either $555 in cash or free play.

Then, at 8 p.m., 10 names will be selected, with each winner receiving $555 in cash or free play.

Entertainment

Horseless Carriage Club of America will have a display from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23. Casino guests can get photos with cars built before 1916.

Lady Luck Nemacolin

4067 National Pike
Farmington, PA, 15437
(888) 523-9585
($10 resort purchase required to enter casino)

Car giveaway

On Monday, May 28 there will be a grand prize drawing for a Ford Mustang or $17,500 cash at 9 p.m.

Casino patrons earn one entry for every 100 My Fan points earned, with five-times points on Mondays. There will be preliminary drawings at 4, 5, and 6 p.m. each Sunday in May, with three names chosen each hour for free play/match play and inclusion in the grand prize drawing.

The grand prize drawing will take place on Monday, May 28 at 9 p.m. At that time, four people will win $500 cash and one will get choice of a Mustang or $17,500 cash. There will also be a second-chance drawing at 10 p.m. for four $500 cash prizes.

Meadows

210 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301
724-503-1200
www.meadowsgaming.com

Cash giveaways

The A-May-Zing promotion takes place Sundays in May. Players Club members get one free entry and earn additional weekly entries for every 100 points they earn.

On drawing days, there will be 10 $100 free play winners every 15 minutes from 3-5 p.m. Additionally, there will be one winner of $1,000 in free play every 30 minutes. Finally, there will be a drawings for one winner of up to $3,000 cash at 3, 4 and 5 p.m.

Slot incentive

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays in May, players can take part in the $100,000 Swipe and Win promotion. All they have to do is earn 250 player points and swipe their Players Club card at the kiosk for a chance at up to $1,000 in free play.

Truck giveaway

On Monday, May 28 at 8 p.m. there will be a grand prize drawing for a 2017 Chevy Colorado. There will also be drawings for four $1,000 free play prizes and 25 $100 free play prizes.

Players Club members get one free entry, plus an additional entry for every 100 points earned at table games or slots during the month. On Thursdays, players can earn five times the entries.

Presque Isle Downs

8199 Perry Highway
Erie, PA 16509
(866) 374-3386
www.presqueisledowns.com

Kia Sorento giveaway

Players can earn one free entry for each Friday played in May plus bonus entries for every 20 points earned on Fridays. Then, on Saturday, May 26 there will be a drawing every 30 minutes from 4-10 p.m. for cash or free play. The Kia drawing will take place at 10 p.m. There will be two $1,000 cash prizes and the car.

Rivers

777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(877) 558-0777
www.riverscasino.com/pittsburgh

Dining

There is a 2-for-1 buffet offer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Table game tournaments

Each Tuesday at 7 p.m. there will be a different table games tournament.  The tournaments all have $1,000 + buy-ins guaranteed in the prize pool. Each entrant also receives match play coupons for every buy-in. Here is a look at the schedule:

  • May 2: $25 buy-in blackjack
  • May 9: $25 buy-in craps
  • May 16: 10 hands for $10 blackjack challenge
  • May 23: $25 buy-in three card poker
  • May 30, $25 buy-in blackjack with unlimited rebuys allowed

Car giveaway

Rivers is celebrating Memorial Day by giving away a 2017 Corvette Stingray.

Players get one entry for every 25 Rush Reward points earned from May 1-28. Then, on Monday, May 28, there will be a drawing of names of 10 players at 1, 4, and 7 p.m. Each of those people win $250 in free play as well as a physical entry into the grand finale drawing.

During the finale drawing, 10 names will be selected, with nine winning $1,000 in free play and one winning the Corvette.

Mark Gruetze

About

Mark Gruetze of suburban Pittsburgh writes the Player’s Advantage column for Trib Total Media and the Tribune-Review. A skilled recreational gambler for more than 35 years, he covers casinos and gaming from a player’s perspective. He is a retired journalist.