Paying It Forward Can Pay Back Thanks To July Pennsylvania Casino Promos

Written By Mark Gruetze on July 2, 2017
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[toc]A photo of summer fun or a contribution to charity could pay off for Pennsylvania casino patrons during July.

SugarHouse in Philadelphia is offering $100 gift cards for the best social media photos of people enjoying summer. Meanwhile, Rivers and Presque Isle on the western side of the state will give free slot play to patrons making $10 contributions to worthy charities.

That’s in addition to cash and vehicle giveaways, fun tournaments, and rock concerts being served up throughout the state this month.

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


Harrah’s Philadelphia

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

Summer of Jackpots

Players have a chance to win free spins on high-denomination slot machines, and keep all winnings.

Drawings on July 8, 15 and 22 will award $25 to $3,000 in free play. Plus, the finale drawing on July 29 will award a grand prize of $10,000 in free play. The free play is good on machines costing $10 to $25 per credit. Players receive at least one free entry, based on reward tier level.

They can also earn an additional entry for each tier credit earned on slots or 100 entries for each hour played at table games. Players receive 250 bonus entries by swiping their Total Rewards card at promotional kiosks on Thursdays and Fridays. Moreover, another 100 bonus entries are available by logging into the Total Rewards app on Tuesdays and accepting the offer.

Gin Blossoms concert

The Arizona band famed for “Hey Jealousy” and “Follow You Down” will perform July 28. The show will be general admission, standing room only. Tickets are $27 to $40.

Mohegan Sun Pocono

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

Double points day

Momentum rewards members earn double status points for slots and table-game play from 6 a.m. July 2 through 3 a.m. July 3.

Richard Marx concert

The singer-songwriter-producer who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide will perform July 7 at Mohegan Sun’s Keystone Grand Ballroom. His hits include “Endless Summer Nights” and “Right Here Waiting.” Tickets cost $29 to $99.

King of Cash

This month-long promotion offers a shot of multiple awards of free slot play and cash. Players get one entry for each Momentum Club status point earned from July 1 through 9:45 p.m. on July 29.

Then, on July 29, winners will be selected on this schedule:

  • Noon to 7 p.m., four winners every 30 minutes will receive $500 in free play
  • 7 to 9:20 p.m., cash prizes will be awarded every 10 minutes, starting at $1,000 and increasing to $5,000
  • 9:30 to 10 p.m., one person from each tier level will win cash prizes ranging from $5,000 for Core level to $20,000 for Soar level

Mt. Airy Casino Resort

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

Loss Rebate day

On July 25, Mt. Airy will refund 100 percent of slot players’ losses, up to $100 per person. The refund will be in the form of free slot play issued for a later date.

Everyone’s a winner

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 31, players may swipe their Mount Airy Club card at a promotional kiosk and win free food, gifts or free play, with a maximum prize of $250,000 cash.

Willy Wonka penny bonanza

The first 1,000 guests from 3 to 7 p.m. July 26 will receive five free maximum bets on the new Willy Wonka penny slots. Additionally, guests also will receive an entry for a $5,000 cash drawing at 7:30 p.m. July 26.


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

$50,000 Heat Wave Sweepstakes

On July 22, slot players will have a chance to win a share of $50,000 in free play. More specifically, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., 10 winners of $500 in free play will be chosen every half-hour.

Then, at 10 p.m., two grand prize winners will receive $5,000 in free play. Players earn one entry for every 100 players club points earned on slots from July 19-22. Entries must be printed out between 2 and 9:30 p.m. July 22 at Xclub West. Additionally, they need to be put into a drawing drum by 10 p.m.

$25,000 blackjack tournament

The July 25 tournament offers a top prize of $12,500 cash. Players earn entries by playing any table game from July 1 through 8:59 p.m. July 25. Players simply need to earn 75 entries to get tournament seat. The tournament will be from 7-9 p.m. July 25


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

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid giveaway

The drawing will be at 7 p.m. July 30. One person will win the Acura, plus four people will win $1,000 in free slot play each.

The first drawing entry is free. Players earn additional entries based on rated slot play from June 26 through 6:45 p.m. July 30. Slot play on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays through July 23 also earns 10X entries. Meanwhile, slot play on Tuesdays or on July 28 and 29 earns 25X entries.

A second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. July 30 offers five prizes of $1,000 free slot play.

Mega Monday

From 1 to 7 p.m. July 10, five players each hour will be selected to win $250 in slot free play.

Then, at 8 p.m., five people will win $1,500 in slot free play each.

The first entry is free, with additional entries based on play from 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. that day.

$10,000 slot tournaments

Tournaments on July 11 and 25 offer a top prize of $5,000 cash. Moreover, there will be 24 other winners of up to $1,500 in slot free play. To qualify, players must earn three points from rated slot play on the day of the tournament.


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

Philly Loves Summer photo contest

SugarHouse helps spread summer fun by offering $100 Macy’s or Best Buy gift cards for photos with the hashtag #PhillyLovesSummer posted on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter between July 3 and July 28.

Entrants can also get a bonus entry by posting a photo with the hashtag while at Philly’s newest beer garden, Fishtown Hops. Each Friday starting July 7, one winner will be selected for the gift card. The winning photo will be posted on the SugarHouse Facebook page as well as the casino website.

“Golden Boys” in concert

Three Philadelphia music legends – Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Bobby Rydell – will perform at The Event Center at 9 p.m. July 21. The teen idols of the ’50s and ’60s have entertained three generations of fans with songs such as Avalon’s “Venus,” Fabian’s “Tiger,” and Rydell’s “Volare.” Tickets cost $65 to $85.

Valley Forge Resort Casino

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

$100,000 summer slot tournament

This free tournament continues daily through Aug. 31, offering daily prizes and a chance at a $35,000 grand prize.

Daily play is open to eight entrants per session from 2 to 7 p.m. There are new sessions available about every five minutes. Prizes are $250 cash for the day’s top scorer. Meanwhile, second through fifth place get $50 to $150 cash. Additionally, sixth through 10th place get $25 in free slot play. The day’s top five scorers advance to the finals on Sept. 4.

Diva Nights

Starting at 6 p.m. every Thursday in July, Valley Forge welcomes women with a gift, complimentary blackjack lessons, $10 table limits, and food and drink specials.


Hollywood at Penn National

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

Triple Points Days

Every Thursday in July, Marquee Rewards members earn 3X Marquee Comps for play at any slot machine or table game, from 6 a.m. Thursday to 5:59 a.m. Friday.

$30,000 Hot Seat drawings

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 7, five players club members will be selected every 10 minutes to win $100 to $300 in slot free play. Then, at 4 p.m., five club members will each win $500 free play. Players must have their club card inserted in a slot machine to be eligible.

Lady Luck Nemacolin

Lady Luck Nemacolin
4067 National Pike
Farmington, PA, 15437
($10 resort purchase required to enter casino)

Blackjack tournament

The July 22 tournament offers a $4,400 prize pool, with a maximum pool based on participation. Entry is $40, and rebuys are permitted. Each participant will receive two $10 match play coupons. Registration starts at 2 p.m. July 22, and play starts at 4 p.m.

Keep on Truckin’ kickoff drawings

The first weekly drawings in the Keep on Truckin’ promotion will be from 3 to 7 p.m. July 30, with a top prize of $2,500 cash. In addition, one person will win $100 free slot play a week for 10 weeks. Plus, 25 others will receive various cash and free play prizes.

Players earn 50X bonus entries for play on July 29, and 30X entries for play on July 30. Similar drawings will continue on Sundays through August. At the finale on Sept. 3, the grand prize of a Ford F-150 or $20,000 in cash will be awarded.


Meadows Casino
210 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301

Super Saturday

From 8 to 11 p.m. every Saturday in July, 10 players per hour will be chosen to try their hand at a game offering a $2,500 cash prize. Players earn entries with slot and table game play from June 25 through 11 p.m. July 29, with 5X entries on Thursdays too.

Lucky 13th progressive drawing

Thursday the 13th could be lucky for players in this drawing, which offers one hourly prize of $1,250 cash, one hourly prize of $1,250 in slot free play, and 10 hourly prizes of $125 in slot free play.

Drawings will be hourly from 8 to 11 p.m. The two top winners must be present to win, otherwise the prizes roll to the next hour’s drawing. One winner is guaranteed at 11 p.m. Players earn entries with play through 11 p.m. July 13.

Sunday Spectacular

Drawings in this giveaway offer one prize of $1,000 cash each hour, one prize of $1,000 free slot play every 30 minutes, and 10 prizes of $100 free slot play every 15 minutes. Drawings will be from 3 to 5 p.m. every Sunday in July. If the cash winner is not present, the prize rolls to the next hour.

Presque Isle Downs

Presque Isle Downs
8199 Perry Highway
Erie, PA
(866) 374-3386

Table games cash giveaway

From 6 to 10 p.m. July 29, 16 winners will be chosen at randomly selected times for prizes of $250 to $1,000. Players earn entries throughout the month, with one entry for every hour of carded play at table games.

Help the Hospice

Players can get rewarded for being charitable. Players who donate $10 cash to Hospice of Metropolitan Erie Inc. will receive $10 in free slot play. Donations are limited to one per day throughout July and may be made at the Guest Services desk.


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

Slot tournament

The Rivers Reel Slot League walk-up tournament from 4 to 7 p.m. July 11 will be open to players club members who earn 100 same-day points. The top 50 scorers win free slot play, with a top prize of $1,000 in free play.

Good will for Goodwill

From noon to 8 p.m. July 6 and 8, guests can donate $10 cash to Goodwill, then receive $10 in free slot play or a $10 table game match play coupon. The donation table will be in front of Cíao restaurant.

Donnie Iris and The Cruisers

The Western Pennsylvania rock guitarist, known for “The Rapper” while with The Jaggerz and for his solo hit “Love Is Like a Rock,” will perform at 8 p.m. July 29. Tickets cost $20 and include $10 in free slot play or match play.

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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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