Pennsylvania’s brick-and-mortar casinos usually offer a standard array of small promotions, most of which heavily favor frequent slot players. But when the holiday season comes around a few special opportunities pop up to make gaming in the Keystone State a little bit more appealing.
This December, several locations stand out with superior offers, some of which may provide a clue as to the kinds of promotions we’ll see when Pennsylvania casinos launch their online counterparts.
Until then, the most promising options this month are as follows:
Best Random Giveaway: Mount Airy Prize Vault
Pennsylvania casinos are known to host frequent giveaways, with grand prizes topping out in the four- to five-figure range. But this month, one casino has upped the ante considerably.
On December 22nd at Mount Airy Casino Resort, all players will receive $10 in Free Play and a game piece. Winning pieces offer a chance to crack the prize vault code, and take home $500,000 in cash in the process.
Will the odds of winning be good: certainly not. But no other PA casino is offering players the chance to win this much cash in a single shot.
Runner up: The Meadows Casino, on many many days
While no one prize at The Meadows Casino comes close to Mount Airy’s Prize Vault, they do have several giveaways throughout the month, including:
- $100,000 Swipe To Fortune on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
- $65,000 Holiday Cash Giveaway on Sundays
- $15,000 Unwrap The Cash Giveaway on December 23rd
- $25,000 Jackpot Frenzy on December 28th
- New Year’s Eve Celebration Blowout on the obvious date.
Second Runner up: Mohegan Sun Pocono – Merry Mystery Money
Mohegan Sun Pocono hosts this giveaway on Tuesdays, and it appears to offer the biggest chance for a small prize (and a small chance for a big one): 500 winners get $10 in free slot play, and one gets $2,500. Drawings are four times a day.
Best for fans of table games: Parx $100k Pop the Cork Sweepstakes
Parx Casino is giving players two weeks of opportunities to earn entries to their New Year’s Eve Pop the Cork Sweepstakes by playing any table game or slot machine. A pool of $100,000 in free slot play will be given out, with top winners receiving $2,018.
Bonus value for maximizing play on Play to Win Thursdays, which brings additional chances to win up to $1,000 free slot play.
Runner Up: SugarHouse $50K HOLLY JOLLY JEEP GIVEAWAY
If you like your prize in car form, Sugar House is giving away a number of 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitudes on Christmas Day, as well as shares of $20,000 in Free Play. Weekday play is best, as Rush Rewards Members earn triple entries on Wednesdays and double on Thursdays.
Best Slot Tournament: Sands Bethlehem
As far as slot tournaments go, there’s probably no better bang for the buck than at Sands Bethlehem — this month and every month.
Players with a mind for future potential will try to earn a chance at both the $30,000 January Slot Tournament on January 26th as well as the January $50,000 Cash Bash! on January 14th at Sands Bethlehem.
Entries to both are determined by rated slot play throughout December, but the bar of entry tends toward the lower end.
It is disappointing Sands did not try to work its Bethlehem location into a big Christmas-themed promotion, but it has instead opted to respectfully limit its holiday references to the non-denominational Holiday Cheer For A Year giveaway on December 22nd.
Still, there is no reason not to also work toward the slot tournament on that particular day (and possibly additionally win $1,000 in Slot Free Play every month next year), or else try to stack with any of the other daily giveaways in December at Sands.
Unless you have already been pulling levers at Valley Forge Casino Resort it may be too difficult to catch up for its $50,000 Holiday Slot Tournament (since the current tournament period began on November 1st).
However, for those that have been pursuing the tournament since last month, they’re advised to focus play during the Tuesday Cash Cube Experience or Winning Wednesdays (if you like to try to pick horses while playing slots).
Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Free Slot Play For A Year promotion, while technically a sweepstakes and not a tournament, gives players one entry for every status point earned in December. Top winners get $2,500 in Free Slot Play every month for a year. Sadly, attempting to stack this with the Merry Mystery Money promotion mentioned above puts you at a statistical disadvantage, as that giveaway is on Tuesdays and players receive 5x entries on Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Also, as previously stated, the $100k Pop the Cork Sweepstakes at Parx applies to both table games and slot play.