Looking For The Best Military Benefits At Pennsylvania Casinos? Look No Further

If you’re looking for the best military casino benefits at Pennsylvania casinos, we have you covered with our shortlist.

Many businesses in Pennsylvania provide regular benefits for active and retired members of the United States Armed Forces, and Pennsylvania casinos are no exception. Because of the volume of offers available, it can take time to find the absolute best military casino benefits, though.

There’s no need to spend any further time searching. Here at PAOnlineCasino, we’ve done that work for you, creating a shortlist of the top offers for military personnel. Registration for these programs simply requires your military ID. With the search done for you, you can spend your time enjoying the perks!

The best military casino benefits around Pennsylvania

The newest such perk for members of the military at brick-and-mortar casinos in PA comes courtesy of Penn National Gaming. The company, which also makes its headquarters in the Keystone State, has enhanced its mychoice program.

Starting on Armed Forces Day (May 15) 2021, the myheroes program is available for not only active-duty military and veterans but first responders as well. Qualifying visitors to all of PNG’s properties will enjoy special benefits and unique events throughout the year, such as:

  • Ability to designate a family member or friend to share benefits
  • Commemorative pin
  • Dining, hotel, and retail discounts of up to 30%
  • Special players club card
  • Tier upgrade to Advantage

In PA, PNG properties include the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley, and the Meadows Casino. PNG isn’t the only company to make such benefits available across all of its properties, though.

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Caesars Rewards Salute card

Both active-duty military and veterans can obtain a Caesars Rewards Salute card at any Caesars property in the country. The program is also open to military spouses as well. In addition to a 10% hotel discount and automatic upgrade to Platinum status, perks include:

  • Complimentary self and valet parking at appropriate locations
  • Early access to tickets for live entertainment
  • One complimentary stay at Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas
  • Restaurant and retail discounts
  • Special discounts on Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Tier status match with Wyndham Rewards

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack is a Caesars property where you can enjoy many of these benefits. The last entries on our list focus on a great dining experience while you’re on-site at the casino and a discount for a special day.

Free entrées, wedding discount

This is another promotion that is not only open to active-duty military and veterans but first responders as well. Simply present your appropriate ID when you visit Jack’s Bar + Grill or Mian inside Rivers Casino Philadelphia. When you buy one entrée at regular price, the casino will reward you with another of equal or lesser value for free.

Valley Forge Casino Resort is in on this as well. For all active-duty military or veterans, the resort offers a 15% discount on all wedding packages. To take advantage of the discount, you must mention the offer prior to executing the booking contract and present valid identification.

If you’re going to visit one of these properties anyway, there’s no reason to not enjoy these perks if you qualify. With this information, you know exactly where to go and how to take advantage of the best that PA casinos have to offer military personnel.

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Cheers! March Brings Welcome News Of Drink Service Return And Big Jackpot Wins At PA Casinos

March brought welcome news of the return of alcoholic beverage service (April 4) and big jackpots for several PA casino patrons.

Cheers! Drink service on the gaming floor and bar seating returned to casinos in Pennsylvania on April 4.

Coronavirus mitigation measures nixed drinks at casinos since March 2020, and over one year later, patrons can now sit at the bar, servers can offer alcoholic drinks to guests at slots and table games, and you do not have to order food in order to get a drink.

The announcement came in March and these jackpot winners at Pennsylvania casinos had lots of other reasons for a celebratory toast.

March definitely came in like a lion for the winners, especially some of the six-figure winners listed below.

This is not a complete list of jackpots.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

Some other March jackpots at Rivers Philadelphia:

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

Some other March jackpots at Rivers Pittsburgh:

Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia

A $144,477 Four Card Poker jackpot at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

Other jackpots at Harrah’s Philadelphia:

Live! Casino Philadelphia

In March, Live! Casino Philadelphia saw its neighbors, the Sixers and Flyers, welcome back a limited number of fans to home games.

The newest casino in PA casino welcomed jackpot winners, too.

Mark D. won $208,744 in one day at Live! Casino Philadelphia. It looks like he won them on about nine different slot machines. Mark’s average bet on most of the jackpots was $250.

Other jackpots at Live! Casino Philadelphia:

Live! Casino Pittsburgh winners

A $45,009 winner at Triple Red Hot 777. 

More jackpots at Live! Casino Pittsburgh:

Valley Forge Casino

March proved to be a mighty month for some lucky guests at Valley Forge Casino.

Wind Creek Casino

Other jackpots at Wind Creek Casino:

Mohegan Sun Pocono

Other jackpot winners at Mohegan Sun Pocono:

March Jackpots at other PA casinos

Mount Airy Casino:

Hollywood Casino:

Parx Casino:

Some other Parx jackpots in March:

March was Problem Gambling Awareness month

March was Problem Gambling Awareness Month. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and others upped their efforts to educate and raise awareness about the effects of gambling disorders.

Some resources and responsible gambling tools include:

  • The PA Self-Exclusion program now allows individuals to ban themselves from iGaming, Fantasy Contests, and Video Gaming Terminals, or VGTs.
  • www.ResponsiblePlay.pa.gov, a new website dedicated to addressing problem gambling, with information and links to identify a potential gambling problem and find help.
  • The PlayPause program from GeoComply and Conscious Gaming allows individuals to self-exclude from online casino sites across state lines. This important RG tool debuted in PA at BetMGM in late December 2020.
  • Options for participants to limit online play or their spending at operator websites. That includes fantasy contests, online casino games, online poker, and/or online sports betting.

Lead image via Harrah’s Philadelphia Twitter page.

PA-Based Penn National Could Become An Industry Leader In Cashless Gaming

Cashless gaming is another way that gambling companies like Pennsylvania’s Penn National are trying to modernize their services.

You’ve possibly used Apple Wallet, Google Pay, or a number of other apps to make purchases in stores using nothing but your smartphone before. That same technology could soon become as commonplace in Pennsylvania casinos, as cashless gaming systems mature.

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are also on the horizon as banking options for gamblers. It’s all an effort by companies like PA-based Penn National Gaming (PNG) to make sure they accept the payment forms consumers prefer to use.

Is cashless gaming coming to PA casinos?

New, electronic payment options seem more a matter of when than if at this point. Last week, PA Gaming Control Board executive director Kevin O’Toole told PlayPennsylvania the agency is working toward providing a regulatory framework for various cashless funding sources.

The use of such payment methods is already available in disparate, sparse places in the US when it comes to gambling. For example, Boyd Gaming has introduced a digital wallet into its rewards program. Patrons at Boyd properties in Nevada, Indiana, and Ohio have access to “BoydPay.”

For gamblers unfamiliar with the concept of a digital wallet, it’s essentially an electronic version of your bank card. The payment tool is an app on your smartphone, which has the payment details stored. Soon, any business that doesn’t accept this kind of payment will become obsolete.

Why cashless systems are popular

There are three benefits to both payees and payors in this system. First, it provides an added layer of protection for customers’ financial details, as the system doesn’t actually use the 16 digits on your bank card.

Secondly, it reduces contact between employees and guests in a couple of ways. There is less physical currency that changes hands and customers never have to touch processing equipment as they would in the process of swiping a bank card.

Third, it allows companies like Penn National a way to seamlessly integrate customer loyalty programs. Research shows consumers are starting to expect such offerings. It’s a natural marketing tool, as well.

How close are PA gambling companies like Penn to implementing acceptance of this type at their brick-and-mortar facilities? PNG is working on the answer to that question.

PNG properties could see program soon

Eric Schippers, PNG’s senior vice president for government relations and public affairs, signaled that this effort is getting the company’s foremost attention.

“We recently launched our MyChoice loyalty program mobile app,” Schippers explained. “Which will provide us with an environmentally friendly and more efficient way to communicate, interact, and engage with our guests. The 35 to 54 age group is currently the most engaged audience with the app, which is very encouraging as this group represents a growing segment of our different business channels.”

When retailers like grocers have been accepting cashless payments for years, why has it taken so long for the gambling industry to catch up? Concerns about responsible gambling have slowed rollout. However, it’s all about perspective.

How cashless systems actually benefit responsible gambling efforts

The primary hesitation about giving gambling operators the green light to use cashless systems is responsible gambling. Put simply, the fear is that with no physical currency leaving gamblers’ wallets, more of them will struggle to stick to their budgets.

That’s more of a lack of an understanding of the technology than a legitimate concern, though. The fact is that cashless systems give gamblers who prefer to play in-person rather than online some of the same protections that online gamblers enjoy.

For instance, users of PNG’s MyChoice app could use the app to set custom spending and time limits. The app can also provide them with real-time statements of their gambling activity, including how much money and time they’ve spent.

Awareness is a key safeguard against developing a compulsive gambling issue. Gambling companies are also becoming more aware of cryptocurrencies.

Kicking the tires on Bitcoin

Right now, acceptance of cryptocurrencies is something that gambling companies are keeping at arms’ length. They are making sure to keep it within their sights, though.

IGT, which provides gaming software to a number of US companies, has a patent on cryptocurrency acceptance in its digital wallet system. While it does not have any partners currently employing that option, it could only be a matter of time.

The unregulated nature of the currency that makes it attractive to many consumers could be an exact hindrance in the gambling industry. Cashless gaming systems are in their infancy. For that reason, it’s likely regulators will want to stick to federally-regulated bank cards for the time being.

PNG seems on board with that idea as well. When it does start accepting digital wallet payments, it will likely restrict the options to debit cards.

In the near future, playing a slot at The Meadows may only require you to wave your phone in front of the machine. PNG wants to be among the first to make that option available not only in PA but across the nation.

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Big Treats for October Jackpot Winners at PA Casinos

PA casinos paid out dozens of jackpots to PA residents and visitors in October. Have a look at some of the biggest winners of the month.

October was filled with plenty of treats for these lucky winners at Pennsylvania casinos. In the upcoming months, two new casinos will offer players more ways to win.

Live! Casino Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s first mini-casino, is set to open on Nov. 24. In early 2021, Live! Casino Philadelphia will welcome guests.

Pennsylvania is also home to 12 online casinos, which give players a chance to win from the comfort and safety of their own homes — or anywhere in PA. Here’s a look at some of the biggest winners from October.

(The following is not a complete list of winners.)

Harrah’s Philadelphia’s biggest winner

October was a historic month for Harrah’s Philadelphia and a ridiculously happy month for one lucky player.

Eugene L. won a $1,319,265.50 mega table games progressive jackpot at Four Card Poker. It is the largest payout ever at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

Great weekend for two players at Valley Forge Casino

Brian N., a King of Prussia resident, won $714,000 at the Super 4 Progressive table on Oct. 9. Two days later, an unnamed player hit for $192,000.

Valley Forge Casino’s vice president and general manager David Zerfing commented on the winners:

“It was an exciting weekend, and we’re thrilled that not one, but two of our valued guests had such notable wins. As people continue to feel more comfortable in safely returning to the casino, we hope to see this trend of large jackpot winnings continue to occur often at Valley Forge.”

The Super 4 Progressive side bet wager wins when the dealer has a blackjack and the combination of the dealer’s blackjack AND the player’s two cards qualifies for the 100% progressive bonus. Additionally, any player who places a wager on the Super 4 receives an “Envy Bonus” payout when another player at the table is the winner of the 100% bonus.

Lightning Link Strikes at Harrah’s Philadelphia

Mohegan Sun Pocono October winners

Presque Isle Downs October winners

There was a $100K winner at Wheel Of Fortune Triple Red Hot 7s.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia October winners

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh October winners

More Rivers winners:

Valley Forge Casino October winners

More Valley Forge Casino winners:

Wind Creek winners

There was a Black Gold Wild winner at Wind Creek.

Penny slot wins at Wind Creek:

Hollywood Casino October winners

Hooray for these Hollywood Casino winners:

October Jackpots at other PA casinos

A $100,000 Play Ten Draw Poker jackpot at The Meadows.

A $40,000 Wheel of Fortune win and other October jackpots at Parx Casino.

A $80,375 jackpot winner at Mount Airy.

Here at PAOC, we always remind you to keep gambling fun: Play responsibly.

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Winning! Rush Street and Rivers Casino Rack Up Three Gaming Operator Awards

Rush Street Interactive, owner of Rivers Casinos in PA and BetRivers online betting products, won three operator awards for 2019.

Rush Street Interactive just keeps winning.

After being named the Global Gaming Awards Digital Operator of the Year last week, RSI added two more honors this week.

Rush Street Interactive, which operates both Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and Rivers Casino Philadelphia, was named the Casino Operator of the Year and the Customer Service Operator of the Year at the 2020 EGR North America Awards.

Big wins for Rush Street

The EGR Awards are perhaps the biggest prize in the online gaming industry and celebrate North America’s leading gaming operators.

The Casino Operator of the Year distinction is based on the originality of the company’s product, the strength of the brand, marketing and innovations that set the offering apart from competitors.

The award’s criteria focused on growth and commercial success, innovations and differentiation, quality of product, and customer acquisition and retention strategies.

“They are still the best in this group,” one of the award judges said. “They have the best platform and impressive growth.”

RSI also takes home the Customer Service Operator of the Year Award

Judges said RSI earned the Customer Service of the Year award thanks to exceptional staff engagement and a customer satisfaction strategy, continual training and development, continual measurement and efforts for retention.

“[This is] one of the best customer service teams in the US,” a judge explained. “The team is well trained and extracts more PLV [player lifetime values] from the players than most other operators.”

And as one of the other judges noted, “Rush Street Interactive’s brands have a really good reputation for customer care.”

The recent awards continue a strong couple of months for RSI, which intends to go public with an offering on the New York Stock Exchange in the near future.

Rivers Casino’s Rush Rewards Card highlights November promotions

Here in Pennsylvania, Rivers Casino Philadelphia recently announced its November promotions. Starting this Thursday, BetRivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino Philadelphia will begin a new rewards program. The Rush Rewards Card will allow users to receive incentives and earn points for their gaming play. Reward choices include free slot play and complimentary dining at Rivers Casino restaurants.

In addition to the rewards card, the BetRivers Sportsbook will be showing every NFL game for the remainder of the season, giving players plenty of chances to catch some football action. It also plans to broadcast a number of big college games from the sportsbook.

Beyond the sportsbook, the Rivers Philly restaurants will be offering some new menu and drink items.

And there will be additional promotions, contests and sweepstakes throughout the Rivers Casino Philadelphia floor this month.

Multiple ways to engage with the RSI brand in PA

With the awards and honors continuing to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that Rush Street Interactive has built a winning brand.

Fortunately, Pennsylvania’s gaming and casino fans have an outpost to visit on each side of the state. Rivers Casino Pittsburgh lies in the west. Rivers Casino Philadelphia sits in the east. And everywhere in between, players can take advantage of the BetRivers app on their mobile device.

It’s a good time to be a Pennsylvania player with access to Rush Street betting products.

That brand just keeps winning.

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A September To Remember For These Lucky Jackpot Winners At PA Casinos

Pennsylvania casino goers had some nice wins in September. Here’s a sampling of some of the biggest slot jackpots in town last month.

Casinos in Pennsylvania are open again. Some things are different due to increased COVID-19 safety protocols, but some things remain the same, like the chance to win a big jackpot.

These days, you don’t even have to leave your home to play and possibly win. As long as you are physically located in Pennsylvania, you can access 11 online casinos. And you can hit big there, too.

Just a few days ago, a couple won a $139,283 Divine Fortune jackpot at HollywoodCasino.com.

On Friday, we invited Online Jackpot winners to celebrate their winnings at Hollywood Casino at Penn National…

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Here are some of the biggest jackpot wins at PA casinos in September

(The following is not a complete list of jackpots.)

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

Blazing 7’s is a new optional Blackjack progressive side bet that wins based on the number of 7s the player receives in their hand. The more 7s in your hand, the more you win.

Other Rivers Pittsburgh wins:

Valley Forge Casino jackpots

Other Valley Forge Casino winners:

The Meadows Casino jackpot winners

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Wind Creek Casino jackpots

This diamond could be anyone’s best friend. A $30,000 winner at Triple Diamond.

Some penny slot wins at Wind Creek:

Mohegan Sun Pocono jackpots

More Mohegan Sun wins:

Hollywood Casino jackpots

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Other winners at Hollywood Casino:

Parx jackpots

September jackpots at Parx Casino:

PAOC reminds you to always gamble responsibly. If it becomes a problem, there is help available. A list of problem gambling resources can be found at PlayPennsylvania.

Lead image from Hollywood Casino at Penn National Facebook page.

Jackpot! August Brought Big Returns for These Lucky PA Casinogoers

Most casino progressive games are boom or bust, and these lucky players won big at now-open Pennsylvania casinos in August.

Pennsylvania’s 12 brick-and-mortar casinos are now open with increased COVID-19 safety measures. As guests have returned, some have had an especially lucky welcome-back experience by winning big jackpots.

A few of biggest jackpots won in August at Pennsylvania casinos were:

  • A penny slot $135,000 jackpot on a $1.76 pull at Wind Creek Casino.
  • $160,000 at Double Diamond at Hollywood Casino.
  • $108,000 on the Lightning Link slot machine at Wind Creek Casino.

It was a busy August for Pennsylvania online casinos, too. Wind Creek launched its iGaming offering. And then, in what was a first for PA, PlayLive! Casino arrived online before its brick-and-mortar counterparts.

Now, there are 11 online casinos in Pennsylvania, all with slots, table games and sign-up bonuses.

(The following is not a complete list of jackpots.)

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh August jackpots

The summer sun shined inside Rivers Pittsburgh for a Solstice Celebration Tripe Sparkle slot player.

 

Rivers Casino Philadelphia August jackpots

Valley Forge Casino August jackpots

At the high-limit slots, a lucky winner came away with a sparkling win. African Diamond is a five-reel, 30-payline slot from Konami Gaming.

 

The Meadows August jackpots

Wind Creek Casino August jackpots

Penny slot payouts

Parx Casino jackpots

Mohegan Sun Casino jackpots

Hollywood Casino jackpots

PAOC reminds you to always gamble responsibly. If it becomes a problem, there is help available. A list of problem gambling resources can be found at PlayPennsylvania.

Lead image via Rivers Philadelphia Twitter.

Coronavirus Concerns Rapidly Change Sports, Gaming Landscape In PA

Online gambling options in PA remain an option as the sports world and casinos in the state shut down to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The sports and sports betting landscape around the world and in the Keystone State are still adjusting to a spate of cancelations, delays and cautions.

One casino has closed in Pennsylvania so far on Gov. Tom Wolf‘s orders in an effort to help contain the coronavirus.

For now, the rest of the casinos in PA remain in operation, as do all online sportsbooks and online casinos.

*Update: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) ordered all PA land-based casinos to close by March 17.

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Rapidly evolving situation with coronavirus precautions

Gov. Wolf spoke at a press conference on Thursday, urging the cancellation of events involving large gatherings. He also singled out Montgomery County, which has been hit the hardest by the virus.

“No mass gatherings should be held, including conferences and rallies. By closing these facilities, we can control the spread of this disease, that’s the hope. And we can redirect our public safety and health officials to where they are needed the most.”

At about the same time as President Donald Trump spoke on Friday, Gov. Wolf announced that all PA schools from K-12 would close until March 16.

Trump takes federal action against the virus

Additional changes are likely, as Trump declared a national state of emergency Friday.

He invoked a federal law allowing his administration to aid state and local governments, Bloomberg News reported Friday.

The move makes available more than $42 billion through the Disaster Relief Fund. Trump asked all hospitals to move to emergency status and removed many rules on how they operate.

The president also thanked the sporting world for responsibly mitigating the spread of the virus by canceling and postponing events.

Changes due to virus are pervasive

Most flights to Europe have been canceled.

The NBA’s season is on hold, with some players testing positive and others in self-isolation due to exposure. The Sixers are on hiatus with the rest of the league.

The PGA has been suspended. March Madness will not happen. The NHL has been halted, including the Flyers and the Penguins.

Baseball’s opening day has been pushed back to mid-May. The MLS and some European soccer leagues are at a standstill, and NASCAR is idling.

Valley Forge is the only closed casino for now

Valley Forge Casino closed its doors Friday morning in compliance with a directive from the governor.

The property is in King of Prussia in Montgomery County, which Wolf referred to as the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.

Schools in that county have shut down, at least for two weeks. More than 60 PA schools, with a high percentage of parents employed in Montgomery County, have closed.

Valley Forge offers online betting options through FanDuel Sportsbook and FanDuel Casino, which remain open for business.

Online betting options still available

Online wagering remains an entertainment option for those living in states with regulated mobile gaming. PA betting apps offer casino games and sports betting on the limited remaining sporting events being played.

PokerStars PA the only PGCB-regulated online poker option in the state for now.

Online sportsbook operators such as DraftKings, FanDuel and PlaySugarHouse sent out emails reassuring customers that they are working on making good on wagers placed on unplayed games.

DraftKing’s note read:

“This situation is fluid, so we are actively developing a status page where you can find the latest news on game and contest cancellations and schedule changes, with the goal of providing a one-stop destination for the answers to questions you may have. We will email our customer community as soon as this page is live and we will continue to update it with new information.”

It will take time to sort this all out, obviously, but uncertainty is what remains certain.

Editor’s note: This is a rapidly evolving situation. We will continue to provide updates here.