Mohegan Sun At Pocono Downs Brings In Penguins’ Goalie For A Signings & Sightings Event

WHAT:
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs welcomes Matt Murray, the goalie of the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins’, for a meet and greet on February 26th!

WHEN:
Thursday, February 26, 2015
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Sky Bridge

IN DETAIL:
Join Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for a special Signings & Sightings event with the Penguins’ goalie, Matt Murray!  The 20-year-old goalie was drafted by the Penguins in the third round in the 2012 NHL Draft. A native of Ontario, Canada, Murray was one of the best goaltenders in the Ontario Hockey League and continues to be a valuable asset to the Penguins.

This is a bracelet-only event. Bracelet distribution begins at 4:30pm on the Sky Bridge on a first-come, first-served basis. Bracelets must be worn in order to gain entrance into this event.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN AT POCONO DOWNS:
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, download our app.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Warms Up Valentine’s Day with Special Offers

Valentine’s Day is extra cozy this year with fabulous hotel packages and dining specials!

WILKES-BARRE, PA – Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs spreads the love this Valentine’s Day with packages and deals to make you and your loved one feel special.

During the month of February, indulge in one of the following romantic packages in the hotel:

The relaxing Valentine’s Day Package includes half a dozen chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of sparkling wine, a $25.00 breakfast in bed credit, a late hotel check-out at Noon and $10.00 in Free Slot Play, per guest and up to two guests only.

Spice up your day with the Valentine’s Day Rustic Kitchen Package with which you receive half a dozen chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of sparkling wine, a $50.00 Rustic Kitchen dining credit, a $25.00 breakfast in bed credit, a late hotel check-out at Noon and $10.00 in Free Slot Play per guest and up to two guests only.

Spoil yourselves with the Romance Package and receive half a dozen chocolate covered strawberries, a $50.00 credit to enjoy at Spa Sapphire and $10.00 in Free Slot Play per guest and up to two guests only.

Choose the Chocolate Lover’s Package and you cannot go wrong! Enjoy half a dozen chocolate covered strawberries, a specialty chocolate lover’s basket, a $15.00 credit to Ben & Jerry’s and $10.00 in Free Slot Play per guest and up to two guests only.

All hotel packages must be booked three days in advance and are only valid for the month of February. Must be 21 years of age or older.

Enjoy the utmost in luxury with your Valentine at Spa Sapphire. Purchase a gift card from February 8th to February 13th and receive a $35.00 Beauty Voucher!

You can also treat yourself and your significant other to delectable Valentine’s Day dining specials at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on February 14th!

Rustic Kitchen will be featuring a soup of seafood bisque, an appetizer of seafood tower with crab, shrimp, mango & avocado, entrées of surf & turf with crab stuffed lobster & filet mignon, seafood fradiavolo, stuffed chicken with chorizo sausage & cheeses and for dessert choose red velvet cake with cream cheese icing or chocolate covered strawberry champagne cheesecake.

At Betty & Joe’s, enter a drawing, Sweets for Two, for the chance to win two pastries and two coffees on us. Ben and Jerry’s will offer a buy one scoop, get one scoop free deal. And at Wetzel’s Pretzels, buy one pretzel, get the second for half price.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN AT POCONO DOWNS:
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, download our app and view us on YouTube.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Welcomes Penguins’ Head Coaches for A Signings and Sightings Event

Signings and Sightings Logo MSPDWHAT:
Join us at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on January 12th for a meet and greet with the coaches of the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins hockey team!

WHEN:
Monday, January 12, 2015
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Sky Bridge

IN DETAIL:
Lace up your skates and head over to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Monday, January 12th to meet the coaches of Wilkes-Barre Scranton’s own Penguins! Chat with the head coaches, ask about the season and learn more about the Penguins at this Signings and Sightings event. Guests can line up at 4:30pm on the day of the event to receive a bracelet to gain admittance to the autograph line. Bracelets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN AT POCONO DOWNS:
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, download our app.

Bash In Breakers Brings Party On The Patio Inside Mohegan Sun At Pocono Downs

Enjoy tribute bands at Breakers starting January 8, 2015Bash in Breakers logo

WILKES-BARRE, PA – Same great party, same great drink specials, just a new winter location! This winter, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is bringing Party on the Patio inside to Breakers. Come out and enjoy fantastic live music from the best tribute bands around and $2.00 Coors Light drafts every Thursday night at 8:00pm in Breakers. Each band will start at 8:00pm and play three 45-minute sets from 8:00pm – 8:45pm, 9:15pm – 10:00pm and 10:30pm -11:15pm.

The tribute band lineup for Bash in Breakers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs are as follows:

• Thursday, January 8th – Green River (A tribute to CCR)
• Thursday, January 15th – Who’s Next (A tribute to The Who)
• Thursday, January 22nd – Bon Journey (A tribute to Journey/ Bon Jovi)
• Thursday, January 29th – Unchained (A tribute to Van Halen)
• Thursday, February 5th – Mötley 2 (A tribute to Mötley Crüe)
• Thursday, February 12th – KISS Army (A tribute to KISS)
• Thursday, February 19th – Black Dog (A tribute to Led Zeppelin)
• Thursday, February 26th – 2U (A tribute to U2)
• Thursday, March 5th - Head Games (A tribute to Foreigner)

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN AT POCONO DOWNS:
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 87 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, download our app and view us on YouTube.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

2014 Season Review

Turkeys wearing camouflage. Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel 24 hours a day. My light cool sweatpants replaced by my warm heavy sweatpants.

All these signs, including the bitingly cold weather, make it clear the winter is just about upon us. And that means that another racing season at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is just about to wrap up. Luckily for all those who follow Pocono racing, it has been a marvelous season, one that witnessed is share of superstar performances, incredible finishes, and shocking long shots. About the only constants from night to night were the uniformly competitive and exciting races.

In 2014, we were graced, as usual, by the presence of some of the finest drivers and trainers in the country. Some familiar faces to Pocono fans took home the highest honors for the season. On the training side, Rene Allard and Chris Oakes repeated as the leaders in training wins and training percentage, respectively. And George Napolitano Jr. continued his incredible run atop the leaderboard among the drivers, sweeping the titles for driving wins and percentage with plenty of room to spare in both categories.

Yet those three men were really only just a part of the story in terms of the driving and training community. Four other drivers (Simon Allard, Matt Kakaley, Andrew McCarthy, and Anthony Napolitano) besides George Nap managed 100 wins in the Pocono meet, while a dozen picked up at least fifty. On the training side, five men (Allard, Oakes, Ron Burke, Lou Pena, Gilberto Garcia-Herrera) churned out at least 50 victories. Balance was the name of the game with the trainers and drivers, as more and more of the top horsemen in North America made Pocono a regular part of their racing schedule.

Of course, what really makes Pocono racing such a special entity is the quality of the horses who come to race. Last week in this space we honored our horses of the year, but there were so many wonderful equine performers who made their way to MSPD that it was impossible to honor them all, even with over thirty sets of Weekly Award and honorable mentions given out by yours truly in 2014.

One easy way to check the impact of a particular season is to look at the track records page in the beginning of the program. You’ll notice that a big portion of the dates on that page indicate that those records were set here this year. In all, there were twelve records either set or matched at Pocono this season, with the vast majority of those going for world records on a 5/8-mile oval. And who can forget that in 2014, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs hosted the fastest pace ever on a 5/8-mile oval (a scorching 1:47 by Sweet Lou) and the fastest trot at any track size anywhere (an incredible 1:49 by Sebastian K.)

As I said above, there are really too many memorable moments to squeeze into this humble little retrospective. One of the neat things about harness racing is that every single night, it seems like something happens that you’ve never seen before. And you never know when that unpredictable bolt out of the blue will happen. It might happen in the feature race with the finest horses on the grounds, but it can also happen with maiden trotters. As the caliber of racing has continued its steady uphill climb at Pocono, these special moments seem to take place more and more often.

We’ve spent this time looking back, but before we call it a season, we should think about what’s to come in 2015. It will be an extremely special campaign at Pocono, as it marks the 50th season of racing at the track. In addition to the usual schedule of thrilling stakes races and competitive overnight races, 2015 is going to feel like one big celebration.

For the fans who have been with us for many of those 50 years, next season will probably feel pretty special, a milestone at the track. As someone who has worked at Pocono for 17 years, I feel really honored to be playing a small part of it. Even as we put another incredible season to bed, it’s hard to feel anything but anticipation for what’s to come.

As always, I’d like to thank everyone who checked out my articles this past year or tuned in to my race calls, and thanks to all of my wonderful co-workers in the racing department who do such amazing work night in and night out.

I hope everyone has a wonderful winter and Happy Holidays. We’ll see you at the track in 2015.

If you have any questions or concerns over the break, feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com.