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

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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 at 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.

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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.

  

Mohegan Sun At Pocono Downs to Host Battle of the Bands

Get ready to rock for the chance to win prizes and to open for a national headliner

WHAT:
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will host its 5th annual Battle of the Bands at Breakers every Thursday from March 12th – May 21st.  Bands will compete for cash prizes, with a $10,000 Grand Prize for the #1 rock stars!

WHEN:
Bands have until January 30, 2014 to submit their application to enter the competition.

Battle of the Bands at Breakers
Thursdays, starting March 12, 2015
8:00pm – Midnight

IN DETAIL:
Is your band the best in the Northeast? Does your band have what it takes to reign supreme?  Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs wants to know!  The fifth annual Battle of the Bands competition kicks off on Thursday, March 12th at Breakers. Come cheer on the winning talent each week through May 21st!

From now until January 30th, enter for the chance to win incredible cash prizes! The grand prize winning band will take home $10,000 and a chance to open for a national headliner. The second place band will win $5,000, third place band wins $2,500 and the fourth place band wins $1,000.

For all bands interested in competing, please visit the event webpage for all submission requirements that will be accepted no later than 5:00pm on Friday, January 30, 2015. Thirty-two bands will be selected to compete in this year’s Battle of the Bands and will be notified by Friday, February 27th.

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.

 

Celebrate The New Year At Mohegan Sun At Pocono Downs

Ring in 2015 with fabulous parties and delicious holiday specials!

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is the place to be this New Year’s Eve. With festivities throughout the day, there is something for everyone with live music, champagne toasts and so much more.

Start the celebrations early with Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs’ Noon Year’s Eve.  Enjoy the Noon Year’s Eve countdown and complimentary toast at Noon. Guests playing their favorite games at Noon will have a chance to be 1 of 5 players to win $2,015 in cash! Hats and noisemakers will be distributed at 11:00am and are available while supplies last.

Before the clock strikes Midnight, come ring in the New Year with Bash in the Ballroom in the Keystone Grand Ballroom from 10:00pm to 2:00am.  Enjoy a free show by Face to Face, an Elton John and Billy Joel tribute band, and from 10:00pm to Midnight, there will be $2 Coors Light Drafts.

In addition, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will also be hosting a special Midnight champagne toast throughout the casino for guests 21 and older. Hats and noisemakers will be distributed at 10:00pm and are available while supplies last.

Live music will be available at other Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs venues on New Year’s Eve. Performances begin at 9:30pm and include Bad Hair Day at Breakers, Grace’s Downfall at Bar Louie and The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.   Or laugh your way into the New Year with a special NYE show at Wisecrackers Comedy Club featuring comedian, Paul Venier.  Show starts at 9:00pm and tickets are $20.00

To see the party from last New Year’s Eve celebration at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, watch the video here.

But that’s not all. Various restaurants and retailers will be offering specials throughout the day and night including Rustic Kitchen who will be hosting two New Year’s Eve Surf & Turf Holiday Live Cooking Shows at 5:00pm & 8:00pm. These shows will include an appetizer of Surf & Turf Spring Rolls and entrées of Filet Mignon Au Poivre and Lobster Thermidor. They will also be featuring a special menu which will include a Seafood Bisque Soup, Clams Casino or Beef Carpaccio for appetizers, Surf & Turf – filet mignon served with lobster tail with your choice of lump crabmeat stuffing or plain, potato or  vegetable or Veal Chop – choice of Oscar style or with a portabella mushroom wine demiglaze for entrées.

Other restaurants are also offering deals during the holidays, including Ruth’s Chris Steak House where you will receive 10% back in Bonus Cards with a purchase $250.00 or more in Gift Cards! These are available until January 17, 2015. Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be open regular hours Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. At Wetzel’s Pretzel’s, purchase any pretzel on New Year’s Eve and receive the second for 1/2 price!

And lastly for dining deals, purchase any featured pastry Betty & Joe’s and get a medium coffee for $1.00 on New Year’s Eve.

Along with the exciting parties and dining specials at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Spa Sapphire is celebrating New Year’s Eve and Day by offering a special Sapphire Caviar & Diamond Manicure & Pedicure for $500. You can also enjoy an Aveda Signature Aroma Scalp Massage with specialty hair style, complete Long-Wear Aveda Makeover and an Aveda Signature Aroma Manicure for just $85.00 this New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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 Adds Specials To Christmas Holiday

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be celebrating Christmas Eve and Christmas Day by offering select dining and spa specials for guests to enjoy this holiday season.

Spa Sapphire will be offering a Holiday Gift Giving special that includes an additional 10% bonus value with a purchase of a Spa Sapphire Gift Card on Sunday, December 7th. For the Holiday Party Package, book a 2-week gel manicure, a specialty hair style and a makeup application and receive a complimentary Aveda Lip Color.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Rustic Kitchen has crafted a special holiday menu including a Seafood Bisque Soup to start, an appetizer of Surf & Turf Spring Rolls – house made spring rolls, one made with beef short ribs & one with shrimp, and for an entrée, the choice of a Roast Pork Tenderloin served with a mushroom herb jus, mashed potatoes & glazed carrots, Stuffed Shrimp with crabmeat served with lemon beurre blanc, mashed potatoes & vegetable or House-made Four Cheese Ravioli in a blush sauce.

At Ruth’s Chris Steak House, buy $250.00 or more in Gift Cards and receive 10% back in Bonus Cards! Gift Cards are available until January 17, 2015. Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be open regular hours Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Ben & Jerry’s will offer a free topping with your ice cream purchase on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

At Wetzel’s Pretzels, receive free dipping sauce with any pretzel purchase on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

And at Betty & Joe’s, buy a slice of pie or cake and get a medium coffee for $1.00 on Christmas Day.

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.