Party On The Patio Kicks Off June 1st At Mohegan Sun Pocono

Live entertainment and drink specials every Thursday on the racetrack apron

WILKES-BARRE, PA (March 22, 2017) – Returning to Mohegan Sun Pocono, Northeast Pennsylvania’s biggest party of the year is back! Starting Thursday, June 1st, Party on the Patio will feature food and drink specials, free live entertainment provided by some of the most exciting tribute bands in the country and a breathtaking view of NEPA scenery.

From June 1st to August 31st, this highly anticipated party starts every Thursday at 6:00pm along The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Racetrack Apron!

Featured bands for 2017’s Party on the Patio are as follows:

June 1st: Halfway to Hell – a tribute to AC/DC

June 8th: Bon Jersey – a tribute to Bon Jovi

June 15th: Mötley 2 – a tribute to Mötley Crüe

June 22nd: Damn the Torpedoes – a tribute to Tom Petty

June 29th: Parrot Beach – a tribute to Jimmy Buffett

July 6th: 7 Bridges – a tribute to The Eagles

July 13th: Beatlemania Again – a tribute to The Beatles

July 20th: Satisfaction – a tribute to The Rolling Stones

July 27th: Tramps Like Us – a tribute to Bruce Springsteen

August 3rd: Tusk – a tribute to Fleetwood Mac

August 10th: Ring of Fire – a tribute to Johnny Cash

August 17th: Separate Ways the Band – a tribute to Journey

August 24th: Stayin Alive – a tribute to The BeeGees

August 31st: Draw the Line – a tribute to Aerosmith

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO

Mohegan Sun Pocono, 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 Pocono 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 Pocono 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 or Instagram, download our app and view us on YouTube.

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Opening Night Take 2 for the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

The Standardbred trotters and pacers will begin their 52nd season of pari-mutuel harness racing in northeast Pennsylvania this Tuesday evening, March 21, as The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will present the first of 135 cards of the sulky sport scheduled for 2017, with Tuesday’s first race marked for 6:30 p.m.

The racing was set to begin on Saturday night the 18th, but two feet of snow at the mountain oval this past Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by high winds that caused considerable drifting in places, put paid to that idea, as for the safety of the horses and horsemen it was imperative to do a thorough job of track preparation, and thus the opener was pushed back until Tuesday.

The highlight of the 2017 Pocono season will come on Saturday, July 1, with the $2 million+ Sun Stakes Saturday card, which annually draws the sport’s best horses over several of the major categories. It was recently announced that Wiggle It Jiggleit, 2015 Harness Horse of the Year at age three and the fierce seasonlong rival of 2016 Harness Horse of the Year Always B Miki, will make his debut for the year in the Franklin Pace elimination races, to be held on Saturday, June 24.

And speaking of Wiggle It Jiggleit – the very first race of the 2017 racing season at Pocono, a $14,000 pace for “non-winners of three races or $30,000 lifetime,” is likely to have as its chalk, starting from post three, a stablemate to “Wiggle,” from the Bergstein/Proximity Award-winning Team Teague of owner George, driver Montrell, and trainer Clyde Francis. This three-year-old Delmarvalous gelding – who is 3 for 4 in his brief career – is named Nine Ways (nine is of course three times three), and his fastest win is in 1:53. (That’s a lot of coincidental numerology.)

The fifth race companion “nw 3” trotting event to the opener finds the sophomore filly Gin’s Tonic drawing the rail as she makes her first start of the year for local trainer Neal Ehrhart. The daughter of Muscle Massive had only one victory at two, but she picked a fine spot to notch it – in a division of the Keystone Classic at The Meadows, where she earned a mark of 1:56.3.

Older campaigners will be spotlighted in a pair of $12,500 events. The ninth race trot finds veterans ABC Muscles Boy and My Love Bi, who both took their 2016 marks of 1:53.3 at Pocono, coming into this race off promising early-season form, while the tenth race mares pace sports no fewer than six distaffs who have won since February 1, all of them in 1:54.1 or better in all kinds of wintry conditions.

Pocono’s all-time driving champion George Napolitano Jr. will be on the scene from opening night, coming up from Florida, where he already has shown himself in “midseason form” with a 27% win rate; his brother Anthony, second in the standings last year, will also have a full driving schedule from the word “go.”

The basic racing schedule at Pocono follows a Saturday through Tuesday basis, with first post at 6:30 except on Sundays, when the action starts an hour later. After Tuesday the 21st, Pocono is scheduled to race on Saturday-Sunday-Tuesday of the “following racing week” (March 25-28), with Mondays joining the mix on April 10.

A press conference/luncheon will be held at the track at 12 noon on Monday, with Pocono officials and horsemen on hand to take part in a preview of what should be a quality season of racing at The Downs. Pocono’s person of contact for media is Jennifer Starr, 570.831.2195.

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Season Preview

Welcome back, everyone, to live harness racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The 2017 season is upon us, although it took a little bit longer for it to get here than we originally expected.

The campaign was supposed to open on Saturday, March 18, but Stella, the winter storm of the century in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area, had other ideas. Even though the snow fell a full five days before the scheduled opening night, the pure amount of precipitation meant that there was just no way for even our crack track maintenance staff to have the racing surface ready for the Standardbreds.

The best-laid plans, as they say. And so we begin instead on Tuesday night, March 21, embarking on another outstanding season or racing. Let’s hope the warmer weather arrives sooner rather than later, but fans of Pocono know that the racing action always heats things up even if the temperature stays stubbornly on the low side.

So what can you expect from the new meet? If it’s anything like our recent seasons, some of the finest racing action in North American is certain to occur. The recipe: Take one of the fastest, best-kept racing surfaces anywhere, add in top-notch purses to draw in the best horsemen and horses in the world, and then sit back and watch the excitement.

You can also expect stakes races that bring in the sport’s superstars, a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes schedule that allows the Pocono faithful to see harness racing’s best rising talent, and overnight races that lead to great rivalries from week to week. Each racing night, pacers and trotters take to the 5/8-mile oval at Pocono in search of glory, and the fans are the ultimate beneficiaries of all of this talented horse flesh coming together in intense competition.

The horses are fantastic, but they’re also guided by the one of finest collection of drivers and trainers in the country. There are many questions to be answered among the Pocono horsemen this year. Will George Napolitano Jr. continue his amazing run of dominance on the driving side? Can young drivers like Anthony Napolitano, Matt Kakaley, Jim Marohn Jr., Andrew McCarthy, Marcus Miller and others continue to make inroads in the drivers’ standings? Is there a new face we haven’t yet seen ready to make a mark at Pocono?

On the training side, will the three-way battle for honors between Rene Allard, Chris Oakes and Ron Burke continue to rage until the closing nights of the season as it did a year ago? Or will there be some progress made by some of the trainers who were in the middle of the pack and are looking to move up the standings?

All will be answered in time. The racing schedule, with the exception of a few weeks at the start and end of the season, will be as follows until September: Saturday, Monday and Tuesday nights at 6:30 PM ET, Sunday at 7:30. In September, our Monday cards begin in the afternoon at 4:30 PM ET. I, for one, can’t wait to get it started and see what happens.

I’ll be writing these articles all season long, talking about the exploits of our horses and horsemen, handing out weekly awards to the top performers. I’m looking forward to once again seeing our regular fans, who make The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono such a special place. Every year, when I come back to work in March, it’s like getting together with old friends once again.

And, as always, the sincere hope of everyone at Pocono is that we get a chance to make the acquaintances of some new friends as well. Those of you who might be checking this article out in the program may be new to harness racing. If you are, I encourage you to settle in and get ready an evening of fun and excitement.

Hopefully, you’ll be back again, and you’ll follow along with us through the 2017 season. It has the makings of another great campaign, and I’m extremely lucky to once again have the best view in the announcer’s booth. I hope you stop up to say hello. Good luck on your wagers. Here’s to the season ahead.

That will do it for this week, but we’ll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com

Opening night for the 2017 Racing Season Cancelled due to Winter Storm Stella

Winter Storm Stella caused havoc in Northeast Pennsylvania, dropping more than 2’ of snow in the area, and thereby forced the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono to cancel their opening night for Saturday, March 18th.  The legendary 5/8 mile racing surface would not be ready to kick off the racing season, and track officials, along with the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, decided to cancel opening night.

The official opening night will now be Tuesday, March 21st, post time 6:30PM.

On Tuesday, fans can pick up their free racing program with a coupon inside, and drop it in the registration drum for a chance to win up to $100 in live racing vouchers.

Annual NEPA Poker Open Returns to Mohegan Sun Pocono

Sunday, April 23rd through Saturday, April 29th!

WILKES-BARRE, PA (March 15, 2017) – Mohegan Sun Pocono welcomes spring with its annual NEPA Poker Open, a weeklong series capped off by the $550 Main Event on Saturday, April 29th! Bringing back the ultimate poker experience, the NEPA Poker Open will take place in the Mohegan Sun Pocono Poker Room and run from Sunday, April 23rd to Saturday, April 29th.

The NEPA Poker Open will feature an action-packed schedule of tournaments, professional players, high quality staff and big prizes. This will be an unforgettable live poker experience!

Key Dates – The NEPA Poker Open events will be as follows:

Sunday, April 23rd:

11:00am – Event One: $340 Black Chip Bounty, Buy-in $340.00

7:00pm – Event Two: $75 NL Hold Em Re-Entry, Buy-in $75.00

Monday, April 24th:

11:00am – Event Three: $125 NL Hold Em Bounty, Buy-in $125.00

7:00pm – Event Four: $75 NL Hold Em Re-Entry, Buy-in $75.00

Tuesday, April 25th:

11:00am – Event Five: $175 Green Chip Bounty, Buy-in $175.00

7:00pm – Event Six: $75 NL Hold Em Re-Entry, Buy-in $75.00

Wednesday, April 26th:

11:00am – Stage 1 Satellite (1 in 5 win a seat to Stage 2), Buy-in $18.00

1:00pm – Stage 2 Satellite (1 in 10 win a seat to Main Event), Buy-in $65.00

5:00pm – Stage 1 Satellite (1 in 5 win a seat to Stage 2), Buy-in $18.00

7:00pm – Stage 2 Satellite (1 in 10 win a seat to Main Event), Buy-in $65.00

Thursday, April 27th:

11:00am – Event Seven: $175 NL Hold Em Re-Entry, Buy-in $175.00

7:00pm – Event Eight: $75 NL Hold Em Re-Entry, Buy-in $75.00

Friday, April 28th:

11:00am – Event Nine: $125 NL Hold Em / Pot Limit Omaha, Buy-in $125.00

5:00pm – Stage 1 Satellite (1 in 5 win a seat to Stage 2), Buy-in $18.00

7:00pm – Stage 2 Satellite (1 in 10 win a seat to Main Event), Buy-in $65.00

Saturday, April 29th:

11:00am – Event Ten: $550 NEPA Open Main Event, Buy-in $550.00

7:00pm – Event Eleven: $125 NL Hold Em Bounty, Buy-in $125.00

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ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO

Mohegan Sun Pocono is North East Pennsylvania’s premier Poker Room offering 18 tables with Daily Tournaments and a wide variety of cash games including: 1/2NL, 1/3 NL with No-Max Buy-In, 2/5 NL, 10/20 H.O.S.E., 4/8 Omaha 8/B with Kill, 2/4 Limit, and 1-5 7card stud.  Other PGCB approved poker games will be spread on request. We now offer a Bad Beat Jackpot and a Tournament Bad Beat Jackpot.  Quad 2′s must be beaten to qualify.  We also pay out progressive jackpots on all made Royal Flushes.

Mohegan Sun Pocono, 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 Pocono 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 Pocono 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 or Instagram, download our app and view us on YouTube.

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