Overview Of Mohegan Sun Pocano

Overview Of Mohegan Sun Pocano

1280 Pennsylvania 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

(570) 831-2100mohegansunpocono.com

What does Mohegan Sun Pocano have to offer?

Located in Plains Township on the outskirts of Wilkes-Barre, Mohegan Sun Pocano is one of Pennsylvania’s 6 licensed racinos featuring harness racing as well as a full Vegas-style casino with slots, table games, video poker, and live poker. This resort destination occupies 400 beautiful acres and has a four star hotel on site. Outlets for dining, drinking, entertainment, a spa and fitness center, and even some retail shopping await guests at this luxurious entertainment complex. Parking for 5,000 vehicles gives testimony to the casino’s size and popularity.

Some history

An area in Southeastern Connecticut near Uncasville is home to the original Mohegan Sun Casino, owned and operated by The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. In November, 2005, this tribe acquired ownership of the Plains Township harness racing track called Downs Racing. Simultaneously, they received permission to own and operate a separate casino (featuring mostly slot machines) on the same site. The new structure was named Mohegan Sun Pocano. When it officially opened in late 2006, Mohegan Sun Pocano became the first legal land-based casino in Pennsylvania.

Permission for table games came in 2010 and the casino expanded to accommodate the new business. A 268 room hotel was added in 2013 resulting in the current formation of the property as a luxury resort, casino, and racetrack with an impressive array of amenities.

Gaming

As already mentioned, this racino features live harness racing and also offers betting on races throughout the country which are simulcast live. The casino’s 82,000 square feet of gaming space is home to over 2,300 slot and video poker machines, more than 90 table games, and an 18-table poker room.

Table Games

Mohegan Sun Pocano spreads all the classic table games long-time gamblers have come to expect as well as many of the new variants that have become popular over the last few years. Their table game offerings include:

  • Blackjack (featuring the Match the Dealer, House Money, and Lucky Ladies side bets and the Blazing 7’s progressive jackpot side bet)
  • Craps
  • Roulette
  • Baccarat (mini)
  • Mississippi Stud Poker
  • Pai Gow Poker
  • Pai Gow Tiles
  • Let It Ride
  • Three Card Poker
  • Spanish 21

Hybrid fusion and Stadium games

Mohegan Sun Pocano has embraced two of the newest forms of electronic table game systems – stadium seating games and fusion hybrid games.

Their stadium seating offering is the Interblock Blackjack system. These games offer $5 minimum bets and the 21+3 side bet.There is a live dealer running the game, but players are seated at their own electronic terminals (there are ten of these) within view of the dealer (both dealer and cards are also shown on each players terminal). Once each player has placed their bets, the dealer deals out the cards. Results are immediately tallied on each players terminal and money is cashed in and out via the same coinless ticket system as normally found on slot and video poker machines.

Interestingly, with stadium seating blackjack games, each players playing decisions only affect themselves. There’s no more need to yell at the player on third base for “taking” the dealer’s bust card! Peace at last at the blackjack table!

Fusion hybrid games use the same type of electronic player terminals as stadium gaming, but these allow the player to view and wager on up to four different roulette games at once. A touchscreen displaying four colored tabs lets you switch between and view live outcomes from each game. It’s like regular roulette, except more comfortable, more personalized, and four times as exciting!

Slots and video poker

With over 2,300 different units available, machine players at Mohegan Sun Pocano have plenty to choose from. Denominations range from penny machines to $100 and all machines feature coinless cash/ticket in and ticket out technology that modern slot players expect. Some of the slot machines featured here are:

  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Triple Red Hot 7’s
  • Monopoly
  • Hot Shot Progressives
  • Spiderman
  • Multi Win 7
  • Lock It Link – Night Life
  • Lock It Link – Eureka Reel Blast
  • Lock It Link – Cats, Hats, and more Bats
  • Lock It Link – Diamonds
  • Celestial Riches
  • Lucky Pony

There are, of course, many many more.

Mohegan Sun Pocano’s video poker machines are of the modern and efficient multi-game, multi-denominational variety. Some of the more popular of these are the 33 machines found at the elevated Sunburst Bar located in the center of the casino floor.

The poker room

The Mohegan Sun Pocano poker room has 18 tables, several flat screen TVs and a bar and is completely non-smoking. The room spreads daily tournaments and offers a wide variety of cash games including:

  • $1/2 No Limit Hold’em
  • $1/3 No Limit Hold’em
  • $2/5 No Limit Hold’em
  • $2/2 Pot Limit Omaha
  • $5/5 Pot Limit Omaha
  • $10/20 Limit HOSE (Hold’em/Omaha-8/Stud/Stud-8)
  • $4/8 Limit Omaha-8 (with a kill)
  • $1-5 Spread Limit Stud

The poker room has a bad beat jackpot as well as high hand promotions and a progressive royal flush payout.

The racetrack

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocano offers live harness racing in the evenings from March through November. Throughout the year, the track also accepts wagers on races throughout the country that are simulcast live. This racetrack also offers a player rewards system called Racing Rewards that is independent of the casino’s primary player reward system (detailed below).

The Momentum Rewards Program

Mohegan Sun Pocano uses a card-based player reward system that has five tiers, each with corresponding perks and priviledges. It is free to join the program and new signups receive $10 free play. Even better, new signups that opt to receive exclusive email offers receive an additional $10 in free play.

Every time you play at Mohegan Sun Pocano using your Momentum Rewards card, you earn both Momentum Dollars and Status Points.

Momentum Dollars can be used to spend on a variety of amenities at the resort, as well as the original Mohegan Sun property in Connecticut or their casino partners, Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey and Ilani in Ridgefield, Washington.

Status Points advance you through the five tiers of the rewards system. Each higher level awards the player more benefits. Additionally, as you advance in status, Momentum Dollar Accelerators will kick in to boost your Momentum Dollar earning rate. The higher your status, the faster you earn rewards.

The Status Point qualifying periods are broken into six-month blocks; January-June and July-December. The five tiers of the program and the required Status Points to achieve these levels are:

  • Core -49 Status Points and below
  • Ignite  – 50-99 Status Points
  • Leap – 100-399 Status Points
  • Ascend – 400-1,199 Status Points
  • Soar – 1,200 Status Points and above

As an additional wrinkle: Players in the top three tiers earn Momentum Achievement Awards which, unlike Momentum Dollars, cannot be rolled over but must be used in the same month they are earned. Also, Momentum Achievement Awards are only useful at Mohegan Sun Pocano. They can be used for:

  • Hotel stays
  • VIP Lounge access
  • Buffet
  • Entertainment
  • Conversion into Momentum Dollars

Here’s a complete breakdown of the benefits and perks of the Momentum Rewards program:

BenefitCOREIGNITELEAPASCENDSOAR
Complimentary check cashing ($2,500 max per day)>$300>$300>$300XX
Invitations to free slot play, events, promotions and tournamentsXXXXX
Exclusive birthday offersXXXXX
Personalized service from Momentum travel associatesXXXXX
Pre-sale ticket offersXXXXX
Earn Momentum Dollar Accelerators (Slots)25% (earns 25% faster than CORE)50% (earns 50% faster than CORE)75% (earns 75% faster than CORE)100% (earns 100% faster than CORE)
Complimentary scooter rentalXXXX
Discount on Mohegan Sun Pocano logo items at MOGO5% off10% off15% off20% off
Discounted valet parkingXFREEFREEFREE
Earn Momentum Dollar Accelerators (table games)25% (earns 25% faster than CORE)50% (earns 50% faster than CORE)70% (earns 70% faster than CORE)
Earn Momentum achievement awardsXXX
Complimentary tickets to Wise Crackers comedy clubXXX
Reserved parkingXX
Exchange Momentum Dollars for free slot play2 for 11 for 1
Eligible for complimentary hotel suite upgradeXX
Priority hotel check-inXX
Cash advance fee waived at the players club>$5,000>$5,000
Access to VIP Lounge (with one guest)XX
Preferred rates for banquets, meetings and conventionsXX
Access to casino hostXX
Complimentary tickets to Mohegan Sun Pocano entertainmentXX
Complimentary round of golf at partnering coursesOne round each monthTwo rounds each month
Discount at pro shops of partnering courses10% off10% off
Discount at Spa Saphire (Mon-Thu)10% off10% off
10% discount at food courtXX
Hotel late check-outXX
Priority line at Timbers buffetXX
Resort fee waived for discounted roomsX
Dedicated player development executiveX
Two complimentary tickets to Rustic Kitchen cooking show per qualifying periodX
Priority seating at select restaurantsX
Buy one pizza slice, get one free at Slice'dX
Upgrade small coffee to large at Electric Roasting CompanyX

Online gaming

As of August, 2018, Mohegan Sun Pocano hasn’t entered Pennsylvania’s nascent online gaming market. They haven’t even thrown their hat into the ring (though they are expected to). Currently, nine of their fellow PA casinos have applied for the state’s $10 million license allowing them to operate online slots, table games, and peer-to-peer gaming (geek-speak for online poker). If, as expected, they were to follow suit, Mohegan Sun Pocano would be expected to use their relationship with tech gaming partner Scientific Games to help them create and manage their online gaming offerings.

For Pennsylvanian’s who don’t want to wait to play online, you could perhaps consider trying Pennsylvania’s online lottery. It’s quick, easy, and a ton of fun to play. You can win real money, and perhaps best of all, new players receive $5 free to play online when they sign up.

Dining

Finding a bite to eat at Mohegan Sun Pocano shouldn’t be a problem with wide variety of different dining options they offer. Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Bar Louie – Awarded “Concept of Tomorrow” by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine, this hip eatery features oversized sandwiches and a wide variety of appetizers, pastas and entrees along with signature cocktails and a large assortment of beers, microbrews, and wines.
  • Rustic Kitchen – This multi-award winning bistro and bar features an Italian/Mediterranean influenced menu along with an amazing selection of fine wines. It also hosts the “In the Kitchen” cooking show featuring celebrity chef Kim McLendon.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House – The restaurant that showed the world how great a steak can be. Also known for exceptional seafood and New Orleans inspired appetizers and unforgettable deserts.
  • Molly O’Shea’s – Delicious Irish comfort food with antique decor and featuring one of the best beer and whiskey menus found in the region.
  • Pearl Sushi Bar – Reminiscent of the finest sushi bars in New York or Los Angeles, this hip, intimate setting offers mesmerizing fresh sushi.
  • Timbers Buffet – A classic 300-seat buffet with a wide selection of foods among an endless series of stations. The decor pays tribute to the cultural heritage of the Mohegan Sun Tribe.
  • Pacer’s Clubhouse  – A delectable all-you-can-eat buffet overlooking the harness track at The Downs.
  • Electric City Roasting Company – Dedicated to coffee excellence through sustainability, traceability, and quality. Also serves sandwiches and pastries.
  • Johnny Rockets – A signature chain featuring feel-good American favorites with a retro-diner style.
  • Slice’d – Traditional New York pizza with classic flavors as well as sandwiches, salads, pastas and soups as well as delicious deserts.
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels – Pretzels, hot dogs, dipping sauces and lemonade – an American classic.
  • Ben & Jerry’s – Known world-wide for their delicious ice cream and inventive flavors.

Nightlife and entertainment

Mohegan Sun Pocano has a solid offering of spots to quench your adult-style thirsts. Here’s a breakdown of their bar scene:

  • Breakers – An eclectic and exciting club with high energy bartenders where you can find live music from local bands and great drink specials.
  • The Terrace – Located right off the hotel lobby, this relaxing outdoor bar has comfortable seating around a welcoming fire pit.
  • M Bar – This beautiful and intimate spot right across from the hotel lobby is the perfect place for meet and greets or watching the game.
  • Sunburst Bar – Located right at the center of the casino floor and elevated slightly above it. Flat screen TVs, top shelf liquors, and 33 video poker machines.
  • Starting Gate Bar – Set in the corner of the spacious Simulcast room and perfect for a cold beer or mixed drink.
  • Bean and Vine Cafe & Wine Bar – The name says it all – the finest coffees and wines in a peaceful setting and featuring live piano music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Shopping

As one would expect with a resort destination, Mohegan Sun Pocano has a few retail shopping outlets to tempt their guests. Here is a breakdown:

  • MOGO – This specialty store offers a wide and fun array of unique logo items centered around the Mohegan Sun Pocano brand.
  • Marshall-Rousso – A high-end clothing store for women. Styles range from elegant evening wear to hip and casual.
  • Momentum Travel & Experiences – These travel experts will help you plan the trip of a lifetime in exquisite detail.
  • Ruby Blue – A woman’s accessory shop featuring jewelry, handbags, gift items and a million other “must have” items for fashion-istas.

Hotel

One of the features that differentiates Pennsylvania casinos is if they have a hotel on property or not. Mohegan Sun Pocano does, and it’s a beautiful 268 room four star affair. Rooms come with king beds, two queens, or a variety of spacious suites. There is an indoor heated pool, a fitness center, and a full-service spa.

Some other of the hotel’s amenities include:

  • Plush bedding
  • iPad directories with daily newspaper downloads and TV control
  • Room service available
  • No Swipe – Tap & Go key system
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Smart TVs
  • Express check-out available
  • Keurig coffee makers in the suites