The unbelievable perks of spending your holiday at the casino

Score the year’s best and biggest casino prizes and giveaways, just in time for the holidays.

Extra rewards, special entertainment and drawings— WHOA-worthy wins all December long at West Virginia’s top casinos. The entertainment and fun goes beyond the games, so you can indulge in a lavish holiday without high-rolling.

Get away for a hard-earned, thrill-filled solo trip, or bring your loved ones for some really standout holiday memories (plus more chances to win big!)

PRO TIP: These 3 spots have several specials and events rolling at once, so you can stack win after win, on top of plenty of excitement:

1. Mardi Gras Casino and Resort

The easiest way to win this season? Spot Mardi the elf around the casino during your stay, you’ll win $100 Casino Cash!

Or go bigger— much bigger! Vie for $15k in money and prizes at Mardi Gras Casino and Resort! 10 winners will share the bounty “The Great Holiday Gift-away!” Increase your chances by enter now: you get an entry for every 50 points you rack up in the casino player’s club (which is free to join!)

While you work toward your win, if you’re 1 of the first 5 players to hit 500 points in December, you get $15 toward a ham for your holiday dinner. Or, put your card skills on the line in the season’s big-pot poker tournaments.

Take an extra shot at a big win New Year’s Eve: 1 guest will kick off 2017 with $2,017. Wear your high-roller finest, and take advantage of the great dining deals, and celebrate all evening long with the late-night live entertainment.

Gamblers at Hollywood Casino, West Virginia

2. Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

Talk about amazing odds! Up to 80+ winners in a single day will score big during major promotions from Hollywood Casino this month, from $40,000 Touchdown Countdown games every Sunday to 1-day events with hourly cash drawings up to $10,000.

Better plan on making it a 4-day weekend— every Thursday, you can win up to 7x the entries in those big, multi-winner promotions!

You can multiply your player points, too. There are chances to earn 2x-5x the tier points on your free membership every week, which can qualify you for some great deals, plus even better prizes your next visit.

The casino is especially generous on New Year’s Eve weekend, with hourly drawings in the $35k Ford Mustang Giveaway, plus a Glitz & Glam Giveaway that starts with jackpots of $2,017, then goes up from there! If you plan on staying up, there will be a dance party, too.

Round out your trip with top-notch food and entertainment in December, too: Treat yourself to an all-you-can-eat meal at the holiday Epic Buffet. And catch comedian Frank Caliendo— you may know him for his hilarious impressions of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Funktion 11, an inventive fusion group, will set the soundtrack for 2017.

Lobster dinner at Wheeling Island Casino, West Virginia

3. Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino & Racetrack

Wheeling Island goes a little “Elfin’ Crazy” with a promo that gives away a free TV every 30 minutes every Friday and Saturday till Christmas. And that’s just the small prize! If you don’t win a 40-inch Samsung flat screen, you might walk away with thousands in cash or free play!

Or, start 2017 WAY ahead by winning a free trip to Las Vegas for you and a friend, or by recouping your investments in earlier games on “Regift Your Loss” day.

And all that’s on top of December’s weekly specials, like Thursday’s Free Play Blowout, Tuesday’s $2,000 “Hot Seat” games and Saturday’s early bird 7x point multipliers.

Pair your showmanship at the table with a high-class holiday show. The Sinatra Christmas Show pays tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes. And Bo Wagner, a talented impressionist, will croon timeless classics with The Vogues and lush orchestral music.

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This post was last updated on March 16, 2022