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Poconos Trip - Mohegan Sun vs Mount Airy?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by DRPinVA, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. DRPinVA

    DRPinVA Low-Roller

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    So we had a last minute cancellation for our Vegas trip back in May, which simply means that I'll now settle for pretty much any casino that presents an opportunity. Living in Virginia, the closest casino is 3+ hours away. Aha! An opportunity has arisen as the wife and I will be visiting the Poconos in Pa., for 3 days so that she can enjoy her once a year trip with all five sisters in one place. We've made this particular trip twice before, but this will be the first that I attempt a day time get away from the sisterhood. Google tells me that we will be approximately 25 minutes away from Mr. Airy Casino and about 40 minutes away from Mohegan Sun. If anyone has visited either or both of these, I would enjoy hearing your general opinions of them. I mostly play craps and sometimes blackjack and a little video poker.

    Thanks for any information!!! :drooling:
     
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  2. hammie

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    I can't speak of Mt. Airy as I haven't been there in about 5 years, I visited Mohegan Sun in May. The Mohegan Sun Casino is laid out in a circle with a raised video poker bar in the center. They will comp drinks at the bar with play. Half of the casino is smoke free, and the other half has chain smokers. I read on VMB that. Blackjack rules in PA are among the best in the country as 3:2 is legislated. I would think you should get a $10 table midweek and $15 on weekends. Can't speak of craps minimums or odds. There is a Ruth's Chris and a variety of dining options.

    However, the Scranton Wilkes-Barre area never seemed to recover from its coal mining glory days, the economy in the area is not very good and it's a magnet for low lifes. I have called on businesses in this area for 20 years, worked with distributors from here, and my daughter went to college in this area.

    Mt. Airy is located in more of a resort area with a mix of year round residents and vacation homes on lakes and winter skiing. Did you check out the Sands in Bethlehem?
     
  3. DRPinVA

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    Thanks so much for the information Hammie....I did check out Sands Bethlehem, but Google tells me it's about 70 minutes from our home base, which might be a stretch for the limited time I will probably have. From what little I have read about the other 2 casinos, its sounds like Mohegan is the better of the 2. Mt. Airy sounds like the better as a tourist destination with a so-so casino thrown in. I'm leaning towards Mohegan. I emailed both and the table limits you stated seem to be in line with what they replied. I agree with you on the 3:2 blackjack - honestly, I've played in Vegas, West Va., Jersey, and Louisiana - Vegas and Ballys Atlantic City are the only places I have seen 6:5 blackjack.

    Thanks!:beer:
     
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    I can't speak for Mohegan Sun in Wilkes-Barre or Sands in Bethlehem but Mount Airy was great! Last week, I visited NEPA for business and stopped at the Mount Airy casino for 4-5 hours (Wed Aug 10th). The casino was beautiful (looked brand new and very clean) and if you decide to go there, you won't be disappointed. Specifically for last Wed evening, they had lots of BJ tables ($10-$25 tables) open but only 1 Craps table open. They had lots of new slots to include many video poker machines. I played the Walking Dead penny machines and $5 UTH for about 4 hours and did well. Further, I ate at their buffet and it was good but not worth the $19-21 or so I was charged. They also have a Poker room (didn't see it) on the lower level that has a nice Starbucks there too. If you're into golf, their course there looked pretty nice but was unable to play since I was with my associates. Good luck with what you decide! Charlie
     
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    Also, for new members who signed up for their players card... Mount Airy offered a $10 free play which you can use immediately. Not sure if the promo is still going on...
     
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  6. DRPinVA

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    Thanks Guapoxxx.... Yepper, I saw the $10 free play on their website....they also will apparently match your existing match play/slot offers from any other Pennsylvania or New Jersey casino - of which I have several, provided you bring the offer and players card....It's making my decision even more complicated :kill: but it's very nice to hear your impression of the casino. Craps is my main interest - was there only one craps table total, or just that only one was open? I'd hate to get there and not be able to play my new favorite game :cool::cool:
     
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  7. guapoxxx

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    You're very welcome and yes they do the players card matching! I hear you about not being able to play Craps but on a Wed night they had 1 craps table open. From what I remember, I saw at least 2 tables there, maybe 4. Also, it wasn't that crowded last Wed night so you may have more luck on a Fri/Sat night (if that's when you plan to go).
     
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    Perfect....thanks Guapoxxx and Hammie!!!!
     
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  9. ngrund

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    I would go with the closer one (Mt Airy) just to have less drive time, more dice time. If you like BBQ, Mt Airy has a Guy Fieri's.
     
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  10. Champster1

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    I can speak about both. I was actually just at Mohegan Sun Pocono less than 2 weeks ago (8/5/16) .

    Pros about MT Airy...( which I have been to/stayed at 6 times in the past 3 years , including my wedding night which was nearby at Pocono Manor- 10/9/14) clean casino, smoke is not much of a problem. Long rectangular shape. Rooms are sharp and a mixture of soft browns and beige's! Pool area is a hot spot on weekends with the young folks, and probably the coolest pool area in PA!. The VP $1.00 levels is superior with at least 5/6 Full pay games! Buffet, especially on Friday night, is excellent! $5.00 tables in craps except weekends!

    Cons - Promos can't touch Mohegan Sun promos (IMHO). Food choices aren't half of Mohegan Sun. No horse racing (if that's your thing). Poker room does not have promos as good as Mohegan Sun!

    Pro about Mohegan Sun Pocono ( which I have been to/stayed at 8 times in the past 2 years). casino is completely round, surrounded by bars , shoppes and restaurants. Free rooms are easily received (3 of my last 4 trips I was given 2 rooms each night, for my children, for a Thursday and Friday night with the rooms connecting [including 4th of July weekend] , and i am only a level 2 "ignite" person). At least 12 or more food choices which surround the casino, along with Elixir which is a bar/food location near hotel (serves breakfast sandwiches and Starbucks coffee). Rooms are sharp with white and bright orange colors. beds are nicer, IMHO, than Mt Airy, and bathrooms are bigger. Plus a free ipad to use in the room! Harness racing 5 nights a week (if that's your thing). promos are Mon- Thursday, then Friday, then Sat., and sometimes even Sunday. Some days I receive $40.00 free play - Mon-thurs, $50.00 match play - - Friday, scratch off for $30.00-$1,000.00 - Sat and or Sunday. Fitness center is superb!

    Cons - 70% of the place has so much smoke on the weekends that it almost chokes you (30% non-smoking, and you CAN TELL the difference). Plus many of the machines look like they need to be cleaned (smudgy glass). Fortunately for me they have 2 craps tables in the non -smoking area. No Full Pay VP anywhere at any level!! Table/craps mins never start less than $10.00. Depending on your tastes, the crowd at Mohegan Sun crowd has a more "rural" feel than Mt Airy! [pool cant touch Mt Airy's] !

    Feel free to ask anything specifically. Id be glad to help!
     
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  11. DRPinVA

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    Champster1 - That is a FANTASTIC analysis!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to put that together...I think it's definitely going to be Mr. Airy for this short trip...the heavy smoke at Mohegan plus full pay VP at Airy tilt the scales for me.

    I appreciate all the feedback!
     
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  12. Champster1

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    Good choice there!
     
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