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After a recent rest from visiting Connecticut’s casinos, I was hit up with a unique “Lock It In” promotion from Mohegan Sun that was worth exploring. The offer designates a specific four-day period where your current Momentum player status tier can remain achieved without further visits needed. In my case, it would take earning 500 points through play over the four days to lock in Soar status, which is the highest published level of Mohegan Sun’s five tiers.
The Soar status normally takes 4000 status points over six months to clinch keeping it for half of the next year. Even with scattered double or triple status promotional days, this is still quite an undertaking for players of all bet sizes. I recall only reaching it once before a few years ago, but since then have had the second-highest level of Ascend.
In addition to being offered this chance, the same four-day period also featured several overlapping comps to further enhance the visit. I was offered a $500 free bet and $300 of Players Perks (use it or lose it comp dollars), as well as a coveted Sky Suite to stay in. While gambling is not on the minds of many as the holiday season approaches, it can be a promising time to strike with casino offers!
The challenge in obtaining 500 points over this span would be a hefty one needing the right planning and bankroll management. I ended up only having two of the days free enough to visit and would be looking at some lengthy action without going bust.
Early struggles in my “War For The Soar”
In trying to conserve for a long haul, I opted to start with some commission-free Pai Gow Poker. The low variance of this gaming option and pushes happening at over a 40% rate can make it your best chance for money to last. You can also set your hands at times to more conservatively play for a push instead of going for a full win.
My $500 free bet won early and provided some breathing room, but the rest of my first night was a downward spiral of losses every hour. I even missed out on a Royal Flush progressive payout of $2900 by not ponying up the game’s $5 side bet. While that may sound disappointing, playing an extra $5 a hand through a longer trip like this would have lost back almost all of that.
I ended up lasting until 5am in that session for 188 status points, but was down 75% of what I came to Uncasville’s mothership with. It was back to the Sky Suite for some rest and room service while thinking through strategy for the rest of the visit.
“Soar-ing” back and enjoying the ride
As the next day of action approached, I opted to tighten risk even further and split my wager into two hands of Pai Gow. This would allow my average bet to still be high enough in getting the points needed, but lessen the chance of sharper drops money-wise.
I knew it would take a lot of time but my luck was holding serve well out of the gate. Despite playing two hands normally making it tough to surge upward, I managed to double my stake after the first couple of hours. Even with more chips to work with, I remained conservative in the betting style so I could still last long.
As the clock struck 2am, I reached a good stopping mark where I had won back 70% of what was lost the night before. I took a break to check status points knowing there was only a four-hour window left in the “Lock It In” period. Thankfully, I reached a total of 495 points and just needed a few more!
I finished the night with some video poker in the “Hall Of Lost Tribes” and curled up to a “9/6 Jacks Or Better” machine. In this mini-session worth seven status points, the gods of “quads” came through with four of a kind twice. It felt nice to end with some extra winnings after all I had been through.
The next day, I received an e-mail from Mohegan Sun mentioning that my Soar status would be extended thanks to achieving 502 points. I also enjoyed using the rest of my “Players Perks” in picking up an Under Armor hoodie from Denali and a couple of hats from the soon-closing Margaritaville restaurant.
Although I ended up losing about 10% of my bankroll over the trip, the overall experience and comps achieved made this a memorable one. I felt five-star service the whole time and will be looking forward to another six months of Soar benefits. That’s the Mohegan Sun way!