How To Plan A Unique Casino Visit – A Mohegan Trip report

Bert and I have been careful during the pandemic, but we were ready to branch out and enjoy ourselves when Valentine’s Day came around this year. We decided the Day after Valentine’s Day, which just happened to be a Monday and Presidents Day, would be a great way to miss the crowds. So here is how we packaged a 3x Status Multiplier and a special Valentine’s Day dinner with our first stay in a Mohegan Sun Suite. Here’s How to Plan a Unique Casino Visit – A Mohegan Trip Report.


Be Spontaneous

A little spontaneity can open up some fantastic deals. I checked for a comped room on a Monday night – the same weekend as Mohegan Sun’s Triple Status Points Promotion. Not only did I have a comped room, but it was also an Earth Tower Horizon Suite – my first Mohegan Suite ever. I couldn’t pass this up.

We chose the day after Valentine’s to celebrate. Many restaurants had Valentine’s Day menus for both Sunday & Monday, so we made dinner reservations at Ballo Italian Restaurant for a great dinner. The plan was complete and surprisingly made within a few days of the visit.

Look to Combine Offers and Promotions

How to Plan a Unique Casino Visit
Check Your mailings for possible combinations.

Check out what’s happening in and around the property before booking the date. One day can make a world of difference. For example, we combined staying at Mandalay Bay and watching our WNBA Connecticut Sun play the Las Vegas Aces before the pandemic. It also was a time that coincided with free promotions at Red Rock Resort Casino in Summerlin. So it pays to look at all your options!

Plan Your Casino Visit During Less Busy Times If Possible

The fact it was a Monday night certainly helped make the suite available. It also lined up with Triple Status Points Day. I planned to play early morning when the casino was empty, and I had the best chance of getting on a Pai Gow Poker table. It worked – from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm, and it was time for lunch. So I did my big play for the day.

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Living only 20 minutes away, I went home to pick up my wife and back to Mohegan Sun to enjoy our Valentine’s Day evening.

Proof of “Play Bigger, But Play Less”

My New Year’s Resolution this year was to play with a bigger bankroll but play less often. This tactic continues to work since free slot play has risen at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, and room comps have increased with weekends and better offers. I am convinced that a suite at Mohegan Sun would not have been possible without this strategy. Planning a Unique Casino Visit will have more benefits involved with this approach.

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Our Valentine’s Day Trip Report

How to Plan a Unique Casino Visit

The Gambling

3X Status Points is a promo at Mohegan Sun that’s hard to ignore. With 5 hours at the tables and the rest slots, My Momentum Rewards level jumped from One (Core) to Three (Leap). We are not big players by any means, so Leap is our level of choice. Step one – complete.

The Dinner

How to Plan a Unique Casino Visit
Lots of room and excellent decor at Ballo.

We’ve always enjoyed Ballo Italian Restaurant, right next to the once lively Seasons Buffet. Covid protocols provided for comfortable distancing inside and eating without a mask. We ordered the Valentine’s Day Menu Special – Zuppa di Pesce, made with bay scallops, littleneck clams, Prince Edward Island mussels, shrimp, mezzi rigatoni, tomatoes, and basil – all for $39.00. It was fabulous. The seafood was perfectly cooked, and the shrimp were more extensive than I’ve ever seen. It was a large entree with soft roasted garlic mixed into the al dente pasta. Delicious! Excellent service and respect for their patron’s comfort during Covid provided a relaxing meal.

Earth Tower Horizon SuiteHow to Plan a Unique Casino Visit

We had checked in earlier. One great reason for Leap Momentum Level is line passes and parking. The line was quite long, but the pass line for Leap was empty. Sweet! – or should I say “Suite!”

The room was more significant than I thought—approximately 800 square feet, located at the end of the hall for privacy. An ample living room for socializing and a fabulous wrap-around view of the Thames River were more than expected. The bedroom was small but with all the comforts of home. We just decided to stay in and enjoy the room until bedtime—an experience I would suggest.

Remember, Momentum Members can use your Choice Credits to reserve your room.


Staycations are fun, even if they are only minutes from home. Planning a unique casino visit could take some extra planning, but it pays off when things start to line up.