The Mohegan Sun BBQ Fest is a New England Tradition

downloadTomorrow and Sunday, visit one of the highlights of the summer at Mohegan Sun with Mohegan Sun BBQ Fest, a New England Tradition. At the Sun BBQ Fest you can savor tasting some of the best barbecue around. As in previous years, the festivities will feature live music, a beer trailer, barbecue battles and so much more. Matter of fact, it has become a tradition in New England.

BBQ Vendors

Some of the many vendors.

I have attended every year and I’ve never disappointed. Visitors from all over New England and New York take part in a tradition of enjoying great BBQ. As BBQ Fest veteran, my favorites at the Mohegan BBQ Fest include: 1) sampling all the BBQ, eating candied bacon, choosing one of Dora’s Gourmet Cupcakes, enjoying homemade Birch Beer and listening to the great live music.  Oh, BTW, the fireworks “ain’t too shabby” either (actually, they’re spectacular.)

BBQ FestPlease Note:

  1. No outside food or beverages will be allowed.
  2. Picnic tables and other seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are welcome to bring in their own folding chairs if desired.
  3. You will be able to use all major credit cards or Momentum Dollars

Tickets on sale now Through the Mohegan Sun Box Office and at the door the day of the event.

One Day Ticket: $5
Two Day Ticket: $8

(does not include food & beverage)
Kids 6 & under: FREE

All food & drink items must be paid for with Mohegan Sun food & beverage tickets ($1 denominations) that can be purchased at any cashier. An ATM will be available inside the winter bus lobby.


Guests who purchase this ticket will receive entry into Sun BBQ Fest on Saturday, June 1st and will also be able to meet Myron Mixon and sample a few of his recipes published in his cookbook from 8:00pm-9:00pm at his tent inside Sun BBQ Fest. Space is limited

Tickets: $50 On sale at the Mohegan Sun Box Office

Two days of Fun, Music & BBQ Challenges

The two-day Mohegan Sun BBQ Fest includes over 40 vendors, with 13 of the best award-winning BBQ chefs.

Along with great music and vendors, there will be three BBQ Challenges.

Rib Challenges include the People’s Choice where guests will see signage and directions for choosing their favorite and will be able to text their vote accordingly. Also, the Rib Challenge to benefit Operation BBQ Relief will be available. For a $5 entry, guests can try any 5 ribs and vote for their favorite one via text to vote! Guests will need to purchase a $5 rib challenge coupon at any cashier/ticket booth. Similarly, the Wing Challenge, to benefit Operation BBQ Relief,  will conclude the Saturday challenges with the winners announced on Saturday evening prior to the fireworks show.

For the complete schedule of events, music and BBQ Challenges, click here on

The Mohegan Sun BBQ Fest.


Reviewing Mohegan Sun’s “Status Point Mayhem”

Mohegan Sun in the snow.

Casinos love to entice you to visit through things such as dining specials giveaways and comps to shows and events.  But gambling promotions are preferred to get you through the door to spend your money.

Playing to earn entries for a future drawing is used often by many casinos, but I find this type of promo to be tedious with more time, money and visits needed. My favorite offers are those that award a single day’s play, such as point multipliers.

Now, you probably should know that school snow days are usually known as a “casino run.”  Yesterday was no different.  And it just so happened Mohegan Sun had a promo I never played and others had asked me about, so, for journalistic reasons of course, I had to visit for “Status Point Mayhem.”

The basis of the promotion is that a multiplier randomly changes throughout the day – earning anywhere from 2X, 3X, 4X or 5X Status Points, with each multiplier guaranteed to occur at least twice. Unfortunately, it excludes Status Points earned at table games, stadium games and the Poker Room – but its great for video poker players with so many Full-Pay JOB.

This is how it works: Every hour or half-hour an announcement is made to what the next multiplier will be.  From that point it is posted on numerous digital signs until it changes.

These signs show multiplier, duration, and when it changes.

I would expect it to be 2X most of the time, and it was when I arrived. But, an hour later it jumped to 4X and lasted an hour.  Then it dropped to 3X for the third hour.  The next half-hour it was 5X – I thought I would never see it!  I don’t need to tell you how good it feels to play $1 Full-Pay Jacks-or-Better with a 5X multiplier! Then it dropped back to 2X, but what a rush that previous half hour was.

All in all, I loved this promotion. In 4 and 1/2 hours I had hit all four multipliers. For slots and video poker players, this is a must play.

As the multipliers change, so does the choice of what to play and what denomination to play. Even the speed of play can vary, depending how you prefer. I preferred slow for low multipliers to save my bankroll, and when it switches to the high ones, then play like a bat-out-of “H-E-Double Hockey Sticks!”

I consider this promotion at Mohegan Sun one of the best.  Also coming up later in January is PowerBonus Spins. Each time you earn 5 Status Points while playing your favorite slots during the PowerSpin promotion, you will receive a spin on the PowerSpin wheel. Every spin wins at least $10 in FREE SLOT PLAY! The more Status Points you earn, the more chances you have to spin the PowerSpin wheel and win.

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Kentucky Derby Preview & Celebrations

(Note: For a Betting Primer to help you for the Kentucky Derby Betting, here is your “Horse Betting Primer.”)

Kentuck Derby at Churchill Downs

Kentuck Derby at Churchill Downs

The big event is almost here – a little more than a week away.  On May 7th, Churchill Downs becomes the site of the world’s most famous thoroughbred event.

Kentucky Derby 2016The Kentucky Derby is much more than a horse race.  To compare it to any other fantastic sporting event would lessen its history, its traditions.

Its traditions, for example, have over a century of history and pageantry.  The Garland of Roses, first established as part of the Derby celebration when they were presented to all the ladies attending a fashionable Louisville Derby party.  The famous Twin Spires, the finishing touches to the Grandstand in 1895.

In the world of sports, there is not a more moving moment than when the horses step onto the track for the Kentucky Derby post parade and the band strikes up “My Old Kentucky Home.”  And let’s not forget the hats, the festival of two days, the mint julep. Click on this link about your best derby hats from Kirby Adams of the Courier-Journal:  Nothing quite as fabulous as a good Derby hat

By the way, ticket prices for May 7th range from general admission infield for $67 to $1500! So maybe you want to have your own party.

Or, as in past years, New England’s casinos are planning their own Derby events. And in past years, only Oxford, Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun had Derby Celebrations. Quite odd to me, since Penn National’s presence in New England is two racinos!

Here is a list to get out there and have some Derby Fun:

MAINE – Oxford Casino

Oxford Casino, Maine

Oxford Casino, Maine

The Second Annual Derby Dash, Saturday, May 7, 2016 / Noon – 6:00pm

Pick your favorite pony in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby and you could win a share of the Derby Dash prize pool.  The prize pool will start at $10,000 Free Slot Play and we will add $10 Free Slot Play every time someone enters.

Derby T-Shirt Giveaway – Saturday, May 7, 2016
Beginning at 8:00am

Be one of the first 500 Oxford Rewards Club members to visit a promotional kiosk and you will receive a voucher for a FREE Derby T-shirt!

CONNECTICUT – Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Ballroom

Doors open at 10:00am.  Free Admission to watch the races, starting at 10:30.  With a $50 wager, it includes a free Kentucky Derby Glass and free Kentucky Derby Buffet coupon & mint julep with $50 wager.  Large screen TV’s, 15 betting windows, and a Kentucky Derby Hat contest.

And in the Racebook,  reserved seating includes program and Kentucky Derby Hat.  Call Foxwoods for more information.  Wagering starts May 6th.

CONNECTICUT – Mohegan Sun Resort Casino

MoSun SignMohegan Sun Resort Casino – Kentucky Derby at Convention Center And Uncas Ballroom

Watch history in the making on Saturday, May 7th, live from the comforts of the Uncas Ballroom. Get in close to all the action on 9 large race screens, 30 betting terminals and 1,000 seats.  Meet and mingle with Mike “Mut” Mutnansky, talk show host for WEEI Sports Radio, Mike Vesce, writer and workout analyst for DRF and Anthony “Big A” Stabile, host of Xpressbet Radio on HRRN.  Make a $25 wager and receive a commemorative Mohegan Sun Derby 2016 t-shirt while supplies last and with a $50 wager, receive a pass to the Derby Festival Buffet!  Advance wagering in the Race Book is available on Friday, May 6th. Make a $50 advance wager on the Kentucky Derby and receive a souvenir cap! Windows open at 11:00am.

That’s all for now.   AANNNDDDD THEY’RRE OFF!