This tropical-themed resort, which opened to much fanfare in November 1989, is another masterpiece of Las Vegas betting by Steve Wynn. If you travel to Vegas, you must visit the Mirage Sportsbook inside the Mirage resort.
The Mirage, now one of nine Las Vegas properties owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, has the largest free-standing marquee in the world. The hotel’s distinctive gold windows get their color from actual gold dust used in the tinting process. Wynn initially considered naming the resort the Golden Nugget.
For a mid-tier resort, the Mirage sportsbook ranks right up there with the top players. It’s also one of the easiest venues to access from the Strip.
Mirage Sportsbook 101
The open-air concept of the Mirage Las Vegas sportsbook is similar to other MGM properties like the Bellagio and Mandalay Bay. Big room, big screens, big odds displays. If it wasn’t so dark, it would probably be one of the best sportsbooks on the Strip.
Mirage sports lines are located at the south end of the huge casino floor and it’s a non-smoking area. There are complimentary drink vouchers available, but plan on betting a staggering $500 on a sporting event to get one. A much more reasonable $20 on horse racing will earn a voucher upon request.
There’s a full-service bar in the 10,000-square-foot Mirage sports betting area along with food chain California Pizza Kitchen, which overlooks the sports venue.
The entire Mirage property, including its gigantic waterfall features, sits at 3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard. The Mirage sportsbook hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day of the week. Players must be 21 years of age or older to wager anywhere in Nevada, including on Mirage entertainment esports.
The big screens on the main wall are the first thing to catch your attention in the sportsbook, which seats 269 guests. But the huge Mirage sportsbook odds board is next, as these red, gold and green numbers take up the entire right wall of the room.
The racebook area features row seating for 48 players, each with its own personal TV. Behind this section and on the other side of the book, are comfortable seats for sports fans and bettors, with tables and lounge chairs at the back of the room for groups.
Big LED screens dominate the main wall. There are 10 of them, with many more smaller units in rows around them. All of these TVs make every spot a good seat in this spacious room.
Here are some other features of the Mirage sportsbook:
- Five interactive tables to watch sporting events, book shows and make dinner reservations.
- VIP beverage packages, including couch seating. It’s a better deal than trying to get a complimentary drink.
- Account-based individual player terminals for horse players.
Bettors have a few options to place a wager in this venue on all the sports of the day in the NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL. The tradition route is to wait in line at one of the many betting windows. The other is to join Mirage sportsbook online and use its platform on the playMGM app on your mobile device.
However, this site is only available in the state of Nevada. If you want to do your betting online anywhere in the U.S., a better option is to join a top-ranked site like Bovada.
It’s Game Time at Mirage
Mirage Las Vegas sportsbook odds have been posted in this venue for three decades with few room changes. This section of the gaming floor has it all — comfortable seating, good sound and great picture quality. It’s worth a visit.
Here are some of the games the sportsbook is taking action on throughout the year:
- Pro and college football
- Pro and college basketball
- Major League Baseball, including playoffs and World Series
- Mixed Martial Arts and UFC events
- Major soccer leagues from around the world
- Boxing, but mostly just major fights
- Hockey, including the playoffs and Stanley Cup
- Auto racing, with weekly race odds and Sprint Cup Championship futures
- Golf, with weekly odds and futures on all four majors
- Tennis, with odds on all four Grand Slam events
Here are some of the bets available at the land-based Mirage sportsbook:
- Money line
- Point spread
- Over/under totals
- Future betting
- Proposition bets, especially for the Super Bowl
Mirage online sports betting offers even more wagering options, especially on props and “in-play” wagering where odds and spreads change continuously as the sporting event unfolds.
Bettors want more action, and this type of betting delivers. In-play wagering is also offered on other apps in Las Vegas, including all the Station Casinos.
Location on the Strip
The 29-story Mirage, which was built in a Y-shaped design, is centrally located on the west side of Las Vegas Boulevard between Caesars Palace and Treasure Island. The MGM property also sits across the street from the independently-owned Venetian and Caesars’ properties Harrah‘s and the Linq.
- Visitors can access the resort from Las Vegas Boulevard or tram which travels between Treasure Island and the Mirage. The tram, which runs daily between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m., arrives about every 15 minutes. The ride takes about two to four minutes.
- Guests arriving at McCarran International Airport will head north on Swenson and turn left on Sands Avenue. Make another left-hand turn from Sands onto the Strip. The Mirage is on the right-hand side on Siren’s Cove Boulevard.
- TV fans of the reality show The Amazing Race will recognize the Mirage from a show in 2014 where teams had to replace the lightbulbs in the letter “I” in Mirage.
All MGM properties, including the Mirage, started charging for parking in 2016. Like many amenities on the Strip, it used to be free. It’s not anymore.
- The seven-floor Mirage parking garage is located at the northeast corner of the property.
- The lot can be accessed off the Strip or Spring Mountain Road.
- There is an uncovered walkway to the hotel located on level four of the garage.
- There’s no charge for the first hour on your first day here. After that, it’s $12 from one to four hours, $15 over four to 24 hours, and $15 per day after that.
- Valet parking is even higher. It’s $16 for under two hours, $18 for two to four hours, and $24 for four to 24 hours. After that, it’s $24 per day.
The Mirage does offer some discounts and complimentary parking to those that have an Mlife rewards card. The rewards vary on the status of the cardholder and the amount of money gambled or spent at the resort.
Public Transportion Options
Public transportation and ride sharing programs are the best bet for visitors staying at the Mirage. Ride shares like Uber and Lyft are taking over market share from the more expensive taxi services.
- Download the ride share program apps Uber and Lyft. The cost for a ride is about two-thirds of the taxi service. Pick up your ride share on the second level of the parking garage at the airport.
- A lengthy lineup of taxis are waiting at the airport just outside the main terminal. Do not let the driver take the highway route to the Mirage. It’s almost double the cost of staying on city streets.
- Limousine services are available with the going rate around $85-90 an hour.
- The Las Vegas public transit bus service runs 24 hours a day on the Strip, with routes to and from the airport as well. A two-hour bus pass on the Strip is $6, 24-hour pass is $8 and a three-day pass is $20.
- The pass is good for the Deuce and Express bus lines. The Deuce is the slower of the two services, stopping at almost every resort on the Strip, including the Mirage.
- Both bus services will take visitors all over the Las Vegas area, including the two outlet malls and Downtown Vegas.
Food & Drinks at the Mirage
There are a number of casual dining spots by the Strip’s south entrance to the Mirage, like LVB Burgers, Carnegie Deli and California Pizza Kitchen. But there are many more fine dining options located at the north end of the casino floor.
Let’s take a look at some of those places that may tempt your tastebuds:
- A refurbished Airstream trailer has been turned into a fully functioning kitchen that churns out acclaimed upscale bar food at the Still.
- Stack guarantees to wow even the most finicky of diners with a contemporary menu.
- The 220-seat Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak restaurant focuses on meats prepared entirely over an open flame.
- Grab a drink on the run or sit down and relax at one of these lounges or bars at the Mirage:
- Enjoy a cocktail and a view of the Strip at a Caribbean-style patio called Rhumbar.
- Parlor Cocktail Lounge is an intimate piano bar serving cocktails and sophisticated sounds.
- Lobby Bar, located between the front entrance and casino floor, is the perfect meeting place.
Drinks may be complimentary for players on the casino floor, but a hand-made cocktail is anywhere between $15-20 at one of these venues.
Mirage Mlife Rewards
There are nine MGM properties on the Las Vegas Strip, including the Mirage. Membership for an Mlife rewards card is free at any of those locations.
Get rewarded for your play and stay. Members gain exclusive access, benefits and rewards at all of the MGM venues by earning points for every dollar spent or gambled.
The starting tier, which is Sapphire (blue card), has limited benefits, but the rewards change at the next level called Pearl. These members are awarded discounts, dedicated line options at restaurants and buffets, and complimentary parking.
Members can continue the climb up the Mlife ladder into Gold, Platinum and the Noir level (black card). The higher the level, the more privileges on meals, room rates and complimentary gifts.
Tier credits are accumulated from October 1 to September 30. If you advance to a higher tier at any time, you’ll enjoy those benefits for at least one full year.
Classic Casino Games
The 100,000-square-foot casino floor has some competition with the artificial volcano out front and the high-flying performances in the showrooms, but the gaming area still sees most of the action.
There’s not a lot of walking room between the 2,300 slot and video poker machines, and this busy room get can quite smokey at times because of it.
There’s a variety of games for players of all skill levels with 135 tables offering all the favorite casino classics. Table minimums rarely go under $10 and will definitely be higher on holiday weekends and nights of big sporting events.
Servers walk the floor delivering complimentary drinks to players, but don’t expect a premium level of service when the casino is packed with guests.
Some of the table games available to play at the Mirage include:
- Blackjack, with some paying 3-2 odds on a 21, but with $25 minimum bet.
- Roulette, most wheels contain two sets of zeroes, but one table with one zero and a $25 minimum.
- Craps, start at $10 minimum with standard rules.
Other table games spotted on the casino floor include: Pai Gow Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Three Card Poker, Let it Ride, Casino War, and Crazy4Poker.
The Mirage also a 19-table poker room, which is connected to the sportsbook. Players will enjoy the fact that there are four daily Texas Hold’em tournaments.
Mirage Hotel Opened in 1989
Rooms are starting to show a bit of age at the Mirage Las Vegas, which opened in November 1989.
The 3,044-room hotel still has some glitz and glamor, however, especially since room rates start at about $85 for all this entertainment and fun in the sun.
- Basic rooms, with a king or two queen beds, start at 394 square feet, which is on the smaller side for a mid-tier hotel.
- Suites range from the 812-square-feet unit that includes a bath tub and jacuzzi to the 1,714-square-foot one- and two-bedroom hospitality rooms.
- High rollers might enjoy the villas with private backyard pools, 24-hour personal chef and butler service.
- All rooms have big flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and well-stocked minibars.
- The resort has an enormous outdoor pool and waterfalls, plus an adults-only topless pool.
- There’s a full-service spa and huge gym with decent equipment and fitness classes.
- All resorts on the Strip now charge expensive resort fees, including the Mirage. Outside of WiFi and access to a fitness center, it’s quite expensive at $42 a night.