A world-renowned luxury hotel and gaming destination, the Mirage Resort & Casino is a “destination” spot for professional bettors and tourists alike. One of the largest and most comfortable in Vegas, the 10,000-square-foot book accommodates hundreds of bettors with ease.
Fourteen TVs in the sports area, six of them large screens, and 18 race screens provide easy viewing. The sports area has 72 leather seats. Race fans can relax at 150 individual desktop monitors and wager without going to the counter.
Betting/Lines: Mirage has some of the highest limits in town: $30,000 max on NFL sides, $10,000 max on moneylines, $5,000 max on totals. Casino players get even higher limits. For college football, the max bet on a side ranges from $5,000 on low-profile games to $15,000 on marquee matchups. On college hoops sides, the book takes bets ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. For college totals, the book takes $2,000 bets on football, $1,000 on hoops.
NFL lines go up around noon Monday for the following Sunday. That’s on par with most books.
The book puts up basic props, except for Super Bowl Sunday when a wide array is offered.
“We’re not like the Hilton, where they go nuts on props,” sportsbook manager Jeff Stoneback said. “Our clientele is mostly tourists, and they don’t bet the props as much.”
In-game betting is not available.
If there’s any downside, it’s that Mirage has 20-cent baseball lines.
Value: From rare white tigers to Bottlenose dolphins to an active volcano to the tropical rainforest, the Mirage brings a wow factor. You’ll pay more here than at other nice company properties, such as MGM Grand, but chances are you’ll have a more memorable experience.Fine dining options abound. Near the sportsbook, you have two main food options. Watch the big screens and follow your action from California Pizza Kitchen. Or try Carnegie Deli for colossal, delicious sandwiches few humans can actually finish. Lines can form at both eateries.
Experience: On busy sports weekends, especially on college football Saturdays and NFL Sundays, you’ve got to arrive very early to get a seat. But whether you find one or not, the book is a fun place to watch games and trash-talk guys holding opposing tickets. It’s expansive, but not too big. You can feel the energy.
Waitresses are attentive, so you can always get a drink fast. Race players get a free drink for every $5 bet. But it takes $125 worth of sports bets to get a drink ticket.
You can get your bets down at almost any hour. During football season, the book is open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, and 6:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday.
Extras: While you’re enjoying the action, your wife or girlfriend can browse Mirage’s nearby boutiques or walk across the street to Fashion Show Mall. The hotel offers discount packages for its Spa and Salon, operated by Beverly Hills celebrity salon stylist Kim Vô. Companions also can check out the white tigers or stroll through the rainforest, where four full-time gardeners maintain more than 100 different plants. Over 300 fresh orchids grace the walkways.