Mirage Forced to Pay Out $1.6M in Progressive Slot Jackpots Ahead of Closure

Posted on: July 9, 2024, 09:21h. 

Last updated on: July 9, 2024, 01:08h.

It’s not a mirage. Starting Tuesday afternoon, The Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip will give away nearly $1.6 million in guaranteed prizes.

The Mirage will give back progressive money until July 16, the day before it closes its doors forever. (Image: The Mirage)

It’s not a goodwill gesture, either, but a regulatory requirement. Most casinos that close in Nevada are required to return their progressive jackpot revenue to the gamblers who collectively lost it in the first place.

The six-day promotion, called The Mirage Progressive Final Cash Giveaway, runs from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. through Saturday, July 13, then resumes for a final day on July 16.

The 20,000-gallon salwwater aquarium behind the Mirage front desk has already been drained and dismantled. Its 450 tropical fish have been rehoused at the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef. (Image: Twitter/X/@LvPitboss)

About $1.2 of the $1.6 million comes from progressive slots. The scheduled payout on them is a guaranteed $200K each day on July 9, 10, and 11, then $250K on July 12 and 13, and $100K on July 16.

The other guaranteed $400K comes from progressive table games. That will be given away by drawings held at 8 p.m. on July 12 and 13.

Players can enter those by playing any qualifying table game — Face-Up Pai Gow, Ultimate Texas Hold ’em, Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, blackjack, or baccarat — with a Unity by Hard Rock rewards card between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on those days.

Not the First

The Riviera held a similar promotion before closing in May 2015, but the Tropicana wasn’t required to return its remaining jackpots when it closed in April. That’s because the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NCGB) regulations vary depending on the ownership circumstances of each casino.

The Mirage, which opened on Nov. 22, 1989, will cease operating on July 17, 2024. Then it will close for a three-year transformation into the second Hard Rock Las Vegas. (The first was reopened as Virgin Hotels Las Vegas in 2021.)

Anyone looking to cash in Mirage casino chips after the closure has 120 days to do so. Chips can be redeemed at Treasure Island after July 17, according to the hotel casino. Slot vouchers can be mailed in.