Gambling

Mirage casino must giveaway $1.6 million before closing for good

The Mirage Progressive Finale Cash Giveaway promotion will run from July 9 through July 13 and July 16

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Before the curtains of the Mirage hotel-casino close one last time on July 17, the casino must first give away $1.6 million to lucky gamblers.

The iconic Las Vegas Strip property has nearly $1.2 million in unclaimed progressive slot money and $400,000 in unclaimed progressive table game cash. According to Nevada law, because these progressive jackpots are made up almost entirely of gamblers' losses and Hard Rock — the Mirage's owner and operator — has no other affiliated casinos in Nevada, these funds must be paid out before the casino closes.

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The solution comes in the form of The Mirage Progressive Finale Cash Giveaway promotion, which will run from July 9 through July 13 and July 16.

The progressive slot machine promotion will give away $200,000 in guaranteed cash prizes on July 9, 10 and 11, $250,000 on July 12 and 13 and $100,000 on July 16. The promotions start at 3 p.m. each day and end at 7 p.m., with drawings happening every hour.

The additional $400,000 in progressive table game drawings will take place at 8 p.m. on July 12 and 13. Entires are earned by playing any qualifying table game — which include face-up pai gow, ultimate Texas hold 'em, three card poker, let it ride, blackjack and baccarat — between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on the two dates.

The Mirage, which opened in 1989, is the Strip's first megaresort and is credited with helping to transform Las Vegas into a luxury destination. Its closure will make way for the construction of Hard Rock Las Vegas, featuring a hotel tower in the shape of a guitar that is set to open in 2027.

This is the second Strip casino to close this year. The Tropicana Las Vegas shuttered in April to clear the way for a $1.5 billion MLB stadium.

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