Las Vegas Poker - Mirage Hotel - poker room review
The mirage poker room spreads a lot of texas holdem games, from low-limit to high-limit.
The maximum rake on each of the texas hold'em games is 10% or $4.00
No-Limit Holdem: Yes
$100 minimum / $500 maximum buy-in.
As of October 15th, 2004, the Mirage no limit game changed from a $100-300 buy-in to a $100-500 buy-in to meet demands of its players (thanks for the update Photoc!).
It is still a 2/5 blind structure.
10% or $4.00 max rake.
The Mirage poker room offers 1-5 and 5-10 stud games.
Occasionally, if enough players are interested, the manager will open up a 10-20 stud game. You should only expect to find this on a weekend.
5-10 with a full kill.
The max rake is about 5% or $4.00.
Weekend Wait-Time: 30 minutues to 1 hour.
The Mirage poker room can have one of the longest wait-times in Vegas because it is such a popular room. On Weekend evenings, expect a minimum of 30 minutes for lower limit games.
Smoking Allowed: No
Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the Mirage poker room, but it's easy to step away from a game and walk just outside the room to have a smoke.
Poker Room Rate: Yes
Daily Room Rates:
$99 (Sunday -Thursday)
$139 (Friday & Saturday)
Daily Play Requirement:
6 hours (Sunday -Thursday)
8 hours (Friday & Saturday)
Total Rating: 3.90
Room Quality Rating: 5
The Mirage poker room is a very nice room overall.
The card room is well lit and kept in superb condition with a very professional atmosphere. Once the nicest card room in Las Vegas, today I consider it second only to the Bellagio.
Competition Rating: 2
Don't come to the Mirage poker room first if you have never sat down at a poker table in Las Vegas.
The competition in the Mirage is some of the toughest in town, even at the low-limit tables. In fact, many people consider the 6-12 Texas Hold'em game at the mirage the toughest game in town.
Despite the number of poker professionals that play at the Mirage, the games are certainly beatable, even for average poker players, because of the large quantity of tourists that the Mirage poker room attracts.
There are some people who are horrible at poker who will sit down and dump a few hundred bucks at a 3-6 game without blinking an eye. The Mirage does attract a more well-to-do crowd. This is what makes the Mirage poker room one of the best in town. However, the problem is that when that horrible player doesn't sit down and dump his or her money at your table, you're in for a long ride.
The chances are you're up against some pretty decent competition at the Mirage poker room.
Dealer Rating: 4
The dealer's at the Mirage are better than average, but like every room there are some duds.
Because the Mirage is considered one of the fancier poker rooms in town, I think players are less likely to get a dealer fresh out of poker dealing school.
Cocktail Rating: 4
What the Mirage poker room waitresses lack in speed, they make up for in beauty.
Don't play poker at the Mirage poker room if your goal is to get a few quick beers. When the room is crowded (which is most of the time), the service is slow.
However, there are more than a few lookers serving drinks, so I'm more than happy to accept slower service if I have something pretty to look at!
Management Rating: 5
The Mirage poker room management is top knotch.
The room deals with a lot of players, and the management works the list very well.
Comps Rating: 2
Don't play at the Mirage for the comps and jackpots.
The Mirage doesn't offer much to its players by way of freebies. However, there are a few golden nuggets.
- $15 food voucher: This is a voucher good at most of the restaurants in the Mirage, including the California Pizza Kitchen. To get the voucher, you have to play for about 4 hours, and you have to ask a manager. They won't volunteer this voucher unless you ask for it.
- 4:00 a.m. sandwiches: Most mornings at around 4:00 a.m., the Mirage kitchen staff brings in a huge tray of VERY tasty sandwiches; turkey, roast beef, ham, etc.
I have wanted to go home at 2:00 a.m. before, and deliberately stayed for the sandwiches, so you know they're pretty darn good.