The new game Street Dice is the brainchild of Downtown Grand CEO Seth Schorr.
Las Vegas’s hottest pools and dayclubs offer outdoor gaming for those who want to double up on their sun and fun.
Picnic, the new rooftop pool, bar, and restaurant at Downtown Grand, offers outdoor blackjack on Fridays, Saturdays, and occasional Sundays. (The fee for nonhotel guests is waived if they arrive with the intention to play.) Plus, in a nod to the nearby Mob Museum, the hotel-casino has just launched Street Dice, an exclusive callback to the back-alley games of yore, right out on Third Street. Downtown Grand, 702-719-5100
Garden of the Gods
If you’re enjoying a dip in the adults-only Fortuna pool at the aptly named Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis and get a sudden hankering to play some blackjack, there’s no need to decide between the two. Just swim up to the blackjack tables in the pool’s shaded section. It’s free for hotel guests; day players pay an admission charge. Caesars Palace, 702-731-7110
The iconic Flamingo has poolside blackjack and craps tables by the waterfalls and tropical landscaping of its adults-only Go Pool on Fridays and Saturdays. With a cave and a waterslide, it’s the ultimate grown-up watery retreat. Flamingo, 702-733-3111
The Tanke, Golden Nugget’s spectacular $30 million, 200,000-gallon aquarium, is home to five species of sharks, plus stingrays and large game fish. It’s also the centerpiece of a three-story pool complex, with waterfalls and a waterslide running right through it—plus four poolside blackjack tables. A cover charge applies to nonhotel guests. Golden Nugget, 702-385-7111
Mandalay Bay Beach
The gaming at Mandalay Bay Beach is not so much outdoors as it is outdoor-adjacent. Guests can play blackjack, roulette, and craps throughout the weekend at the indoor (and air-conditioned) Beachside Casino, a three-story glass-fronted casino with views of the massive pool complex and in proximity to the summertime Concerts on the Beach. Mandalay Bay Beach, 702-632-7777
At Cosmopolitan, you can have your dayclub and your blackjack, too. Marquee Dayclub, located on the resort’s roof deck, with one of the best views of any pool club in Vegas, features a shaded gaming area with six poolside blackjack tables. A cover charge is required for entrance into Marquee, which draws big-name DJs and the party crowd that loves them. Cosmopolitan, 702-333-9000
The outrageous, adults-only Paradise Beach at Hard Rock has three swim-up blackjack tables— not that the crowds at popular events like Rehab Sunday allow for much swimming. The covered palapa hut also has poolside blackjack and craps tables. The weekend entry fee is waived for guests who just want to gamble. Hard Rock, 702-693-5000
The three-acre Pool Backyard, at Red Rock in Summerlin, has six blackjack tables located around the pool. The main pool is open to hotel guests only. Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 702-797-7777
The pool at the recently renovated Tropicana features two swim-up blackjack tables amidst the tropical foliage. Access to the pool is free for hotel guests and discounted for locals, but if someone wants to visit the pool specifically for the swim-up tables, the entrance fee is waived. Tropicana Las Vegas, 702-739-2222
Villaggio Del Sole
Just a bit south of the Strip, you’ll find the M Resort, a popular locals casino offering poolside blackjack with bikini-clad dealers every weekend at its 110,000-square foot Villaggio Del Sole pool complex. A cover charge applies to nonhotel guests. M Resort, 702-797-1000