Casino pool parties set for summer

May 16, 2005 2:48 AM

As the hottest days of summer draw near, summer pool parties become popular outdoor casino events and that usually means good cheap eats and fun.

Green Valley Ranch has announced the opening of its Whiskey Beach pool parties beginning May 27. The Friday night events will feature giveaways and contests. There is no cover charge and no covering up — swimming is encouraged! The parties will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every week throughout the summer. As with most casino events, you must be at least 21 to attend.

Flamingo Las Vegas brings a Polynesian flair to the tropical gardens with traditional luaus throughout the summer. Beginning May 30, guests may indulge in Hawaiian-style luaus at the Paradise Garden Buffet, overlooking the oasis of the outdoor Wildlife Habitat. Polynesian fare will include roasted Kalua pig, teriyaki steak, huli huli chicken and island mahi mahi, along with traditional items like peeled shrimp, Alaskan snow crab legs and prime rib of beef. Guests will then be escorted outside to the tropical gardens to enjoy an authentic performance by "Hot Lava." Other entertainment will feature talented hula dancers, fire and knife dancers and, of course, no party is complete without a limbo contest.

The Flamingo luaus will be held Monday through Friday at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., through Sept. 2. Tickets are $49.95.

Another popular luau is held every summer at the Imperial Palace. The Shangri-La pool at the IP is an inviting hotspot to enjoy its annual summer Hawaiian Luau parties. The luaus take place every Tuesday and Thursday evening with doors opening at 6 p.m. The luau will feature the Polynesian Revue that includes a spectacular fire-knife dance, hula lessons and more.

The all-you-can eat buffet includes free mai tais and piña coladas and is highlighted with the hotel’s stunning fruit and vegetable carvings.

The IP luau is in its 14th year and tickets are available at the Imperial Palace reservations desk, or by calling 888-777-7664. Tickets start at $31.95.

Get ready for a long, hot, fun-filled party summer!