Move comes after Vegas resort sold to Golden Entertainment

Stratosphere’s AcePlay Online Poker Shuts Down In Nevada; Never Offered Real-Money Play

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AcePlay Poker — the free-play online platform from the Stratosphere in Las Vegas — is shutting its virtual doors.

Despite its status as a free-play poker room, AcePlay’s parent company once held a license to operate real-money online poker in Nevada that it never leveraged.

AcePlay no more

The poker and casino room announced this week that it would be closing in November.

It comes on the heels of American Casino & Entertainment Properties (ACEP) — which owns Stratosphere — being acquired by Golden Entertainment in an $850 million deal this week.

The AcePlay platform informed users on its blog that the move was because of the sale of its parent company and that it “will not be coming along for the ride.”

More from the site’s blog:

Why are we shutting down the site?

The company owning (and ACEP Interactive), American Casino & Entertainment Properties, was recently acquired.  The site is not part of the new company’s immediate plans.

Wither Ongame

AcePlay used the Ongame platform for its poker room.

Ongame had been passed around online gambling world in recent years, with stops at, Amaya and NYX Gaming before landing with an unnamed company when NYX sold it off.

It ended its real-money operations more than a year ago.

Despite its online poker license, ACEP never deployed AcePlay for real-money gaming. That was likely because of a variety of reasons, including the relatively small market for online poker in Nevada (and Delaware, the state it shares liquidity with).

ACEP is not on a list of currently licensed “interactive gaming” operators in the state.

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Closure comes at an interesting time for online poker

For everyone else in the online poker space, it’s an intriguing time to be in the industry.

Nevada will be sharing online poker player pools with New Jersey and Delaware. That offers the prospect of increased cash-game traffic and higher guaranteed prize pools for tournaments.

WSOP NV — which also operates in New Jersey with WSOP NJ — is likely the big winner at the start. But player pooling — and other states like Pennsylvania possibly joining the online poker fray — makes it more attractive for more sites to attempt to serve the Nevada market and acquire an online poker license in the state.

But the future of the regulated online poker market in Nevada will continue without AcePlay.

- Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer -- including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner. He has played poker recreationally for his entire adult life and has written about poker since 2008.
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