acePLAY Poker Review

Ownership


acePLAY Poker is the online poker presence of American Casino and Entertainment Properties, LLC (ACEP). While ACEP might be a household name, its headline brick-and-mortar property, the Stratosphere Casino, most certainly is. ACEP owns three other properties in the Las Vegas area, as well: Aquarius Casino Resort, Arizona Charlie's Boulder, and Arizona Charlie's Decatur. acePLAY Poker is currently just a play-money internet poker room, as ACEP is still going through the software testing phase for its eventual real-money launch. Based on comments from ACEP officials, it appears that the current poker platform will be the basis for its real-money product.


Software


acePLAY Poker uses the Ongame poker software package, which has been in use on the Ongame Poker Network for years. It is a fairly robust poker client, allowing players to take notes on opponents as well as select labels for them for easy identification. Table graphics include life-like avatars (determined by seat, not customizable) that can be turned off as well as a four-color deck, if desired. While it does not appear that hand histories are able to be saved on a player's computer, they are easy to access during play and are very well laid-out.

The main lobby is organized with a tab system, one each for the game types (Texas Hold'em, Omaha, 5-Card Draw, and 7-Card Stud) as well as one for Sit-and-Go's and one for "Scheduled" tournaments. Each tab can be filtered further, though the filtering system is more limited than it probably should be; while there are multiple filter categories, only one option can be selected in each.

acePLay Poker also allows users to play right in a web browser, though the downloadable client features better graphics and more features. Mobile versions for Android, iPad, and iPhone are also in the works.


Traffic


There are not many players frequenting acePLAY Poker right now and almost all of them are at the No-Limit Hold'em ring game tables. If that's the play-money game you're looking for, there should be enough action to keep you content. Barely anyone frequents the scheduled tournaments. Even the "Daily Challenge" events, which are held during peak hours, are only seeing registration numbers in the teens. Odds are things will pick up once real-money games get started.


Security and Ethics


Though acePLAY Poker is a play-money site and thus has no issues with funds security, it does still use Secure Socket Layer technology on its website and boasts that it uses the "best methods available today for the encryption of the Username and Password information."


Customer Support


We have not had the opportunity to test acePLAY Poker's customer support at this time.


Banking


As acePLAY Poker is play-money only, there is no banking information at this time.


Promotions


acePLAY's current promotions, which of course may change when the real-money site goes live, revolve around its brick-and-mortar properties. The site offers a special "Daily Challenge" tournament which awards a $50 gift card to its winner as well as seats in the "Sunday Main Event" to the top three finishers. The winner of the "Sunday Main Event" receives a "Stay and Have Fun" prize package.

The other promotion is "Sit and Win" where anyone who wins three specially marked Sit-and-Go's in a row will receive a free entry into a live tournament at the Stratosphere.


Overall Review


acePLAY Poker is only a play-money site right now, so there is nothing to get overly excited about yet. For someone who would like to have a little fun playing No-Limit Hold'em, though, it's not a bad option, as the software is attractive, fast, and user-friendly. For Nevada residents, the opportunity to win Stratosphere-related prizes could be a draw, as well.


acePLAY Poker Info


  • Name: acePLAY Poker
  • Established: 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Network: Independent
  • Owner: ACEP
  • Positives: Attractive, fast, stable software; Browser-based and downloadable options
  • Negatives: Play-money only, low traffic