American Casino & Entertainment Properties, the owner of the Stratosphere and Arizona Charlie’s casinos in Las Vegas and an online poker license holder in Nevada, has launched its free online poker site: acePlaypoker.com. The move by ACEP to open the free online poker site is hardly surprising given that most of its gaming brethren that have their own online poker licenses in Nevada have launched their respective versions of a free online poker site should the day come that the state finally green lights online gaming.
Until then, though, ACEP’s online poker site shall only be available to players on a “free-to-play” basis. That doesn’t appear to be a problem for the company as it is set to offer a host of tournament prizes for its players, including show tickets, free hotel accommodations, and thrill rides at the Stratosphere with the hopes of establishing a pool of players that it can build on if and when online gaming is officially legalized.
Alec Driscoll, the company’s director of gaming development, said as much when he lauded the launch of acePlaypoker.com. “With the launch of this free to play website, we can now bring the excitement of play found at our properties to anyone with Internet access, no matter their location,” Driscoll remarked before pointing out that the decision to launch the site was also done to position “ACEP and acePLAYpoker.com for the potential approval of legalized online gaming.”
In other poker news, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi collected another feather for his hat of poker wins when he took down the WSOPC South Africa Main Event title. While the title is far from the most prestigious tournament win Mizrachi has had in his career – the $101,267 he took home for winning the tournament is a pittance relative to the $14 million in career earnings he’s won – the conquest did earn him his first WSOPC ring to add to his growing collection of WSOP bracelets and WPT titles.