Nevada Online Poker Site AcePlay Shuts Down

ace-play-poker-nevada-closingThe good news for Nevada’s online poker market is that they and Delaware will soon share liquidity with New Jersey. The bad news is that they just lost another internet poker site, with AcePlay Poker shutting down.

AcePlay is a free online poker room run by Las Vegas’ Stratosphere. But the poker room announced that they’ll be going offline in November, instead of making the move to real money gaming.

AcePlay will Miss Out on New Jersey Liquidity

It’s strange that AcePlay chooses now of all times to close their site. After all, the Nevada internet poker industry will receive a boost from sharing liquidity with New Jersey. The Silver State already shares their player pool with Delaware, but this hasn’t made much of an impact since both states are small.

American Casino & Entertainment Properties (ACEP), AcePlay’s parent company, holds a real money gaming license in Nevada. This is why many assumed that ACEP would eventually turn AcePlay into a real money poker site.

But a big reason why this won’t happen is because Golden Entertainment recently purchased ACEP for $850 million. “The site is not part of the new company’s immediate plans,” reads a statement on AcePlay.

Remembering AcePlay Poker

ace-play-poker-closingAcePlay Poker launched in 2013 on the Ongame network. The site offers free poker games and give players a chance to win show tickets and other entertainment packages.

As mentioned before, the original plan was to use the play-money version to build the customer base for the real money launch.

“We are also positioning ACEP and for the potential approval of legalized online gaming,” said ACEP gaming development director Alec Driscoll following the launch.

For whatever reason, AcePlay Poker never took this next step. And they’ll soon close down having never reached the real money market.

WSOP NV will continue carrying the banner for Nevada online poker. And the site will now be able to link up with its other entity, WSOP NJ, thanks to the liquidity sharing deal.

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