You may remember our team member & Grinder Allen Deep’s participation in WSOP last year. This year, he’s going strong again & is in it to win it. Read below to find his thoughts on the tournament, what he’s doing to prepare, & how he plans to finish solidly in this year’s World Series of Poker.
‘Playing the WSOP can be nerve wracking especially for a first timer. The crowd sizes are huge, the playing area is a sea of poker tables, pros are everywhere. This can be a lot to handle for any player, let alone a beginner.
‘My advice to handle the jitters is to REGISTER EARLY! There is nothing more stressful on the day of a tournament than standing in a long line in order to register. Also, don’t be intimidated. Thousands of players will be roaming the halls at the Rio, this is your chance to prove that you belong.
‘The WSOP is one of my favorite times of the year in Las Vegas, second to March Madness. Every poker room in town is full of action. This will be my 3rd WSOP Employee event. I have gone deeper each time I have played. Last year I busted right before the money, this time my goal is to make the money and put myself in a position to win the tournament.
‘I also look forward to seeing the turnout for The Colossus Event. The organizers are projecting 10,000 players. 10,000 for a poker tournament! That would be amazing!
‘If you are around the WSOP this year, be sure to wear your acePLAYpoker gear, patches, shirts, hats, etc and share them with us on social media using the following in your caption: #justPLAYit @acePLAYpoker . Hope to see you around!’
If you’re reading this, there’s less than 16 days to go until WSOP 2015 kicks off. Attending or playing? Join us in using #JustPLAYIt and tagging @acePLAYpoker on Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram.
Whether you are attending WSOP 2015, participating, or just staying home & watching the action from your living room, we’ll do all the dirty work for you. Starting with the kickoff May 27th and continuing through the final days, we’ll be there to follow & interview your favorite players, keep track of the winners & losers, and even hand out free acePLAYpoker merchandise! We’ll also be doing Grinder sessions with our very own team member Allen, who is participating in WSOP yet again! You can find a schedule of WSOP 2015 events here.
Due to popular demand, we are bringing back one of our own summertime WSOP-like tournaments: the Warm-Up Series. The tournament will begin the first weekend in June & will commence the last weekend of the month. How does it work? Whoever wins a MTT tournament between June 5th and 28th will play in a subsequent tournament on July 1st. The winner of that tournament will be rewarded with a seat in Stratosphere’s July Deepstack Tournament. Keep checking for details to follow soon on our Promotions page.
Anything else? Oh yeah, you’ll also get a crystal trophy & an acePLAYpoker bracelet declaring you the acePLAYpoker 2015 Champion.
S*** just got real.
So, play in our tournament for a chance at great winnings & keep reading our blog for exciting posts all season long. For locals & those visiting town during WSOP, we’ll see you at the Rio!
If you’ve been keeping up with our Swimsuit USA interviews, here’s our last post of the series. Here, the girls explain their favorite things about competing in SUSA & offer advice to up & coming contestants.
What’s your favorite thing about competing as a Swimsuit USA girl?
“I have always dreamed of becoming an international model. Being a Swimsuit USA girl would make me feel even more of a role model than I already am.”
– Laina McClenon
“I absolutely love the excitement of just being able to compete in an international competition, especially one that promotes a healthy lifestyle and encourages the confidence of women.”
– Regina Glaser
“Getting to know wonderful contestants from all over the U.S.”
– Elena Goodson
“Getting to meet other girls and making friends! I love being able to socialize with people and meeting girls from everywhere!”
– Julia Nguyen
“I love the energy I feel when I’m on stage”
– Christina Groff
If you could give one bit of advice to the local girls competing on Saturday, what would it be?
“Be yourself…sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.”
– Kim King
“Everyone is nervous, you aren’t the only one. Just take a deep breath and own the stage!”
– Megan McDonald
“Make sure to smile and be confident. Confidence is key!”
– Lindsey Herman
“I know the hard work and dedication it takes to get here, so no matter what place you’re given, know that a trophy doesn’t define you!”
– Alex Heath
“There’s nothing more important than genuinely enjoying what you are doing, and knowing all the potential people you can inpsire!”
– Jaclyn Tyler
We went one-on-one with the girls competing in the Swimsuit USA competition at The Stratopshere this weekend! Read on to find out their hobbies & interests, how they feel about competing, and their plans for making this weekend in Vegas a memorable one.
You heard that they were coming here. You may have even entered our Guest Judge sweepstakes. Now, we’re going behind the scenes to give you a fresh look at each girl. Read about their exotic backgrounds in this 1st part of a 3-blog series. After the last blog is posted, we’ll have you vote for your favorite contestant!
Tell us a little about yourself.
“I’m from the Czech Republich…I like racing, magic & fashion.”
– Zaneta Hucikova
“I have Spartan blood…which makes sense because I earned myself the nickname Girl Rambo in my workout classes.”
– Angie Papanikolas
“I am a car enthusiast and love going to car shows! I am working towards a new car so I can add my own touch and take it to shows.”
– Alyssa Ceklosky
“I am a huge tomboy and like to ride Motocross & sport bikes.”
“My favorite thing is chocolate chip cookies.”
– Kerrie Brunette
Where are you from?
“Colombia” – Yoselin Rincon
“Originally from Chicago…been a Georgia Peach for 7 years.”
– Bree Robinson
“originally from Russia” – Luna Beasley
“I’m from Dallas, Texas…but because both of my parents are from Lagos, Nigeria, I am 1st generation African American and a dual citizen.” – Ireti “Ray” Ogun
“Pensacola Beach, Florida, home of the Blue Angels, the 1st Navy Base, shimmering sands and crystal blue gulf shores!”
– Tessa Graphos
How did you get involved with the Swimsuit USA team?
“Last November, I traveled down to Cancun, Mexico and saw the SUSA International photo shoots going on and knew I wanted to be involved!”
“About 3 years ago, I turned my life around and made healthy choices…I wanted to show it off and prove to myself I could do whatever I wanted”
“I submitted my pictures for the online Facebook SALT Tequila contest…the top 10 were chosen from Facebook “likes.” I shared my picture and had my friends and family share my photo to get as many “likes” as possible and it paid off.”
– Hollie Hoosline
“I got involved with Swimsuit USA in 2012 when I was walking into the Houston Corvette Chevy Expo; one of their representatives grabbed me and told me I was going to do the bikini contest and I’ve been with them ever since!”
– Carol Lisherness
“I came across the Swimsuit USA Facebook page and thought I should try to become a contestant.”
– Lia Yateman
“[I] saw it as a great chance of opportunity and growth.”
– Jackie Merry
Yesterday, we introduced you to a few of the girls who will be competing & told you a bit about their backgrounds. Now, read on about how they got their start in competing as swimsuit contestants and which celebrities they look up to most.
Is this your 1st trip to Vegas? If yes, what are you looking forward to during your trip? If no, what does your idea of a normal trip to Vegas look like?
“My 1st trip [to Vegas] was with Mancave magazine, where I was lucky enough to shoot with the very talented David Lee of Playboy on the beautiful Lake Meade.”
– Kristina Karmady
“Yes, this is my first trip to Vegas! I’m looking forward to the whole experience – mostly meeting new people, seeing all the lights lit up in Vegas at night, and making memories!”
– Landra Tieman
“A small part of my Vegas trip would have to involve the slogan ‘What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas'”
– Miriama Rashaed
“My idea of a great time in Vegas is sitting at the blackjack tables all day, then a little oyster and dirty martinis followed by a night of champagne and dancing all night in my sexiest dress with my ladies!”
– Courtney Newman
“I hope to bungee jump from the top of the Stratosphere, as a I love a good adrenaline rush.”
– Brii Lancaster
If you could sit down & play poker with any 2 celebrities, living or dead, who would they be?
“Poker can be a long game, so it would have to be someone funny to lighten the mood…Will Ferrell and Ellen [DeGeneres] could definitely make me laugh!”
“Zach Galifianakis of course…who else would you want to be in Vegas with! I’d also like to have Harry Houdini to play a few tricks on the cards.”
– Natalie Hancock
“John F. Kennedy and Coco Chanel”
– Jamie Smith
“Oprah Winfrey and Whoopie Goldberg, because they are both positive female minorities”
– Kylie Zamora
“If Leonardo DiCaprio is next to me, I will melt in a second! [He was] my man crush since I was a little girl.”
– Caya Ukkas
How deep is your stack? Come play with us & find out! We’re giving you the chance to win a live seat each month at Stratosphere’s Deepstack Tournament.
That’s right! We’re bringing back our popular monthly Deepstack tournament. Play this Saturday, April 18th, for a chance to win a live seat at Stratosphere’s next Deepstack Tournament. The tournament will recur each month and there is no limit to how many Deepstack Tournaments you can play on our site.
How it works: if you’ve got a chip balance of at least 3,000 poker chips and a membership with the acePLAY loyalty program, you can enter the tournament. The winner of the tournament will receive a live seat at the very next Stratosphere Monthly Deepstack Tournament in the poker room. The prize is valid only for the Deepstack Tournament that immediately follows the acePLAYpoker tournament & cannot be transferred.
If you haven’t registered for an acePLAYpoker account yet, please visit our Deepstack Tournament promo page & click on the Play Now button at the bottom. For more information about Stratosphere’s poker room, please visit the Stratosphere website or click here.
Want to win a $200 dining comp for Stratosphere’s award-winning Top of the World restaurant? We’ve got you covered.
We know April can be a rough month with tax season & everything. That’s why we’re getting ready to offer you one of our best tournament prizes yet! Play in our online poker tournament on Friday, April 17th at 7:30pm PST for your chance in this winner-take-all prize. The winner will enjoy a $200 dining credit for two at Top of the World restaurant in Stratosphere Hotel.
For those who are unfamiliar with Top of the World, it is the pride and joy of the Stratosphere tower. At level 106, it stands 850 ft. above the strip and offers 360° views of the city & the mountains beyond. It rotates to ensure that each guest will have a view of the entire city during their meal. Top of the World restaurant has won numerous accolades, including The Best of Las Vegas multiple years & the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 1996. For more info about Top Of the World restaurant & menu options, click here to visit the website.
For those who wish to play in the tournament or to view the terms & conditions, visit our promotional page here. Good luck!
Want to be a guest judge in one of Vegas’ hottest Swimsuit Competitions this year? Read on for all the juicy details.
You may have heard about the beautiful girls from Swimsuit USA coming to Stratosphere this month for the Swimsuit USA International Competition. As a guest judge, you’ll get to rub elbows with many of them & watch them perform. What’s the catch? There isn’t one. All you have to do is sign up for a free account on acePLAYpoker.com for a chance to win!
Between now and April 19th at 11:59pm PST, every person who creates a valid account on acePLAYpoker.com will receive the chance to be a guest judge at the Swimsuit USA preliminary competition on Saturday, April 25th. Accounts must be valid & verified by each individual. Only 1 account per person will be accepted.
Now, for the interesting part: following the close of the contest, we will randomly choose a winner from our new members. The winner will get a free night’s stay at Stratosphere Hotel & Casino in addition to the guest judge spot at Saturday’s preliminary contest. The preliminary contest will feature local girls vying for a spot in Sunday’s national competition. Both contests will be held at Stratosphere’s Level 8 Pool.
Even if you don’t win the guest judge spot, you won’t want to miss all the excitement plus a chance to meet & greet some of the most beautiful girls in region! Entry is just $10 for locals and $5 for Take Vegas Back members (visit StratosphereHotel.com to join the Take Vegas Back movement). For details on the event schedule, click here or visit our Swimsuit USA Model Search Competition post.
Terms & Conditions apply. Click here to view the file.