Best of Aquarius Weekly Tournaments

Best of Aquarius 2015

Now that we’ve introduced you to our social giveaways, we want to let you in our September weekly tournament schedule.

Every Thursday – Saturday in September, we’re bringing you chances to win great Aquarius Casino prizes. From the Windows on the River Buffet passes (the food is excellent – we know firsthand) to free room stays, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s the schedule & prizing info:

  • Thursdays @ 7:30pm PST – Buffet Pass
    • Sept. 3,10,17, & 24th
  • Fridays @ 7:30pm PST – Cove Lounge Comp ($25 value)
    • Sept. 4,11,18, & 25th
  • Saturdays @ 7:30pm PST – 1 Night Hotel Stay
    • Sept. 5,12,19, & 26th

The best part? There’s no limit to how many times you can win these awesome prizes. Challenge yourself & see if you can win all 3 in 1 week! For tournament details or to view the terms & conditions, visit our Best of Aquarius page.

In other news, we’re also bringing you chances to score 2 Carrie Underwood tickets ($159 value) and free room stays this month. Stay tuned for more details on our Concert Series Getaway & our Blackjack Leaderboard Qualifier coming soon!

Best of Aquarius Social Giveaways

Best of Aquarius Giveaway

You heard us mention earlier that we’re dedicating September to Aquarius Hotel & Casino, our Laughlin property. These are the social media giveaways we’re planning for next month.

That’s right – we’ve planned 2 month-long social media giveaways. One is a sign-up promotion to get some of our Facebook followers to take it to the next level by becoming players on our site. The other is for our followers who already have acePLAYpoker accounts.

Want a free 2-night stay at Aquarius Casino in Laughlin? If you follow us on Facebook but haven’t created an account on our site, now’s your chance! Here’s how:

  • Follow acePLAYpoker’s official Facebook page (if you haven’t already)
  • Sign up to play between Sept 1-30th, 2015*
  • We will randomly select a winner on Friday, October 2nd, and will immediately contact the winner
  • The winner has 48 hours to respond, confirming acceptance of the prize
  • The winner has until October 31st, 2015 to redeem the prize

*this promo is only available to persons who do not have existing accounts as of Aug. 31st, 2015

 If you already have an acePLAYpoker account, don’t worry – we’ve got a great promotion specifically for you as well!

acePLAYpoker Merchandise

  • Follow acePLAYpoker’s official Facebook OR Twitter page (if you haven’t already)
  • Take a selfie that clearly shows the acePLAYpoker logo. This can include wearing acePLAYpoker apparel/accessories or standing next to an acePLAYpoker poster/sign at one of our properties.
  • Participants will receive 15,000 chips per picture on a total of 2 valid pictures
  • 5000 BONUS POINTS per picture for taking the photo(s) at our Aquarius property!

If you haven’t followed us on social, do it here:

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Aquarius Sign Up Promotion terms & conditions
Aquarius Selfie Promotion terms & conditions

Life Lessons Learned from Playing Poker

Poker Life Lessons

“Poker is a lot like life.”

You’ve heard those words before. Over the last few weeks, we’ve done some reflecting. We wanted to take a break from our usual promotional posts to offer you something a little deeper.

We did some digging and came across an old discussion on the CardsChat forum, one of our favorite go-to poker news sites. A user named Tublecain inspired us by starting a thread about ’50 ways life is like poker.’ In his honor, we came up with our own list of the valuable lessons poker often teaches us in life. The list was endless, but we compiled our favorite points here.

  • In the game of life, you’ll be dealt good & bad hands. A successful player often comes out on top even with a less than stellar hand.
  • Who you are during those band hands is your true identity rather than who you are during your best hands. It takes discipline and humility to lose with grace & learn from mistakes.
  • There will always be someone better than you and someone worse than you. Don’t spend all your time comparing yourself to those around you.

Jawaharlal Nehru Quote

  • An observant person has a huge advantage over an unobservant person. As with life, the observant player often notices things others don’t and seizes those opportunities.
  • Poker, like life, is full of uncertainties. It’s about working with the hands you’re given and learning how to use them to the best of your abilities.
  • Know when to fold. It’s okay to sit some things out every now and then. Exercise humility when it’s not your time to shine.
  • The key to becoming a good player is consistency. Don’t give up just because your luck runs bad. Learn as much as you can and keep at it.

…and our favorite piece of advice?

“Sometimes, people are just trying to play you. Don’t be afraid to call their bluff.”

Got your own stories or examples? We want to hear them! Let us know in the comments section.


Join the acePLAYpoker VIP List

acePLAYpoker Exclusive VIP Offers

You’ll want to be a part of our new, exclusive VIP list at

We are proud to launch a new VIP program on our site. If you love playing poker or even just slots, you’ll want to be part of this offering. As an acePLAYpoker VIP member, you’ll have access to a variety of great prizes & events that you otherwise wouldn’t get to experience.

Special prizes include:

  • Hotel Stays
  • Buffet Passes
  • Exclusive Tournament Entries
  • Freerolls
  • Special Access to Rewards & Property Events

and much, much more!

You may be asking, “what’s the catch?” At, we want to make it simple for you to join. All you have to do is Sign Up to be a play on our site & visit 1 of our 4 properties to register for an acePLAY loyalty card.

If you haven’t signed up to play on our site yet, you can do so by clicking here:

Sign Up Here

More details to come soon!

Warm Up Series Recap

Warm Up Series Champion

Congrats to our Warm Up Series winner, ToddCantWin!

ToddCantWin (pictured above) took home the official acePLAYpoker crystal engraved trophy and an acePLAYpoker logo bracelet for winning the Warm Up Series in July.

The best part? He also got to enjoy a seat in the Stratosphere July Deepstack Poker Tournament last weekend on us. To see the list of finalists, click here.

For those of you who missed the Warm Up Series, you still have a chance each month to win a Stratosphere Deepstack Poker seat. We offer a Deepstack tournament once each month to award 1 player a seat in the tournament. Visit our Deepstack Tournament page for more info & check our social media posts & emails for date/time updates each month.

Take note of our other some of our upcoming social sweepstakes & new tournaments in our Upcoming Events blog post.

Techie Tuesday Facebook Giveaway

Techie Tuesday Facebook Promo

We’re making Techie Tuesday easier for you.

If you aren’t great at winning poker tournaments, all you have to do is visit our Facebook page & share our Techie Tuesday posts each week in August! Here’s how:


  • Like our Facebook Page so you can see our daily updates.
  • Watch for our Techie Tuesday tournament reminder posts, which we will post every Tuesday throughout the month of August.
  • Share our posts within 24 hours of the date & time we publish them to Facebook.
  • Sharing must be done directly from our page in order to be counted.
  • We will pick a winner and notify them by commenting on their shared post. Fans must respond by messaging us with their full name & address. This is the only way we can reach out to most of our fans, so cooperation on both sides is a must.

Check out the prizing schedule here (the first 2 prizes mimic our August tournament prizing):

  • August 4th – Aduro Portable Backup Battery
  • August 11th – Select Speck iPod Touch Case
  • August 18th – Mota 3 Port USB Car Charger
  • August 25th – $15 Google Play Gift Card
Aduro Backup Batteries
Aduro Backup Battery
Speck iPod Touch Case
iPod Touch Case




Google Play Gift Card
Google Play Gift Card


Mota 3 Port Car Charger
Mota 3 Port Car Charger






Terms & Conditions

1. No Purchase Necessary. To enter, entrants must have a valid Facebook account and like the acePLAYpoker page. Starting on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, acePLAYpoker will publish 1 Techie Tuesday tournament reminder post every Tuesday in August. Valid participants must share the corresponding Facebook post to their own accounts directly from the acePLAYpoker page. Participants have a window of 24 hours to share each post. Entries received more than 24 hours after acePLAYpoker’s initial publishing of the post will not be accepted. Each person may only share each post 1 time, but each week resets, so participants may share our Tuesday reminder posts each week. is not responsible for lost, mutilated, illegible, incomplete, or misdirected entries. is not responsible for technical, hardware, or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the contest. All entries should be appropriate to the matter which they concern and should not display offensive language or commentary. reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this sweepstakes should a virus, bug, or other cause corrupt the administration, security, or proper play of this sweepstakes. Entries not satisfying these Official Rules will be automatically disqualified.

2. PRIZE: Varies according to schedule.

3. WINNER: Each week, 1 prize winning entrant will be selected by random drawing of all valid entries received by the sponsor, The drawing will be held on Thursday of each week (more than 48 hours after acePLAYpoker publishes the initial reminder post). To notify winners, acePLAYpoker will use the tagging method in the post comments section (acePLAYpoker is a page and therefore cannot contact individuals by direct message unless there is already a previous messaging thread). Winner must respond within 48 hours of notice will his/her full name, birth date, phone number, e-mail address, and address. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, the winner forfeits his/her prize and the sponsor will randomly select another winner.

4. ODDS OF WINNING: The odds of winning depend on the number of valid entries received.

5. ELIGIBILITY: Promotion open to residents of the United States who are 21 years of age or older at the start of the sweepstakes, have a valid Facebook account, and follow acePLAYpoker. Return of any prize/notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification, and an alternate winner will be selected. By acceptance of prize, winner agrees to the use of their name and/or likeness for purposes of advertising, trade, or promotion without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. Employees of the sponsor and its parent and affiliated companies and their families are not eligible. Neither the sponsor nor its affiliates, subsidiaries, division or related companies are responsible for any damages, taxes, or expenses that winners might incur as a result of this sweepstakes or receipt of prize.

6. WINNER’S NAME: To obtain the name of each winner, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Techie Tuesday Giveaway Contest c/o acePLAYpoker, 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89104. Winners’ Names request will be fulfilled within four weeks after the prize has been awarded. Requests for winners’ names must be received by September 5, 2015.

7. RESTRICTIONS: Void where prohibited by law.

8: SPONSOR(S):, Las Vegas, Nevada

Good luck to all of our participants!!

Upcoming Promotions & Events

Upcoming Promotional Events

For those of you who are always looking forward to the next big thing, we’ve got some exciting promotions coming up in August & September.

You’ve probably heard about our 2-month Techie Tuesday tournament, but did you know we’re offering a new Heads Up Nightly Freeroll or that we’ll be offering a VIP seat in the Aquarius blackjack tournament Sept. 25-27th?

Here’s a look at some of our upcoming promotions & events:

1. Heads Up Nightly Freeroll

You may have already seen or played this tournament. For those that haven’t, we’re now offering a freeroll every night at 9pm PST. Go toe-to-toe with your favorite players on our site! This one offers great practice before any tournament. The best part? No buy-in, of course. Check out our webpage here for more info.

2. Techie Tuesday Social Promo

In conjunction with our Techie Tuesday tournament, we’ll be sending out reminder posts on Facebook every Tuesday. Share our reminder posts every week in August for the chance to win a techie prize! You don’t have to play in the tournament or even be an acePLAYpoker member to win…you just need to follow us on Facebook & share our posts directly from our page. Each Tuesday will offer a fresh chance to win.

3. Best of Aquarius Month

September is “Best of Aquarius” month for acePLAY cardholders & players. Throughout the month, we will offer $5 coupons for dining and drinking, VIP entry into the Aquarius blackjack tournament the 25-27th, and even hotel stays! Also…did someone say Carrie Underwood concert tickets??

4. Special Sign Up Bonus

We are also offering several September promos via social media. Sign up on our site from one of our Facebook or Twitter links in September for the chance to win a room at Aquarius! This promotion will run all month long, so make sure you tell your friends about it.

Already a member on our site & a follower on social media? Upload a picture of yourself wearing acePLAYpoker merchandise to Facebook or Twitter & tag us to get 15,000 bonus chips. This is not a sweepstakes contest – every participant who follows the guidelines correctly will receive 15,000 chips deposited to their account. This one also runs for the entire month, but it is a one time per person opportunity.

We’ve also got some great things planned for October, but we don’t want to overwhelm you. Just remember, if you have any questions, you can contact us at or reach out to us via Facebook messaging. Until next time!

WSOP 2015 Follow Up

WSOP 2015 Interviews

You’ve read our interviews. You’ve seen our pictures on Facebook. Now, check out our video series from our WSOP 2015 Interviews.

Throughout WSOP 2015, we talked to some industry greats. Unfortunately, due to limitations of time, we had to leave out some key information. We took several videos so you can understand more about who our interviewees are & what they do.

First up: Jon Friedberg. Jon offered us some great insight about his start as a Silicon Valley entrepeneur. However, few people really understand what his company, PokerAtlas (also known as Overlay Gaming Corporation), does for the game of poker. In this brief video, he explains more about his company.

 Next up: Ryan Johnson. Ryan Johnson is the Director of Production for magazine & poker media mogul ALL IN Magazine.

BLUFF Magazine’s original founder, Eric Morris, sold his stake in BLUFF in 2012 to become an executive at ALL IN. Ever since, the magazine has grown in circulation exponentially each year. Ryan tells us about how he got his start in a completely different industry & transitioned into the poker industry with his start at ALL IN.

Last, but certainly not least: Dan Goldman.

In Dan’s short videos with us, he explains both his start as a poker player and the benefits & setbacks of playing in live vs. online poker environments. As the former Chief Marketing Officer for PokerStars and a lifetime poker aficionado, Dan’s advice is well worth following.

Here, he tells us how he got started playing poker as a child in a family of poker enthusiasts.

We also asked him whether he prefers playing live or online. Here’s his response:

Don’t forget to check out Dan Goldman’s blog,, where he posts news, opinions, and great advice for poker players. Also, be sure to check out the rest of our pictures on Facebook or view our videos on our YouTube Channel as well.

That’s a wrap, folks. We’ll see you next time!

2015 Casino Marketing & Technology Conference

Casino Marketing & Technology Conference 2015

As the operations behind acePLAYpoker, we at ACEP Interactive are proud to be a part of the 2015 Casino Marketing & Technology Conference.

Alec Driscoll, ACEP’s Director of Interactive Gaming, will be speaking on a Social Gaming panel alongside Caesars industry executives this  Thursday, 7/16 at the Rio. The topic? “Social Gaming: What Marketers Need to Know.”

The panel will address the pros and cons of the 3 following ways casino properties have responded to virtual casinos: virtual gaming as a separate business, virtual gaming as an extension of property loyalty program, and lack of implementation for cost reasons. We at ACEP Interactive plan to use our experience with acePLAYpoker to champion the idea of building online gaming as a brand loyalty program.

Casino Marketing & Technology Conference Infographic

This sneak peek infographic gives a breakdown of our players according to the results we found from surveying them. We built our marketing strategy based on these results, keeping in mind the 5 key elements for effectiveness.

For more info on the Casino Marketing & Technology Conference, check out the official website here. We’ve also uploaded our case study, Employing the Five Pillars of Digital Marketing. You can check it out here.

We’ll be giving you conference updates on our Twitter pages, @acePLAYpoker and @ACEPInteractive as well as our LinkedIn page, ACEP Interactive, LLC.

Dan Goldman acePLAYpoker Interview

PokerStars Dan Goldman

A couple weeks ago, we had the honor of sitting down with the famed Dan Goldman, one of the original PokerStars executives. Here, he recounts impressive stories & memoirs from his time with PokerStars as well as his predictions for WSOP 2015.

1. How did you get your start in the poker industry & what drew you to the game?

‘I’ve been a poker player all my life – my father taught me the basics of the game when I was about 7…. Over the years, I continued to play somewhat irregularly until I moved to California & discovered live card rooms.

‘In 2001, a long-time poker friend told me about a new company, PokerStars, that was looking for beta testers, and my wife Sharon & I began to play there regularly (in fact, I won tournament #1 and my wife won tournament #2). When PokerStars launched for real money, this same friend mentioned that they didn’t have a marketing department & asked if I had any interest. After 6 phone interviews, I was hired as PokerStars’ first CMO, a position I held through April, 2007.’

2. You have traveled the globe as an ambassador of poker. What event was the highlight of your career in the industry so far? What is the most unusual thing you have seen/experienced?

‘There have been many, many highlights, but there’s no question about the single greatest highlight, which also happens to be a seminal moment in the history of poker.

‘In early 2003, I convinced my boss (Isai Scheinberg) that we needed to start running online satellites for the WSOP. This may seem like an obvious choice, but it wasn’t – no one was doing it, and it represented some substantial risk. The poker boom hadn’t really started at this point – poker was popular, but it wasn’t the wild success it would become a year later. I estimated that we might send 20 players to the Main Event, which has a buy-in of $10,000. This was $200,000 that would disappear from our then-limited poker economy. Isai was horrified at the prospect.

‘But, to his credit, Isai was willing to take some risks…. In January 2003, we started running WSOP satellites & ultimately sent 37 players to the Main Event, representing about 5% of the total starting field of 839 players. And history tells the rest of that story – Chris Moneymaker, a 27-year-old accountant from Tennessee, who had never played in a live poker tournament before, went on to win the 2003 WSOP & changed poker forever.’

PokerStars Dan Goldman

3. What advice do you have for online poker players now & going forward?

‘To new players, particularly young players, I’d strongly suggest that they balance their online play with live play early on. I’m not suggesting 50/50, but poker started as a game of personalities & psychology, and remains so today. New players can get a much better sense for this by playing both live & online.

The other advice I strongly suggest for online players is to keep very good records. This… can tell you things about your game that you would likely never work out on your own. For example, I used to play a lot of mid-stakes NLH on a variety of sites. When I looked at my stats, I found that I was making almost twice as much money per hour playing 5 games of $2-4 than I was playing 2 games of $5-10 on the same site, something that may seem obvious – the $5-10 players were much better, right? But then I discovered that I made nearly 3 times as much money per hour playing the $3-6 games, and at slightly lower risk.’

4. In your opinion, what is the most rewarding part of the work you do for the game of poker?

‘Poker is a serious game, a seeming oxymoron…. It’s played for more money than any other competition in the world. But, for most people, it’s a social experience that allows them to meet new people, learn while playing, and perhaps win a little money along the line.

‘The thing that I’ve found most exciting & rewarding is helping to create communities of players. At PokerStars, we encouraged our players to get together to play live poker…. At Barona, we hosted regular “Meet the Hosts” events in which players could get to know one another…. This convergence of online poker & live poker makes players happy, creates a vibrant community, and benefits the poker room – at essentially no cost to us.’

5. Who has your vote to win the WSOP Main Event this year?

‘With a projected field of about 7,000 players, I won’t even take a shot at predicting this. Poker is predominantly a game of skill, but to win the ME, you have to play well, get lucky, and not get unlucky, all over a 10 day period. Who would I like to see win? Me. Who do I think will win? I have absolutely no idea.’

For more info about Dan Goldman, we recommend reading his firsthand perspectives on his blog, Videos & additional photographs from the interview to follow.

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