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2024 Poker Run - Saturday, May 18th 

                                            ***** 2024 Poker Run Itinerary****

Friday, May 17th at Goodhue/Crazy Horse Marina 

11:30 - Fun Run at Goodhue/Crazy Horse Marina

Friday, May 17th at Mango's Bar & Grill 

5:30 - 8:00 - CAPTAIN'S CHECK-IN and packet pick up
5:45 - 7:45 - Beer and Wine Served *Cash bar begins at 7:00 PM
6:15 - 7:45 - Dinner Served by Mango's Bar & Grill
7:30 - 11:00 - Live music by (To Be Determined) 

Saturday, May 18th at Crazy Horse Marina
9:30 - 10:30 - Continental Breakfast 
9:30 - 10:30 - General Information and Last chance registration
10:30 - MANDATORY CAPTAIN'S MEETING at the Pontoon Stage
11:00 - Boats depart from docks **Watch for fireboat's signal on water before TAKE OFF**
4:00 - Dealers leave all card stop locations and return to Crazy Horse Marina
          Poker hand check-in begins
          Beer/wine garden opens in the Tequila Bar
5:00 - Boats Return to Crazy Horse Marina **HANDS MUST BE VERIFIED BY 5:30 PM to be eligible for prizes
5:00 - 7:00 - Mexican Fiesta provided by Los Amigos Restaurant
6:00 - 9:00 - Live music by (To Be Determined) 
7:00 - Award Presentation from the Pontoon Stage

 2024 Card Stops: (this is a "Choose your own adventure" Poker Run day! This means that stops do NOT have to be made in the order listed below; stops are simply listed alphabetically)

1. Crazy Horse Marina
2. Drifter's at Crystal Shores Marina
3. Gill's Creek Marina & Lodge
4. Magnum Point Marina
5. Mango's Bar & Grill
6. Mango's Bar & Grill (not a mistype - 2 cards will be picked up at Mango's)
7. Mariners Landing

If you have any questions, please contact Vice President of the SMLBA, Lynnette Webb at: 540-797-0944


What is the Poker Run?

First, the poker run is a charitable fund raising event that gives players an opportunity to play “a card game” on the water. It is definitely not a race. There is a limit of 50 boats, but captains can have as many players and registered guests on board as their legal capacity allows. The boats travel to multiple card stops (up to seven) situated all over the lake to retrieve a playing card at each stop at the end, each player presents their best five cards to be eligible for several thousand dollars in cash prizes. The first player to get five aces receives $2500.00. The SMLBA has awarded this top prize numerous times. There is also a $1000.00 prize for the best hand, $500 for second best, $250 for third best, and many other cash awards for various categories such as best appearing crew and the most players on a boat. Proceeds from the event go to various lake organizations such as The Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire Dept.

Boats of every description are welcome. Past events have featured large cruisers, house boats, pontoon boats and even small runabouts...speed is not a factor. If a vessel is too slow or ends up under durress to cover the entire course in the five hours of the event, then they can be “spotted” a card stop and may draw those cards at the end of the run. The larger boats have an even better chance of taking home the cash for the most players on a boat.

The entry fee is $190.00 a player, with a two player minimum per vessel. The guest fee is $125.00. Guests may participate in the entire weekend's festivities, but are not eligible to play the game. All players and guests are treated to a dinner and entertainment on Friday night, and for the actual poker run will take place at Crazy Horse Marina this year. Upon their return to the marina Saturday afternoon, players, guests, volunteers and sponsors will join together for a beer garden, followed by a dinner and music.

Who was, Tom Maynard, Captain Easy, Article

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