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    Lanier Harbor Poker Run 2 Weeks to Go

    Michelle May – Schmidt
    Tel/Fax 954-796-9226
    Email [email protected]


    Worlds’ Largest Poker Run Revs Up for 10th Anniversary’s Lanier Harbor Marina to Award $10,000 Cash
    Over $350,000 in Prize Opportunities at August Event
    Lake Lanier Islands, GA - - Plans are underway for the biggest party yet as Lanier Harbor Marina celebrates its 10th Anniversary of the Worlds’ largest Poker Run. The event, slated for August 8th & 9th, 2003, will award a $10,000 Cash Prize to the best Poker Hand, and that will not be the only winner of the day.
    In fact, every boat that starts the event, to benefit the Forsyth County Child Advocacy Center and the North Alabama and Georgia Make-A-Wish® Foundation, will get a chance to win a Yamaha Wave Runner courtesy of Park Marine. There will also be first, second and third place trophies for Go Fast Boat, Pontoon and Cruiser categories, with a Grand Prize Formula FasTech powerboat for a winning five of a kind poker hand.
    "This event is not about speed, it’s about pure boating fun and it’s for the kids," said Barkley Geib, organizer for the Poker Run and owner of Lanier Harbor Marina. Last year the event awarded over $20,000.00 to the charities alone, and continues this year as an American Poker Runs Association event as well as a stop on the 2003 Child SMILE America Tour.
    Geib says this years Poker Run will also feature a Las Vegas Style Casino Gaming Night that includes even more prizes than ever. In fact, the opportunity exists to win a 2004 GMC Yukon XL valued at $50,000 and a 2004 Pontiac Gran Prix valued at $30,000, all courtesy of John Bailey Buick GMC.
    "The actual gaming is done with play money which is traded in for raffle tickets. At the Friday Night Casino Party, we will pull a raffle ticket at 8:00pm and that winner will get a chance to pick from our "Ace in the Hole" game. If they pick the bag with a black Ace of Spades, they win the GMC Yukon XL. If they don’t pull the winning card, then another raffle ticket winner will be drawn at 9:00pm for their chance to win. If no winning card is pulled, one final entrant will be picked at 10:00pm."
    At 10:00pm, another contest will be played, this time for a chance to win the 2004 Pontiac Gran Prix. The game, Seven-Card-Stud, operates just like the Price Is Right on television. One raffle ticket will be drawn, and that winner will get the chance to compete for the car. First, they are handed Seven Cards or basically, seven chances to guess the correct price, shown by five digits in order. For example, the vehicle price is $50,762. with the first digit being 5. If the contestant guesses the number 3, they would be off by two digits and would turn in two cards.
    Geib says that the Seven-Card-Stud game continues down the line until the 5th or last digit. If after guessing that, the contestant has at least one card left, they win the car. "Imagine coming by boat and leaving by car. It’s totally mind blowing and we haven’t even hit the water yet," Geib laughed.
    As for the actual Poker Run itself, 200 boats will travel Lake Lanier to pick up their clues and cards, in anticipation of coming in with the best Poker Hand, and in hopes of winning that $10,000.00 first place prize.
    At the Awards Banquet that night, a randomly drawn hand will also be revealed and if anyone's hand from the day matches that hand exactly, they will win $25,000.00 Cash, courtesy of John Bailey Buick GMC.
    "Actually, everyone who enters is a winner because it’s for the kids of our charities. The entry fee of $150.00 includes two tickets to the Casino Night, the Poker Run itself and two tickets to the Awards Banquet. The Captain of each boat gets a goody bag full of gifts from our sponsors and at the end of it all we give $10,000.00 to each charity. Now that’s a really great ending to a great event."
    The Lanier Harbor Marina Poker Run is presented by Mercury Marine, Formula Powerboats, Tal Marine, Park Marine and Yamaha Watercraft, John Bailey Buick GMC, and Billy Howell Ford.
    Associate Sponsors include Black Thunder Powerboats, Colony Park Financial Services LLC, Total Sports Marketing, Land & Sea, A-Maysing Services, Air Cam Photography, S & S Ace Hardware, American Van Rental, Boat U.S., Coca Cola, Python Boats, Anne Brodie Hill/Frames You-Nique, Lowrance Electronics, Atlantic Mapping, Prop Pak, AAA Trophy and Marine Securities' Sternlock Product Line.
    Media Coverage is provided by Poker Runs America Magazine, Lakeside Publishing and the Lakeside News, the Offshore Racing Review, Family & Performance Boating Magazine, and Oldies Lake 102.
    For all information on the Lanier Harbor Marina Poker Run 2003, including entry online visit or call 770-945-2884.

    # # #

    The 10th Anniversary Celebration of the
    Lanier Harbor Marina Poker Run & Boat Show
    Thursday, August 7th thru Saturday, August 9th, 2003


    Friday, August 8th, 2003 Lanier Harbor Marina
    Friday, August 8th, 2003 Emerald Point Resort
    Saturday, August 9th, 2003 Emerald Point Amphitheater

    Thurs., August 7th, 2003
    9:00am - 8:00pm - Boat Show Set Up Lanier Harbor Marina
    3:00pm - 8:00pm - Entrant Registration Open Lanier Harbor Marina
    Attendance - Approx. 250

    Friday, August 8th, 2003
    Entrant Registration Open
    12:00pm - 5:00pm Lanier Harbor Marina
    Attendance - Approx. 250
    12:00 Noon - 4:00pm Lanier Harbor Marina
    Meet our Local Offshore Racing Champions at the Lanier Harbor Marina. See Offshore Racing Powerboats on Display. Broadcast Live on Oldies Lake 102.3 F.M.
    Attendance - Approx. 500
    12:00 Noon - 6:00pm Lanier Harbor Marina
    Join in the fun as the kids from the Forsyth County Child Advocacy Center build their very own boats, courtesy of the Advance America Foundation’s Sea Quest Kids Program!!

    4:00pm - 5:00pm Lanier Harbor Marina
    Meet Andrew Moon of the "Screaming Eagle/Poker" Offshore Powerboat Race & Poker Run Team as he and fellow Racers provide Powerboat Rides to the Children of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Alabama and Georgia.

    8:00pm - 11:00PM Emerald Point Resort
    Las Vegas Style gaming to benefit Children’s Charities including the Forsyth County Child Advocacy Center and the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Alabama and Georgia. Participants win raffle tickets towards prizes, and game participation including the opportunities to win a 2004 GMC Yukon XL valued at $50,000 and a 2004 Pontiac Gran Prix valued at $30,000, all courtesy of John Bailey Buick GMC.
    Boat Show & Vendor Booth Display at Entrance Area and Within Ballroom
    Open to the General Public $25 per person includes appetizer buffet, cash bar
    Attendance - Approx. 1000

    Saturday, August 9th, 2003
    POKER RUN 9:00am SHARP Lanier Harbor Marina
    Entry of $150.00 for the boat includes souvenir gift bag, two T-shirts, and two tickets to the Friday Night Casino Night and Saturday Evening Awards Banquet. Registrations accepted on-line at
    Attendance - 1,500.+
    6:00pm SHARP Emerald Point Amphitheater
    Featuring Buffet Style Dinner, Entertainment, Cash Bar, Announcement of Prize Winners including $10,000 Cash Best Poker Hand. A Yamaha Wave Runner, courtesy of Park Marine, will be awarded to a winning boat entrant pulled that evening, and $25,000.00 cash prize will be awarded to a "mystery hand" if the cards are played right, courtesy of John Bailey Buick GMC.
    Boat Show & Vendor Booth Display at Entrance. Open to the Public $25pp.
    Attendance - Approx. 1,000+

    Applications are available On-line via
    Additional Tickets are available for Boat Team Participants including Souvenir Bags, Casino Night & Awards Dinner Tickets
    T 770-945-2884 F 770-945-0052 website

    Lanier Harbor Marina 2066 PINE TREE DRIVE, BUFORD, GA 30518 TEL 770-945-2884
    From Atlanta, take I-85 North to I-985 North to Lake Lanier. Exit 4 off I-985, head West to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard
    Turn RIGHT (North), Turn LEFT at the first stop light.
    Little Mill Road Dead Ends at Buford Dam Road, Go LEFT
    Pine Tree Drive is 1/4 mile down on RIGHT, Go RIGHT to End.

    Emerald Point Resort Lake Lanier Islands
    For Special Event Weekend Room Rates
    Call 1.800.768.LAKE or visit

    Barkley Geib
    Lanier Harbor Marina
    Tel 770-945-2884

    Michelle May-Schmidt
    Tel/Fax 954.796.9226
    email [email protected]

  2. #2
    Charter Member#350 Charter Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Naples, Florida
    Too bad I won't be able to make it there this year.
    Guys this is one GREAT and FUN Poker Run, good food , good party ,friendly people and lots of prizes.

    Barkley good luck this year

  3. #3
    My Boats:
    2001 Warroir Power Cat
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Been waiting 2yrs for my last 2 yrs of Video's Not once have i been notified they were on the way..i did see long time ago video's from last yrs was about to be mailed out.. Damn who shot the carrier piegon.?.. Not that the $ i spent for entering and that included the video's meant anything to me it's the principal of if you promised something in a package..why isn't it delivered..? can someone over look me 2 straight yr's..?

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