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Old 06-13-2007, 11:26 PM
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Ive been interested in doing one since I got my Dominator. I always assumed it was just a fun day on the water and a chance to meet other boaters and mingle. Even win a little bit of money (by chance).. But after looking into it, theres a LOT of people that take these runs VERY seriously and have dedicated a LOT of money and resources to them. Whats the allure of it? Is there money to be made in these events, I mean, enough to put together a TEAM? I dont understand it all.

Am I missing something, I thought everyone just went to different card stops and picked up a card and at the end of the day whoever had the best hand wins (vague, i know)..

Care to point out what Im missing here?
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Poker runs are not for everyone.Personaly i like being able to meet people from allover the country and see all the hardware

Do one and see what you are missing. Have fun and be safe.
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You just have to do them to understand. I missed Jax. this past weekend because of work. I kicked myself in the azz after seeing the pics and not going. I have to say it is more about the Love. The amount of people that come from all walks of life to participate is astounding. Boats are the one common bond that makes us all good friends for the weekend and beyond. The money is nice, but it is like going to the casino. You may go twenty times and win once! Just enjoy the company.
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Is there money to be made in these events, I mean, enough to put together a TEAM? I dont understand at all
No money to be made even if you win a big event like Key West with Florida Powerboat Club (10K cash prize if I recall correctly). Figure an event will cost you a minimum of 1K for an event you need to travel to requiring an overnight stay.

I know people that have complete rigs just for poker runs (truck, trailer, boat, bikes etc). It is just like anything else, some people have the devotion (time and resources) to take it to the max. FL events seem to attract a lot of hardware since it is also a nice year round vacation destination.

The best thing I have gotten out of it other than meeting some really cool people from all walks of life is that I got a chance to run my boat in places I may not have travelled to without the poker run.
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So define Poker Run Teams
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Maybe a couple or a group of guys that get together for a run Driver, Money, Tech, etc... You might also have two people that get together to cover the expenses. You have to remember that some of these toys are a major investment. So who has the next bad azz toy.
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Ive been interested in doing one since I got my Dominator. I always assumed it was just a fun day on the water and a chance to meet other boaters and mingle. Even win a little bit of money (by chance).. But after looking into it, theres a LOT of people that take these runs VERY seriously and have dedicated a LOT of money and resources to them. Whats the allure of it? Is there money to be made in these events, I mean, enough to put together a TEAM? I dont understand it all.

Am I missing something, I thought everyone just went to different card stops and picked up a card and at the end of the day whoever had the best hand wins (vague, i know)..

Care to point out what Im missing here?
you've pretty much got the idea here...the only part you left out is that every now and again during one of these so called poker runs, you'll wind up with one boat trying to pass another boat and next thing you know its almost like watching a race and you're pretty likey to see some nice hardware
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After you spend the day running your boat with alot of other guys you get to go party with several hundred other boater and get wild. The rest is just icing....our run has "awards" for most festive, farthest traveled, and the VERY popular Victoria Secrets award (just use you imagination!!!). As part of you entry alot of prizes are handed out, freebies at the start, and a video of your boat from the helicopter.
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Basically; you have two kinds of Poker Runs.

BIG DOLLAR Poker Runs with folks that bring in multi-million dollars worth of equipment, teams, trailers, helicopters, etc. etc. A banquet with a pretty elaborate setup over the whole weekend is pretty much the norm.

Then you have the ones where 50-100 boats get together for a big fat party with a little bit of boating in the middle.

You have to decide which is right for you, and then pursue attending one of those runs. I like to do a mixture of both, and it suits me perfectly.
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I think the trend towards lower dollar "for selected charity" poker runs will continue to grow as well. I started a charity run about 15 yrs ago with all proceeds above costs being donated to a blind children's camp and a camp for kids with cancer. The reception for that type of run was very warm indeed. We now have several charity runs per season here in Southern Ontario and the trend is growing. Its a great reason to get together with friends and go boating for the day. None of the really big poker run biggus ****us stuff. Just a group of go fasters having a day together on the water, a meal and a party afterwards. Some runs have only 25 or so boats, some 2 to 3 times that number. Very friendly atmosphere. Everyone knows its not about personal gain, its about raising money and awareness for the chosen charity. We did one for the Heart and Stroke Foundation last weekend. Lots of nice hardware, great people, a fun run and party and tons of laughs. These types of Poker runs I really enjoy.

The big dollar / big show runs are what some prefer. BTDT for several years. Its just not as much fun for me anymore.

You need to go test the waters and see what type of event you enjoy. Its all good, just play safe.
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