Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Run With The Big Dogs - Tampa Bay Joker Run

This is the "Run With The Big Dogs Poker Run.
Basically, a poker run is a fund-raising event patterned after the card game of poker and is generally held by motorcyclists, however, any vehicle-based organization can hold a poker run.
Instead of sitting down at a table and having the cards dealt by a dealer, the participants travel to five different locations or stops to draw their cards. Poker run organizers usually develop a unique or scenic route to each of the stops and the run normally takes 2-4 hours to complete. At each stop, participants draw a single card and then travel to the next location, eventually building their complete poker "hand."
Here's how it works:
Participants initially register at a specific location where they purchase one or more blank tally sheets used to record the cards they'll draw at each stop. The participants then take their tally sheet(s) to the first card stop where a volunteer has a container filled with a single deck of loose playing cards. Participants stir the cards and draw one card for each tally sheet they purchased. The volunteers observe the card(s) drawn by the participants, annotate the tally sheet(s) with the appropriate card information, and the participants proceeds to the next card stop with their tally sheet.
After drawing their fifth card at the final stop, the participants give their tally sheets to other volunteers who will score the sheets and determine the winning hands. Prizes are normally given to the top three hands and also to the worst hand drawn by participants in the poker run.
And now you know what we mean by a "Poker Run!"
I am going to have abooth set up at this event with Gena This is the first time I have ever been set up at any event so I am nervious to say the least. If you are in the area please come on out and show your support.

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