First Island Poker Run a Success

First Island Poker Run a Success

The Richards Landing and Hilton Beach marinas got together and hosted the first Island Poker Run on Sunday August 26th and it turned out to be a great day on the water for local boaters.

First Island Poker Run a Success

The entry fee was $60 per vessel, but with that $20 food vouchers for the Tiltin Hilton and La Terrassa Franzisi were included, thanks to donations from local businessmen.

It was a mass start at noon from the Richards Landing marina. With the sounding of the horn, 21 vessels including: cabins cruisers, fishing boats, pontoon boats, power boats and jet skis, all took off for their second card stop.

Cards stops between the marinas were at Whiskey Rock, Gawas Bay dock, and Kensington Point dock. It was not a race, yet most boats were done collecting cards before the 3pm finish.

The final stop was at the Tilt’n Hilton were the winners were announced. David Kent had the best hand with a pair of 9s and won over $400, which he generously donated to the Children’s Library.

Second place was won by Dallas Glawson. Nice to see, since Dallas suffered some boat trouble during the run and had to jump in with friends to finish.

First Island Poker Run a Success

Third place in the cash prizes went to Jeff Ablelson. A door prize and other prizes were also handed out.

$300 raised from the event was donated to the Children’s library in Richards Landing. Poker Run committee member Carol Trainor said, “We put the names of 5 Island charities into a hat and pulled out the Children’s Library to receive the proceeds this year.”

Organizers received very positive feedback from the boaters and are expecting to host another poker run next summer. New stops may be added for next year. “We considered a stop in Bruce Mines, but were afraid some boats and jet skis wouldn’t be able to cross if we had wind the day of the event”, explained Carol, “So we’re looking at other options”. Also, for 2019 the start/finish marinas would likely be reversed to share the business generated at the awards ceremony.

First Island Poker Run a Success