A lot of people have asked me how to put on a poker run so, to save time, I've put this page up for general use. As a disclaimer, I'm no expert so if you have any suggestions or corrections, please send them to me. I don't guarantee I'll use them, but I do promise to read them.
First, what is a poker run? In its simplest form, it is a form of competition in which, at each of five (or seven) stops, the competitor draws a card from a standard 52-card deck, the card drawn is marked on a score cardand, at the end of the run, the resultant stud poker hands are ranked, and the best hand wins. Beyond that, the variations are boundless.
In anlinear poker run, the first card is drawn at the point of registration, three (or five) others are drawn at intermediate stops, and the final is usually drawn at the stop where the winners are determined and prizes awarded (andgreat amounts of beer is consumed(okay, it's not necessary but I'm the one writing this)).
Another variation is to have registration and the first card drawn at any of the stops and all converge at the final stop...OR....have more than five stops and cards drawn, and have the ability to discard unwanted ones...OR...begin and end the run at the same location and have three (or more) intermediate stops. As I said before, the variations are boundless.
The purpose of most poker runs is fund-raising, whether for the benefit of a charity or to buy the promoter a new scooter...but usually charity. In most cases, the prize amounts are dependant upon the total amount raised through registration fees. A common split is for 50% to be distributed to the participants, and 50% to the charity. If more than one prize is to be paid out, it isusally expressed as a percentage of the total raised, such as 25% to first place, 15% to second and 10% to the third best hand. Again, there are no hard and fixed rules, but these are suggestions and , hey, YOU'RE the one running the poker run!
The logistics of a poker run are not very difficult.First, though, make certain the stops will be available at the time the run is to take place. It is rather disconcerting to arrive at a stop, expecting to draw a card and drink a cold one, and find they aren't open. Second, make certain the stop WANTS to be a stop onthe poker run. Third, make certain there is someone there with a full deck of cards (AND a means of marking the score card), at the appointed time. Finally, make sure you have someone at the final stop who knows poker to rank the score cards. You don't want a fight over who the winner is.
It's a good idea to start registration fairly close to the time of the first bike out. First out time should be determined by what time the first intermediate stop is available and manned. The last-out time should be early enough that the participants can safely and comfortably complete the course by the last-in time. Winners should be determined and prizes awarded shortly after the last-in time.
Okay, that's the real basic version for the uninitiated. As I've mentioned above, there are innumerable variations and combinations, as well as automobile and boat versions, so don't innundate me with e-mails that I've left something out. Take the basics and run with it. The main thing is to have fun!
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