Poker Run brings full housePublished 7:14pm Monday, July 18, 2011
Participants in the Alexander City Lions Club’s eighth annual Lake Martin Charity Poker Run enjoyed a rather wet Saturday.
Dave Commander, president of Russell Marine, said the event had a good turnout despite the weather.
“It really surprised us we had as good of a turnout as we did, considering the weather conditions,” Commander said. “We were pleasantly surprised.”
This year’s poker run had 97 participants. Each participant contributed a $125 entry fee.
Commander said he estimated between 300 and 400 people traveled with the participants to enjoy the lake.
“The poker run is also a way to introduce people to Lake Martin,” Commander said. “They can go from the far northern end (at River North Marina) to the easternmost point at Blue Creek to almost the southernmost point at Reel Island and Kowaliga.”
Commander said they do not have exact totals for the amount raised yet.
“I’d imagine we raised about $7,000-$8,000,” Commander said.
Greg and Margot Fox, who have participated in the poker run for the past four years, said they decided to “make a day of it.”
Greg described the weather starting out as “iffy.”
“It rained a little at River North, but it wasn’t bad,” Greg Fox said.
“It’s a great way to go to different parts of the lake,” Margot Fox said.
Birmingham resident John Lipscomb, a friend of the Fox family, has a house on Lake Martin and placed second in the 2010 SeaDoo poker run.
“It’s a good charity,” Lipscomb said. “
The winner of the poker run was Bruce Pate. Pate’s poker hand contained four 8’s and a queen.
The poker run also gives out $500 and $250 prizes for “best crew,” which go to the best dressed groups.
The first place winners of best crew were a group called the mermaids. Second place went to a group who dressed in attire from the television show “Baywatch.”
“It was kind of interesting,” Commander said.
Paul Lackey, operating partner for Sinclair’s, said the restaurant has served as the last stop for the poker run since its beginning.
“We’re fortunate to have it as the last stop,” Lackey said. “We had a big time. It gets bigger and bigger every year.”