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I went on my first poker run yesterday. In all my years of riding, I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner.



The weather was cold and rainy (but Notre Dame DID beat Washington!) The ride was to benefit the Northern Indiana FoodBank. Only six bikes showed up. The majority of them being from a local "Biker" church.



The first two stops I got two threes for a pair! I'm thinking, "Oh Yeah!" Then, I got a 10 and a two.... :( Then a 10 and a three, I'm thinking two pair might be enough! Well the last stop you could "buy" two extra cards, I got one and WHAM, it's another 10!!!! FULL HOUSE.



I didn't even know about the prizes, I just wanted to give to a worthy charity. It turns out they gave away loads of coupons for local businesses. Free lunch (ribs and pulled pork sandwiches w/all the fixin's.) An excellent blues band for entertainment and the top three hands won wonderful prizes.



Third - weekend stay at local hotel.

Second - Dinner for two at a VERY expensive resturant

First - 37" LCD HDTV.... YEP My full house WON the TV.. Yippie!!!!! (First time I'd ever won anything!)



Despite the weather (I almost didn't go) it was a WONDERFUL day... Helping a worthy cause, meeting new friends, good food and atmosphere and winning first prize.



You can bet this will NOT be my last poker run! ;)



Sincerely,

Ken
 

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WAY TO GO LAST YEAR WE WENT AND THEY WERE CALLING TICKET #S AND WE DIDNT GET ANYTHING THE LAST TICKET WAS FOR THE GRAND PRIZE WELL LOW AND BEHOLD THEY CALLED MY WIFES TICKET AND SHE WON A 400.00 PR OF LEATHERS THAT WERE QUILTED INSIDE VERY NICE.
 

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Congrats!!!
My first one was a couple years ago and I too ended up with a winning 50/50 ticket. It was a big help too with the economy the way it has been.
 

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We did the Reguladores Bikers for Boobs charity fund raiser yesterday (Saturday) here. Lots of fun,But for another reason. My Mother has breast cancer, has had surgery and waiting to heal to start Chemo. My sister in law has had breast reconstruction and now my wife has found a lump and had a mammogram. Waiting on the Doctors report.
But the poker runs are really great fun.great people.
 

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I want to see the picture of the 'Wing with a 37 inch TV strapped to the back for the ride home!!!

Congratulations.
 

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DougW wrote:
I want to see the picture of the 'Wing with a 37 inch TV strapped to the back for the ride home!!!

Congratulations.
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I won a poker run the season before last. The benefit was for a Veterans' Home in north central NE. The payout for first was $475.

As the group sponsoring the run was a known heavy drinking group, I decided to do something special.

With $475 in one hand, and a microphone in the other, I thanked everyone for their participation, and thanked the group for putting on a great run...Then I asked how much a beer was in the bar we landed at.

Someone yelled out $3 and I asked one of the ladies I knew there to come up and help me out for a couple minutes.

I then said "One of my favorite things to do when I meet a Vet and we're in a bar such as this one is to buy them a beer and thank them for their service to my country.

This evening there are alot of Veterans who can't be here with us so that I can buy them a beer, so here's what I'd like to do.

I'm going to appoint my friend here as honorary bartender, and ask her to take a place behind a table next to the stage here, then I'm going to do my part to not only help and thank Vets, but to help each and every one of you go home just a little bit safer tonight.

I have $475 in my hand right now that says each and every one of you here can stand to have one less beer before you ride home. That's right folks, $3. This is your chance, for the cost of 1 beer, to buy a beer for a Vet who isn't here. And for that $3 from each and every one of you, I personally will donate this $475 back"

I turned and handed the wad of cash in my hand to the organizer, who was standing there absolutely dumbfounded. In all the years they'd been running that poker run for that charity, nobody had ever donated even a portion of their winnings back...Much less all of it.

And to top it all off, the makeshift "bar" I set up raised another $525 for the cause.

Now when I show up on poker runs, the organizers hope and pray that I win. :D
 

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For over 3 years my wife and I rode with a motorcycle club here in Texas.....At that time there were many many clubs in and around Houston and Texas, but almost all are gone now...But the "poker" run was a bread and butter ride for every club.....Some clubs had games you played along the route and you tried to have the highest score.....Some clubs had their own type of poker runs and you never knew how they scored it, such was the Texas 300, held by one former club, my wife was the first person in our area to win in the top 10 places, she won 9th place won a trophy and a $100.00 saving bond.......I won 19th place, got a plaque, and $25.00, and thought I had really done something, that was the type of club it was...Oh I think first place was a $1000.00 savings bond...It was an Air Force base club in San Antonio Texas, the reason for the savings bonds........

Poker runs can be and are fun, the 50/50 drawings can be rather funny at times....Like if this ride is for a charity, there are always those that think you should give your winnings back, as a donation....Got into that situation once, Like lost said I needed the money and kept it, but I got a bunch of stares for taking it ....:shock:.....I never won enough money in the 50/50's to even come close to the money I spent making these rides....

Claude....
 

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kenswing80 wrote:
I went on my first poker run yesterday. In all my years of riding, I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner.
Ken...they are the best reason to get out on a saturday or sunday that I have ever found. I have been on 10 or 12 rides/poker runs this year. I just googled "motorcycle rides" and found that a loocal radio stationposts rides and such on their website. Met some really nice folks and contributed to some good causes in the process.



Have fun and ride often.:action::action:
 

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Lookin' spiffy on TV!
 
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