Women only winners at Poker Run
July 22, 2001
On the back of a black, red, white and chrome Suzuki Marauder 800, Terry Scott of Craig drew four kings, ace high the hand that won the fifth annual Poker Run Sunday.
The hand won Scott a $415 share of prize money, and Scott didn’t give any back to the OP Bar and Grill where the winner was announced.
“No, this money is going toward bike payments,” Scott said.
Amidst what looked like a miniature version of the Sturgis Bike Rally, Craig residents Terry Zimmerman and Becky Baker won second and third place respectively, making the winner’s circle of the Poker Run a women’s-only club. Zimmerman won $245 and Baker won $170.
There were 83 entries in this year’s event.
The Poker Run is the brainchild of Delbert Knez, the owner of the OP. Owners of classic vehicles drive from place to place collecting cards to make up a hand of poker.
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The first card was drawn at noon at the OP. After that the clan of classic vehicle enthusiasts traveled to Milner, Mad Gulch, Steamboat Lake and Glen Eden to draw the four subsequent cards. A draw of up to three new cards was allowed upon the return to the OP, five hours later, but the cost was $3 for each card drawn.
While waiting for the winner to be announced, the leather-clad poker players were entertained by the energetic performance of the Knight Rider band, and were fueled with plenty of beer and pork.
When the band was done playing around 6 p.m., a small bike rodeo was held for all who wished to compete for bragging rights.
The run is held as an excuse to show off classic vehicles, and get a day’s worth of cruising in, but it also has a charitable focus.
“Half of the money we raised will go to the Moffat County Partners, which is a mentoring program,” Knez said. “In all, we raised $830 for the group this year.”
In addition to the money raised for Partners, Richard Deakins raised $150 for a suicide prevention program from sales of a pig he roasted.
The Poker Run drew in the largest number of participants in the event’s five-year history, but did not beat the money raised last year because many participants didn’t sign up to play or pay an entry fee.
Last year’s Poker Run raised double what it did this year, but overall, Knez was happy with the turnout.
He was also pleased with how the event went off.
“When you have this many people, first off riding or driving around, and secondly filling up your bar, it can get stressful,” he said. “But, everything went smoothly. In fact, in the run’s five years this has been the most at ease I’ve ever been.”