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Try your luck at snowmobile club’s poker run in Moffat County

Event takes place Jan. 31 at Freeman Reservoir

Sportsmen hit the trail during the 2014 Poker Run, hosted by Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club. The group's event this year will take place Jan. 31 at Freeman Reservoir.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines, and get ready to cut through some powder.

Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club's annual poker run will take place Jan. 31 starting at the Freeman Reservoir Trail Head, promising a day of fun in the snow to support a good cause.

Snowmobilers who enter will make their way around the trails, stopping at various stations to collect a playing card for one or more poker hands. Be it a full house, four of a kind or royal flush, the top three highest hands will win cash prizes, and the more people who play the bigger the purse with 25 percent of the registration going to the top finisher.

Additional prizes will be given at the awards dinner later that night at The O.P. Bar and Grill.

"Local businesses are always great about donating a lot of prizes for us," said organizer Brad Moore.

Moore said this year's event will feature some new trails around Freeman, about 10 miles north of Craig, which the club has worked hard to groom.

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"It's a new route, a little longer and a little different from what we've done in the past," he said.

The basic format is the same as it's been since the poker run began in 2001, and people who participate are encouraged to safely explore the surroundings. Since the event is not a race, entrants can take their time and enjoy a day of their favorite wintertime activity.

The course is about 20 miles, but those who really get into it can expect to put a lot more miles on their snowmobile, Moore said.

Money raised in the poker run goes toward the Snowmobile Club's scholarships for local students. Last year, the group gave out three $1,000 awards for college-bound high school seniors.

With any luck, they'll be able to provide the same or even a greater amount, Moore said, though one thing that will be needed is more of the weather conditions that makes the sport possible.

"Hopefully we get some snow between now and then," he said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

If you go

Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club Poker Run

10 a.m. Jan. 31

Freeman Reservoir Trail Head, 10.5 miles north of Craig on Colorado Highway 13

— Registration runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and snowmobilers can collect cards at stations along the trails through 4 p.m. The price is $15 for one hand or $25 for three. The top three hands receive cash prizes at the evening dinner at The O.P. Bar and Grill, 534 W. Victory Way, as well as other prizes. For more information, visit