There are many effective ways to raise money for a charity. People can organize a raffle or a fundraiser campaign. But there are few activities as fun as a poker run.
In these events, people use different types of vehicles like motorcycles, snowmobiles, and even small aircrafts, to reach different destinations. At each stop, participants receive a ticket representing a randomly selected card, with the person having the best hand at the end of the race becoming the winner. The funds for the charity come from the participants’ entrance fees and sponsorships.
In recent years, the desire to bring back boat events has turned this means of transportation into a popular choice for poker runs. But how exactly do you organize a poker run with boats? Also, what are the benefits?
How to Run a Boat Poker Run
The objective of a poker run is to raise funds for a charity. So the most important thing to do is to make sure there’s enough interest in your boat club. Ask yourself: How much will each participant be willing to pay to become a part of this event? Will most of them be available on the chosen date?
Once this is clear, the appropriate charity has to be chosen. There are plenty of good organizations in need of assistance, but which one would motivate the whole community to work together? Consider your location too. For example, people who have seen the effects of pollution on their beaches might be more inclined towards saving the ocean.
Finally, you have to organize the game in a manner that includes everyone and is easy to play. In regards to the poker variety, it may be best to stick to Texas Hold’em, which is the most popular variety of poker and thus the one most people will likely be able to grasp. For this to work, participants will need to stop twice to receive their initial hands, and three more times to reveal the communal cards consisting of the flop (which includes three cards), the turn, and the river. The stops can include specific docks and even other boats. At the end of the race, players will be able to present their cards and find out who was the winner.
Why You Should Run a Boat Poker Run
First of all, just driving your boat around is a fun activity in itself. But adding a layer of friendly competition, and charity work will make the experience unforgettable.
Second, poker runs are a very effective way to raise money. It invites people to do what they love the most. And when it comes to boats, it gives everyone an excuse to showcase their vessels and meet with people they haven’t seen in a while.
Third, it’s a fun way to expose general audiences to the perks of joining a boat club, like trying different models and enjoying the hobby without having to take care of cleaning the boat or providing the maintenance it needs.
Poker runs are starting to make a return, and with them, boat communities have found an excuse to bring back big events. By choosing the right poker variety, and taking feedback from the community, your poker boat run will offer boat enthusiasts a fun afternoon, while providing a charity with the attention and funds they need.