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Participants in the poker run's fun run, a new event this year, cruised up from Mariners Landing to Mexico Viejo for lunch and the drawing of the winning tickets on Friday. Photo by Elizabeth Hock
Rick Smith and his crew won the $200 prize, which was donated back to the SML Boating Association, for Most Players on a Boat. Photo by Devon Meyers
Charlie Gill and wife Cheryl teamed up with Dave and Donna Morgan aboard "Charlie's Angels." Photo by Devon Meyers
Some of the participants in the Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run. Photo by Devon Meyers
Marshall Prillaman (right) announces that Dana Kuhn (left), who has been participating in the poker run for seven years, won $1,500 for Best Hand. His son, Jason Kuhn (second from right), won $200 for Worst Hand. Photo by Devon Meyers
Spectators line up at Mariners Landing to watch the launch of the 16th Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run on Saturday. Photo by Devon Meyers
Poker run partcipants get ready to launch from Mariners Landing. Photo by Devon Meyers
Photo by Donna Perdue A boat heads off for one of the seven card stops on Saturday's poker run.
Photo by Joan Griffith A young spectator gets a good look as the boats take off.
Dave Sult of Roanoke and his crew took honors for Best Appearing Crew. Photo courtesy of Marshall Prillaman
Friday, May 24, 2013
Dana Kuhn and his son, Jason, both were winners, but father trumped son in the 16th-annual Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run, a fundraiser held May 17-18 on and around Smith Mountain Lake.
Dana Kuhn’s four sevens won the $1,500 prize for best hand in the poker run, while Jason took home $200, not bad for the winner (or loser) of the worst-hand award.
Weekend festivities kicked off on Friday morning when participants in a fun run, a new activity this year, entered their names in a pot at $5 a piece. After a cruise down the lake, the group stopped at Mexico Viejo for lunch and the drawing of the winners’ names. Monika Perry of Lexington, S.C., and Jeannie Peters of Arnold, Md., tied and split the $500 prize.
A barbecue dinner and live music at Mango’s wrapped up the first day’s events.
On Saturday, cloudy skies and intermittent rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the 225 players and guests from seven states aboard 58 boats, according to Marshall Prillaman, president of the Smith Mountain Lake Boating Association, which sponsors the event.
“One captain from the Tidewater area, who blew one of his engines in his new 38-foot Cigarette [boat] about 10 minutes into the run, told me ‘that the boat didn’t matter ; it could be fixed,’ ” Prillaman said. “He then said: ‘This poker run is so important to me that I will register for 2014 next week.’ This was typical of the attitude of these people.”
After a safety meeting for captains, boats launched from Mariners Landing before stopping off for the passengers to collect cards at Magnum Boating at Indian Pointe Marina, Crystal Shores Marina, Bayside Marina, Virginia Dare Portside, The Landing, Mexico Viejo and Gills Creek Marina. About four hours later, they returned to for a dinner and awards presentation.
Following is a list of winners:
Best hand: $1,500 to Dana Kuhn
2nd place: $500 to David Street
3rd place: $250 to Tom Branch, who donated money back to SMLBA
Worst hand: $200 to Jason Kuhn
Most miles traveled: $200 to Allan Hasty of Houston, Texas
Most players on a boat: $200 to Rick Smith, who donated money back to SMLBA
Best-appearing crew: $200 to David Sult
Best-appearing boat: $200 to Sonny Bannister, 36 Spectre Cat
For more information or to view more photos , visit www.smlba.com.
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