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UPDATE: Poker Run 2018 huge success; thousands on water

The Leverick Bay Poker Run 2018 dubbed a success as thousands of resident came out to show their support. Photo: Team of Reporters
Many residents flocked to Road Town Fast Ferry for the 2018 Poker Run. Photo: Team of Reporters
Many residents flocked to Road Town Fast Ferry for the 2018 Poker Run. Photo: Team of Reporters
Residents enjoying Poker Run 2018 today, May 27, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
Residents enjoying Poker Run 2018 today, May 27, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
Scenes from the 2018 Poker Run. Photo: Team of Reporters
Scenes from the 2018 Poker Run. Photo: Team of Reporters
Scenes from the 2018 Poker Run. Photo: Team of Reporters
Scenes from the 2018 Poker Run. Photo: Team of Reporters
On Memorial weekend, May 27, 2018 hundreds of powerboats will take part in the 17th annual Leverick Bay Poker Run which will see more than 250 boats from Puerto Rico, Miami and the [US] Virgin Islands. Photo: Facebook
On Memorial weekend, May 27, 2018 hundreds of powerboats will take part in the 17th annual Leverick Bay Poker Run which will see more than 250 boats from Puerto Rico, Miami and the [US] Virgin Islands. Photo: Facebook
 Expectations is said to be very high for this year's Poker Run to be held on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Photo:Facebook
Expectations is said to be very high for this year's Poker Run to be held on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Photo:Facebook
Scenes from Poker Run 2017. Photo: Facebook
Scenes from Poker Run 2017. Photo: Facebook
Poker Run Boat Ride scheduled to depart form Road Town at 9:00 A.M. and dock at Virgin Gorda at 9:30 A.M. before the competition begins. Photo: Facebook
Poker Run Boat Ride scheduled to depart form Road Town at 9:00 A.M. and dock at Virgin Gorda at 9:30 A.M. before the competition begins. Photo: Facebook
LEVERICK BAY, Virgin Gorda, VI - The Leverick Bay Poker Run remains one of the most popular sea events in the Virgin Islands (VI) and today Sunday, May 27, 2018, is no different, as it’s another success.

Everyone with a boat that survived the punishing Hurricanes of 2017 is on the sea today, and those whose boats were not ready rented a powerboat, a yacht or made it on one of the local ferries.

Close to 500 power boats, yachts, vessels, dinghy and ferries have flooded the sea lanes in the Virgin Islands’ Territorial waters between the islands of Virgin Gorda, Peter Island, Norman Island, Jost van Dyke and Tortola. 

Huge crowd of people

Early estimate of the crowd from Virgin Islands News Online roving cameras and if you included those who stayed on land on Virgin Gorda and the shores of Tortola and Jost van Dyke to watch the spectacular event could reach three to five thousand and the party boats and local ferries, like Speedy’s, Road Town Fast Ferry and Jost van Dyke ferry have been packed with residents for today’s annual poker run.

Registration started around 8:00 A.M. at Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda and the run got on the way closer to noon.

Money goes to charities

There are four stops first at Scrub Island then Foxy’s Bar and Restaurant on Jost van Dyke, and the third being at Pirates Bight on Norman Island. The fourth was at the Tortola Pier Park, with the final leg of the race at Leverick Bay Resort & Marina on Virgin Gorda, according to organisers.

At each stop there was organised activities and events from bands to Disc Jockeys, food and fashion shows.

The proceeds from the 2018 Poker Run is expected to be donated to charities.

See article previously published on May 26, 2018

Engines ready for 2018 Poker Run Sunday, May 27!

All power boats, party ferries, yachts and even fishing boats are just about ready for the most anticipated sea event following the 2017 Hurricanes.

It’s the 2018 Leverick Bay Poker Run set for Sunday, May 27, 2018, which is still all about fun, safety, and having a nice time in the clear Virgin Islands water. All participants must follow a pre-designated route and pick up a playing card at each stop.

Local boaters, families from all over the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and as far as Florida USA will all converge on the waters of the VI for this event.

The highly anticipated poker run also has dancing ladies, DJs, food and other fun-filled events on one of the party boats.

Where are the stops?

While registration starts around 8:00 A.M. at Leverick Bay on Virgin Gorda the run will officially begin at 11:00 A.M. according to organisers, with the first stop being at Scrub Island.

The second stop will be at Foxy’s Bar and Restaurant on Jost van Dyke, and the third being at Pirates Bight on Norman Island. The fourth will be at the Tortola Pier Park, and the entrance fee is $250.00 which is expected to be donated to charities.

The final leg of the race will be at Leverick Bay Resort & Marina on Virgin Gorda, according to organisers.

Our newsroom will be the first to announce the winners of the popular event.

12 Responses to “UPDATE: Poker Run 2018 huge success; thousands on water”

  • ABC (26/05/2018, 18:22) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Nice!
  • Gumption. Official (26/05/2018, 19:01) Like (28) Dislike (9) Reply
    For the last 16th year most people forget about what it’s all about. Do note it’s not about speed. It’s about having the right set of cards. Please be mindful of yourself and surrounded. It’s important those with Captin’s on board Monitor You’re Captin to be sure he’/she is in the right fram of thoughts. If you’re going please have fun but be safe.
    • be careful (27/05/2018, 06:39) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ the one person who disliked G.O reminder, be careful. I see no reasons to dislike the above comment. Either you’re stupid or you’re one of them hate Themselves. Be careful hater.

      Everrrrybody be safe out there today cause each year something happened.
    • Gumption- wow (27/05/2018, 20:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wow are you really the official Gumption, I’ve heard so much about you, would you sign my baby?
  • boater (26/05/2018, 21:33) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    poker run is the cure for all ills
  • 123 (26/05/2018, 21:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    BE SAFE GUYS
  • starfish (27/05/2018, 09:28) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    I am lookin to see to see how little people does Pirates. Foxy going to be the party sure thing. Lets sail right by Norman just to get the poker card only.
  • Concern Citizen (27/05/2018, 10:12) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I pray Gods guidance and protection on everyone.
  • vex (27/05/2018, 17:14) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nice thanks vino you are always first
  • Yes (27/05/2018, 17:24) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I aint got no boat so i home watching and reading lol
  • CHARITY (28/05/2018, 08:58) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    they always say the money goes to charity but never seems to mention which charity it goes to? love poker run play hand every year but would like to know this for further reference
  • NezRez (28/05/2018, 09:37) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    We were at Pier Park in Tortola and it was full and the vibes were excellent. So many boats...it was beautiful!


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