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Emerald Coast Poker Run: Playing Cards for a Cause

by S. Lynne on April 30th, 2018

Boater picking up one of his cards during the Emerald Coast Poker Run

You don’t have to own a boat to find plenty of fun during the Emerald Coast Poker Run. This is the 26th anniversary of the annual boating event, presented by the Emerald Coast Foundation as part of Boat Week, August 8-12. And it’s the largest summer poker run in the U.S., annually earning around $150,000 and benefitting the ECF, which raises funds for Northwest Florida children’s charities and youth organizations. As of last year, the ECF had raised more than $2.5 million for local kids in need.

In addition to the poker run, the week’s events include boat parades, contests, live music, food, and more. Following are some of the highlights:
Emerald Grand Boat Parade at HarborWalk Village, Tuesday, August 7, 7-10 p.m.
Blues, Brews, and BBQ Party, official kickoff party for the event, AJ’s on the Bayou, Wednesday, August 8, 6 p.m.
Miss Boat Week Bikini Contest, Thursday, August 9, The Block, Fort Walton Beach, time to be announced
Sponsor Party, Thursday, August 9, Floyd’s Shrimp House, Okaloosa Island Boardwalk, time to be announced
Rockin’ the Docks Captains Party, Friday, August 10, AJ’s Destin, time to be announced.
“The Big One,” the famous Emerald Coast Poker Run, Saturday, August 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participating boaters will collect their cards at designated checkpoints along a route that starts in Destin, Florida, and runs for 120 miles to Pensacola Beach. Spectators are invited to gather at the various stops to join in the fun. (Stops are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Emerald Coast Poker Run Party, Saturday, August 11, 6-10 p.m., Emerald Coast Convention Center. Enjoy poker (the boaters will play their hands), blackjack, a silent auction, all you can eat, and an open bar!

Boat Week wraps up on Sunday, August 12, with all-day fun at the Crab Island Roundup. Check back for details and updates as the time for the event gets closer.

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