Sunday, May 15 brought us a bright and sunny day, albeit a touch hot, but that didn’t stop a group of members participation in this years Poker Run. The event was organized by Ellen and Rick Bucchino the fortunate (or unfortunate winners) from last year depending on how you look at it.
This year’s Poker Run was executed with a new format to eliminate the need for having folks sit and wait for cars to find them to pick a card. The format was themed and directed the members to locate a specific historic landmark or point of interest. A tally sheet plus two “option cards” were chosen by each driving team. Once the member found the landmark, they needed to record the answer to a specific question about the landmark–and also record the last two digits of their odometer when viewing the landmark. There were 5 destinations and then members collected the 5 two-digit combinations. Rick had a computer-generated score sheet that associated a playing card with each two digit combination from 00 to 99. The winner would be based on first the correct number of answers, combined with the best poker hand using the 7 total cards.
Once the members reached their final destination, the Beef O’ Brady’s on Lakewood Ranch Blvd., the tally sheets were collected by Ellen Bucchino and using the special “decoder” sheet, each team was scored.
The winners were as follows:
- First Runner Up with 5 correct questions and a pair of 8’s was Nancy and Jack Hartley
- Second Runner Up with 5 correct questions and a pair of 5’s was Robert Howard
- Third Runner Up with 4 correct answers and a full house was Anita and Bernie Wood
- And our grand prize winner with 5 correct questions and 3 of a kind was Kathleen and Fred Cook!
Rick presented some “limited edition” SBCC clocks to the runners up and of course, the grand prize of the “SBCC Traveling Cup” was awarded to Kathleen and Fred Cook. We are sure they will “cook up” a fun event in 2017!
A minor mishap occurred where Gene and Betsy’s car developed a fuel delivery issue and they missed the refreshments and awards ceremony. However, they did get going after a short time and eventually completed the run. Thanks to all that participated and also to Robert Howard and Ellen Bucchino or taking some photos of the event.