For the past decade, during Memorial Day weekend, the British Virgin Islands have become the location for one of the world’s most peculiar poker events, the BVI Poker Run. Sailors and boating enthusiasts meet for a poker game during which they sail to several locations in the BVI in search of 5 cards, seeking the winning hand at the end of the day.
Organizers will go all out, as this year marks the event’s tenth anniversary. There will be parties all weekend leading up to the big game on Sunday, May 29, 2011. During the celebration, there will be live music, beach BBQ’s, fashion shows, an awards ceremony, and even the famous Moko Jumbies.
“The BVI Poker Run has become a national holiday in the British Virgin Islands, as it attracts a large amount of visitors who migrate to the region from the US Virgin Islands and especially Puerto Rico. This year’s 10th Anniversary celebration will no doubt attract the largest crowd in the history of this renowned event,” expressed Javier Lopez, event co-organizer.
The starting point will be theÂ Leverick Bay Resort & Marina. The run will then includes stops at the new BVI resort,Â Scrub Island,Â PussersÂ in West End, Tortola,Pirates BightÂ in Norman Island,Â CooperÂ Island Beach Club,Â andÂ Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor.Â Lastly, participants will return toÂ Leverick BayÂ to pick up their last card and turn in their complete poker hand. The best hand wins a Grand Prize of up to $15,000 cash, based on the total number of entries. 2ndÂ and 3rdÂ place winners will also receive cash prizes. Prior to the event, the organizing committee will hold a VIP cocktail at the Club NÃ¡utico de San Juan on Thursday, April 7, 2011.
Bring on your best poker face and play in this unique event, which also raises funds for charity and non-profit organizations in the British Virgin Islands. For registration, accommodations, and more information about the BVI Poker Run, please visitÂ www.pokerrunbvi.comÂ or callÂ (787) 200-8064Â or (284) 495-7421.