Capt. Raman Bala, Director of the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry (VISR) is advising the general public and other water users to avoid if possible water sport activities in the area of the poker run for the duration of the competition on May 28th.
In an alert issued on May 23rd the Director of the VISR urged the public to be aware of boats going at full speed within the area of the poker run during the time of the races.
Capt. Bala also urged the poker run participants to maintain a sharp lookout for persons in water and other users of our waterways during the competition. He also noted that all boats participating in the event should be fit for purpose and fitted with the necessary equipment for safe navigation.
Now in its 16th year the annual poker is a competition that requires boats to meander the waters of the Territory and pick-up playing cards at various stops with the intention of creating a poker hand. The boat with the best poker hand will be deemed winner of the competition
This year's prizes include up to $15,000 in cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. There will also be special prizes for 4th, 5th, and 6th places. Prize money changes every year, as it is dependent on entry monies and sponsorships.
Additional prizes will be issued for: Most original boat, Best boat performance, best dressed crew, and best dressed lady. The best poker hand wins the Grand Prize: big money based on the total number of entries. There also are generous prizes for the 2nd and 3rd best hands. The entrance fee money goes towards the prize money, so the more boats the bigger the prizes.
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