Rebuilding the Core Lodge

Fresh snow and beautiful weather greeted sledders at the Ridge Rider?s Poker Run on Saturday. This event was held to raise money to rebuild the Core Lodge, which burnt to the ground earlier this year.

The whole idea of a Poker Run is to get the best poker hand. What does this have to do with snowmobiling? Well, the game is played on snowmobile. All of the riders start off at the Core Lodge site where they draw their first card. Riders pay $10 a hand and can purchase as many poker hands as they like. They then ride to the next stop, where the next card is drawn. There are three checkpoints where sledders pick up cards. When they have four cards, riders head back to the Core Lodge site, where they draw their fifth and final card. Cards are then read and a winner is determined.

50% of the money raised goes back to the club. The remaining 50% is divided among the top three participants. Winning hand receives 25%, second receives 15% and third takes home 10%.

There were about 65 participants riding in this year?s Poker Run. They came from Beaverlodge, Grande Prairie, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Tumbler Ridge. 80 hands of poker were sold.

The Ridge Riders want to thank all those who turned out for the day as well as a special thanks to Hyper Toys of Dawson Creek and Donald G. Smith, Chartered Accountant from Fort St. John who donated towards the club?s efforts.