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  1. Go to sign up and pay the $25 donation for the Poker Run

  2. Anytime on September 7th or 8th between 9 am and 5 pm , stop at the Bodega Bay Visitor's Center located at 913 Highway 1 to pick up your map and score card.

  3. Visit participating Bodega Bay businesses on September 7th and 8th. At each location, you will be given a card. 

  4. Once you collect a minimum of 5 cards you are ready to make your hand.

  5. You may continue to visit businesses to collect more cards to improve your hand.

  6. When you have finished, return your cards and score sheet to the Visitor Center.

  7. The game ends at 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 8th. You must return your cards and score sheet in time to be eligible for the grand prize.

  8. When you return your score sheet you will receive a commemorative Poker chip.

  9. The score sheet having the highest hand will win the grand prize. In the case of a tie, the winner will be chosen via a random drawing. The winner will be notified via email.

  10. Additional prizes will be awarded for the next 4 highest hands


Grand Prize is a romantic weekend Getaway to Bodega Bay! Hotel, Dinner and Wine Included!


The ranking of hands, from lowest to highest value:

  • High card. If no combination can be made, then a player’s hand is valued at the highest single card. If two players have the same high card, then the second highest card would break the tie.
    Example: 5♣ 8♦ 10♠ Q♥ A♠

  • One Pair. A pair is formed when you have two of any of the same cards.
    Example: 9♠ 9♦ 5♣ 8♣ K♥

  • Two Pairs. When more than one player has two pairs, the player with the highest pair wins.
    Example: 9♠ 9♦ 5♣ 5♥ 8♥

  • Three of a Kind.
    Example: 9♠ 9♦ 9♥ 5♣ 8♣

  • Straight. A straight is a five-card hand consisting of a running sequence of cards, regardless of suit. If two players have straights, the straight of the higher card wins.
    Example: 9♠ 10♠ J♦ Q♥ K♦

  • Flush. When all five cards in a hand are of the same suit, it is a flush. If two players have a flush, the person with the highest card in that suit wins.
    Example: 9♠ 5♠ Q♠ K♠ 7♠

  • Full House. When a player has three-of-a-kind and a pair in the same hand, it is called a Full House.
    Example: 9♠ 9♦ 9♥ 5♣ 5♥

  • Four of a Kind. If you are lucky enough to have all four of a given number, then you have a very powerful hand.
    Example: 9♠ 9♦ 9♥ 9♣ 5♣

  • Straight Flush. Even rarer than four of a kind, a straight flush is made up of five consecutive cards, all from the same suit.
    Example: 9♠ 10♠ J♠ Q♠ K♠

  • Royal Flush. The best hand of them all is this famous combination, formed by a Straight Flush that runs to the Ace, making it unbeatable. Odds of being dealt this hand can be as high as 1 in 650,000 deals.
    Example: 10♥ J♥ Q♥ K♥ A♥

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