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Will the Erie, Mentor (above) and Ray Nuchenero Memorial Poker Runs return in 2018? We’ll know in January. Photo by Jeff Helmkamp/Helmkamp Photos.

Anthony Scioli is one of the most ambitious, hard-working and charismatic people I know in the high-performance powerboating world. So if the Buffalo, N.Y., area-based restaurant owner’s Erie, Mentor and Ray Nuchereno Memorial poker runs, which he organized under the Elite Poker Runs LLC banner, don’t happen in 2018, it won’t be for lack of effort or commitment on his part. Much as he loves organizing poker runs, and as good as he is at it, his decision will be purely economic.

“I lost money this year,” Scioli told me in a telephone interview yesterday. “So though I have dates for 2018 Erie and Mentor events set on my schedule, I’m not going to make a decision on running them again until January.

“I love what I do with organizing events,” he added, then laughed. “I just can’t lose money doing it.”

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