Slated for July 25-26, the Mentor Poker Run on Lake Erie in Ohio has been cancelled. Anthony Scioli of Elite Poker Runs, LLC, the Buffalo, N.Y.-based outfit that produces the event, announced the cancellation in an email to registered participants—and refunded sign-up fees to participants and sponsors—this morning.
At issue for Scioli, who runs his family’s restaurant in Buffalo, was the uncertainty of COVID-19 pandemic guidelines and restrictions for group gatherings off the water.
“Right now in Ohio, you can’t have a group of more than 10 people in one place,” he said. “So though I was hoping it would change by July, I just didn’t know. And now Ohio’s numbers are going in the wrong direction. It was all just getting too uncertain and stressful, so I decided over the weekend that it was time to pull the plug.”
Last month, Scioli also scrubbed the Buffalo-based Ray Nuchereno Memorial Poker Run set for August 8-11 from his schedule and issued refunds to sponsors and participants. Venue availability and cost issues, rather than COVID-19, were at the heart of his decision.
Rescheduled in May from its late June dates to August 21-20, the Erie Poker Run in Pennsylvania currently remains on the Elite Poker Runs roster.