Moved from June to August in 2020, the sixth annual Erie Poker Run based in Erie, Pa., enjoyed the best weather and water in the history of the event. The schedule change was forced by COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, but given the outstanding conditions that weekend, organizer Anthony Scioli of Elite Poker Runs, LLC, opted to make it permanent.
Set for August 13-14, the seventh event opened registration today.
The Erie Poker Run enters its seventh year in August. Photo by Jeff Helmkamp/J Helmkamp Photos.
With the COVID-19 situation still dynamic around large-group events, the event is limited to 200 people, which translates to a limit of 50 boats. The Erie Sheraton Bayfront Hotel, the host venue for the happening, has restrictions on the number of people it can accommodate for a dinner banquet. That’s why Scioli is asking even would-be attendees to let him know as soon as possible how many guests they plan to bring with them.
“We ask that you register early to help with the planning,” Scioli wrote on the Elite Poker Runs LLC website. “This way we can concentrate on creating an enjoyable safe weekend. You can book your slips using this online registration. Individual slips at Wolverine Park Marina will be limited. We will also have the courtesy dock located at the Sheraton Hotel that will have sponsor boats only.
“Booking early will allow us to plan for parking and docking and to ensure our event runs smoothly and in a timely fashion,” he added. “You can change the crew name at any point so you do not have to know who is going yet—just how many crew.”
Early bird registration for the rest of this month is $200 and includes the boat and captain, which is $150 off the post-March sign-up fee. Passengers are $150 each.