Destination poker runs—the kind where you travel to a location by water, stay the weekend and then return by water—are relatively rare these days. And at least in this country, all of them fall under the Florida Powerboat Club umbrella.
The shortest of the Florida Powerboat Club’s destination events, the Miami Boat Show Poker Run also is among its most laidback and accessible (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Of the half-dozen such events on the 2020 FPC schedule, the Miami Boat Show Poker Run from Miami to Key Largo, set for February 20-23—the weekend after the massive exhibition closes—is the easiest and most accessible. Minus the lunch stop, the run itself takes about an hour. From their Key Largo destinations, participants can do as much or as little as they want during the weekend.
For that reason and more, the longstanding run became a favorite among club members, many of whom had attended the show and were than more than ready to get back on the water. For performance-boat owners from colder climes, the Miami Boat Show Poker Run provided a strong finish to their temporary winter escapes.
And thanks to the event’s major comeback during the past two years, it still does.
“We’re almost sold out—as far as dockage and rooms, we have reached that point,” said Stu Jones, the president of the Florida Powerboat Club. “But a couple of cancellations came in today, so we have room for about two more boats.”