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TOPPS Lake Conroe Poker Run Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Founded in 1985, the non-profit Texas Offshore Performance Powerboat Squadron hosted its 30th annual Lake Conroe Poker Run last weekend. The longest running event of its kind—a poker run organized and hosted by a non-professional poker run outfit—the event, which was themed “Fire & Ice” this year, attracted 27 boats and 125 participants.

According to TOPPS’ member and representative Paul Shouse, the event kicked on Friday night with an “Ice” theme celebration at the Waterpoint Premier Lakeside Venue on shores Lake Conroe with a sit-down dinner, “a crazy-fun photo booth, lots of door prizes and a Calcutta auction.”

The run began the following morning after the drivers’ meeting.

For a look at last weekend’s action from the TOPPS event, check out the slideshow above. All photos courtesy/copyright Jeffery Wheat Photography.

“This year included eight locations on the water with five being for card stops including two raft-up swimming locations and the new Marine Max facility just opened and hosted by general manager Jack Lewis,” Shouse said. “The lunch stop was hosted and sponsored by Ben and Brenda Richardson, the owners of The Palms Marina, with none other than Texas-smoked barbecue.

“Saturday night’s ‘Fire’ theme party was hosted by TOPPS member Bill Colora at his beautiful home on the water with a fantastic pool party, dinner provided by Vernon’s Kuntry Katfish, a huge inflatable water slide, a poolside fire show performed by Doug Wescott, a DJ and poker hand card draws,” he added.

Among the participants was Paul Robinson, the organizer of the annual Texas Outlaw Challenge and his wife, Arlette. Joining the run for the first time in Phantom, his 48-foot MTI catamaran, was well-known poker run enthusiast Kenny Armstrong.

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