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2022 Snowmobile Poker Run

Feb 26, 2022

Feb 26, 2022
2022 Snowmobile Poker Run 

It’s back and even better! This year we are including popular
Gunflint Trail and Grand Marais snowmobile destinations.

Participants will draw a poker card at each checkpoint.
Best 3 poker hands will win a prize!

  • Start: Skyport Lodge
    • Participants will receive their 1st Poker Card here, along
      with score card and trail map.
    • We will provide a Saturday morning shuttle to Skyport
      Lodge so you can drop off your sled at Skyport on Friday,
      drive to Grand Portage and spend the night. That way
      your vehicle and snowmobile will end up in the same
  • Stop 2: Trail Center Lodge
    • Participants will receive their 2nd Poker Card here
  • Stop 3: Hungry Jack Lodge
    • Participants will receive their 3rd Poker Card here
  • Stop 4: Mineral Center
    • UPDATE: This checkpoint will not be manned.
    • Please proceed to GPLC for your 4th and 5th poker cards!
  • Finish:  Grand Portage Lodge & Casino
    • Participants will receive their 4th and 5th Poker Card here
    • GPLC rep will sign score card and log the hand
    • Scorecard will be returned to Participant
    • Winners will be announced at 7pm on February 26, 2021 in the Fireplace Lobby

Each checkpoint will offer food & drink specials and/or prizes (will vary by checkpoint partner).

Grand Portage Lodge & Casino will award these prizes for the top 3 poker hands:

  • Prizes:
    • 1st Prize will receive:
      • A two-night stay in a Lakeside Suite
      • Dinner for 2 (up to $50)
      • Breakfast for 2 (up to $25)
      • $25 in Free Play (each for winner and 1 guest) in our Casino
    • 2nd Prize will receive Dinner for 2 (up to $50)
    • 3rd Prize will receive Breakfast for 2 (up to $25)

NOTE: A MN State trail sticker is required for MN State trails beyond the reservation.

Additional Poker Run Event Details:

  • This Poker Run is FREE to participate in. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
  • Participants can register in advance by emailing their name, email and phone # to:tford@grandportage.com.
    • OR: Skyport Lodge will have a sign-up sheet for same-day registrants.
  • Promo flyers and route maps will be available at each checkpoint partner location.
  • Skyport Lodge (starting location) will distribute route maps and score cards to each registered participant.
  • Each partner location will provide an assigned employee to handle playing card selections and score cards.
  • Participants need to take their scorecard with them to each location.
  • Start time at Skyport Lodge is 10am - 10:30 am on Saturday, February 26, 2021.
  • At each designated checkpoint, participants draw (and keep) a random card from a shuffled double deck.
  • The card drawn will be recorded on the participant’s Score Card (initialed by partner location rep).
  • Winner of the event will be the participant who makes the best five-card poker hand at the end of the event.
  • Second and Third prize winners will have the second and third best five-card poker hands.
  • Winning hand will be determined by standard poker hand rankings (five card hand). No wild cards. No extra card “buy-ins”.
  • No duplicate cards: if player draws a card they already have, they must put the card back and re-draw another card.
  • It is the participant’s responsibility to confirm that the card they drew is correctly recorded on their scorecard before leaving the “checkpoint”.
  • In the event of a “tie” high hand between two or more participants, those participants will draw for high card at the final checkpoint to determine the winner (ace is high).
  • Grand Portage Lodge & Casino (final checkpoint) will collect and document score cards.
  • At 7pm on Saturday, February 26, 2021, GPLC will announce the winners and distribute winner gift certificates.
    • Those who arrive later than 7pm will be disqualified.
  • NOTE: There are no prizes for “speed”. It does not matter who finishes first. It is not a race.
  • In case of trailside breakdown, we recommend that participants travel in groups, so one of group can assist to the nearest location to trailer up.
  • Complete event rules available at the GPLC Players Club.

Grand Portage Lodge & Casino Details:

  • GPLC will offer weekday rates (a $20 discount) to Snowmobile Poker Run participants for Friday 2/25 and Saturday 2/26::
    • Please call 800-543-1384 to book your room in advance. Mention Offer Code SPR2022.
    • Rooms are based on availability.
  • GPLC drink specials in Antlers Lounge:
    • Windsor & Coke $3.25
    • Fireball & Apple Cider $4.50
  • GPLC meal special in Island View Dining Room:
    • Hand Cut New York Strip for $18.99*
    • *Requires earning 5 base points in the casino, getting voucher from Players Club and handing to server in restaurant when ordering
    • Meal is $24.99 without voucher
  • GPLC will have a bonfire at our lakeside firepit in the afternoon and a fire in our fireplace lobby that evening.
  • All guests must comply with our COVID-19 protocols:
    • Self-check temperature at main entrance with a “touchless” digital infrared thermometer
    • Use hand sanitizer upon entering
    • Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees should return when healthy
    • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not enter
    • Face coverings are recommended, but not required
    • Additional protocols are enforced (visit grandportage.com for details)

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