Poker runs are a great way to fundraise for your favourite charity or they can be just a fun event to organise to encourage people to explore their local area. They can take a bit of work to organise but it really is worth it if you get it right. In this article, we guide you through the process of organising your own poker run.
Firstly, you need to set a date. Make sure you have plenty of time to sort all your plans and advertise the event to ensure you reach enough participants. Make sure you publicise the event well to encourage as many participants to join as you can and consider taking registrations in advance so that there is less to do on the day of the event. You will then need to spend some time researching your insurance needs to ensure your event has adequate liability coverage. You might also want to spend some time before your event brushing up on your poker skills. You are going to need to understand which cards make a good hand in order to create the rules for your run, which should be sent out to participants before the event if possible.
The next step is to ensure you have enough volunteers to run your event. You will need at least one for each checkpoint and a couple to be present at the starting and ending point. Ensure your volunteers know how to score poker hands. Next, decide on your route, drive it yourself so that you can ensure the timings of your event are about right. You should also plan in convenience stops for your participants, they might well need toilet stops en route. You could also if you wish, add games into your poker run to keep participants entertained at each stop. Think about simple games that could increase the fun levels for your participants but can also be easily judged by your officials. The last step is to enjoy the day, it might well be stressful but we guarantee there will be lots of laughs along the way.