180 enter poker run

Coming from as far away as Sacramento, a long line of cars began winding.

Its way up Lake Davis Road Saturday, Feb. 19, for the ninth annual Lake Davis Poker Run.

The event is sponsored by the Portola Rotary and has continued to grow in popularity each year.

According to Portola Rotarian Steve O'Neill, there were 180 entries in the run this year and 220 hands were sold.

Snowmobile riders of all ages spent most of the day on the grueling 39-mile course, some even stopping for a bit to gaze at the beauty of the area.

After returning to the staging area at the home of Jim and Bea Bishop, participants enjoyed tri-tip sandwiches and drinks provided by the Portola Soroptimists.

Snowmobile enthusiasts began to arrive for registration at about 9 a.m. and, after warming up the machines, took off into the wilderness.

There are five stations set up along the trail. At each station, participants are given a number from one to 52.

At the end of the run, the numbers collected are turned in and decoded.

Each number corresponds to a specific card from a deck of cards.

The five numbers are the poker hand and the highest hands win.

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