Texas Hold'em Poker Cruise 2008
12/01/2008. After collecting their cards in Mordialloc and Port Melbourne, cruise entrants arrived in Williamstown ready to play poker. Most had their cards held close to their chests, ready for the 'flop'. On a perfect summer's day, the Jetty quickly filled with bright street rods and chrome classics.
At 6:30pm we kicked off the 'Flop' with a few lucky door prizes then it was down to the serious business. After the 3 cards were turned over to complete everyone's 5 card hands, we had about 25 potential winners charge the presentation area. After sorting out the hands, an overall winner and the best 5 runners up were known. Everyone else with a pair of '2's' or better, went into a consolation prize pool. And this was just the Red deck of cards. While all this was going on, all the young girls lined up for High Card Draw and when all their cards were turned over, one lucky girl quickly had a huge smile when she received her 1:10th scale remote control race car. Dad was pretty pleased too!
Then we did it all over again for all those playing the 'Blue' card deck. More smiling winners! Then it was the boy's turn for High Card Draw, and again one lucky winner charged off to show his family his 'winnings', another remote control race car.
A few more lucky door prizes were drawn and 'The Flop' was wound up. Whew! There was a lot of action in that half hour.
Then it was down to everyone enjoying the great cars on display, the amazing scenery from the waters edge, including container ships cruising past for a look, as well as a few boats circling the jetty to check out the cars.
Entrants either kept the BBQ busy until it sold out, or took the short stroll down into Nelson Place for a meal. The photographer was kept busy taking some great shots of entrant's cars against the backdrop of Melbourne's skyline.
At 8:00pm, we wound up the first Texas Hold'em Poker Cruise by presenting the two major winners with their prizes that included a photo board with a professionally shot photo of their car at the Jetty's end, along with the actual cards from their winning hands. Will look very good on the wall on home. We also sent Len Johnson home to play with his new helicopter (remote control scale that is)] from the Cruiser prize draw.
Our thanks to Parks Victoria for the use of the Workshop Jetty, the Williamstown City Events staff that assisted in the cruise's planning, the guy's & gals from the Pirate's Tavern who opened their facility & provided the BBQ.
And of course, our congratulations to all the lucky winners.
Here a link to even more photos and some very nice comments on the Oz Rodders forum.
Photos Greg Wapling, Graeme Hutson and Marg Jenkin