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5th Texas Hold'em Poker Cruise 2013

With perfect weather forecast we expected entrants to be lined up when registration opened at 9:30, and they were. By 11am we’d managed to squeeze over 270 entrant’s cars into the Seaworks complex. This is such a good venue for a day out with other chrome bumper car enthusiasts, we only wish it was bigger.
So with the House Full sign up at the gate, the Headliners kicked off with a great list of Rock ‘n Roll songs to get things moving.
The colouring contest was underway and face painted kids started appearing everywhere. There was now time to check the great cars on display, grab some lunch, see what the traders had on offer, wander down Nelson Place to the market, take a short bay cruise or check out the craft market in the park. At 1:30, things stepped up a gear.

Best Presented Award
First off was the presentation of the Best Prsented award to Sam D’Angelo for taking out the day’s Best Presented award. Sam’s 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe is an automotive work of art. His Mustang was presented to ‘show’ standard which made it a worthy winner. Congratulations Sam.

LGC Cruiser Draws
Next up was the first of two LGC Cruiser prize draws. ACDelco had generously provided a quality car battery and we also backed this prize up with another $100 note. We soon had a couple of very happy winners smiling.
It was then time for the first of our card games. Girls were up first for a game of high card draw and the prizes on offer were quickly found new homes.
Then it was the boys turn and again the prize table was starting to look depleted.

The Poker game.
Now for the big one. Every entrant received two cards at registration and it was time to make up a 5 card poker hand by combining these two cards with three cards cut from a deck that were common to all players. With nearly 300 players, it’s a sight to behold as prospective winners rush forward to have their hands judged. Our judges took a few minutes to find the best three hands. We had two entrants tied with exactly the same hands, so after a cut of the deck the overall winner was settled. A colour TV and hamper for the winner and overflowing hampers for the runners up. All this and great day out as well!!

Charity Raffle Results.
The clock had moved on to 2pm and it was time to draw the winning tickets for the Charity Raffle we’d been running for a few months. With over $4000 worth of prizes on offer, there was plenty of interest in this draw.
The ticket for first prize of a Brodix ‘Top Hat’ Kit valued at $3500 and generously supplied by the Frankston Engine Centre was drawn out by the owner of the Frankston Engine Centre, Dave Butcher. Ticket #608 was bought by Steve Hillman. Steve wasn’t at the draw but was excited about his win when we called to tell him the news. Dave then drew out ticket # 368 as the second prize winner, a $500 Gift card for the Crown Casino complex. Lucky winner was Leisa Freeman. Leisa regularly attends our events was unable to be at the draw but was also excited by her win when we called. Third ticket pulled was #534, purchased on the day by Lisa Gilbert, who was present at the event and went home with the $450 racing jack supplied by the Bow-Tie Garage from Tyabb.
Congratulations to our lucky winners, our sincere thanks to Dave Butcher and Phil Thomson for donating the prizes. All proceeds from this raffle will be donated to charities working in children’s welfare. We’ll keep you posted when we make these donations at coming events.
It was back to the Headliners to entertain the large crowd while we counted down to the entrant’s favourite item on the day’s agenda. The $500 cash giveaway!

The $500 Cash Giveaway.
It was soon 3pm and we kicked off the last item of the day with another LGC Cruiser draw, this time for $100 cash. Who doesn’t like winning cash??
It put a big smile on Martin’s face when he walked off with the $100 note.
Even though there’s been a few entrants leave early, we only need one draw from the box to find a winner of this year’s $500. Were they happy? Just have a look at Graeme’s photo of the lucky couple towards the end of the photos that follow.

It was all over too soon for another year for one of our favourite events. Perfect weather, fabulous cars, family fun, unique venue and some happy prize winners adds up to a great day out with our favourite cars.
Thank you to:
Therese from the Seaworks Foundation.
The Hobsons Bay City Council
The Williamstown Rotary Club. We were pleased to be able to hand a cheque for $1000 to the club to help them continue the many community projects they have.

Photos (307): Graham Hutson

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