Vancouver Island Poker Run


All Imports, Sports, Tuner, Exotic, Hot Rod Cars Welcome

When: August 27, 2016

What: 7th Annual Vancouver Island Poker Run for Camp Shawnigan

Where: Vancouver Island (Victoria to Mt. Washington)

This event is organized by Dave Donovan and Tattney Tarr of VCMAuto.

Note: This page is only hosted by and this is not our event.

Please contact Dave if you have any questions about this event.

Links to Past Poker Run Coverage:


What is a Poker Run? Since I have been asked I thought I would basically explain a Poker run and how it works.

A Poker run is a rally that doesn’t have anything to do with speed. Everyone starts from the same location and either travels as a group or single and heads to a common ending point (in our case Mt Washington Resort in the Comox Valley). Along the route there are checkpoints that each vehicle must get to. You are supplied with a detailed map but none of the locations are hard to find. For those that know the island they can take off as a single or as a group and head whatever way they wish. Those that don’t know the island and want to have more of the scenic tour can go with another group that will have some local owners and we will take the ocean routes to the checkpoints.

At each checkpoint will be a deck of cards. Each car selects a card. If you don’t like the card you get, you can pre-purchase “mulligan” tickets which allow you to exchange the card at the checkpoint and return the card you first selected. Mulligan tickets are purchased at the start of the event and you can only purchase 3 tickets. Of course you “draw” a card you don’t get to see what it is until after you have it in your hand.

Once you get to the finish you should have 7 cards. From those cards you make the best 5 card Poker hand you can and submit it to the event people. We have a nice sit down dinner at Mt Washington Resort (last year was Carved Roast Beef and Veal Cutlet with huntsman sauce, with a great selection of salads and other nice things). During the dinner you are encouraged to purchase tickets for the silent auction items with all proceeds going to Camp Shawnigan. After dinner we award the silent auction items and we then award prize money to the 1st, and 2nd, and 3rd place card hands.

After that we have the bar and the facilities until midnight.

Most of the participants will stay on the Mountain in various accommodations that are available. You are welcome to find your own accomodations, or Mt Washington provides a participant discount on rooms. It is also possible to attend the festivities and still make it down to Nanaimo to catch the ferry to the mainland, should staying overnight not be an option. The next day we normally cruise back to Victoria as a group stopping someplace for lunch. This year it is proposed that we may include a further ‘sight seeing’ tour further up the island, before making our way back.

Click here to find out more about the charity:  BC Lions Club Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan.

Car and driver:  $150.00
Passenger(s):  $60.00 each

This includes the event, some participation freebies, BBQ lunch (last year two checkpoints setup a BBQ for us), banquet dinner up at beautiful Mt Washington Resort in the wonderful Comox Valley, and a small direct donation to the charity.

Friday night before the event, we get together at the starting point and meet and greet.  We usually go for a small cruise and get something to eat (last year we went for dinner at Darcy’s in the Westshore).

Any questions, don’t hesitate to send me an email.

Thanks and I hope you can make it out to this worthwhile event!

From Dave Donovan: “I will respond to your registration shortly after receiving it.  My response will include your payment options, my direct email incase you need to contact me directly, as well as the answers to any of your questions.  Thanks for considering participation in this worthwhile event.  I look forward to meeting you.”