With the aim of supporting schools and other projects, the One VI Poker Run debuted last year. The event made its return on July 2 with more than 120 registrants who jetted throughout the territory before landing in Cane Garden Bay for an award ceremony and after-party.
Participants started at Cane Garden Bay and had to pull their final cards at Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke before speeding back to the starting point for a 5:30 p.m. deadline.
They also made stops at Blunder Bay, Virgin Gorda; Peter Island; and Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park.
Boaters then took part in an after-party on the beach, where VIBE and Shane O performed. Paradise Bar & Lounge also hosted a fashion show that evening, featuring models in vibrant beachwear. Pink and orange swirl prints brought a pop of colour to the over-water runway in a show that featured VI designers.
As evening fell, emcee Hashim “ThaDream” Lewis and organisers announced the top four places in the competition, all of whom received a cash prize.
Clifford Thomas took first place and the $10,000 grand prize. Tafara Phillip took second place, Romeo Rabsatt placed third, and Angel Baronville won fourth place.
Mr. Thomas told the Beacon he was pleasantly surprised by his win following a laidback day visiting all the stops.
“Actually, I don’t know a thing about poker,” he said with a laugh while holding his trophy. “It’s been a good event, and I hope to see it even bigger next year.”
This event follows the Leverick Bay Poker Run that took place in May. The One VI Poker Run started last year during the former’s three-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Organiser Dr. Michael Turnbull said that last year organisers were able to give $20,000 to schools, including Enid Scatliffe Pre-primary and Ivan Dawson Primary. He added that they hope to donate at least as much again this year.