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Laniers buccaneers hunt for booty
Pirates Poker Run set for July 21, bookended by parties, entertainment
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Pirates of Lanier Poker Run

When: Begins 10 a.m. July 21

Where: Lake Lanier

How much: $100 per boat; extra hands $50 each

More info:

Ahoy, mateys — looking to scare up a little treasure this weekend?

The Pirates of Lanier Poker Run is set for July 21, sponsored by the nonprofit Lanier Partners of North Georgia, Inc.
Proceeds will go to benefit Camp Sunshine, a Georgia camp program for children with cancer, and to the Naval Special Warfare Kids providing financial assistance to children and spouses of U.S. military service members.

The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. A meet and greet social event is set for Thursday at Gianni’s Italian Bistro & Pizzeria at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Friday, all are invited to join in a “Cheeseburger in Paradise” raft-up lunch and stereo competition held by Normans Landing in Cumming beginning at 11 a.m. at the dam. It will be followed by a captains meeting at 3 p.m. and a Captains Party from 5-10 p.m. at Holiday Marina, including food and entertainment.

Entrants will need to sign an event waiver, pick up a numbered entry card(s), a checkpoint route instructions, score sheet, food tickets, a free event shirt and draw the first card for a poker hand.

The poker runs begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, with each boat leaving its home port and following assigned routes to gather playing cards. For captains seeking a longer run, Windship will lead off from the dam at 11 a.m. to the northernmost card stop.

The final activity will be a Winners Party at Lake Lanier Islands Resort’s Sunset Cove and Beach club, including food, fun, excitement and festivities.

Trophies will go to Most Patriotic Boat, Best Decorated Boat, Best Dressed Crew, Worst Dressed Crew, Best Dressed Buccaneer, Best Dressed Wench and Best Dressed Wee Pirate. Poker hand winners will earn cash prizes (winners must be present to collect).

Music will be provided by Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project, of Collective Soul fame, along with a fireworks and laser light show. A 50-50 auction and raffle drawing will be available.

The entry fee is $100 per boat, with extra hands available for $50 each. To register online, visit For more information, email