A fleet of high-speed powerboats, pontoon boats and family cruisers broke waves on Sebago Lake last weekend for the third annual Poker Run, a charity event sponsored by the Sebago Lake Rotary Club.

These boats spent the afternoon hunting down shore-side clues to lead them to secret “poker chip” boats, that is if they solved the riddled clues.

Despite rain showers throughout the gray day, more than 80 boats competed in the scavenger hunt to collect poker chips from these boats. The competitors later cashed in these chips for playing cards during a poker showdown that night at the Boathouse Brew Party held in Casco.

As spectators sampled some of Maine’s finest microbrews and listened to live jazz at the party, Poker Run competitors bared their wits in the poker tournament.

In the end, Team Shea, whose crew included School Board member Jeffrey Vermette, won the $1,000 pot with a pair of queens.

All event proceeds went to support local fire departments, Camp Sunshine in Casco for children with life-threatening illnesses, the Windham Education Foundation and the Rotary Foundation.


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