RIDE ON: The Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club of Northern NSW is holding its annual Poker Run fundraising ride this Sunday.
RIDE ON: The Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club of Northern NSW is holding its annual Poker Run fundraising ride this Sunday. Contributed

Poker run ‘loser’ will win $400

THE Vietnam Veterans Motor- cycle Club of Northern NSW has inverted its annual Poker Run fundraising ride this year.

Poker heads will know the game is usually won by the player carrying the highest set of cards, with red suit royals and aces the most valuable in the deck.

But instead of awarding the $400 prize to the rider with the best hand at the end of the ride, this year the rider holding the "worst hand" will take the glory.

So players will be hoping for low numbers and all black suits, rather than the usual royal flush.

Club president Bruce Lynch joked the idea was inspired by the "13" in 2013.

"It's never been tried before so we thought we'd give it a go," Mr Lynch said.

"If it works we'll do it again."

A poker run features two mystery stops (one is a lunch break) where each rider gets a card.

At the end each rider holds five cards (they start with one and take two at the end).

The day will kick off from Lismore where a coffee van will offer hot drinks and breakfast to those who need some nourishment.

"The ride is open to all motorcycle riders, regardless of their experience," Mr Lynch said.

"It's a great day of camaraderie and mateship and sharing our interest in motorcycles and riding."

The club has also shortened the run this year from 200km to 150km to ensure it is easily achievable for both new and experienced riders.

Regardless of who takes the prize, it's all for a good cause, with registration fees going toward several important charities.

These include Legacy, Veterans' Assistance, Lifeline, the Cancer Council and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

There will also be a series of "lightning raffles" at each stop, with prizes including cash and vouchers.

Mr Lynch said they were hoping to attract at least 100 riders from the Gold Coast to Grafton for the event.

"You've got to be in it to win it," he said.

The Poker Run

WHEN: Sunday, August 25, 9am registration; with finish about 3pm.

WHERE: Ride from John Crowther Car Park, Dawson St, Lismore. Coffee and food available. Returns to Lismore.

REGISTRATION: $20

RIDE: 150km with two stops, including one for lunch.

PRIZE: $400 for worst hand



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