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The Second Manitoba Poker Derby - Celebration!

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Hidden : Sunday, 13 September 2020
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13 September 2020, 13:00 - 16:00

Wait! What? "The Second" Poker Derby? Yes! In October 2005, The Manitoba Geocaching Association hosted a family poker derby in Kilcona Park. When coming up with a unique idea for our Community Celebration event, I thought I'd liberate this idea from 2005 … just under 15 years ago. Rules will change slightly, but I'm hoping everyone will enjoy the new spin.

Poker Derby Information


When: Sunday, September 13th, 1PM until 4PM
Where: Picnic Shelter, West end of Kilcona Park, Hwy.59
What: Poker Derby Cache Hunt
Cost: No fees or admission costs for attendees, but a donation to cover the cost of prizes would be appreciated.


Prize Levels

The three teams to create the best poker hands will win prizes.

First prize will go to the best hand, followed by Second and Third. Please refer to the chart at the end of this event description. The chart, and detailed descriptions, will be available to all teams at the event.

No more than 4 prizes will be awarded to a team. Each team member can only win one prize. (ie. If you are the only member of your team, you can only win one of the prizes).

Poker Derby


The Setup

Prior to the event 10 temporary geocaches will be placed in the Kilcona / North Kildonan / Transcona area.

Some caches can be walked to. Some need vehicular assistance. No terrain or difficulty will be above 1.5/1.5

Each cache will contain unique, shuffled deck of cards from a single deck, with each card in a small envelop (All envelops will be collected at the end of the event and either reused or recycled).

All teams should arrive between 1PM and 1:30PM to be able to get the rules, the coordinates, and find the caches. Cachers arriving after 2:30PM can sign the log, but cannot participate in the poker derby.

Teams should consist of no more than 4 people. Sure, you *can* have 5, but there will only be 4 prizes at each level.

There are only 48 envelopes in each cache. There are no "2's" available. As a result, Ace will only be a high card, not a low card.

In the event that there are more than 48 teams entered, I can assist in blending teams of up to 4 people.

Each team can only draw a total of 10 cards, one from each unique container.

The Deal

At approximately 1:30PM, all teams will be given a game sheet with the cache coordinates and a diagram of sample winning poker hands.

Teams will write their team name on top of the game sheet, and list up to four team members.

The "Draw"

This is *not* a race. First team back will not get more brownie points than the last team. That said, any teams arriving back at the starting point after 3:15 may be disqualified.

Teams will search out the caches in whichever order they want. There are no First To Find prizes. (This isn't a race). There are no permanent caches.

Please do not sabotage any of the caches preventing other players from enjoying the game.

Each team will bring back between 5 and 10 unopened card envelopes to qualify for the final prize.

Each envelop will have a unique identifier so that I know which cache it came from. The more unique cards you bring back the more flexibility you will have in creating your final 5 card hand.

Only draw 1 envelop from each individual cache. Drawing more than one will disqualify both cards.

Please put the cache container back where you found it.

Keep the envelopes sealed and return to the starting point. Pre-opened envelopes will be disqualified.

The Reveal

At the designated time, likely 3:30PM, teams will open their envelopes and make the best 5 card poker hand can they can.

Any envelopes opened before Dani instructs all teams to open their cards will be disqualified. (note: if you’ve accidentally opened an envelop, you may go back to the cache to retrieve another card, but you still need to be back at GZ before the deadline of 3:15)

You cannot trade cards between teams.

Only 1 card from each cache will be allowed in the final 10 envelops collected.

There are no wild cards. There are no "2's". Ace is always considered a high card.

The Final Rules

The three teams with the best poker hands wins.


In preparation for this event, please ensure that you know how to manually enter coordinates into your navigator, be it an iPhone, an Android phone, or GPS unit. Since the caches you will be finding are temporary, they will not be available via the application.

For iPhones users, download the Cachly app, install it and try entering a few coordinates. Here are some instructions for that: Cachly How To.

For Android users, download the c:geo app, install it and try entering a few coordinates. Once installed, click on "Go To" and enter them.

If you are using a handheld GPS, click on Mark, or Enter and try that way.

Knowing how to use these apps in advance will save you a lot of time and frustration on the day of the event.


Community Celebration Events - 2020

This Event is part of a limited release of Community Celebration Events to celebrate 20 years of geocaching. Geocachers hosted events between May 2, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Learn more about Community Celebration Events on the Geocaching Blog.

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