Desert Stars 2020 Poker Run

Desert Stars 2020 Poker Run

Desert Stars
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 11:00am

2020 Poker Run Recap


On Saturday, March 14, after the big rain saturated the Valley of the Sun, 36 hardy Desert Stars souls in 16 shined up Benzes wandered out into the glorious sun searching for a poker hand that might win them fabulous prizes!  Three winners came out of the pool of contestants along with another member having the lowest possible hand!!

In almost caravan form, we toured the East and North Valley visiting our Desert Stars advertisers, finding out more about their business and what they can do for us.  We started the tour in Fountain Hills at Finishing Touch, where Matt Tilden took us through his car restoration and painting facility.  That was followed by visits to Mercedes-Benz of North Scottsdale, where we had lunch and a drawing for a Mercedes-Benz watch (won by Desert Stars Member Jim Boyle), then to Miller MBZ, to take a look at their Mercedes-Benz parts warehouse, Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale, for an overview of their AMG stockpile, OEI Design Studios, to learn more about their architectural capabilities and finally at Bud Cloninger’s M-B Motors.  Each of the advertisers gave a short talk and allowed us to peruse their facilities.

At the end of the tour, we gathered at the Red Devil Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria where each participant reviewed their poker hand and decided whether or not they needed additional cards to enhance their hand assuming they had enough “challenge question” points to justify those added cards.  After dinner, the showdown revealed four participants with Four of a Kind hands and one with absolutely nothing!!

Winners of the 2020 Poker run were:  Kim Cesal with 4 aces; Frank Wolz II with 4 Queens and Deb Ichiyama with 4 eights!!  The absolute lowest hand was held by Karl Buschmann.  Each of the “winners” were saluted with prizes including a very unique Rolex Gift Pack from Hamra Jewelers which included a split of bubbly, a Mercedes-Benz edition of Monopoly, a bottle of premier Red Wine and a wine party package, as well as a deck of cards and a book on how to win at Poker for the lowest possible hand.

Thanks to all who participated and to Hamra Jewelers for their donated prize package, the goodie bags and the bottle of jewelry cleaner for each car.  The club is looking forward to next year’s Poker Run!!