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Introducing the 2017 Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run The biggest nautical event in the Caribbean: one event, three destinations

May 4, 2017 San Juan, Puerto Rico: Prep your engines for the biggest nautical event in the Caribbean! Comprised of three separate events, The Caribbean Triple Crown Poker run series will take place in the most beautiful destinations in the region: the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and St. Maarten. The first run of the series is on May 28th and will be held at the Leverick Bay Marina and Resort in Leverick Bay, on the island of Virgin Gorda in the BVI. The next run will be the Stars and Stripes Poker Run, held on July 2nd at Yacht Haven Grande on St. Thomas, USVI. The final run of the series takes place at The Yacht Club at Isle de Sol in St. Maarten on July 29th. The winner of The Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run series will collect $20,000 in cash and prizes and the prestigious IGY Cup.

“The amount of interest that has been received from fellow boating enthusiasts since announcing the Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run has been amazing. We are looking forward to a great summer. This will be an unparalleled event that will take place in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean,” said Nick Willis, founder of the Leverick Bay Poker Run. He concluded by saying that, “…back in 2001, when the first poker run took place, we never thought that it would get the recognition and participation that it has today. We’re excited and so grateful for the support of the boating enthusiasts that participate and attend. Through their support, we are able to support the Virgin Gorda Charitable Trust, when distributes funds to local charitable organizations in need.”

The catalyst for the Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run series was the Leverick Bay Poker Run in Virgin Gorda, BVI. Marina owner Nick Willis launched the Leverick Bay Poker Run 16 years with the goal of attracting tourists to Virgin Gorda during the low season and raising funds for the Virgin Gorda Charitable Trust. He never imagined that the event would grow into what it has today - a national holiday with over 300 participating boats. The Leverick Bay Poker run was the catalyst for the development of other poker runs in the region. The Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run unifies the three major poker runs in 4 different countries: the USVI, BVI, Holland & France, and raises funds for local charities in each location.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of the Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run,” said Brian Deher, General Manager of IGY Marinas’ Yacht Club at Isle de Sol. “With outstanding marinas in two of the three destinations, IGY Marinas is a natural partner for the series.” Phil Blake, General Manager of IGY Marinas’ Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas, USVI, shared his enthusiasm saying, “We are very excited to be hosting the fourth annual Stars and Stripes Poker Run and to be part of the Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run series. The Yacht Haven Grande team is looking very forward to being on hand in St. Maarten when the IGY Cup is presented to the winner of the series.”

The Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run organization is an official member of the Florida Power Boating Club & Poker Runs of America. Several member boats will be coming down from Florida to participate in the series, adding to the excitement.

“The Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run has been a dream of mine for over 15 years,” said Javier Lopez Matos, President of JL Marketing Firm and Executive Director of the Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run. “It has been an honor working with Nick Willis on developing the BVI Poker Run. Launching the Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run is one of the most exhilarating events in my life. Having the support of people like Stu Jones of the Florida Power Boating Club, IGY Marinas and so many others is beyond gratifying, it is an honor.”

The Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run dates are:
  • May 28th, 2017 - Leverick Bay Marina and Resort Virgin Gorda, BVI
  • July 2, 2017 – Yacht Haven Grande Marina, St. Thomas, USVI
  • July 29, 2017 – The Yacht Club at Isle de Sol, St. Maarten

The winner of all three events will be presented with the IGY Cup, plus $20,000 in cash and prizes.

Register today at http://caribbeanpokerrun.com/register/
Event website: http://caribbeanpokerrun.com

The Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run is a non-profit organization whose mission is to drive awareness in the local and international boating communities, promote the Caribbean as a unique destination for nautical tourism, and raise funds for local charities. The Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run unites the 3 most successful nautical poker runs in the Caribbean region by forming a conglomerate of events under its auspices, similar to the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.

The board of directors includes:
  • Javier Lopez – Co-Producer, Marketing Manager and Founder
  • Guilderoy Sprauve - Producer and Founder of the USVI Stars and Stripes Poker Run
  • Verne Wheatley – BVI Government Officer
  • Nick Willis – BVI Poker Run Founder and Director and Leverick Bay Resort Marina General Manager
  • Monica Willis – Co-Founder and Director of BVI Poker Run and Leverick Bay Resort and Marina Hospitality Manager
  • Brian Deher – IGY Isle del Sol Marina SXM General Manager and Director of Operations
  • Lloyd Tackling – US Embassy Representative for Saint Maarten
Press Contact
Gabriela Irizarry
JL Marketing
office 787.648-2604
e-mail g.irizarry@jlmarketingfirm.com
web www.jlmarketingfirm.com
www.caribbeanpokerrun.com





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