Police Hold Poker Run to Raise Money for Police Games


The San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Division held their inaugural Motorcycle and Classic Car Poker Run Saturday. Officer Rodrigo Hernandez explained that the poker run raises money for the motorcycle rodeo portion of the upcoming worldwide Texas Police Games to be held in San Angelo in June 2016.

Hernandez said that their organizing committee is expecting somewhere between 1500 and 2000 competitors and their families to visit San Angelo for the competition. “They are already making motel reservations here,” Hernandez said.

Today’s competitive route encompassed 110 miles northwest and north of San Angelo through Sterling City and Robert Lee. Hernandez said that it was a great morning for a motorcycle ride.

Riders usually rode in groups and were sent to specific destinations, like a convenience store in Robert Lee to pick up beads. The riders returned to Family Power Sports to redeem their beads for cards to play poker. The best hands won prizes from a myriad of sponsors, including Family Power Sports, O’Reilly Auto Parts, McAlister’s Deli, and Dickey’s Barbeque Pit. The entry fee was $25.

Officer Josh Loudermilk said that the rules of engagement didn’t require speed, just to get to each location to collect the bead.

Hernandez said that the tally of the money raised today isn’t final, but he expects about $3,000 was raised.

Money raised today will go towards the Motorcycle Rodeo portion of next year’s Police Games. The proceeds of the Motorcycle Rodeo will be donated to the family of Sgt. Korby Kennedy, the former head of the Traffic Division who was killed in a tragic crash earlier this year.

Below is a LIVE! Stream of the event.

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