Phil Petersons Poker Run General Info & Attractions
The 2017 Key West Poker Run will be the 45th annual event. Phil Petersons Harley Davidson throws their annual Poker Run in Key West Florida on the third weekend in September. There are a lot of various size motorcycle events in Florida and this poker run will attract around 10,000 attendees. The city of Key West blocks off an eight block area of Duvall Street to allow attendees to park their motorcycles and enjoy the festivities. Petersons Poker Run benefits charities (including the Diabetes Research Institute) and is on the 2017 Lightning Customs' Major Motorcycle Rallies List.
There are a lot of area attractions including the riding over the bridges connecting the Keys while checking out the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Also it is fun to hang out at some of the well-known bars. At the time of writing, the official dates, fees, and events have not been announced, so the below is the traditional information.
Over the 44 years the poker run Phil Peterson’s Harley has been holding in the Florida Keys the attractions have expanded and so have the number of days the event encompasses have increased.
The weekend before the event there are Pre-Poker Run parties and open houses at both of the Peterson’s HD locations.
Duval Street will be blocked off for the party-zone for attendees and motorcycles-only parking. In the past, the cost for the wristband that needs to go on your right hand mirror was $5 if you pay when purchasing your Poker Run hand or $10 at Duval Street. If you don’t have one or your bike is not moved by 2:00am, your bike will get ticketed and possibly towed. You will be able to sign-up at both of the Peterson’s dealerships.
How the actual poker run works, is the people with the ten best hands will play one hand of Texas Hold ‘Em for a cash prize, in 2016 it was for $10,000. Each of the stops along the Poker Run has parties and attractions.
There will also be the Official Welcome Party, live music, annual Bar Stroll & Upper Duval Crawl, bike show, tattoo contest, other contests, games, parties, pool parties, charity raffle that benefits the Diabetes Research Institute and Sunrise Rotary for their endeavors, and vendors.