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Monster Storm revs up for the weekend

October 10, 2018

With the roar of high-octane engines and the howl of spectators, Monster Storm will return to Lake Havasu City this weekend.

Formerly known as Monster Bash, participants in the Halloween-themed poker run will gather at the London Bridge Resort starting Friday. An event counter to April’s annual Desert Storm Poker Run and Shootout, the event will feature smaller watercraft, according to Lake Havasu outdoors enthusiast and blogger Dave Johnson. Johnson will be one of the event’s cosponsors this weekend.

“It’s a poker run, but smaller than Desert Storm,” Johnson said. “It’s geared more toward family fun, and it’s always been one of my favorite boating events of the year. They’re probably going to have 40 to 50 boats competing,” Johnson said. “But it’s not uncommon for them to have 50 to 60. This is usually Havasu’s last big boating event of the summer.”

Participants will meet for a Friday night welcome party at Martini Bay before gathering for a boaters’ meeting 8:30 a.m. Saturday before the poker run begins.

The poker run itself could be described as a combination between a race and a scavenger hunt. Participants will sail to locations throughout Lake Havasu including Havasu Springs, Steamboat Cove, the Chemehuevi Indian Reservation, Havasupai Station and Thompson Bay. Boaters will collect a random poker card at each location before returning to London Bridge Resort.

As the event progresses, Kokomo nightclub will host a Monster Storm Pool Party 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for participants and supporters.

Hands from the poker run will be turned in by 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with cash prizes available to participants who have the best hands. Prizes will also be awarded for teams who wear the best Halloween costumes for the event.

The event’s principal sponsor will be Phoenix-based Octane Marine.

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