HISTORY

The first poker run held in the Caribbean started in 2017 by Sir Nick Willis and his wife Monica, owners of the Leverick Bay Resort and Marina, with the intention of attracting tourists to their hotel. The inaugural event had 12 participating boats, 3 of which came from Puerto Rico. Since then, the event has grown beyond the Willis’ wildest expectations. Today, the Leverick Bay Poker Run attracts over 290 competing boats and over 3,000 spectators.

The success of the Leverick Bay Poker Run, held in Virgin Gorda, BVI, inspired the creation of the U.S. Virgin Islands Stars and Stripes Poker Run in 2014. The event is held in St. Thomas, based out of Yacht Haven Grande, the premier megayacht marina in the IGY Marinas portfolio. The Stars and Stripes Poker Run has quickly grown to more than 65 participating boats and 1,500 spectators, with more expected in 2017.

In 2016, a sister event to the Leverick Bay Poker Run was launched in St. Maarten. In its inaugural year, the Presidente Poker Run attracted over 40 boats and 1,500 spectators from as far away as Florida in the U.S.

The Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run series is the natural culmination of the popularity and success of these three, independent nautical events. In its inaugural year, the Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run is expected to be the biggest nautical event of its kind in the Caribbean, attracting a combined total of more than 100 boats and over 1,500 spectators to the crystal-clear azure waters of the Caribbean.

TIMELINE

Sir Nick Willis, founder of the Leverick Bay Poker Run
Founder of the Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run series, Javier Lopez, Nick Willis & Sir Richard Branson

A CHARITY EVENT

The Leverick Bay Poker Run’s popularity has increased with each passing year, becoming a greatly anticipated national event in the BVI. With each successive year, it attracts more participants, spectators, and nautical enthusiasts from around the world. The success of the event has become a vehicle to help the local community. Each year, thousands of dollars generated by the event are donated to local BVI charities, serving a wide variety of needs from education to cancer research.

The Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run series intends to continue that tradition with the intention of donating a portion of the series’ proceeds to charitable organizations in the BVI, the USVI and St. Maarten.