Pirate Poker Run

The 2023 Pirate Poker Run was a huge success!

SAVE THE DATE for the 2024 event! Saturday, September 7, 2024

Englewood Beach Waterfest’s Pirate Poker Run pays homage (albeit festive light-hearted fun) to the rich, romantic, and exciting Pirate legends surrounding the Florida peninsula and their rum-soaked yarns of buried ill-gotten loot! Read more about Florida’s Pirate History. Read more about Florida’s Pirate History.

PRizes | Raffle | Food | Music

Participants may travel via boat, automobile, or motorcycle!

  • Friday, September 8, 2023 (Captain’s Party and pick up poker bags)
    Ken & Barb’s Restaurant – 2000 Oyster Creek Dr, Englewood
  • Saturday, September 9, 2023 (Poker Run & Poker Tournament)
    Poker Hand Playing
    End Zone Coastal Sports Bar – 2440 S. McCall Rd., Englewood


  • Best Hand Receives $500 CASH Prize
  • Second Best Hand Receives $250 CASH Prize
  • Third Best Hand Receives $100 CASH Prize

*Potential Poker Hand winners must register their name, contact info and “Card Hand” with the Dealer before leaving the poker table.


We will have a large raffle (do not need to be present) with some great prizes.

Pirate Costume Contest

“Yo ho ho, don’t be a scallywag!” Pocket yer pieces of eight, run a shot across the bow, drop anchor in the lagoon, batten down yer hatches, lash ye parrot to the mizzenmast and peg leg it down ye gang plank to hoist a tankard of grog or a spot of rum … Pirate Poker Run is where “dead men tell no tales”.

The End Zone will sponsor a BEST Pirate Costume contest during poker play, so dress up yer crew and “walk the plank” for prizes!

Event Schedule

Ken & Barb's Grove City Kitchen Logo

Captain’s Party | Friday, September 8, 2023

4pm – 9pm at Ken & Barb’s Restaurant – 2000 Oyster Creek Dr., Englewood – where pre-registered participants need to pick-up their Waterfest Poker Run Packages. Onsite registration will be available.

Ken & Barb’s will have drink specials and a few tasting tables.

Endzone Coastal Sports Bar and Grille Logo

Pirate Poker Run | Saturday, September 9, 2023

If you did not pre purchase your hands you may go to Skips Marina (1990 CR-775, Englewood) from 9am – 10am at the Waterfest Tent.

All stops will open at 9am and close and cease poker chip dispersal at 3:00pm.

After completing the FIVE necessary stops, all players will HEAD TO

>>End Zone Coastal Sports Bar (2440 S McCall Rd) to play their poker hand. The Waterfest Poker Run Poker-Play Tents will OPEN at 4:00pm and CLOSE at 6:00pm.

After-Party continues at End Zone with:

  • Pirate Costume Contest
  • Live Music by Marker 5 Band
  • Drink & Food Specials ALL Night

*All Waterfest wrist-banded participants must complete playing poker by 6:00pm

** No refunds for unused hands will be made by Waterfest

Sponsored by Englewood Beach Waterfest. BIG Thank You to Cape Haze Marina for being our Pirate shirt sponsor!

Cape Haze Marina Logo

Photos of Past Events

Boat with Pirate Poker Run banner
Cards being dealt at poker table
Man wearing pirate costume
fishing boat with pirate flags driving away
5 people wearing costume in front of Englewood Beach Waterfest Poker Run sign
boats with pirate flags
group of people wearing pirate costumes