Poker Run: June 29, 2024…Are You In?

Lincoln’s EAA Chapter 1541 is conducting a classic Poker Run on Saturday, June 29. This is an opportunity for pilots and passengers in the Sacramento area to have some flying fun. We have five airports laid out…Lincoln, Auburn, Yuba County, Colusa County, and Yolo County. Each participant flies to each airport on Saturday morning and gets one playing card sealed in an envelope. Fly to all the airports in the logical order from where you are starting from. (Or be illogical, hey, we don’t care.  Just visit them all and pick up a Poker Run envelope at each!). The Poker Run ends at the Lincoln airport, and there you will see what five-card poker hand you drew. The participant with the best poker hand (and the one with the worst) will get a prize. You don’t have to be a pilot to participate…you can arrange to ride along with someone or probably talk your favorite pilot into collecting a poker hand for you while you wait expectantly at Lincoln. The fun is in the flying…the poker is the excuse to go. We’re having a special BBQ Lunch at our EAA hangar at Lincoln at the end of the poker run as we sort out the winners and losers.  Cost is $35 to participate either as a pilot or passenger, and that includes the BBQ Lunch. Groupies and other non-participants can also have lunch for $10.


Each participant must pre-register using this signup link. There are 52 available slots; each participating player, pilot or passenger, must register for one slot using the signup link.


Each Playing Participant Assembling a Poker Hand (Pilot or Passenger) Including BBQ Lunch at Lincoln (KLHM): $35.00  You can pay when you turn in your Poker Run envelopes, or pay ahead of time using this link:

Instructions and Rules

Official Rules

  1. The Poker Run will take place on Saturday June 29th. The boxes with a deck of cards in individual envelopes — one card per envelope — will be in place at each location by 9:00a.m.  (Hint to slower aircraft: you can leave your home airport as early as you like, and you might wish to plan being on the ground at the most distant airport in your plan by around 9:00 a.m.)
  2. All pilots and participants must register using the registration link above before the start of the event.  (Note this link take you to a separate sign-up website, so it is best to finish reading these rules before you click the registration link.)
  3. The entrance fee is $35 for pilots and participants.  This can be pre-paid online using the Payment link above, or when you turn in your Poker Run envelopes at the EAA hangar at KLHM.
  4. You do not need to be a member of EAA to participate.
  5. You can choose what airport you would like to start at and what route you would like to use.
  6. The airports to visit are:
    • Auburn Municipal Airport (KAUN)
    • Yuba County (KMYV)
    • Colusa County (O08)
    • Yolo County (KDWA)
    • Lincoln Regional (KLHM)
  1. Each participant will draw an envelope at each location. Each envelope contains a card which will be uniquely marked.  Each participant is allowed to draw only one envelope from each location.  The envelope must remain sealed and all five envelopes are then presented at the Poker Run check-in table at the EAA hangar, S-12 at Lincoln Regional to be opened by event staff.
  2. Plan your route so that you can turn in your hand at Lincoln Regional Airport (KLHM) by 12:00 pm (noon).
  3. The best hand and worst hand will both be awarded cash prizes. In case of a tie, there will be a draw for the high card.
  4. Standard 5 card draw poker rules apply
  5. Participants must be present to claim their prize.
  6. All decisions of the judges are final!
  7. There will be a BBQ lunch at Lincoln Regional Airport starting at 12:00pm. You do not need to participate in the Poker Run to attend the lunch.  The lunch will be $10 for non-participants.
  8. EAA 1541 is hosting the event but assumes no liability for the safe operation of your aircraft and your flight. As PIC of your aircraft, you assume full responsibility.  Check all NOTAM’S, TFR’s, weather and ensure your aircraft is airworthy.

Poker Hands From Best To Worst

  • Royal Flush.
  • Straight Flush.
  • Four of a kind.
  • Full house.
  • Three of a kind.
  • Two pair.
  • Pair
  • High Card