The 1st Annual Dog Iron Poker Run is set for April 30. The event kicks off at the Claremore VFW at 8am with an All You Can Eat Biscuits & Gravy (for $3.50) and proceeds go to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Registration starts at 9am, with the First Bike Out at 10am.


Cars, Motorcycles, or whatever you might drive or ride, are more than welcome to join the fun. All proceeds benefit Rogers County Youth Services. Riders can purchase their playing card at $5 per hand, or buy four hands and get the fifth one free. Obviously, the more you buy the better chance you have to win the High Hand (number). 


Top prize is $500 cash, sponsored by Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs, and will go to the Rider with the highest overall number, for the High Hand. Each stop will have event volunteers that will record the number on the number chip, so essentially they are playing with numbered chips not cards. We haven’t forgotten those of us who usually lose at poker, so we have a great prize for the Low Hand (number) winner. Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs will give a Race Day table for 6 in the Turf Club. This prize winner will receive dinner for 6, with each member of the party receiving a T-Shirt, and Racing programs. 


Several other prizes will be raffled off, some at the beginning and the end of the Poker Run, and others only at the end. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. There will be 50/50 raffle; with 50% of the proceeds going to Rogers County Youth Services, and the other 50% going to the winning raffle ticket drawn. Event t-shirts will be available for purchase at both the VFW and Will Rogers Downs, and proceeds from t-shirts sales also benefitting RCYS.


The five stops on the run include the starting point, Claremore VFW, and then Dee’s Route 66 in Foyil, Hilltop in Chelsea, Pop’s in Oologah, and the last stop will be at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs.  


“With a $90,000 budget shortfall in the next fiscal year, this couldn’t come at a better time”, said Herb McSpadden, RCYS Executive Director. “To help raise funds organizations have to be creative and think outside the box, so when we were approached about this event we were glad to hear of the interest and recognize the diverse back ground of participants that are looking forward to the 1st Annual Dog Iron Poker Run”.


Tanya Andrews, Executive Director of the Claremore Convention & Visitors Bureau, and long time Motorcycle Enthusiast, believes that riders from across the state are missing the beautiful scenic rides in northeast Oklahoma. “My husband and I have taken several long distance rides, going about 5,000 miles round trip, and have seen some amazing country; but what we love about riding in this part of our home state, is it is every bit as beautiful and a nice ride”. “Enthusiasts like us come from all walks of life. Many are business owners, professionals, doctors, lawyers, and represent one common thing…we all like to ride and are always looking for that next place to ride to”.  “Bikers” like causes and especially feel for those that involve children; this is a great cause and they need our help. What RCYS provides is a great service to our community and to all of northeast Oklahoma, so if we can help raise a little money to help, we are glad to do it”, said Andrews.  


Everyone is welcome to participate in inaugural Dog Iron Poker Run. On April 30, starting at the Claremore VFW at 1717 W. Dupont, participants can enjoy breakfast at 8am, and then register starting at 9am; first bike leaves at 10am. Please contact the Claremore Convention & Visitors Bureau at 918-341-8688, or by email at, for more information.