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Area snowmobilers need to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.

The fourth annual snowmobile poker run, hosted by the Ellery Sno-Cruisers, Kiwanis Club of Lakewood and the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 16. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $30 per player.

Participants can register and start the poker run from any of seven locations involved, including: Bemus Point Golf Course, Lakeview Hotel, Witch Kitch Inn, Pine Junction, Vikings Lake Park, Trillium Lodge or Murdock’s Family Restaurant.

Additional stops for poker cards include: Whiskey Hill Saloon, Sandy’s Whitehorse Inn, French Creek Tavern, Back Yard Bar & Grill, Tom’s Tavern, Steener’s Pub, The Hill, The Barr, Cafe Cooler and Stockton Grill.

According to Marcus Maloney, Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club event coordinator and co-chair for the poker run, 100 percent of the funds generated after expenses will be donated to the Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team and the Youth Snowmobile Education Fund. The education fund will benefit state-mandated education courses that young riders must complete before hitting the trails.

“We’re hoping with the upcoming weather we can get people out riding and supporting local businesses,” Maloney said.

The run will conclude at Vikings Lake Park by 6 p.m., where food will be provided.

The best five-card poker hand will win up to $1,000. Additional prizes will also be awarded.

The “snow date” is Sunday, Feb. 23, if the weather is not cooperative. Call the trail hotline, 800-242-4569, or visit www.chautauquasnow.com for trail conditions.

Sponsors of the event include the Ellery Sno-Cruisers, Jamestown Vikings Scandanavian Fraternal Organization, 106.9 Kiss FM/News Talk 95.3, Kiwanis Club of Lakewood, The Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club and the Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team.