LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — The Lake of the Ozarks boating season's final big event, organizers say Fall Harbor Hop had a record number of participants this year, and the winner had the rarest hand you can get.
The 36th Annual Fall Harbor Hop was held on Saturday, Oct. 9 and brought a record 2,376 hoppers. In addition to the remarkable attendance, the winning hand was a rare Royal Flush. The hop ran from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
This year’s winners came from seven different states and the hands were some of the best hands organizers have seen in years.
1) Gene Webb, Flippin, AR - Royal Flush - Clubs
2) Theresa Judd, Roach, MO - Straight Flush - Q High Spades
4) Tim Bax, Fenton, MO - Four of a Kind A's 5) Amy Brigham, Janesville, WI - Four of a Kind K's
6) Cody W Bates, Smithville, MO - Four of a Kind 8's
7) Bob Stemmler, Eureka, MO - Four of a Kind 7's
8) Kim Rasner, Plainsfield, IL - Four of a Kind 4's
9) Joyce Schildberg, Greenfield, IA - Four of a Kind 3's
10) Perry Gorse, Arnold, MO - Four of a Kind 2's
Section 1) Cody W Bates, Smithville, MO - Four of a Kind 8's
Section 2) Dan Roberts, O'Fallon, MO - Full House K/6
Section 3) Perry Gorse, Arnold, MO - Four of a Kind 2's
Section 4) Theresa Judd, Roach, MO - Straight Flush - Q High Spades
Section 5) Jackie Crouthamel, Gravois Mills, MO - Full House 5/10
"Worst Hand" Winners
Trisha Knight, Raymore, MO
Cathy Edwards, Sunrise Beach, MO
Ben Camareno, Rocky Mount, MO
Elly Freesmeier, St. Charles, MO
Tyler S Wright, Kansas City, MO
Charlie McGraw, Lees Summit, MO
Chen Roberts, Higginsville, MO Nichole Wright, Kansas City, MO Barbie Everhart, Camdenton, MO Amanda Kokotorich, Belleville, IL Richard Lock, Tarkio, MO Andrea Gruber, Plainfield, IL Abby Stewart, Columbia, MO Dennis Love, Gravois Mills, MO Sherry Hermsen, Omaha, NE Erin Papenberg, State Center, IA
The Fall Harbor Hop traditionally is held the second Saturday of October. The Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau sponsors the Fall Harbor Hop as well as the Spring Harbor Hop, which is held the first Saturday in May. Other sponsors include the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association and waterfront restaurants.
Harbor Hop is a boating event in which participants travel (“hop”) among waterfront restaurants and marinas to draw playing cards in order to build a poker hand to become eligible to win prizes. Players can donate $20 per seven-card hand and draw their first card at any of the 35+ sponsoring restaurants and marinas along the Lake’s main channel, the Big Niangua and Gravois arms.