The first poker run of the Grand Lake season is the Brad Smith Memorial Poker Run, set for June 13th & 14th.

This event, hosted and organized by Ugly John’s at Thunder Bay Marina at Grand Lake, is in memory of Brad Smith, who died in a high-speed boating accident in 2013.  This event will honor Brad and will also act as a fund raiser for the Brad Smith Children’s Fund.Brad Smith Memorial Poker Run

According to Travis Reed, who was a long time close friend of Smith’s, “I would call Grand Lake Brad’s ‘home lake’ because it was so close to his home in Joplin. He had a lot of power in boats there (at Grand Lake) as well as on Lake of the Ozarks and as far away as Florida”.

Reed is also working on rallying a contingent of performance boats from Lake of the Ozarks to come to this inaugural memorial poker run, and Lake TV will also provide coverage of the event. According to Reed, “we’re doing this because it’s the kind of thing Brad did for everybody”.

There is a$200 entry free, and that includes one T-Shirt designed and produced by Dynamite Graphix of Joplin, the same folks that handled the Smith Power Memorial T-shirts that are offered through the Smith Power Memorial Facebook page. Additional T-shirts will be sold on site during the event.

The schedule for the Brad Smith Memorial Poker Run is as follows with all events at Ugly John’s Thunder Bay Marina in Duck Creek on Grand Lake:

Friday, June 13th

  • 5 p.m. – Registration Opens
  • 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Silent Auction is Open
  • 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Live Auction (All proceeds benefit Brad Smith’s Children)
  • 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. -Live Entertainment at Ugly’s Grill & Bar

Saturday, June 14th

  • 10 a.m. – Poker Run registration opens. (Proof of insurance is mandatory)
  • 11 a.m. – Captain’s Meeting
  • 11:30 a.m. – All participants meet at dock to start their engines for a ‘Moment of Loudness’ to honor Brad Smith. Poker Run begins.
  • 7 p.m. – Poker Run party and hands played/displayed at Ugly’s Grill & Bar

For more information on the Brad Smith Memorial Poker Run, including details on donations for the auction or additional sponsorship of the event, contact Tisha at Ugly John’s at (918) 782-4414 or email her at [email protected].

You can also find more information on the Ugly John’s Brad Smith Memorial Poker Run Facebook page here.