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Build your hand in the AOPA Poker Run National Flight Challenge

Poker runs are never really about strategy, unless your strategy is to get out there, go places, and enjoy the journey.

Photo by Chris Rose.

Many books have been written about the art and math of poker, but you won't need them. Everything has been left to chance, so all you can do is visit seven different airports between July 1 and September 30, and check in each time with the AOPA app (version 2.6 or higher, please).

What, besides sampling hamburgers, pie, and ice cream at great airport restaurants, is in it for participating pilots? Well, how about a nice Bose A20 headset, and an AOPA prize pack including a year of iFlightPlanner Premium access, a year of AOPA membership with Pilot Protection Services Plus, and a $100 AOPA Pilot Gear gift certificate? That will be the top prize awarded to one lucky pilot at the conclusion of this challenge.

There will be four winners when all hands are down, and not one of them will have demonstrated any skill in bluffing. Each Pilot Passport check-in generates a random card that is added to your hand. You can check in only once per day at any one airport, though you can visit as many different airports in a day as you care to—and check in for another card at each. Once seven cards have been added to your hand, the Pilot Passport system picks the best five to become your final hand. That's it. You don't have to know a flush from a straight, you just have to wait to see if your full house holds up among the best hands. (If "full house" makes you think about a television show and not a card game, we've got you covered.)

Jim Moore

Jim Moore

Managing Editor-Digital Media
Digital Media Managing Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot, as well as a certificated remote pilot, who enjoys competition aerobatics and flying drones.
Topics: AOPA Products and Services, U.S. Travel

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