SENECAVILLE -- The 12th Annual Seneca Lake Poker Float, a popular aquatic version of a poker run, will take place Saturday, August 12, at Seneca Lake, sponsored by the Seneca Sportsmen's Club.

Registration is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Seneca Sportsmen's Club courtesy dock on the day of the Float. Punch cards are $5 each, with no limit to the number of cards per person. Tickets for a 50/50 drawing will also be available throughout the event.

Participants receive a map of Seneca Lake with five card-punch stations marked, where boaters can stop and get their entry cards punched between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the lake.

All boats are due back to the Seneca Sportsmen's Club with completed punch cards by 5:30 p.m., where they will then be dealt a five-card poker hand. Players can buy three extra cards for $3 to try to improve their hand.

Dealers will start dealing the hands at 3 p.m. and continue until 6 p.m. at Seneca Sportsmen's Club.

Winners will be announced around 7 p.m. after all hands have been rated. Ten winners with the highest-ranking poker hands will be given prizes. The 50/50 drawing will also take place at this time. All participants must be present at the time of the announcements in order to receive their prizes.

Food prepared by Cid's BBQ will be available for purchase at the Seneca Sportsmen's Club dock area from 2 to 7 p.m., with disc jockey music provided from 3 to 7 p.m.

The Seneca Sportsmen's Club is located off State Route 147 just east of the Mud Run bay.

Corporate sponsors are Buckeye Lake Marina, Art Works, Bill's Towing Salesville, The Wooden Wheel, The Forum, Doan Ford, Lashley Tractor Sales, Rod's Weld and Rebuild, Village Hardware, Cid's BBQ, and Dunning Motors.

For more information about the Poker Float, including directions, please call 740-238-0181.

Proceeds benefit the non-profit Seneca Sportsmen's Club. For information about club membership, contact Steve McGee at 740-238-0181, or Lefty Hall at 740-425-3671.