On Saturday, October 9th, 2021, boaters had the opportunity to participate in the 36th Annual Fall Harbor Hop at Lake of the Ozarks. This year we had a record-breaking attendance of 2,376 hoppers. In addition to having an amazing attendance, the winning hand was a Royal Flush, and we don’t see that often. The hours for the hop ran from 11am-7pm with the exception of some establishments that opened at 9am and closed at 5pm.
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 held the first Saturday in May. Other sponsors include the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association and waterfront Restaurants.
The Harbor Hop is a boating event in which participants “Hop” from and to waterfront restaurants and marinas to draw playing cards in order to build a winning poker hand to become eligible to win prizes. Players can donate $20.00 per seven-card hand and start their hop 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.
This year’s winners covered seven different states and the hands were some of the best hands we have seen in years. We had more states participate in this years event but we were excited to see seven states represented in the winners list.
1) Gene Webb, Flippin, AR – Royal Flush – Clubs
2) Theresa Judd, Roach, MO – Straight Flush – Q High Spades
3) Tyler O’Krakel, Wichita, KS – Straight Flush – 5 High
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 Hands 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
To see the full list of winners, visit funlake.com/harborhop.