By the close of business today (8/02/2010) FPC staff reported that approximately 85 teams had been confirmed for the 18th Annual Emerald Coast Poker Run, with well over 125 teams expected. The area waterways and beaches continue to be oil-free, and the FPC office can still handle all reservations for participants into most major resorts and condominiums, including Emerald Grand, Destin West Resort and the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort. Boat Week activities commence August 11th, and continue through Sunday August 15th, culminating with a free Lynyrd Skynyrd Beach Concert at the Boardwalk, sponsored by the Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau. Florida Powerboat Club has participated in this huge poker run since 1999, and this year’s event adds new checkpoints, great prizes a steady stream of fabulous parties….with proceeds benefitting the Emerald Coast Foundation and a variety of youth organizations in Okaloosa County. Registration can be online via the FPC website at www.flpowerboat.com, or by calling the FPC office, at 954-545-1414.