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A healthy contingent of performance-boat owners from north of the border will represent at this weekend’s Lake Cumberland Poker Run. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

If sometime during the upcoming Lake Cumberland Poker Run in Kentucky you catch a stirring rendition of “Oh Canada”—the Canadian National anthem in case you’ve been living under a rock— don’t freak out. No one slipped anything funny in your drink. You’re not hearing things. You’re still at a poker run, not a hockey game.

Fact is, there’s a healthy contingent of performance-boat enthusiasts from the Toronto, Ontario, area headed to the annual blockbuster event. Presented by State Dock and known for what could be the world’s largest go-fast boat raft-ups and an outrageous good-time houseboat village, this year's run is attracting perhaps the biggest north-of the-border group in its history. And the pilgrimage was inspired—so to speak—by Dave Scotto of Team Gotta Go Outerlimits SL 50 V-bottom fame.

How do I know? I caught up with Jay Anthony Cooke, a Toronto area-based performance-boat lover—he used to own a 36-foot Nor-Tech catamaran called Two Face—who’ll run FB Marine Group’s currently for sale 52-foot Skater cat with his wife, Carrie, in the event. Like Scotto, Cooke has enjoyed the run in the past and is eager to return.

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