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MER-5992_Racing_Blog_Bago Big Bet_community.jpgHigh-performance boating fans are invited to join the exciting world of high-stakes poker at the inaugural Bago Big Bet Poker Run, June 20-23, 2024, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where adrenaline meets the serene waters of Lake Winnebago.

Sponsored by Mercury Racing and hosted by Offshore Wench, the Bago Big Bet promises a heart-pounding combination of high-performance boat displays, a dazzling boat parade, and a VIP concert experience that will generate big waves and great memories over the course of four thrilling days on and off the water around Oshkosh.

“Registration for this event will be capped at 100 boats, and we anticipate a sellout,” said Jeff Broman, director of category for Mercury Racing. “We are thrilled to be onboard to support this world-class event. This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the Oshkosh area to the powerboat community and to share our passion for high-performance boating with the community where we live and work.”

While many of the events are open to the community, the poker run requires registration by May 24. Boats must run Mercury Marine or Mercury Racing power in order to be eligible to participate in this portion of the event weekend.

All proceeds from the poker run will benefit the K9s for Warriors program, which provides service dogs for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury or military sexual trauma.

The event kicks off with a pre-party at 6 p.m. on April 20 at the Tap Room at Fox River Brewing Company in Oshkosh, where you can get a taste of Bago Big Bet Brew, specially crafted just for the event. No RSVP required.

For more information about the Bago Big Bet Poker Run or to register, visit

Bago Big Bet Schedule

Saturday, 4/20

  • 6 p.m. Kickoff Party at the Tap Room at Fox River Brewing Company in Oshkosh.

Thursday, 6/20

  • 4 p.m. Downtown Boat Parade. Boats make their way through downtown Oshkosh, ending at the Waterfest grounds.
  • 6 p.m. Concert by the River. Experience the sounds of blues and rock with a VIP section at the Waterfest concert for event registrants.

Friday, 6/21

  • 11 a.m. Optional Fun Run to Fond du Lac Yacht Club presented by Hansen's Heavy Hauling.
  • 2 p.m. Raft up to Streich’s Bay Sand Bar in Oshkosh for an afternoon of music and games.
  • 6 p.m. The Bet Kickoff Party: Finish the day with a famous Blu Bobber brew and mouth-watering eats at Fox River Brewing Company.

Saturday, 6/22

  • 9 a.m. Mandatory Captain’s breakfast meeting at the convention center in the hotel. All crew welcome.
  • 11 a.m. Convene at the starting point for the Bago Big Bet Poker Run to Winneconne, Stockbridge and Streich’s Bay Sand Bar. Participants collect poker cards and chips along the way. Bring them to the evening reception at The Howard to see who has the best hand.
  • 6 p.m. Glam Night Reception. Break out the sparkles and glitter for dinner, reception and bowling at The Howard. Transportation will be available.

Sunday, 6/23

  • 10:30 a.m. Optional farewell brunch at Fox River Brewing Company.