for those of you with a Guys & Dolls earworm now… you’re welcome!

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It’s October, time for an annual event: the opening of the World Rec.Gambling Poker Tournament.  This year, it is in its 25th edition.  I have played in it every year from the 5th edition, onward.

The entry fee for this august event is, $0.  The potential payout is exactly the same.  This is a bragging rights event.  A good thing no money is involved, because the world’s oldest freeroll internet poker tournament is conducted entirely by email.  Yes, you read that correctly: email.  You know… text messaging for old people.

Despite the opprobrium that attaches to it, email still rules in the business world.  This leads to some quirks when doing something like running a poker tournament with players all over the world.  We have the settings of office hours, which are the ten hours each weekday you are responsible to act if it’s up to you to do so.  If you don’t act within four of your office hours, you will time-out and your hand will be folded.

These parameters may sound a bit odd now that “everyone” has a smartphone in their pocket, which gives instant access to email every waking minute.  But the organizers of the WRGPT specifically want to maintain the flavor of the 1990s, which is when this started.  Playing poker by email was whiz-bang, and playing poker interactively online was not even dreamt of yet.

I kind of like the throwback accents of this event.  It’s twined in my memories with when and how I met my wife, and so it always is and always will be a fall season sweetness for me.  You can join me; the signup for WRGPT25 is here.