Email Poker: A Decades-Long Tradition Still Crawling at the WRGPT –


One of poker’s oldest tournaments will crown its latest champion next summer.

In its decades of history, the likes of Greg “Fossilman” Raymer and the now-infamous Chris “Jesus” Ferguson have made their marks. It began as just a handful players and ballooned into thousands following the 2003 boom, with participation settling around current levels in the past few years.

Yes, it’s time once again for the World Rec.Gambling Poker Tournament.

What is the WRGPT?

If you aren’t familiar with the WRGPT, you can be forgiven. Self-proclaimed as “probably the world’s oldest and biggest free email poker tournament,” it exists in a niche community supported by a few hundred loyal players. It’s been running since 1991, making it older than current poker champions Fedor Holz and Adrian Mateos.

Ken Anderson first participated in WRGPT back in 1993, when it had 195 players. The software engineer volunteered for an administrative role a few years after that and runs the show nowadays as the “floorperson,” along with David Widder.

The two of them continue to improve the software running the tournament, while also resolving disputes and making rulings.

Anderson believes nostalgia is likely the driving force behind the continued success of the WRGPT.

“Playing poker by email is so old school.”

“The appeal is probably the same type of appeal there is for vinyl,” he said.

Niche communities still support text-based dungeon-crawlers and role-playing games despite the proliferation of RPGs on gaming consoles and computers that sport stunning modern visuals and animations. Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classics are flying off the shelves about 25 years after they were first released.

These anachronisms continue to exist, so why not text-based email poker?

Industry stalwart Kevin Mathers stumbled upon WRGPT over a decade ago and has played every year

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