WRGPT stands for Worldwide Rec.Gambling Poker Tournament or something very similar. It is a poker tournament played for exactly no money using email as the communication method. Why play? For fun, of course. Where else could you enter a tourney with over 1000 players from all around the world that lasts for most of a year?
WRGPT is starting the 19th annual tourney in November of 2009.
The first tourney included only 30 players and was dealt by hand by Will Hyde (?) who then sent email messages to each of the players telling them what cards they had. The players would return the email telling Will what action they would like to happen.
The next year a poker program was written that understood email commands directly. This program was written by Ron Duursma. Actually, it is a collection of programs and scripts that run WRGPT. Later, other people contributed to the collection. Ken Anderson wrote scripts to handle "live redraws", another topic in this FAQ.
As mentioned above, WRGPT was originally run by hand by Will Hyde. Later, Ron Duursma ran it alone for a while. Mike Northham helped for a while. Then Ken Anderson helped. Then Jeff Woods and Ken Anderson ran it. Now Ken Anderson and David Widder run WRGPT.
This could be a similar problem to the above problem. Mail messages sent seconds apart could be delivered hours apart. Usually messages sent about the same time are delivered about the same time as well. But, not always. The remedy is to wait or send in a WHAT command.
Another cause of this problem is SPAM filters. Table action messages have a lot of recipients. Messages also come from a mail address named "dealer" which triggers many SPAM filters. The remedy for this is to check your SPAM filters that are either setup for your account or setup by your ISP or email provider. If this cannot be resolved you may need to use a free email provider online for WRGPT. Many companies block email from the dealer.
Several problems can cause this symptom. Your email could have been entered incorrectly. Your email could be bouncing. Your email could have a SPAM filter catching messages from the dealer. The WRGPT server could be down or inaccessible.
If you have never received dealer email you may have registered incorrectly. If you had email but it stopped it could be one of the other problems. Check the server by web surfing to the server at www.wrgpt.org. If you can get that page the server itself is up and accessible. If that works are you getting email from other outside places? If so check for SPAM filters that may be catching the mail. If all of those fail send email to the floorman to investigate.
You either have issued an ill formed command or you are sending formatted email messages. If you can set your email to different sizes, fonts or colors, there is a good chance you can send HTML or formatted email. The dealer can handle some of that but has real problems with most of it.
You will need to set your email application to send text only messages to the dealer.
If you are sending clear text only messages, check the manual to make sure the commands you send are formatted correctly. Some common mistakes are:
|$ not needed with *|
|CALL 50||CALL $50||$ needed with a number|
|CALL $100 /S||CALL/S $50||modifers go next to the word and before the amount|
Most likely you forgot to put the ID=xxxxxx in the subject line of your response. This is common as players often reply to the table action message instead of the "my cards" message which contains your ID.
Either that or the dealer server is down. Check www.wrgpt.org to see if it is down or not.
You can only play one entry ever per tournament. So, you CANNOT play your friend's hands while he is gone.
You also cannot play your friend's hands after you are eliminated because he is bored with the tourney.
Why? Because it is not allowed in real life tourneys. If it was then a top notch player, say Chris Ferguson, could play a lot of cheap satellites to the WSOP Championship event, win a lot of entries and put friends in all the seats. Then Chris can play his own hand way over aggressively hoping to make a monster stack or bust out. Busting out now has a less painful consequence as he just goes to the friend with the biggest current stack and takes over for him.
Busting out of a tourney means that the tourney is over for you.