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PokerStars Player Boku87 Aims to Best Chris Ferguson

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Since Chris Ferguson turned a zero bankroll into thousands of dollars on Full Tilt Poker, poker players the world over have tried to accomplish the same feat.  Many have met with mild success but few have reached the pinnacles that PokerStars player Boku87 has.

Starting out in 2007 as a Supernova Elite VIP player, this PokerStars player has been a true shooting star when it comes to turning a small stake into a huge windfall. Boku87 completed his first challenge that year when he turned $100 into a sizeable $10,000 bankroll – and he did it in just 14 days while playing on PokerStars! Then as a follow-up, in 2008 he entered the PokerStars EPT Grand Final where he pocketed close to $100,000 for his 14th place finish. And while those accomplishments are impressive, his latest challenge will be his biggest one yet.

On July 15th, 2009, Thomas Boerkhoff, AKA Bokus87, started his journey to turn $5 into an amazing $100,000 and he has just 12 months to accomplish this monumental feat. Adhering to strict bankroll management principles much like Chris Ferguson did, Thomas started out playing 10 cent Sit n’ Go tournaments and 2/4 cents Fixed Limit cash games. As his bankroll grew, he moved up to bigger Sit n’ Gos while putting in about eight hours a day at the tables, in his quest to reach his $100k goal as quick as possible.

Proving that he is wasting no time, Thomas ended the month of July with a $10,000 bankroll - matching his amazing two week accomplishment in 2007.  With the speed at which he is climbing the bankroll ladder, it looks like he will reach his goal way before the year is up. And to keep everyone up to date on how he is fairing on his historical poker journey, Bokus87 has his own blog on PokerStars, where he posts all of his latest poker plays and strategies. His blog will be updated twice a week, where he will post about his thoughts on this challenge and how he is progressing.

When the challenge first started Thomas introduced himself on his blog by saying, “My name is 'Boku87', a former Supernova Elite player on PokerStars, and I would like to introduce you all to my latest poker challenge. Within a year, I am going to try to turn $5 into $100,000! Recently, I completed a challenge to turn $100 into $10,000 in less than 2 weeks, but this new one will be a lot harder.”

Then towards the end of July Boku87 seemed happy with his progress and having $9,200 in his bankroll when he stated; “By playing so many tournaments, I have of course also collected plenty of FPP, and I already have 77,400. I think that on Saturday I will have 100,000 and will use them to buy myself a $1,500 cash bonus. So basically, I reached the $10,000 mark in my challenge in July - let's see what August will bring!”

Not much is known about Thomas Boerkhoff, except that he hails from Germany and has a knack for building a massive bankroll from nothing in a short time span. So move over Chris Ferguson, a new bankroll building challenge leader is on the rise! Keep up with Thomas’s accomplishments as he shoots for the stars and reaches his goal by tuning in to his blog on PokerStars. Who knows, you may just garner enough tips to accomplish building a big bankroll for yourself for just a few dollars. As you can see, it can be done!

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