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Published: 19th February 2010 Written by Poker News
Updated: 6th December 2023

pokerstars challenge - Thomas Boerkhoff PokerStars player aka Boku87 is making progress in his PokerStars challenge in which he is attempting to turn his $5 bankroll into $100,000 within one year. Boku87 started out in July 2009 with only $5 in his bankroll, in the first month of the challenge he managed to reach $10k using strict bankroll management and great poker skills.

Boku87 spends about 8 hours daily grinding at the tables try to reach his bankroll target, plays on average 1200 – 2000 Sit and Go tournaments each week.

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Boku87 PokerStars Challenge

Boku87 Poker Career Achievements

  • Reached PokerStars Supernova Elite in 2007
  • Boku87 has already turned a $100 deposit into $10,000 in less than 14 days
  • 14th place in the 2008 EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final winning $120,000

Thomas Boerkhoff starting out with only $5 in his bankroll Boku87 use bankroll management to slowly progress until he reached his goals and could afford to play higher limits. Here is the basic limits Boku87 played to help him achieve his target without going broke.

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Bankroll: $5
Games: 2c/4c Limit Hold em and 10c Sit n Go
Goal: $10 – $12

Bankroll: $10 – $12
Games: 5c/10c Limit Holdem and 25c Sit n Go
Goal: $40 – $50

Bankroll: $40 – $52
Games: $1 Sit n Go
Goal: $100 – $180

Bankroll: $180
Games: $3 Sit n Go
Goal: $800

Bankroll: $800
Games: $12 – $16  Sit n Go
Goal: $1800

Bankroll: $1800
Games: $27  Sit n Go
Goal: $10,000

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Thomas Boerkhoff reached the $10k goal within the first month of the Poker Stars challenge and by the end of 2009 he had a bankroll of $33,000 with 45,000 VPPs earned in the first six months. He has another six months left of this PokerStars challenge to earn $67,000

Boku87 other goals include reaching Supernova Elite status on PokerStars which will require him to earn a million PokerStars VIP Player Points. The benefits of Supernova Elite VIP status includes $50,000 cash and bonuses plus tournament entry to two live events and entry to the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker main event.

Thomas Boerkhoff plans to write a book about bankroll management and how to become a success player from low limits to the top.

Recently I wrote an article on Poker Bankroll Management and gave some examples of what limits you should be playing based on your current poker bankroll based on Chris Ferguson poker theory which he used to earn $10,000 from a Full Tilt Poker freeroll tournament.