Boku87 turns $100 into $10,000 the hard way

starsnews.gifLet's be perfectly honest. There is no easy way to turn $100 into $10,000. It's possible, sure, but it's going to be tough. With that in mind, consider this: Thomas "Boku87" Boekhoff did it the hard way and he did on PokerStars without leaving his desk chair at home.

The one-time Supernova Elite had an idea a while back. To almost anybody else, it would seem inconceivable. Boekhoff was willing to bet he could run $100 up to $10,000 playing only low-limit sit and go tournaments. What's more, he only had 15 days to do it and he couldn't play above the $16 SNGs. When Boekhoff posted it to the forums, he said he would put up $20,000 that he could do it if bettors gave him 3-1 odds.

At first, he was roundly lampooned. Impossible, said a chorus of doubters. People were ready to put their money down.

"I expected to get like $15,000 to $20,000 and was a little bit surprised everyone was so eager to bet $3,000 plus against me," he said "Unfortunately all the big bettors dropped out after some people claimed they could do it themselves.There were also two high stakes player who were ready to bet any amount against me but unfortunately they noticed my bet after I already started."

Around $32,000 in transfers were put in escrow with PokerStars before the bet went off, with Boekhoff transferring enough to cover his end of the bet.


And so, Boekhoff set about making it happen. It would mean day in, day out poker for all the marbles. Most people would resort to stimulants to keep them running. Boekhoff said no way.

"No coffee or stuff," he said. "I listened to music 100% of my playing time and when I felt a little tired I turned up the volume to keep me focused."

This was not the German's first rodeo. A year or so back, Boekhoff made no secret of his multi-tabling skills. If you think running four or five SNGs at the same time is tough, try doing 51 at a time. Just watching it in the video below is enough to make you go blind.

Now, imagine doing something like that for half a month straight. Then, imagine running bad. Oh, yes, variance happens, even in the the middle of monster prop bets. At one point midway through, Boekhoff went a little cold and had a long stretch where he only broke even. And in this kind of bet, breaking even is as good as losing. He almost gave up.

"I still had to win so much in such a short time and knew I would have to play all day long and I still might fail," he said. "It was really hard to motivate myself to even try it after I had already played poker all day long for nearly a week."

At one point on Day 11--with just a few days to go--Boekhoff was only sitting on $5,500. It was amazing, sure, but it was way off the pace he needed to make it to $10,000 by Day 15.

"I said to myself: 'Okay I will play two more sessions and If I still don't win big I will just give up," Boekhoff said. "Luckily I ran hotter than the sun and won like $2,000 in five hours."

That was the moment Boku87 knew he had it made.He coasted through the next few days and by Day 13 had the $9,900 profit he needed to collect on the bets. He ran a victory lap of $3.30 SNGs the next day to push the account over the $10,000 mark.

This is was what his PokerStars cashier screen looked like when it was all said and done.


Here's what the final moment looked like from Boekhoff's web cam.

We asked Boekhoff if he would ever do it again.

"Maybe," he said, "but certainly not during summer. If I come up with another bet I will do it in October or November."

If you decide to make it happen, Thomas, we wish you the best of luck. We also wish you luck in getting 3-1 again. Frankly, we wouldn't give you 3-1 on $10 anymore. Nice work, sir.

To see some neat graphs and some real-time emotion from the bet, check out Boekhoff's blog.

Brad Willis
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