Chris Ferguson Challenge – bankroll management strategy

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This article is a part of the Poker Bankroll Management series.

For those who haven’t heard of the Chris Ferguson Challenge – here is a short summary of his project. The Poker Pro player Chris Ferguson started his own mission – turn 0$ into 10.000$. This project was an exercise in bankroll management – with clear rules for his buy in strategy.

From the very beginning the project Ferguson set up some clear guidelines he strictly had to follow:

  1. Never buy into a cash-table or a Sit&Go with more than 5 percent of his total bankroll (with an exception for the lowest limits: it was allowed to buy into any game with a buy-in less than 2.50$).
  2. Never buy into a multi-table tournament for more than 2 percent of the bankroll to a minimum tournament buy in of 1$
  3. If at any time during a No-Limit or Pot-Limit cash-game session the money on the table represents more than 10 percent of the total bankroll, he must leave the game when the blinds reach him.

Starting with an account at Full Tilt Poker with a balance of 0$ Chris Ferguson had to play freerolls until he earned enough for a cash-table buy in.

Chris Ferguson Challenge

Eventhough Ferguson is a pro it wasn’t easy for him to build up his bankroll. Especially at the low limit tables he had difficulties picking up momentum for the first 7 months.

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1 Comment to Chris Ferguson Challenge – bankroll management strategy

February 24, 2009

This is an amazing challenge to see and fills me with ambition. However I am not Chris Ferguson.

Another guy who is a relative nobody is doing a similar challenge his online name is Brokerstar.

I’m following him as if he can pull it off then it gives me more hope that I’ll be able to do it.

He is playing No Limit Holdem on a smaller european site that gives nearly twice as much rakeback to make the challenge easier.

Here are his blog posts:


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