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Zero to $100 on Full Tilt Poker

By Jason Woolem


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Part 1


In March of 2006, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, a professional poker player, and a member of Full Tilt Poker decided to try to build a bankroll by starting with $0 and trying to build it up to $10,000. After 16 months of playing freerolls and trying to go through the process of following some strict guidelines when playing at the cash game tables, he finally did reach his goal of breaking the $10,000 barrier.


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My goal over the next couple of months is to try and do the same thing, however I want to take $0 and turn it into $100. By playing in the same freeroll tournaments that “Jesus” played on Full Tilt Poker, I will try and build up a bankroll that would allow me to play in the cash games on Full Tilt Poker, and when I got to that point, I would then follow the same rules that “Jesus” laid out, and those are:


• He never buys into a cash game or a Sit & Go with more than 5 percent of his total bankroll (there is an exception for the lowest limits: he is allowed to buy into any game with a buy-in of $2.50 or less).


• He doesn’t buy into a multi-table tournament for more than 2 percent of his total bankroll, but he’s allowed to buy into any multi-table tournament that costs $1.


• 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 his total bankroll, he must leave the game when the blinds reach him.


These rules do seem a little strict, but building a bankroll to have money means that you need to set rules, and these are probably some of the best rules that I have seen laid out for any poker player to try and build a bankroll.


Now, it took did take “Jesus” more than seven months before he was able to get his bankroll stable at around $6.50. But, miracles do happen, and on November 26th, 2006, “Jesus” won $104 in a $1 buy-in tournament, and that allowed him to use his amazing poker playing skills to build his bankroll in a more manageable way than dodging bullets in a tournament field.


Currently, my journey has not gone so well with only playing one freeroll, and I had busted out decently early trying to build up some chips, because most of the players in these freerolls play very different than how they would normally play if they had money that they had paid to get into the tournament.


Overall, I think my play style will change in these tournaments, because I defiantly feel that I am a better short stack, when you have a small amount of chips relative to the size of the blinds, player, so that will mean that I will play a few more hands early on to try and build that bankroll up.


My goal is to try and at least win some money within the next two parts of this three part article series, and you will all see the progression that I have taken from there. And if that doesn’t work, well at least I have lost no money trying to do this, and that is always a plus.


So until next time, in the words of Mike Sexton, “May all your cards be live, and your pots be monsters.”