Poker 10k Challenge

The Diamond Challenge at ClubWPT™ For the first 29 days of November all of our Diamond members get a chance to compete in a daily qualifier that culminates with the $10,000 Diamond Challenge Invitational Main Event on Sunday, Nov 29, 2020. Winning Poker tournaments is HARD. But you CAN develop the tournament skills you need to have a CLEAR EDGE over your competition. I created The 30-Day Tournament Preparation Challenge to help you develop the skills you need to play every aspect of tournament poker well.

This tournament is based on Sweepstakes laws.* See Prize Eligibility for eligibility requirements. *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

$10,000 Prize Pool – $2,500 To First Place!


Fall is in the air and the online poker fun is just getting started! During the month of October we're raising the stakes yet again as we present the $10,000 ClubWPT™ VIP Challenge. This series of events will feature not just one, but TWO daily satellites, all leading up to the Main Event taking place on Sunday, November 1, 2020.

That's right! 60 qualifying tournaments, with ten (10) seats awarded in each (600 seats total), will give you plenty of chances to secure your seat for the $10,000 ClubWPT™ VIP Challenge Main Event.

But here's an added bonus: If you don't happen to qualify for a seat in one of the twice daily satellites, you can still buy in direct to the Main Event for 10,000 TPs.
Correct! Even if you don't secure a seat in one of the many qualifying satellites, there's a backdoor way into the Main Event if your TP bankroll allows it.

Whether you win your seat by participating in any of the two qualifiers running daily – 5:15 PM ET and 8:15 PM ET – or using some of your TP bankroll, the $10,000 ClubWPT™ VIP Challenge is one event you cannot afford to miss out on!

With 600 qualifier seats awarded – 20 each day – these satellites are the ideal primer to sharpen your game leading up to the coveted $10,000 ClubWPT™ VIP Challenge Main Event on Sunday, Nov 1, 2020 – An event that pays out a whopping $2,500 to first place!


Poker Tournament Series Details

  • Daily qualifiers running October 1-30, 2020 @ 5:15 PM ET and 8:15 PM ET.
  • Open to both VIP and Diamond members.
  • Satellite Buy-In: 250 TPs.
  • Top ten (10) finishers of each qualifier will win a seat into the Main Event on Sunday, November 1, 2020 @ 4 PM ET.
  • One seat only awarded per player, so please don't enter another qualifier if you've already secured your seat prior to the $10,000 ClubWPT™ VIP Challenge.
  • Even if a player doesn't win a seat in one of the 60 qualifiers, they can buy in direct to the Main Event on November 1, 2020 for 10,000 TPs.
  • NOTE: In order to compete in the $10,000 Diamond Challenge Invitational Main Event you need to be an active Diamond member at the time of shuffle up & deal on Sunday, November 1, 2020.

For those who don’t know, Chris Ferguson is a professional poker player who has won 5 World Series of Poker bracelets. Nicknamed ‘Jesus’ because of his long hair and beard, he plays most of his online poker at Full Tilt.

In 2009, he embarked on a challenge to turn $0 into $10K through playing free tournaments and working his bankroll up to the larger games.

Here are the rules he set himself:

  • He never bought into a Sit ‘n’ Go or cash game that constituted more than 5% of his bankroll – except at the very lowest limits
  • He didn’t buy into any multi-table tournaments worth more than 2% of his bankroll – again, this was waived for tournaments only costing $1
  • If at any time during a cash game, the money on the table was worth more than 10% of his total bankroll, he had to leave the table

The process was slow going and it took him more than 7 months to stabilise around $100, but from there he reached the $10K target with just another 8 months play.

Chris Ferguson took $0 and turned it into $10K in the space of 15 months

Being a Good Samaritan, he donated the cash to the Save the Children Foundation before deciding to up the stakes and turn the $10K into $100K (which he again managed to do).

So, sounds easy right? Well, that’s what I’m going to be finding out. I will try to follow Jesus’ astute bankroll management guidelines, but admittedly Ferguson clearly holds a number of advantages over me:

  • He’s a mathematical genius and game theory expert who possesses a Ph.D in computer science, whereas I am borderline special needs when it comes to statistics
  • He’s an experienced professional poker player with a well-documented string of big wins and top prizes. My biggest win is $3,000, which was around 8 years ago and have been known to crash out of home games against absolute novices in spectacular fashion
  • His higher skill level meant he could progress very quickly once he built a small bankroll. I will likely struggle at the high stakes game

Pretty bleak eh? Well, its not all bad. Believe it or not, I actually have some advantages of my own – slim as they may be:

  • As a Full Tilt sponsored pro, Ferguson had to play his freerolls at Full Tilt only. I am able to pick and choose the best freerolls from all the sites, giving me a deeper selection and more playing time
  • Ferguson will have dipped into the Challenge between sessions of normal play, where he makes a living. I have no bankroll, so all of my poker playing time will be dedicated to this
  • I will be taking advantage of any promotions or bonuses that contribute to my stack (apart from the sign-up bonus given at 888 Poker, which would have started me on $8. That felt like cheating)

Poker 10k Challenge Game

Confident? Me neither, but them’s the breaks. I will try to avoid as much technical jargon as possible until I get round to putting a glossary up, in order to keep layman readers happy. I’m also going to try really really really hard to not spend too much time whinging about bad beats/crap players – no one likes a sore loser.