re: Poker & x$ to 10000$?
Having lost my entire BR I'm now slowly working my way back up on a couple of sites. On PartyPoker
I now have $1.94 and on the new High Pulse Beta site I now have $3.75. I'm determined NOT to (re-)deposit on these sites and to grind my way up to a substantial amount BEFORE entering any kind of major Tournament. But it's mostly Nickel & Dimes at the moment so slow progress, but progress none-the-less. Although I have had a couple of Freeroll wins on Full-tilt and Carbon at $15 each... I still lost the lot though.
I think that the Zero to Hero challenge is worth it and provides encouragement and practice to rookie players out there who can't afford to deposit in the 1st place.