Dan Bilzerian: Poker Playing Playboy
Dan Bilzerian sometimes referred to as, "Blitz," is your typical rich playboy who always gets his way. He was born into wealth and even in his adult life he continues to indulge in everything that money has to offer: fast cars, beautiful women, and extravagant parties. He's the self-proclaimed Bill Gates of poker, having won a staggering 50 million dollars throughout his poker career so far.
Bilzerian enjoys playing poker and has managed to cash in at many tournaments including the World Series of Poker main event. He has claimed to have won millions of dollars from playing the tables at Las Vegas, but many people are skeptical of his claims and know that he has a tendency to exaggerate.
Dan Brandon Bilzerian was born in Tampa, Florida on December 7th, 1980. His father was a thriving business man on Wall Street, who made enough money for the family to live comfortably while also having a surplus to set up hefty trust funds for his two sons: Adam and Dan.
In Bilzerian's senior year of high school, he was arrested for keeping a machine gun in his car on school property. Today, he owns over 100 different guns and has a loaded gun on display in every room of his mansion in Hollywood Hills.
Bilzerian entered the Navy SEAL training program after school and enlisted for a four year term, but a few weeks before graduation he got dishonorably discharged after having a dispute with one of his administration officers. After that, he decided to enroll at the University of Florida where he majored in Business and Criminology.
Bilzerian's brother, Adam, taught him how to play poker in college and he was instantly hooked. He lost all of his money during his second year of college due to his addiction and he even took a loan out on his car to have more money to play with. It was good that he didn't have full access to his trust fund at that point, otherwise he may be completely broke today.
Poker and Other Gambling Ventures
Bilzerian first entered the casino scene in 2007 when he showed up at a Lake Tahoe, Nevada casino carrying a suitcase overflowing with cash. The trust fund his father set up for him was now fueling his gambling career, but this time Bilzerian was a little more cautious in how he spent his money.
Bilzerian eventually started entering in tournaments and his first notable cash out was in the 2009 World Series of Poker main event where he took 180th place and won $36,626. He actually made an appearance on six different episodes of the show's television broadcast of the event.
A couple years later, Bilzerian and a myriad of other celebrities were asked to give back all the winnings they had won in poker games against Bradley Ruderman, who was convicted of cheating thousands of innocent people out of millions of dollars. The money they contributed was dispersed among those who had been wrongfully cheated.
In December, 2013 Bilzerian claimed that he won $10.8 million in one session of poker. He posted on his Twitter account, "I played poker tonight with 13 million in front of me, heads up 5K/10K, damn what a rush." Several hours after, Bilzerian tweeted, "Won 10.8 million last night playing poker, headed to Puerto Vallarta to relax."
Dan once invested $2,000 in his personal friend and fellow poker player, Jay Farber "Panda", who finished second in the 2013 WSOP Main Event and scored 5.1 million dollars of which he gave Bilzerian one million dollars and a goat to thank him for his sponsorship.
Dan once bet Supreme Court Litigator, Tom Goldstein, $400,000 that he could beat him in a drag race. It was a close race but Bilzerian came out on top. He clocked in at 10.74 seconds and a top speed of 132.88 miles per hour, while Goldstein clocked in at 11.54 seconds with a top speed of 121.97 mph.
Bilzerian enjoys playing private, high-stakes games that typically feature seven-figure bets, so winning these high amounts isn't unheard of, but people still have their doubts. When brought to his attention in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, that people were skeptical of some of his winning claims, Bilzerian responded by saying, "People are going to believe what they want to believe," showing his complete disregard towards what other people think of him.
Bilzerian currently resides in Hollywood Hills, California and he's a fantasized playboy model. However, in December 2014, Bilzerian was accused of throwing pornographic actress, Janice Griffith, off the roof in a photo shoot for Hustler magazine because she landed on the edge of the pool and broke her foot. Griffith tried taking Bilzerian to court in order to get compensation for her injuries, but all alleged charges against him were eventually dropped.
Bilzerian is constantly updating his twitter account and in 2010, he was voted one of the funniest poker players on Twitter by Bluff Magazine. His instagram account is also immensely popular and he currently has over 7.9 million followers.
After five consecutive days of partying and the consumption of immense amounts of cocaine and Viagra, Bilzerian suffered from his first heart attack. Less than twelve hours later, after being rushed to the hospital, he had his second heart attack. Luckily neither of them were major and after two weeks of recovery, he was just fine.
In 2013 Bilzerian started "The Robin Hood Project" that he uses to give up to 10,000 dollars to those in need. An example of his outreach is when he provided the means for a woman to make her home more handicapped accessible after she lost her limbs in a horrible accident.
Bilzerian now has started accepting small roles within the film industry. He played Sr. Chief Healy in Lone Survivor which was released in 2013. He also has recently made a guest appearance in The Other Woman and The Equalizer. Bilzerian is expected to play a small role in Bruce Willis' film Extraction which is coming out sometime in 2016.
Author: Nicole Miller
Updated: September 2015
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