From porn stars to guns to prop bets – Bilzerian loves excitement
While there were no legal implications for his projectile launching of the centrefold, Bilzerian has over the years had a number of run-ins with the law. Two days after his birthday on December 9, 2014, Bilzerian was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on charges of “possessing an explosive or incendiary device with intent to manufacture it.” He ended up pleading down to failing to extinguish a fire and paying a $17,000 fine. It hasn’t curtailed his love of firearms and explosives though as a trip through his Instagram shows his weapon collections sharing nearly as much space as the many bikini models that pepper his posts.
Not content to firing away on his AK-47 while sipping cocktails poolside, Bilzerian has taken on some of the craziest prop bets during his time. From starting off with a $385,000 bet on a drag race in an AC Cobra versus a Ferrari (Dan won by the way) to his most outrageous bet of all – earning $1.2 million from high stake poker player and gambler Bill Perkins by biking from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in under 48 hours.
Ignite becomes the corporate face of Bilzerian
Taking a page from his father’s corporate raider playbook, Bilzerian capitalized on his fame and 60 million plus Instagram followers by creating Ignite International Brands – a company that bills itself as a “global lifestyle brand unlike any others” and currently sells a range of alcohols and CBD pens amongst other novelties.
For Bilzerian, being the majority shareholder of a publicly traded company allowed him to splurge on the company coffers and continue his playboy lifestyle. Before the pandemic hit, Ignite was throwing plenty of luxury parties to build that image. Unfortunately, the company lost $50 million last year leading to the resignation of its Canadian based CEO amid accusations of Bilzerian blowing through the company’s finance. The response was typical Dan:
Some journalist said Ignite was funding my life, bitch I been going hard for 10 yrs and been famous for going hard for 7. I started Ignite 2 yrs ago, raised around 100 mil and I own the majority of the company, suck my dick
— Dan Bilzerian (@DanBilzerian) August 1, 2020
King of Instagram’s cat has plenty of swag
It’s not just Bilzerian making waves on social media though. In behind the tough guy image and persona though, hides an animal lover as he reportedly shares his home with two goats and a cat. Smushball, a three-year old Persian mix has an Instagram following of a half million fans of her own but still manages to regularly appear in Bilzerian’s Instagram – even if her hunting skills aren’t fully up to par.
How good a poker player is Bilzerian anyways?
One issue that has always dogged Bilzerian is how good he actually is at poker. Aside from one cash for $36,000 in the 2009 WSOP Main Event, he notoriously avoids public poker tournaments and games, instead insisting his winnings come from exclusive high roller tournaments. While he claims to have won over $50 million playing in these high stakes games, many in the poker community are skeptical.
Doug Polk, currently battling another GGPoker Pro, Daniel Negreanu, in a high stakes feud, did sit down though and analyze Bilzerian’s play one of the few times he actually played in an observable game. Playing on the Twitch stream of his gambling buddy, Bill Perkins, Bilzerian played a heads-up session on America’s Cardroom that left Polk shaking his head in disbelief that Bilzerian could be a winning player. Never one to hide his opinion, Polk spent 15 minutes dissecting how bad a player Bilzerian is in his opinion.
With Bilzerian joining the team of sponsored pros on GGPoker though, there will be likely plenty of future occasions for Polk – and any other poker pro or recreational player – to take a shot at the king. If you’re looking to try you luck, take a moment to read our review on GGPoker and sign-up through YourPokerDream to receive the best rakeback deal in the industry.