Instagram and High-Stakes Poker’s Playboy Bilzerian
December 11, 2013
Known as the Playboy King of Instagram, Dan Bilzerian, net worth of $100 million, is a high-stakes poker player who lives a loose lifestyle and frequently posts pics of his tomfoolery on social media outlet Instagram. At just 32 years old, Bilzerian developed his poker skills while studying at the University of South Florida. But his chancy lifestyle has weighed on his health. He’s already suffered a double heart attack and a pulmonary embolism. Cleared for physical activity by his doctors, he’s once again back in the saddle, but hopes to untarnish his reputation before it’s all said and done.
Bilzerian, also known as “Blitz,” calls himself an “actor/astronaut/a**hole” on Instagram, where he has more than 100K followers. His extravagant shenanigans that portray half-naked women, excessive sports cars, massive amounts of guns, and other controversial themes.
His Instagram army enjoys the bearded playboy’s eccentric lifestyle depicted in posts, like a recent Instagram photo of a topless woman swimming in his pool with a live seal. The caption read, “My buddy actually had a seal brought to the house and put in the pool haha.”
Another pic of his LA mansion garage shows two luxury cars with customized license plates “SUCK IT” and “MR GOAT,” as he is known by at the high-stakes online poker tables. The caption on the photo, “While I’m more of a t*t guy, I do appreciate a nice a**…”
Apparently fast cars and fast women aren’t the only thing Bilzerian is fond of. One Instagram photo shows a table full of semi-automatic weapons with the comment, “My greatest fear is that someone will break in & I won’t be able to decide what #gun to shoot them with.”
Originally from Tampa Bay, MR GOAT does do some acting on the side and claims that his life has always been non-cautious and that he didn’t get to enjoy much of his childhood after his father, former corporate takeover mogul Paul Bilzerian was sentenced to pay a $1.5 million fine and spend four years in jail in 1989. The younger Bilzerian recalls that in high school he wasn’t “super-cool,” which may or may not have anything to do with his overly assertive personality. He also went to military school and lived with Mormons for a year in Utah. After getting caught with a machine gun in his trunk during his senior year in high school, he went to jail, but still obtained his GED.
As a gun rights advocate, Bilzerian made his way 99% through Navy SEAL training but was honorably discharged two days before graduating due to a safety violation, according to IMBD.
He then went to college, which he thoroughly enjoyed, especially once he began playing poker. He says, “I went broke after sophomore year, gambled away all my money, sold some guns, turned $750 into $10,000, flew to Vegas, turned 10 thou into $187,000, went back to school, played better.” He explains, “I respected the money. You have to go broke to respect the money,.”
Throughout his poker career, he’s been successful in multiple tournaments, namely placing 180th in the WSOP Main Event in 2009. Bilzerian is also co-founder of Victory Poker.
A gambler through and through, he describes betting on everything in life as an “essential condition.” He will take just about any bet he’s offered from jumping from a 90-foot cliff to swimming across a lake full of alligators. In 2011 he made a bet on a drag race at the Las Vegas Speedway and won $385K when his 1965 A/C Cobra beat a 2011 Ferrari 458, considered at the time to be one of the fastest cars in the world.
But he doesn’t always win the bet, especially when it comes to his health. Bilzerian’s heart gave out two years ago when he flew back and forth to play 24-7 poker from Maui to Las Vegas twice in three days. He had previously had a double heart attack, but this time it was only a pulmonary embolism. His health is said to be in good condition now.
While he does put on quite the show for his Instagram following, he Bilzerian claims that he would like to clean up his image and rebrand his playboy reputation as “the gentleman of poker.” His charitable efforts thus far include helping victims of Typhoon Haiyan, donating $100K of his poker winnings to charity, and offering assistance to those in need on an individual basis. He aided a couple that was trying to adopt four underpriviledged children who were sick and another woman who had lost all of her limbs.
When he’s not playing poker, Bilzerian enjoys extreme sports, racing cars, MMA training, mountain biking, scuba diving, and snowmobiling. He’s also a stunt man and has been in three movies: “Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Other Woman,” and “The Equalizer.”