In the minds of many people outside of poker, Dan Bilzerian embodies the image of a real poker player. However, in the poker community he is often considered a fake player.

Dan Bilzerian

Biography

  • Name: Dan Brandon Bilzerian
  • Date of birth: December 7, 1980
  • Place of birth: Tampa, Florida, USA
  • Education: Gaither High School
  • Height: 1.74 m
  • Weight: 88 kg
  • Citizenship: USA, Armenia
  • Marital status: married
  • Career: millionaire, actor, blogger
  • Total winnings: $36,626
  • Best Skid: $36,626
  • “All Time Money” Rating: 63,550
  • Popularity Ranking: 150

Dan Brandon Bilzerian was born in Tampa, Florida on December 7, 1980 in the family of Paul Bilzerian and Terry Steffen. My father started his business career with real estate investments, and then took up raiding. Thanks to this, he made a fortune and opened trust funds for his sons.

In 1999-2003, Bilzerian was trained in the Tactical SEAL unit of the US Navy.

One of the millionaire’s hobbies is women. Bilzerian surrounds himself with models. Bilzeryan’s health leaves much to be desired: alcohol and drugs led to the fact that by the age of 35 he had 3 heart attacks. In July 2022, Dan revealed that he got married. The wedding ceremony took place in the French Riviera.

What is Dan famous for?

Bilzerian himself claims to have won millions of dollars in poker, but of course there is no absolute confirmation of this fact: he took 180th place in the Main Event of the 2009 WSOP (prize – $ 36,626). However, even without any notable results or titles, Bilzerian is considered a poker star today. The American is known not so much for his success in the game, but for his lifestyle, which he does not hesitate to share with others on social networks. For this reason, Bilzerian is often called the “king of Instagram”.

The self-proclaimed venture capitalist’s home is in the Hollywood Hills. The mansion has a large swimming pool, a garage for cars and poker tables. “The King of Instagram owns real estate in Los Angeles, La Jolla, San Diego.

Filmography

Besides business, Bilzeryan tried to take place as an actor, but his filmography is small. The multimillionaire managed to play cameo roles in 5 films.

  • 2013 — “Survivor”
  • 2014 — “Everyone needs Cat 2”
  • 2014 — “The Great Equalizer”
  • 2015 — “Salvation”
  • 2016 — “Guys with guns”

Poker career

Dan started playing poker at an early age, as a student.

Bilzeryan achieved his most notable success in professional poker at the main tournament in 2009. He appeared in 6 episodes of a television show dedicated to this tournament. In the final protocol, Bilzerian was ranked 180th, his winnings amounted to $ 36,626. He is one of the founders of the Victory Poker poker room.

Bilzerian in poker belongs to the category of cash players. He likes to play private games with famous businessmen and sometimes attends poker. Games with Dan take place only at high limits. However, sometimes it can be found at tables with low limits.

Interesting Facts

  • Bilzerian has Armenian roots. His ancestors immigrated to the United States from Western Armenia after the Armenian genocide. In 2018, Bilzerian received Armenian citizenship and is a citizen of both the United States and Armenia.
  • Bilzerian could have made a military career for himself in the US Navy SEAL unit, where he trained, but just a couple of days before graduation, he was kicked out for insulting an officer. At the same time, this fact does not prevent Dan now, being a millionaire, from helping soldiers wounded and injured during hostilities.
  • Dan’s younger brother Adam Bilzerian is also a poker player. According to the King of Instagram, it was his brother who taught him to play. But he can only dream of the kind of popularity in the poker community that the elder Bilzerian has.
  • Dan was one of the founders of a poker room called Victory Poker.
  • In 2016, Dan bet Bill Perkins that he could bike from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 48 hours. In the end, he managed to do it in 33 hours and received more than a million dollars from various bets. To win, the player used a special bicycle, took lessons from professional cyclist Lance Armstrong, and had a van driving in front of him all the way, protecting him from the headwind. Some considered this “cheating,” but in fact, he still fulfilled the terms of the dispute.
  • One day, the player was bitten on the leg by a crocodile, which he brought to his house.


If you close your eyes to the controversy surrounding Dan’s status in the poker world and believe that he earned his money playing Pokerstars, 888poker, Pokerdom and GGPokerOK, and not laundering his father’s illegal money, then his results are amazing. Bilzerian has a mansion in Los Angeles, a private jet, several luxury cars and a collection of weapons. Dan is always surrounded by dozens of half-naked beauties, and the presence of about 20 service personnel saves him from everyday worries.

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