Dan Bilzerian: The Poker King: Everything You Need To Know

Dan Bilzerian: The Poker King: Everything You Need To Know

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Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Dan Bilzerian is one of the most popular and successful players in poker tournaments. He is known for his lavish lifestyle and flamboyant character. He played in Varsity Football, a South African university association football competition, at the University of Florida but dropped out after two years because he mentioned not getting along with his coach. He majored in business and criminology.

Interestingly, his stint in poker started when he was only a young lad playing backyard poker games with his family.

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Claim to Fame

Dan Bilzerian is best known as a high-stakes cash game player despite leading an exciting life. He is not very famously known for his live tournament results, though. He continues to play frequently at the highest levels of no-limit hold’em cash games in Las Vegas from May through September each year. Dan Bilzerian prefers to play at the Bellagio poker room. His Instagram page has almost 40 million followers that keep growing, with Dan Bilzerian posting his action shots on the page regularly. Dan Bilzerian also has over 475,000 Twitter followers and almost 500,000 fans on the Dan Bilzerian fan page on Facebook. The follower figure is suggestive of the fact that he’s quite popular among his fans.

Dan Bilzerian is often seen accompanying a variety of fellow high-stakes poker players, including Patrik Antonius, Tom Dwan, and Dan Colman. Dan Bilzerian’s father was a highly celebrated fighter pilot during the Vietnam War with over 20 years of active service. Dan Bilzerian’s brother, Adam, is also an accomplished poker player who once ranked 12th on the GPI Player of the Year standings. Apparently, Dan Bilzerian was born with ‘good genes.’ He didn’t just get popular after his sports career began. He had already received a lot of attention from girls when he was in school.


Dan Bilzerian learned early how to use his good looks to his advantage.

Hedonist Lifestyle

Dan Bilzerian lives a fast-paced life, and he has little time for anything else than poker, girls, family, and friends. Dan Bilzerian is reported to have an IQ of 146, which qualifies him as a genius under Mensa International standards. Dan Bilzerian doesn’t like Americans calling him ‘Dan’ because Dan Bilzerian is half Armenian. Dan Bilzerian also likes to be called ‘Danger’ or ‘Danger Dan.’


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Poker Career, Movies and Flamboyant Antics

Dan Bilzerian is worth $100 million and his poker bankroll peaks at around a staggering $120 million. Dan Bilzerian also owns a large backyard with a swimming pool and palm trees, perfect for partying in. He usually enjoys his favorite show, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’ Dan Bilzerian doesn’t have a girlfriend as he prefers to spend his money on other, more important activities. Despite this carefree attitude, he has gained the reputation of an international playboy.

Dan Bilzerian has a penchant for danger and thrill and likes to crash expensive cars just for fun! Dan Bilzerian enlisted in the Navy for four years, where he spent two hell-weeks and 500 days of SEAL training. However, he was dropped from the program for violating a safety regulation two days before graduation.

After getting popular with the sports community, he tried his luck as a stuntman and actor with credits including Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. He also appeared in three other movies that were released in 2014: Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg; The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington; and The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton. He made an appearance in television shows including Tosh.0, Wild n’ Out, and World Series Of Blackjack. Dan Bilzerian is currently filming a show where he is likely to get shot with paintballs.

Coming back to his career as a poker player, Dan Bilzerian has played in games where millions of dollars have been the minimum buy-in. Dan Bilzerian also enjoys scuba diving, mountain biking, snowmobiling, and racing cars when he gets time from doing extreme sports around the world as well as training MMA.

Dan Bilzerian played in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, where he finished in 180th place. It was his only recorded live tournament. His performance at the 2009 WSOP gained him a sponsorship with Victory Poker. It was an online card room that is no longer in operation. It’s estimated that he received $1,000,000 from the company for wearing their name on a t-shirt for all the tournaments in which he competed that year. Dan Bilzerian also featured in several online videos for promoting the company.

In 2010, Bluff Magazine voted him one of the funniest poker players on Twitter. In November 2013, Dan Bilzerian shared that he had won $10.8 million from a single night of playing poker. However, the claim remains unconfirmed. In 2014, he claimed to have won $50 million throughout the year. He also added that he doesn’t play against professionals anymore, and the most he’s ever lost in a single poker session is $3.6 million. Dan Bilzerian has also discussed his Poker career on Joe Rogan’s podcast on YouTube.

In 2015, Dan Bilzerian hosted a poker tournament in Las Vegas so he could raise money for brain research, with a buy-in of $1000. The tournament drew in a lot of famous people, including Vin Diesel and successfully raised over $100,000 for brain research.

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Kanchan Sharma started her career as a learning designer at an MNC while pursuing poker as a hobby. However, she soon pivoted to becoming a professional MTT (Multi Table Tournaments) player. She is currently a leading player, who has taken the male dominated poker world by storm. During her stint as a poker player, she has bagged many titles including India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) for Rs. 17,98,906, Winter Celebration Series for Rs. 6,62,500 and has final tabled multiple tournaments. She continually seeks to improve her poker game and work on her mindset to win the WSOP title soon. Her journey from being a recreational player to a poker pro is inspiring for many people out there.

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