Written by Max Langridge
If you’ve had any sort of interaction with social media in the last five or so years, then you’re bound to have heard of Dan Bilzerian.
The American poker player turned ‘Instagram King’, has amassed a legion of followers, who all love to stay up to date with his latest antics, regardless of how controversial.
But who is Dan Bilzerian, how did he become famous and how much is he worth? Allow us to answer all these questions and more.
In This Dan Bilzerian Story…
- Dan Bilzerian Quick Facts
- Who Is Dan Bilzerian?
- How Did Dan Bilzerian Get Rich?
- Poker Playing Career
- Dan Bilzerian Book – The Setup
- Other Interests
- His Many Many Female Friends
- The Many Guns Of Dan Bilzerian
- Dan’s Weird Cars
- Dan’s Fitness Routine
- Dan Bilzerian Politics
- Dan Bilzerian Controversies
- Bilzerian Lawsuit Over Lone Survivor Film
- Miami Nightclub Incident
- Legal Matter With Janice Griffith
- Arrest At Los Angeles International Airport
- Ignite Lawsuit
- Dan Bilzerian Watch Theft
Dan Bilzerian Quick Facts
|Daniel Brandon Bilzerian
|December 7th 1980
|United States (citizenship 1980 – present), Armenian (citizenship 2018 – present)
|5 ft 8 in / 1.74m
|@danbilzerian – 33.7m followers
|@danbilzerian – 3.7m followers
Who Is Dan Bilzerian?
Dan Bilzerian is an Armenian-American poker player, social media celebrity and businessman. He was born in Tampa, Florida on December 7th 1980 to parents Paul Bilzerian and Terri Steffen. His brother, Adam Bilzerian, is also a poker player.
Dan Bilzerian has always had a life filled with money, since his father was a corporate raider on Wall Street, and provided both Dan and his brother Adam with trust funds. It’s not clear if he used some of his trust fund money to fund his poker playing career, but there are claims he has bet large sums of money.
How Did Dan Bilzerian Get Rich?
As previously mentioned, Dan Bilzerian inherited a large sum of money from his father via a trust fund (the details of which remain relatively scarce), however, he has also earned himself large sums of money via his poker playing career and other business ventures. In fact, there’s no denying Dan Bilzerian has a pretty decent ‘business brain’ on him.
Poker Playing Career
According to Casino.org, Dan Bilzerian can’t actually be considered a professional poker player, despite bragging about the tens of millions of dollars he’s won from playing various private games.
It’s claimed he first tried his hand at poker after he enrolled in university at the University of Florida to study Business and Criminology. However, it is unclear if he ever actually graduated.
That could well be because he spent all his time playing poker instead, and it’s claimed by his second year of university, that he’d lost practically everything (and didn’t yet have access to his trust fund).
His fortune is alleged to have turned in his favour after a short while, however, with Casino.org adding that Dan claims he would make as much as $90,000 from playing poker during some playing weeks.
It wasn’t until 2017 that Dan Bilzerian began playing in poker games with higher stakes, and it’s claimed he once turned up to a poker game in Lake Tahoe with a suitcase containing $100,000.
More recently, Dan Bilzerian was signed by the online poker site GGPoker to be an ambassador for the brand. Naturally, as with pretty much anything Dan Bilzerian does or puts his name to, there was some backlash from the poker community.
However, even with some rather insulting comebacks from Dan Bilzerian in response to the comments, GGPoker have maintained their contract.
As a by-product of his notoriety on Instagram, Dan Bilzerian founded Ignite International Brands Ltd, a company that sells e-cigarettes, CBD oil, vodka and water bottles.
It’s not clear if Ignite actually earns Dan Bilzerian much money, as it has been reported the company lost $50 million in 2019, primarily due to marketing and rental expenses.
Dan Bilzerian Book – The Setup
Dan Bilzerian can also be considered an author, as he has published his own book; The Setup. The book is a memoir filled with “wild stories (and even wilder photos).”
The book takes through you all of Dan’s most memorable moments, from childhood all the way through to the high-profile status he enjoys today, including his time serving in the military, his passion for guns and, of course, gambling. Oh, and girls.
His Many Many Female Friends
Perhaps the topic area that is most commonly associated with Dan Bilzerian is the women he surrounds himself with.
Just one quick look at his Instagram page and it becomes immediately apparent that Dan is never far from a bevy of beautiful women.
And, owing up to his ‘look at me’ lifestyle, Dan has been more than happy to brag about his evening escapades.
The Many Guns Of Dan Bilzerian
Dan Bilzerian is also a fan of variousweaponsandguns, boasting a serious collection, and it’s this rather lavish, carefree way of living (topped off with nice ‘shiny things’)that keeps him single.
Dan’s Weird Cars
What playboy lifestyle would be complete without a collection of rare, expensive and exotic cars? Dan knows this all too well, and so using his immense wealth, he has secured himself some incredible cars.
One such motor that’s parked on his driveway includes a 3/4 replica of the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. At $108,000, it’s certainly not cheap, but it’s pocket change compared to the money Supercar Blondie has spent on her cars, for example.
Dan’s Fitness Routine
There is also no denying Dan Bilzerian knows how to keep himself in good shape, and he often posts his workouts to his Instagram feed. These have previously included skipping, which you may think, for a man of Dan’s size is a bit peculiar, but skipping is hands down one of the best (and free) exercises you can go.
Other feats of fitness have included an entitled workout on asuperyacht, and even a workout whilst he spent some time in a hotel, proving you’re never too far from a set of weights.
Dan also appears to be a fan of a range of recovery methods, such as takingice bathsand smoking weed.
He knows how to get publicity, landing himself a brief cameo role in a movie (so is now referred to as an actor), and with several million dollars worth of poker winnings, he knows how to gamble too.
He’s a constant source of news and intrigue, and we’d wager that those who aren’t his biggest fans are just jealous of his wild playboy lifestyle.
What is Dan Bilzerian’s Net Worth?
Dan Bilzerian’s net worth is estimated to be $200 million USD.
Is Dan Bilzerian married?
Despite constantly being surrounded by a gaggle of women, many people often wonder if Dan Bilzerian is married. This rumour was sent into overdrive after he posted an image of himself and a partner walking down an aisle in The French Riviera, along with the caption, “I finally did it.”
This turned out to be an elaborate hoax, which Dan himself confirmed with a subsequent post showing himself lying on a boat, again, surrounded by an entourage of women, accompanied by the caption, “Not married, just fat.”
Dan Bilzerian Politics
In 2015, Bilzerian announced that he was running to become President of the United States. This was abandoned shortly afterwards.
In 2016, Bilzerian came out as a staunch supporter of then-presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump, praising his pro-gun stance and “unfiltered” speaking style.
Dan Bilzerian Controversies
Bilzerian Lawsuit Over Lone Survivor Film
In 2014, Bilzerian filed a lawsuit against the producers of the film Lone Survivor, claiming that his role – for which he “invested” over $ 1 million USD – was reduced from eight minutes of screen time and 80 words of dialogue to less than one minute and one line.
He demanded $1.2 million in compensation, but the lawsuit was later dropped. Bilzerian reportedly made $1.5 million from the film’s commercial success.
Miami Nightclub Incident
Bilzerian was banned from a Miami nightclub in August 2014 after he kicked model Vanessa Castano in the face during a brawl.
Bilzerian claimed that Castano and another woman had attacked his female companion. Castano later filed a lawsuit against Bilzerian for her injuries, and she asked for $1 million to settle the case.
Legal Matter With Janice Griffith
Bilzerian was involved in a legal matter with Janice Griffith in 2014. During a photoshoot for Hustler magazine, Bilzerian threw Griffith off a roof and into a pool, causing her to hit the edge and break her foot.
Griffith asked for $85,000 in compensation, but her request was rejected. She later filed a lawsuit against both Hustler and Bilzerian, and Bilzerian’s attorney argued that he was not at fault.
Arrest At Los Angeles International Airport
On December 9, 2014, Bilzerian was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on bomb-making charges. He was booked at the LAPD’s Pacific Division and charged with violating a law that makes it illegal to possess an explosive or incendiary device with the intent to manufacture it.
He was released on the day of his arrest, but he was scheduled to be arraigned in Clark County, Nevada, in January 2015. In February 2015, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour charge of negligently failing to extinguish a fire in the open and was fined over $17,000.
Former Ignite president Curtis Heffernan sued Bilzerian for wrongful termination in July 2020.
He claimed that he was fired for criticising Bilzerian’s use of company funds to support his extravagant lifestyle.
Dan Bilzerian Watch Theft
In 2021, Bilzerian claimed in an interview that he had a $1 million watch “stolen off his wrist” while attending a much-publicised boxing match between super middleweights Canelo Álvarez vs. Caleb Plant.
At the time, the media took these claims fairly seriously – but after a clip of the interview made its way to TikTok, social media users have questioned Bilzerian’s account.
Seeing as Bilzerian owed a serious amount of money to investors at the time, many have suggested that he might have set up the theft to claim the insurance on it. Others have suggested he was just renting the watch.
Regardless of whether or not you believe Bilzerian’s watch got stolen, it is true that he has a rather insane watch collection. In fact, this is a man who (apparently) buys so many watchesthat he ‘accidentally’ bought the same watch twice.
Frequently asked questions about Dan Bilzerian
Who is Dan Bilzerian?
Dan Bilzerian is a social media personality, professional poker player, and venture capitalist. He is known for his lavish lifestyle, including his parties, cars, guns, and women.
How did Dan Bilzerian become famous?
Dan Bilzerian first gained attention on social media platforms like Instagram, where he shared photos and videos of his extravagant lifestyle. He quickly gained a large following and became known for his controversial and often outrageous posts.
What kind of businesses does Dan Bilzerian own?
Dan Bilzerian owns several businesses, including Ignite, a cannabis and CBD company, and BlitzBet, a sports betting platform. He has also invested in other companies, such as Uber and Snapchat.
What controversies has Dan Bilzerian been involved in?
Dan Bilzerian has been involved in several controversies over the years, including accusations of animal cruelty, drug use, and violent behavior. He has also been sued by several women who claimed they were injured at his parties.