Who is Dan Bilzerian? If you’re unfamiliar with his resume then you’re probably not an avid Instagram follower, don’t pay attention to professional poker and don’t receive Google Alerts for “rich playboys who party like rock stars and allegedly kick people in the face during nightclub brawl.”
Dan Bilzerian is part Bruce Wayne, part John Wayne, part Hugh Hefner and had one hell of a 2014. But that doesn’t really answer the question…
When asked to describe himself in a 2013 interview with The Daily Mail, Dan Bilzerian described himself as “an actor, astronaut and asshole who didn’t get a ton of attention as a kid.” That’s why he’s, in his own words, “such a flashy lunatic.”
Here are the actual facts — Dan Bilzerian is a poker player and actor who gained popularity in late 2013 thanks to posting pictures of his lavish lifestyle on Instagram. Bilzerian entered the Navy SEAL training program and completed two “hell Weeks” but was kicked out of seal training two days before graduation. After the military discharge, Dan Bilzerian enrolled at the University of South Florida and majored in Business and Criminology.
Co-founder of the online poker room, Victory Poker, Bilzerian’s most notable professional poker playing performance came at the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event. Bilzerian finished in 180th place, won $36,626 and appeared on six episodes of the show’s TV broadcast on ESPN.
Dan Bilzerian’s most notable movie roles came in 2013 — he worked as a stuntman in the Olympus Has Fallen and appeared on camera as Sr. Chief Healy in Lone Survivor. In 2014, Bilzerian appeared in the films The Other Woman and The Equalizer.
Bilzerian’s legal issues are as long as his acting resume. Here’s just a few from his Wikipedia page.
“In 2014, Bilzerian sued the producers of the film Lone Survivor. His lawsuit states that although he loaned the production of that film $1 million in exchange for a minimum of eight minutes of screen time and 80 words of dialogue, his role was reduced to less than one minute and has just one line. His lawsuit demanded $1.2 million (the original loan amount plus a 20 percent penalty).
In May 2014, Bilzerian was embroiled in a legal matter with pornographic actress Janice Griffith, whom he threw off the roof of a house and into a pool as part of a photoshoot for Hustler magazine. Griffith fell slightly short of the pool, and broke her foot. Janice Griffith sued Bilzerian for $85,000 for her injured foot. Bilzerian’s attorney responded that Griffith was under contract for the event by Hustler, that Hustler hired Bilzerian for the event, and that Bilzerian was not at fault.
In August 2014, Bilzerian was banned from a Miami nightclub for kicking a woman in the face during a brawl. Bilzerian stated that the woman in question and another woman attacked Bilzerian’s female companion. In contrast, the woman Bilzerian kicked stated, “There were two girls standing next to me at the table that were fighting. People started getting shoved and I tried to separate them. Then Dan pushed me both off the banquette and once I fell he kicked me in the face.”
On December 9, 2014, Bilzerian was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on unrelated bomb-making charges. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Bilzerian was arrested on a fugitive warrant from Nevada and was booked at the LAPD’s Pacific Division around 10 pm; “Bilzerian has been charged with violating a law making it a crime to possess an explosive or incendiary device with the intent to manufacture it.” He was free on the same day after charges were dropped.”
A high school drop out, Bilzerian’s net worth today is an estimated $100 million dollars. Between his houses, his cars and his immense poker earnings, Dan Bilzerian will continue to be a fixture in social media and on gossip blogs for a long time to come.