Dan Bilzerian - Comment #1,706,092

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Platus
Platus

So this guy inherited a bunch of money, made more playing poker, and now spends all of his time living in luxury and enjoying his internet celebrity?

And nobody sees a problem with this?

I mean, think of all the useful stuff you could do with $50 million. And he didn’t even make that by contributing anything to society – he’s just good at card games. And that’s not counting the money that was just handed to him when his dad died. Think about how many people he could feed just off the interest!

So yeah, fuck this guy. Why the hell is he famous?

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MerchManDan
MerchManDan

in reply to Platus

He’s living the dream: Wealth, sex, fame. Of course people will pay attention to him – it doesn’t even matter how big a douchebag he is (or isn’t, I wouldn’t know) or what he does (or doesn’t do) with his money.

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Platus
Platus

in reply to MerchManDan

I guess, really, what I’m wondering is why it is that for so many people “the dream” amounts to such a wasteful, self-centered existence.

I mean, if I woke up one day and realized that I’d burnt through $50 million in windfall without having helped anyone, or done anything to improve the world, I’d feel like utter garbage afterwards. Is this guy’s life seriously what people aspire to? I mean, I can get wanting the money, but if I had it I would almost certainly spend it differently.

And who the hell throws a naked porn star off the roof? That’s just tacky.

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MerchManDan
MerchManDan

in reply to Platus

Agreed, definitely. Still, it makes me feel better to imagine that for every person who wants to be this guy, there’s at least one who thinks differently. For each shallow, selfish wannabe, there’s at least one person who would invest in mental health initiatives or alternative energy research or…hell, just feeding the hungry and treating the sick. (relevant: This Zen Pencils comic, if you’re into that sort of thing)

And yeah, the naked porn star incident was really lacking in class.

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Platus
Platus

in reply to Automaton013

Right, but if he then uses that wealth to do pointless things and squanders the opportunity he has to help people, then everyone else is perfectly justified to treat him with contempt. After all, there’s no law that says we have to like him. But, instead, people have made him into a celebrity, which is what I find so baffling.

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Jalleia
Jalleia

in reply to Platus

Out of everything then it’s exactly like that “if I woke up one day and realized that I’d burnt through $50 million in windfall without having helped anyone, or done anything to improve the world, I’d feel like utter garbage” it’s a different mind with different ideas. Not everyone is the same, clearly, though please do not misunderstand, I couldn’t care less about this guy nor do I like him, however it’s just that I don’t understand how “donating” money could be even called an achievement or a requirement for wealthy people. You’re not obliged to squander nor keep it, and at the same time you’re not obliged to help anyone or hurt someone. That’s just how it is, his fame now is just testament of people not caring. Even then if I had that kind of money I would just be more hellbent on keeping it stable and try to make more, I wouldn’t use it to help people because I am selfish and I have different objectives, but I don’t expect other people to be generous to me or to anyone else.

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Billwins
Billwins

in reply to Platus

Hate to stick up for rich people, but if he is spending money like crazy that is actually pretty awesome for all the economies of the world. The problem arises with rich who dont spend there money and hoard it. This guy is helping employ tons of peoples…think about it…Plane pilots, security, hotel staffs, restaurant workers, car salesman,watch makers, clothes makers etc etc…And considering he is a an american literally living the american dream coming from a capitalistic society where until recently it was considered a good thing to acquire a shit load of money and be set for life. I get why people get jealous or get mad he isnt using the money to help the poor or some random cause. Regardless tho, its his money maybe he got beat up by a homeless person once when he was kid and now hates them all idk and it shouldnt really matter to us voyeurs who sit back and have an opinion about something that really isnt that big of a deal.

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temacia
temacia

in reply to Platus

Well you kinda sound like a dick to me
im saying this because who cares if he doesnt spend his money on any thing to help others.
saying you hate someone because they dont donate is fucking dumb.
just my opinon I dont think he is a douche for that.
(he is still a douche but its not because he doesnt donate)

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Platus
Platus

in reply to temacia

To rephrase a cliche, with great wealth comes great opportunity to do good . . . opportunity that he is squandering. If he wants to use it selfishly, then he has the right to, but I’m still going to think very lowly of him.

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Platus
Platus

in reply to FreshPrinceOfBeijing

I certainly don’t understand why they’re lauded so much, that’s for sure.

And I never said he was worthless – nobody is worthless. My initial post was all about how I couldn’t understand why people liked the guy when his claim to fame is winning card games and spending the prize money on himself.

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Platus
Platus

in reply to FreshPrinceOfBeijing

It would be one thing if this guy had a fandom over his card playing. I mean, then it would be pretty indistinguishable from someone who had a favourite baseball player or whatever. But what’s gotten him Instagram-famous is his conspicuous consumption – it’s just people fawning over a rich dude for being rich.

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Rand0mjoe
Rand0mjoe

in reply to Platus

1. We don’t know his altruistic habits so we can’t judge him.

2. It’s HIS money, he can do whatever he wants with it. Should he give some away to help society, yes. Would I, yes. However, I won’t bitch at people because they spend their money they way they want to. If it’s any consolation, at least his conspicuous consumption can have economic benefits.

3.So it’s okay to harass & insult people because they don’t spend their money they way YOU think they should? Who the fuck are you to tell people what they should do with their money you controlling asshole? Why don’t you get up off your ass and go to a soup kitchen instead of bitching on the internet since you’re all about generosity, volunteering and helping society?

4.You know you’re literally being a hater right. You know those little shits who bitch at people because of their own insecurities that’s you right now.

5. Fuck you, you think the playing professional poker is easy. I’ve tired all of those things and becoming good enough to become a professional at damn near anything is an incredibly long and arduous process. You act like people just fuck around and make money. How about this, until you can live off of poker, play in the NBA, go platinum or win a Oscar, Emmy, or Tony then shut the fuck up. If someone said that being an engineer is all about typing numbers into a calculator or being software developer is just pressing weird symbols on a keyboard ya’ll be ready to fight.

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Rand0mjoe
Rand0mjoe

in reply to Platus

Also double fuck you for thinking athletes contribute little to society? They stimulate the economy with sports related sales and inspiring people to push themselves to succeed. Along with their leagues and individual charities. Also if you don’t think this is artistic, triple fuck you.

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