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Dan Bilzerian is an American venture capitalist and former professional poker player who has become known as “Instagram’s Biggest Playboy" for sharing various photographs of his luxury possessions and lavish lifestyle on the popular image-sharing platform.
Bilzerian began his professional gambling career sometime in the late 2000s after serving four years in the United States Navy and inheriting a large sum of money from his father. As of 2014, Bilzerian claims to have earned over $50 million in cash prizes in various poker tournaments throughout his gambling career. In 2013, Bilzerian had a minor role in the American war film Lone Survivor after investing one million dollars in the film’s production.
In May 2010, Bilzerian created a Twitter feed, which garnered more than 757,000 followers in the following five years. On May 1st, 2012, Bilzerian launched his Instagram account to share glimpses of his glamorous lifestyle, including pictures of himself vacationing in exotic locations, testing firearms and posing with expensive automobiles and groups of attractive-looking women. In the first two years, the feed gained over 3.6 million followers. On January 8th, 2014, Bilzerian created an official Facebook page for himself, which accumulated upwards of 4.4 million likes in seven months. On March 21st, BuzzFeed highlighted several of Bilzerian’s Instagram photos (shown below).
On March 28th, the All In Mag YouTube channel uploaded an interview with Bilzerian, gathering more than 1.56 million views and 700 comments in the next four months. On April 17th, the FPSRussia YouTube channel uploaded a video in which Bilzerian and several scantily clad women shoot watermelons with assault rifles (shown below). In three months, the video gained over 2.3 million views and 6,700 comments.
The Rooftop Incident
On April 24th, 2014, a video was uploaded to Instagram showing Bilzerian throwing a nude adult film actress Janice Griffith off of a roof into a pool below. Before being thrown, the woman appears to change her mind and grabs Bilzerian’s shirt, causing her to fall too close to the side of the pool and breaking her foot on the edge. The video was subsequently deleted, but was reuploaded to YouTube several times.
On May 15th, the blog Total Frat Move reported that Griffith was planning to sue Bilzerian and published a letter purportedly sent by Bilzerian’s lawyer in response (shown below).
Howard Stern Interview
On July 22nd, 2014, Bilzerian was interviewed on the Howard Stern radio show, where he told stories about his life growing up, his various sexual escapades, going through Navy SEAL training and being a professional gambler.
Nightclub Face Kicking Incident
On December 7th, TMZ published a video purportedly showing Bilzerian kicking a person in the face at the LIV nightclub in Miami Beach, Florida (shown below). On December 12th, TMZ ran a follow-up story reporting that model Vanessa Castano, who claims to be the victim of the incident, is demanding $1 million from Bilzerian to settle the case out of court.
Arrest for Possession of Explosive Materials
On December 10th, 2014, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Bilzerian was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport for possessing ammonium nitrate mix, which are materials that could be used to make TNT. According to the article, Bilzerian was charged with “possessing component of explosive or incendiary device with intent to manufacture explosive or incendiary device and possession of explosive incendiary device.” On December 10th, Bilzerian was released on bail and subsequently tweeted a photo of himself laying down in a plane with the caption “Jail… Let’s not do that again” (shown below). In 48 hours, the tweets gained over 6,900 favorites and 3,200 retweets.
Bilzerian was born on December 7th, 1980 in Tampa, Florida. Bilzerian inherited a large sum of money from his father Paul, a Wall Street corporate take-over specialist who was convicted of securities and tax law violations in the late 1980s. By the age of 30, Bilzerian had survived two heart attacks.
Review Journal – Dan Bilzerian arrested on Clark County bomb-making warrant