Dan Bilzerian - a millionaire who enjoys life and his status as the reigning King of Instagram!
What would it be like to have anything you want whenever you wanted it, without giving more than a moment’s thought? I guess it would be pretty awesome, but most likely I’ll never know that feeling. And, let’s face it, neither will most of the people reading this article – life only treats a select few that way. You can argue it is bad for a person to have it all and say that money corrupts people, but at the end of the day, they probably don’t really care. Dan Bilzerian is one such guy – a guy who just has it all and is not afraid to make a big noise about it. On the contrary, he enjoys letting the world know just how good he is doing.
To answer in short: a 32-years old multi-millionaire, who describes himself on Twitter as “an actor, an astronaut and I play poker sometimes.” When someone willingly uses the word asshole to describe himself, you can guess one of two things about him: he is either not right in his head or, which is clearly the case with Bilzerian, he just doesn’t give a damn about how the world perceives him and wants to project an image of a guy who knows that he is so rich and so awesome that people will admire him even if he is a self-proclaimed asshole.
Son of a prominent equity trader, Paul Bilzerian, Dan is not even close to being the richest guy out there. His net worth is estimated to be around $100 million, but you’d never guess that judging by his lifestyle. Before doing some research for this article, I myself believed that he was some sort of a billionaire. His father made $40 million by the time he was 36, but was indicted for tax and securities fraud in 1988. In 2001, he declared bankruptcy, claiming only $15,000 in assets and more than $140 million in debts.
Although his childhood was accompanied by FBI raids and ridicule and snide comments from his schoolmates, it did not stop Dan Bilzerian from getting where he is today. Of course, the trust fund that he had to his name probably had something to do with that.
People that don’t know me are going to judge me. I’m not going to run around and worry about what people think,” he said. “People that are friends might not know what’s up, but it doesn’t matter. Look, I have had some money given to me but I’ve made money and at the end of the day it’s nobody’s business but mine.” bluff.com
Soon after getting to college, he started gambling compulsively. As he couldn’t touch any of his trust fund money, it did not take long before he went broke for the first time. After that, he had to sell his guns (more on guns coming later) to get him going again. He got $750 and managed to turn that into $10,000 by gambling on a boat in St. Petersburg.
‘I distinctly remember having to sell my guns – I loved my guns,’ he says. ‘I had to go broke to respect the money.’ Daily Mail
How exactly Dan Bilzerian perceives respect for money is a different story, but it is clear that this phrase means something very different coming from his mouth than what it would mean if it was uttered by the average person. Little surprise coming from a man who obviously lives life by his own rules.
This is how his life of extravagance started and he never looked back. Bilzerian spent most of his college time gambling in Vegas or the Bahamas. He cared for little else apart from gambling and partying like every day was his last day on this earth.
Guns, Girls, Parties, Super-Cars and – Poker
These few words describe the couple things Dan Bilzerian probably enjoys the most in his life. Of all those, guns are probably the most uncharacteristic, but this love was developed very early in his life, as his father gave him an M16 rifle that he returned with from the Vietnam War.
‘My dad didn’t hunt or anything and the only gun he knew was the machine gun he’d been issued in the Vietnam war. So he just figured, “I’ll give him an M16.”
‘I thought it was normal. I took some kids into school in my car and I was like “hey do you want to see my M16?” Daily Mail
Young Dan apparently liked his quite unique present a lot and started collecting guns. Today, in his own words, he owns more than 100 different guns, and he believes they can be stylish accessories, if state law permits it.
I got all sorts of guns. I got functional guns, I got guns for looks, I got hunting rifles, and everything in between. complex.com
Watches are another passion of his and he spends a lot of money on them. Bilzerian says that his cheapest watch costs like $40,000. But for a person so preoccupied with the image he projects, he seems to care very little about clothing. Although he owns some very expensive articles of clothing, like a $40,000 Tom Ford suit, he spends most of his time wearing very simple combinations like simple black T-shirts and camo cargo pants. Dan Bilzerian just loves to dress as a free man and doesn’t believe that clothing has much to do with achieving success with women.
Just be confident, successful, funny, whatever it is, girls aren’t necessarily attracted like guys are. Guys are attracted based on looks 95% of the time. Girls are almost the opposite. Looks are a smaller factor. They’re more attracted to a confident guy, or a successful guy, or someone who makes them laugh, or makes them feel comfortable. complex.com
I guess these words make sense when they come from a multi-millionaire seemingly without a care in the world. Bilzerian doesn’t need to dress up since his simple black shirt must look way better when it’s on the guy driving a supercar powered by racing fuel. And he’s got quite a few to go around, including Lamborghini Aventador’s Bentley Continental and his prize possession – a rare aluminum AC Cobra with the license plate “SUCK IT” to go along. He also has, surprise-surprise, his own private jet that takes him pretty much anywhere he wants to go.
But back to the topic of girls – Dan Bilzerian is certainly not lacking any in his life. He claims that his wealth doesn’t have much to do with his success with women – and without going into deeper discussion on the topic, let’s just take his word on that one. One thing is certain – he enjoys female company a lot.
Not surprisingly, he has no problems openly saying that he loves beautiful girls and doesn’t hold back at all on this topic.
But I’d take a chick who goes to the gym all the time and has a good body over a chick who covers it up well with good clothes. My feeling is, if they look good in a minimal amount of clothes, good. complex.com
Recently, Bilzerian has attracted a lot of attention from the poker community. Although he made his first attempts in poker back during his college days, it wasn’t really until 2013 that he garnered wider recognition. He was a Victory Poker pro player, but he doesn’t really see himself as a professional poker player.
For Bilzerian, poker is more like a favorite form of recreation, as he enjoys the adrenaline rushes that come with the game and with playing for hundreds of thousands. He admittedly doesn’t play with the pros, but instead plays in the private games with business guys and celebrities who are mostly playing for fun.
Despite claiming that he is not nearly the best player out there, Bilzerian still takes pride in what he has achieved in poker and thinks of himself as the Bill Gates of poker because of this.
Bilzerian claims to have won over $50 million playing poker, in cash games against mysterious one-percenters who make bets in units like “Ferraris” and “mansions.” None of these victories can be verified, of course—we have to take his word on it. And since when do we take poker players at their word? www.allinmag.com
Unconfirmed poker winnings have always been somewhat of a taboo in the community, as most players require graphs or similar evidence to back up these claims. Bilzerin obviously has nothing of the sort, but something tells me that he is not very concerned with whether everyone believes him.
Despite all of his (claimed?) poker success, when asked what part of his life would be the easiest to give up, poker seemed to be on the very top of the list without much deliberation.
That’s a no-brainer: poker. It’s the bane of my existence. When you win, you don’t care and when you lose, it’s depressing. I don’t play as much as I used to either. It’s hard. I’ve been playing such big games, so it’s hard to get the buy-ins together very often. Plus, once you go big, it’s hard to go back to the smaller buy-ins. Pocketfives.com
Another fact supporting the claim that he is in poker for adrenaline more than anything else these days is that he never plays tournaments. He finds them too slow and the fact that you cannot rebuy and play with a full stack whenever you feel like it just doesn’t do it for him. As for the cash games, Bilizerian claims that the highest he’s ever played was $10,000/25,000 No-Limit. It is impossible to verify if he really played in these games, but everyone who knows the first thing about poker also knows how insanely high that game would be.
The biggest poker forum on the web, Two Plus Two, has created a Dan Bilzerian Containment Thread (All things Bilzerian go here) for his fans and haters alike. The thread has more than a thousand comments and is very often frequented by those curious as to what he’s been up to lately.
Acting, Instagram and – Summary
Acting is another of Dan Bilzerian’s passions, although his acting career has never really sky-rocketed. He appeared in the “Olympus Has Fallen” and “Lone Survivor,” “The Other Woman” and “Equalizer.” His attempts on the big screen haven’t garnered huge amounts of success, but it is not hard to understand why he’d want to be up there.
Instagram, on the other hand, is a whole different story. The number of his followers on the photo-sharing network is several hundred thousand as he enjoys sharing all the details of his lavish lifestyle on the Internet. The images he shares are full of expensive cars, boats and gorgeous women – for many out there, he is living the dream, the life that everyone wants and only few can have.
I have a pretty crazy life, so when something happens, I’ll take a picture and post it. My Instagram is interesting because it gives people a look into my life. I only post things I find really interesting. The first site that ran it, BroBible, didn’t contact me. A lot of other sites then ran their version of the same story. I got like 25,000 new followers in three days on Instagram from it all. Pocketfives.com
So who is Dan Bilzerian really? Many see him as a rich playboy who enjoys the life of riches and the company of beautiful women, making the maximum out of life. Others hate him as they feel he rubs their noses into his success, while the origins of his wealth are questionable.
But if you try to put together a whole picture, and especially if what he says about his past is true, he is a guy with a very specific life philosophy. He loves to enjoy every minute of his time, but is it simply because of the money or is it more because of the way he is?
It is easy to look at someone with heaps of money and condemn them for who they are and what they do. No one is immune to envy and many of us, even if we wouldn’t admit it, want to have what he has (apart from two heart attacks before he was 32). But at the end of the day, he is living his life the way he wants and if it bothers someone it is easy enough to stay clear of all thing Bilzerian.
He is rich, he is pompous, he is Dan Bilzerian, and, whether we like it or not, he just doesn’t care.
I feel that if you don’t have people hating on your lifestyle then you’re not doing it that well. There’s always going to be people envious — it’s just the way it is. An ugly girl is going to hate on a pretty girl and a poor guy is going to hate on a rich guy. That’s just the way of the world.” www.bluff.com
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Report: Despite longstanding denials, Pete Rose bet on games while he was playing Report: Despite longstanding denials, Pete Rose bet on games while he was playing
All-time MLB hits leader Pete Rose has confessed to betting on ballgames while managing the Cincinnati Reds in 1987, but has maintained that he never gambled on baseball while he was still playing the game. Now, a new report from ESPN’s Outside the Lines suggests that Rose frequently bet on games in his last season as a player in 1986.
New documents obtained by Outside the Lines indicate Rose bet extensively on baseball — and on the Cincinnati Reds — as he racked up the last hits of a record-smashing career in 1986. The documents go beyond the evidence presented in the 1989 Dowd report that led to Rose’s banishment and provide the first written record that Rose bet while he was still on the field.
“This does it. This closes the door,” said John Dowd, the former federal prosecutor who led MLB’s investigation.
The documents are copies of pages from a notebook seized from the home of former Rose associate Michael Bertolini during a raid by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in October 1989, nearly two months after Rose was declared permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball. Their authenticity has been verified by two people who took part in the raid, which was part of a mail fraud investigation and unrelated to gambling. For 26 years, the notebook has remained under court-ordered seal and is currently stored in the National Archives’ New York office, where officials have declined requests to release it publicly.
The full story explains that Rose bet, bet big, and bet often on sporting events and lost as much as $25,500 in a single week in March. There’s no evidence that he bet against his own team, but he placed his wagers with a bookie with ties to organized crime.
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The revelation seems damning for Rose’s case for reinstatement under new commissioner Rob Manfred, even if the events in question happened nearly 30 years ago. Gambling remains a huge concern for the league, and allowing Rose to return in any sort of official capacity when he hasn’t been truthful about the extent of his habit seems like the wrong message for the league to send to its players.
Performance-enhancing drug scandals typically prompt more sanctimonious hot takes, but betting on ballgames jeopardizes the sport’s integrity in a way that steroids never did. Guys juicing up to hit more homers are still working to help their teams win, but players accruing big gambling debts risk succumbing to temptation of game-fixing. No one has accused Rose of throwing ballgames, but the league can’t allow even the possibility or perception of compromised contests.
Rose, obviously, was a historically great player, and there’s still a case to be made for his inclusion in the Hall of Fame. But if he really hasn’t been truthful about his gambling issues, then allowing him to return to working in the sport seems like too big a risk for Manfred in his first year as commissioner.
It’s kind of sad, to be honest, because Pete Rose loves baseball as much as anyone you’ll ever meet and wants desperately to contribute to the game again. But he knew the rules when he broke them, and one could easily argue that his best possible contribution to the game at this point is serving as a living, breathing example of what happens to guys who bet on ballgames.
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Roulette Tips from a Guy Who Has Seen it All
by Kenny, Predictem.com
From time to time, we get asked how to win at Roulette. There really is only one way. Roulette is a game of swings. You will be up at one point and down at one point. The key to your success is having the discipline to get up and walk away from the table when you are ahead.
Roulette is no different than any other casino game in that it is for entertainment only as every game in the casino has a negative expectation. This is because every single bet has a vigorish (house commission) built in. You may get hot and go on a winning streak, but in theory, the longer you sit there and play, the more the odds get stacked up against you to come out with an empty wallet. That's not to say that you can't win though! I have personally witnessed people walk away with over $20,000 in winnings from one 4 hour session! Again, the key to winning is to know when it's time to walk away.
If you flip a quarter 100 times, the odds are that it's going to be heads 50 times and tails 50 times. It may very well go heads 60 times and tails 40 times, but over the course of 1000 flips, it will be very close to even. Odds are odds and there are no strategies to beat them.
in Roulette, each bet has that built in house commission that we talked about, not to mention the two green numbers (0 and 00) that skew the percentages. Many people think that betting on black, red, odd or even are 50% propositions, but they aren't! Your chances of hitting any of those four bets in American Roulette is 46.37%. Theoretically, you will lose 5.3 cents per every dollar that you risk/bet. This doesn't seem like much but it adds up over time.
If you're confused, here is a simple example for ya that will show you the house advantage. If you put $1 on every number on the game (American Roulette that has 0 and 00). you would be tossing out $38. You have every number covered so you will be a guaranteed winner. When the dealer pays you, you will receive $36 back, resulting in a net loss of $2.
To many people's disbelief, the red, black, odd, even bets are no safer than betting on an individual number as the house advantage is exactly the same. Over time, a player will lose 5.3 cents per $1 risked. While a win on an individual number is more sparse, it's 35-1 payout is substantially more than the even money a player gets for hitting the 46.37% proposition bet.
Roulette is an exciting game. Hitting a number at 35-1 odds and seeing a mountain of chips pushed your way is a heck of a thrill. Just make sure that you consider walking away a winner should that stack get high enough to where you're having a hard time seeing the table! Good luck! For a full list of online casinos offering a wide array of Roulette games, check out Roulette.org.uk.Casino Offers
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Ian Bates,  better known as "The Red Shirt Guy", is the fan who asked a question about the dwarven leadership during the Lore panel at BlizzCon 2010. A video of his question subsequently went viral. He later appeared at Blizzcon 2011, where he asked about the future of Gilneas. He also appeared at BlizzCon 2013, where he asked about the fact that most southern zones in Kalimdor, the Eastern Kingdoms and Pandaria are all covered in either deserts or jungles (thus implying that there may be a whole southern hemisphere of Azeroth). At BlizzCon 2014, he asked about Farahlon in Warlords of Draenor and whether or not players would go there. He most recently appeared at BlizzCon 2015, where he asked if the return of Turalyon and Alleria Windrunner in World of Warcraft: Legion is the reason that the Alliance and Horde are "at each other's throats again".
He confirmed in a response video that he has Asperger syndrome. Although he did not wish to make his character's name known, he stated that his guild is Carpe Imperium on Malfurion US.
He posts as "Insane Guy of Doom" on Scrolls of Lore, where the administrator created a special rank for him - 'Time-Lost Proto Nerd'.  The rank is in reference to a joke link on Cracked.com.  On August 15, 2013 he became a writer for BlizzPlanet. Background
There are some lore issues regarding Kurdran Wildhammer and Falstad Wildhammer . Chris Metzen implied that in Day of the Dragon, Falstad was supposed to be killed, but the book has it so that he survived. This survival was reflected in his inclusion in WoW as an NPC at Aerie Peak.
Falstad was originally in the Cataclysm beta as a member of the Council of Three Hammers according to reports, but was replaced by Kurdran in a later build.
In The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, Varian Wrynn suggests (or decrees) that Falstad be the Wildhammer representative on the Council of Three Hammers. Transcript
The Red Shirt Guy: Hello. I have- I just finished reading The Shattering yesterday. and I noticed something. It said that Falstad Wildhammer was going to be on the Council of Three Hammers, but in the beta it's Kurdran Wildhammer, and Falstad is not in the game at all. What happened to him?
Chris Metzen: Isn't Falstad dead? . from, uh, Day of the Dragon? . No?
The Red Shirt Guy: No, he survived, and, in fact, he is- was the leader of Aerie Peak in vanilla WoW and through Wrath of the Lich King.
Chris Metzen: Right, of course. Uh. Yeah, Alex, what's up with that?
Alex Afrasiabi: *Dismissive noise* Thanks, thanks for pointing that out. We're gonna get that fixed.
The Red Shirt Guy: Thank you!
Alex Afrasiabi: You bet.Blizzard response
Probably because he talks like a robot.
"FALSTAD NOT IN GAME. DOES NOT. COMPUTE."
I don't think that's his fault really. Keep in mind a few things (and those that have asked questions before will understand this):
Every person asking a question is standing there perhaps for the first time, with a microphone in front them, a very large TV camera in front of them and very bright lights shining on them. Then, add to it that as you talk, you can hear yourself echoing through the hall. If you wait for that echo to fade, you end up talking much slower than you normally would. It's a bit disconcerting to say the least for anyone who isn't used to that. Getting up in front of thousands of people to ask a question is unnerving for many people given those circumstances. It's not easy and I applaud anyone who gets up and asks an informed question of the panelists under such conditions.
On 30 October, 2010, a screenshot was brought to light featuring Falstad in place of Kurdran on the High Seat, and standing next to him was a dwarf NPC with a red tabard named " Wildhammer Fact Checker ". At that time, neither NPC could be found in the High Seat in the beta, leading to speculation that the screenshot was fake. Valnoth has stated that it is "real"  but some still felt it was an elaborate hoax. The Cataclysm beta build released on November 3rd contained the two NPCs, confirming the screenshot as legitimate; in Patch 4.0.3a they both appeared on live servers, removing any doubt.
On April 15, 2011, the Council of Three Hammers faction leader story, Fire and Iron, was released on the official site. Written from the perspective of Kurdran Wildhammer, the story features a cameo appearance from the Wildhammer Fact Checker and also gave lore-based reasons behind why Kurdran was replaced with Falstad. 
The Red Shirt Guy re-appeared during Blizzcon 2011, deliberately made the first in line at the lore Q&A. Before the Q&A, Metzen hopped off the stage to give him a friendly hug. The Red Shirt Guy thanked them for adding him to the game as the Wildhammer Fact Checker. He asked about the future of Gilneas. The Gilneas/worgen storyline has been highly criticized since the release of Cataclysm due to the sudden stop of the storyline's progression following the starting zone, despite being told many times over that the player would return to Gilneas eventually. The worgen are scarcely seen in Cataclysm, unlike their goblin counterparts who are seen frequently as well as possessing a "mini-city" in Azshara. The lack of worgen development Alliance side continued to be an issue, especially since the story is progressed for Horde only (including the retaking of Gilneas at the end of the Silverpine quest-chain). With all these issues being lamented, the cliffhanger story of Gilneas was commonly asked about.Transcript
Red Shirt Guy: In Gilneas, the questlines end with the strong feeling of to be continued and that we're going back, and the only other zone in the game that had that same type of ending was Hyjal, and we did go back to Hyjal two patches later, so does that mean we're also going back to Gilneas?
Dave Kosak: Two patches later, maybe? . Maybe, back to Gilneas? I don't know. You know, the- the, uh, Gilneans have such cool architecture and such a cool vibe to it, and it's really hard just because of the nature of their story, we can't really incorporate that outside in the rest of the world, it's hard to do. So it'd be fun to go back to Gilneas and really kind of reclaim that. I don't think it's on the cards right away, but its a really, we just love the feel of that area and everything that they're about.
The Red Shirt Guy went on to suggest what he thought would be the best use for Gilneas.
While the story's continuation was not shot down, the response has caused mixed reactions, from praise and hope for a continued story, to negative responses claiming delaying or discontinuing a race's storyline is unfair.
Despite saying that Gilneas would not be revisited anytime soon, Patch 4.3 gave players a brief glimpse of the status of the zone during the legendary dagger quest line. The Gilneans shown here are not shown to be Alliance friendly, however this may be due to the fact that the rogues were seen as assassins. The Blackhowl seemed unaware of their manipulation by a black dragon, and are speculated to have been working with the Alliance in order for Creed to maintain his ruse for both the Gilneans he was making into servants and the Alliance until his army was built up enough and forced into loyalty.
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