Dan Bilzerian’s recent appearance on the True Geordie Podcast has created quite a stir in the poker community after he claimed he pioneered the loose-aggressive (LAG) playing style of poker.
During the episode which was published last week, the internet personality also said he defeated one player to the tune of $54 million. The YouTube video has already been viewed more than 600,000 times.
Who Is Dan Bilzerian?
Bilzerian is known for his lavish lifestyle which he often documents and splashes across social media. He portrays himself on the internet as a rich guy who spends his time shooting military-grade weapons, driving luxury cars, hanging out with celebrities and models, and traveling the world in style.
He isn’t ashamed of talking about himself, his wealth and his achievements, and because of this the 38-year-old often comes across as a showoff to many people. The self-proclaimed Instagram King has also been embroiled in a number of controversies over the years.
In 2014, Bilzerian filed a lawsuit against the producers of the film Lone Survivor over a screen time dispute. The case was later dropped. In the same year, Bilzerian was involved in a commotion inside a Miami nightclub where he kicked model Vanessa Castano in the face.
Later that year, he once again became the subject of legal action after a failed photo-shoot with pornographic actress Janice Griffith. Bilzerian was also arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on bomb-making charges. In 2015, he was fined $17,231.50 for negligently failing to extinguish a fire in the open.
Bilzerian also plays high stakes poker and claims that the games he players are top secret and by invite only. On the regular circuit, he has just one accomplishment listed on the Hendon Mob where he finished in 180th place at the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, winning $36,626. Despite his lack of achievement on the regular poker circuit, Bilzerian claimed he was able to collect tens of millions of dollars out of playing high stakes poker.
Bilzerian’s Poker Claims
While most of the episode was about Bilzerian and his wealthy lifestyle, the 38-year-old also offered a rare insight into his “poker career”. He claimed he was one of the first people to play the LAG style which has now been commonly used by the top pros.
Bilzerian also talked about rumors on how he was able to amass his apparent wealth, with a lot of people believing it came out of a trust fund. Bilzerian revealed he never had a trust fund but allowed people to believe these rumors as it enhanced his reputation and paved the way for him to take part in massive cash games. He claims this is where he was able to collect huge sums of money.
Bilzerian said he was among the first poker players to use the LAG style and that it gave him more chances of exploiting the bad players and helped him become less predictable when playing. According to him, that style enabled him to outclass one opponent for an incredible $54 million in a single game back in 2015, something he described as his “Scarface” moment, referring to a 1983 film about filthy rich drug lord who doesn’t know what to do with his money.
“The Rich Idiot”
When asked about his poker ability, Bilzerian said he never wanted to be as good as the top pros nor associate himself with them. He likes to be known as the guy who people thought sucked in poker but could actually afford to compete with the rich guys. For him, the real scoreboard in poker is a player’s bank account.
Bilzerian minced no words when he said he doesn’t care what the poker community thinks of him. This was after the hosts brought up Doug Polk’s comments about Bilzerian’s poker skills. The 38-year-old said he was able to make a living playing poker back in college but he had since moved on and was involved in a number of business ventures.
Today, he is more interested in connecting with rich people rather than trying to build relationships with poker players. He said he liked building a reputation of being “the rich idiot”.

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