It is not unusual for poker players to place proposition bets both at the poker table and away from it. In fact, it appears to be part of the poker gaming culture. It may be recalled that Phil Ivey, one of the best poker players in the world, placed a million-dollar bet with Tom Dwan that he would turn into a vegetarian. Ashton Griffin spent 24 hours running 70 miles on his treadmill to win a $300,000 bet he had made with another player.
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More recently, Jeff Gross, a 26-year-old professional poker player, had a rainbow tattooed on his back just to win a $550,000 bet placed with a billionaire.
Reportedly, Gross was vacationing in Amsterdam with Bill Perkins, the billionaire entrepreneur, and his family when the unusual proposition bet was placed. Gross had to get the tattoo on condition that he would not be told what tattoo he was getting although the two agreed that private parts and swastikas wouldn’t be tattooed on him.
Speaking about his unusual $550,000 proposition bet, he said: “I am not homophobic, obviously. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not gay for sure, but I’m totally cool with it. I support gay marriage, gay rights, I have friends who are gay. So yeah, it could have been worse, it could have been better.” Gross had once in the past expressed a desire to get married and have kids.
The news of Gross’s proposition bet and his gay rainbow tattoo was broken by Dan Bilzerian, a poker player, who posted a photo of Gross on Twitter. Needless to say, the tattoo is now being widely discussed in poker circles, with several players openly expressing envy at the huge amount of money Gross has won. Poker player Entin said that he is willing to tattoo “I am gay” on his body for half a million.
One of the terms and conditions of the bet is that Gross will never get the work of art removed from his body, and Gross is not likely to get the tattoo removed as he would have to return the bet money to Perkins.
It appears that Gross has a penchant for high-stakes proposition bets. He has a fear of heights, in spite of which he took a leap from the Stratosphere in order to win a bet. He also gave up bread and alcohol for one year to win a proposition bet.
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