In a recent televised interview, ‘The King of Instagram Dan Bilzerian’ talks with emmy award winning sports journalist Graham Bensinger about his outrageous life and claims that contrary to speculation (especially among the poker community) that he earned all his own money playing poker and didn’t use his father’s money to finance his lavish lifestyle and high rolling poker antics.
The interview, which takes place in Bilzerian’s Las Vegas mansion, is part of Bensinger’s syndicated series, “In Depth with Graham Bensinger”.
During the course of the interview, Bilzerian addresses the constant rumours that his multi-million dollar fortune derives from an inheritance of trust fund from his father, Paul Bilzerian, a former Wall Street corporate takeover specialist. There has long been speculation among the poker industry that Bilzerian has exaggerated his poker winnings, with the likes of Doug Polk taking to YouTube to trash Bilzerian’s poker ability, and imply that his money likely came from his father.
While he doesn’t deny the trust fund, which matured when Bilzerian turned 30, he does deny that it had any impact on his life, saying, “I gave it all back, I gave it to my brother. I didn’t need it, didn’t want it, didn’t care.”
He goes on to say that he couldn’t care less what people hink of his poker game or if they don’t believe where his money came from. In fact he says he used the fact that people said he was a bad player to get invites to good games.
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Bilzerian told Bensinger, “I just let people talk sh*t about my poker and that I was bad and that I had a trust fund because that was very helpful for me to get into these (super high stakes) games”. He goes on to say, “I never cared if people thought that I was good. I never gave a sh*t how people thought that I got my money. I still don’t. I don’t give a fuck if they think I got it all from a trust.”.
Bilzerian also recounts that his biggest win added up to almost $13m but that he’s also lost $3.6m on three separate occasions. And while he didn’t say who he won the money from or where the game was played, he did say that his opponent was a “billionaire” and a “maniac.”
There is plenty of other juicy stuff in the interview, including tales of Bilzerian’s crazy party days where he would spend days out of his mind on alcohol, cocaine, pot, and viagra (which resulted in his having three heart attacks), as well as the slightly less salacious news that Bilzerian has intentions to become a school teacher and that he has already received his teaching license in California.
You also get a chance to look around Bilzerian’s multi-million dollar mansion filled with guns, condoms and a Game of Thrones-style dining room.