Daniel Brandon Bilzerian is an Armenian-American poker player, businessman, and social media influencer. He is the son of corporate takeover specialist Paul Bilzerian and Terri Steffen. He is the brother of fellow poker player Adam Bilzerian. He is of half Armenian descent through his father.
Recently, the social media influencer posted an image seeming to indicate he’s tied the knot.
Bilzerian claims to have studied for four years at the University of Florida, majoring in Business and Criminology, though it is unclear if he ever graduated.
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In the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event, Bilzerian played and finished in 180th place. In 2010, he was voted one of the funniest poker players on Twitter by Bluff magazine.
In November 2011, Bilzerian was one of those sued by the estate of Bradley Ruderman over winnings from poker games, which were alleged to have been paid with funds from an illegal Ponzi scheme.
In 2014, Bilzerian sued the producers of the film Lone Survivor. His lawsuit stated that he invested $1 million in the film in exchange for at least eight minutes of screen time and 80 words of dialogue, but his role was later reduced to less than one minute and just one line.
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His lawsuit demanded $1.2 million—the original investment plus 20 percent. The lawsuit was later dropped, and Bilzerian reportedly generated $1.5 million in revenue due to the film’s commercial success.
In August 2014, Bilzerian was banned from a Miami nightclub for kicking model Vanessa Castano in the face during a brawl. Bilzerian stated that Castano and another woman attacked Bilzerian’s female companion.
“There were two girls standing next to me at the table that were fighting. People started getting shoved and I tried to separate them. Then Dan pushed me off the banquette and once I fell he kicked me in the face,” Castano said.
Castano later filed a lawsuit against Bilzerian for her injuries. It was also reported that Castano has asked Bilzerian for US$1 million to settle the suit citing the possibility of greater punitive damages based on his income if the suit went to trial.