Dan Bilzerian is worth an untold amount of millions of dollars, and while the former poker pro has just one career live cash, the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event where he placed 180th for $36,626, the playboy has routinely participated in high-stakes games with celebrities and other poker stars over the years.
The 34-year-old former Navy SEAL trainee is now focused on the United States presidency, releasing not only his first “Bilzerian ’16” campaign video, albeit a tad racier than most, but also a print advertisement. “They asked me what I wanted on my campaign flyer, I said I don’t care as long as I’m riding a tortoise with a machinegun,” Bilzerian tweeted along with the picture.
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When it comes to the issues, it’s safe to say the firearms-loving Bilzerian is tough on defense and homeland security, supports the 2nd Amendment, and is the one candidate who whole-heartedly supports the legalization of online poker. He would also be the first president in more than 100 years to wear a full beard, a quality he says we need in the White House.
In April, Rand Paul, another 2016 candidate, posted a 10-second Snapchat video titled “Lessons from Dan Bilzerian” featuring the two “politicians” playing a game of liar’s poker.
The ploy was largely thought to be an effort on Paul’s part to connect with a younger, hip crowd on social media, but it also in turn gave Bilzerian a small sense of legitimacy.
When it comes to candidness and transparency, qualities most presidential candidates promise yet few deliver on, Bilzerian seemingly wouldn’t have any concerns “putting himself out there.” And while yes, his entire campaign is nothing more than a publicity stunt, Bilzerian shouldn’t be entirely written off.
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Although not scientific, a quick look to social media shows Bilzerian is every bit as popular, and in some cases much more liked, than the leading candidates to become the next president.
As of July 1st, 2015, Bilzerian had 8.1 million Facebook likes and 1.21 million Twitter followers. Compare that to:
Hillary Clinton: 992,000 Facebook, 3.79 million Twitter
Jeb Bush: 209,000 Facebook, 218,000 Twitter
Donald Trump: 1.9 million Facebook, 3.08 million Twitter
Marco Rubio: 902,000 Facebook, 755,000 Twitter
Bilzerian recently wrapped up a five-date “Presidential Campaign Tour” in Toronto, Montreal, New York City and Boston, where he met with “potential voters” at nightclubs.
Affected by Friend’s Death
This week Jackson Vroman, a former NBA player and close friend of Bilzerian and Justin Bieber, was unexpectedly found dead at his home in Los Angeles at the young age of 34.
After initial media reports claimed Vroman was killed in a traffic accident, Bilzerian cleared the air.
“One of my best friends passed away today,” Bilzerian tweeted. “The police said they reviewed the surveillance video, he was sitting down, he got up to go inside the house, tripped on the stairs, hit his head and drown in the pool.”
Thought it’s unclear whether Vroman was intoxicated at the time of the accident, his untimely death has certainly affected Bilzerian. “All the big cars, bi****s, and bull**** in the world won’t make you as happy as having one good pal #RIPJax,” the 2016 candidate tweeted.