Dan Bilzerian, the so-called “King of Instagram,” had himself quite the week. After video showed him kicking a woman in the face at a party connected to Art Basel in Miami over the weekend, Bilzerian was arrested late Tuesday in Los Angeles on charges connected to making a bomb in the state of Nevada. Bilzerian was later released, but still faces charges for “possessing or manufacturing explosive or incendiary devices.” That's serious stuff and this guy is going to have a hard time finding a character witness unless he's got a buddy without an internet connection.
It all starts with the Instagram account. With ample pictures of ample breasts, guns, private jets, parties, breasts, poker, cars, more breasts, women in thongs, and err—well, the man enjoys cleavage, Bilzerian’s Instagram account is the key to the persona he’s created. He’s a fit, rich, attractive man who soars above us, hopping from party to party and hanging out with celebrities of all stripes. And he packs heat. Bilzerian's failure to finish Navy Seal training (perhaps on account of his lack of discipline?) did nothing to diminish his love of firearms and fitness. But Bruce Wayne he is not.
Bilzerian’s supposed millions, which he flashes constantly, come from either one of two sources (and probably both). His father, Paul Bilzerian, an investment banker who himself has been found on the wrong side of the law (the government won a $62 million civil judgment against him for securities fraud), has been funneling money to his son for years. The younger Bilzerian insists that his millions are self-made. How? The very reliable world of gambling
According to lore, in 2007 Bilzerian walked into a poker game in Lake Tahoe, Nevada with a suitcase full of his father’s cash. He then went on to begin a lucrative career in professional poker, where he claims he makes as much as $50 million a year. That’s more than enough to keep him well stocked in private jets, women, and guns, but not exactly the most stable profession. That party can’t last forever. The question that remains: How will it end?
Bilzerian has shown serious streaks of misogyny, racism, violence (he threw a model off of a roof earlier this year) and deep insecurity.
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After video was released of Bilzerian apparently kicking a woman in the face last weekend, Bilzerian didn’t deny his actions, but instead played it off as an act of heroism, explaining to Nik Richie of The Dirty that “Actually 2 girls attacked a girl I was with to the point they gave her a black eye and threw her off the table and went after her, b/c they wanted to get closer to me. I know girls never fight over you b/c you’re a loser and everyone hates you, and nobody want to fuck you, but how about you get you facts straight instead of publishing nonsense like your garbage website.”
A classy gentleman, indeed.
Police in Miami are still looking at the incident, while the Nevada bomb charges remain hanging over Bilzerian’s head. Bilzerian Instagrammed of him on a private jet last night, two models beside him, with destination unknown.
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