Gambling millionare Dan Bilzerian is an Instagram sensation for all the wrong reasons

Images from Dan Bilzerian's Instagram account.

Images from Dan Bilzerian's Instagram account.

According to a Buzzfeed article that has now been viewed over 2.4 million times Dan Bilzerian is 'the most interesting man on Instagram'.

Describing himself as an ‘actor, astronaut and asshole’ in his profile he is in fact gambling entrepreneur and his lifestyle of excess  has found an audience with 620,000+ Instagram followers.

His posts (dominated by bare-chested pictures of both himself and a multitude of models) garner over 25,000 likes per picture.

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So what is it, beyond naked photos (and, let’s be honest, you can find them anywhere on the internet) that make this dude ‘interesting?’  A scroll though his feed reveals a couple of photographic themes:

First: women, covering their nipples, often with firearms drape themselves over a smiling Bilzerian on a private plane/in a spa/over some gym equipment. There are endless sports cars, one (a Ferrari) proudly crashed (“let’s see how fast it goes”), another donning the number plate ‘SUCK IT’. There are piles of cash and poker chips, helicopters, private jets and exotic animals. He poses topless, swims in infinity pools, competes in macho-activities like paintballing, buys luxury watches and illustrates his platitude with photos of his cat Smushball – who has an Instagram account of her own - teamed with innuendos about 'pussy'.

Popular? Clearly. Envied? Unfortunately. Interesting? That’s debatable.

The 33-year-old gun-collecting, womanising, LA multimillionaire made his money playing poker after university and has since gambled, exploited, slept and posted his way into his other title, “Instagram’s playboy king.”

His lavish lifestyle has afforded him three heart attacks that, despite medical advice, haven’t stopped him from appearing as a stuntman in B-grade action films and betting hundreds of thousands of dollars on himself in over-the-top car races. He has also co-founded an online poker room.

Bilzerian’s Internet popularity has come mostly in the past few months with increasingly risqué posts including some “super hot chicks in Cabo naked in the pool” which he mournfully explains had to be deleted.

Bilzerian has little of note to say on his Instagram feed. The monotonous barrage of guns, girls and gearsticks is generally only accompanied by gems like, “you won’t get rich betting like a bitch” and hashtags #needavacationfrombeingonvacation and #goatsandhoes.

Granted that finding something interesting is subjective. Some people are into model trains. It is hard to imagine anyone other than teenage boys taking this guy seriously though. Perhaps his followers are in it for the laughs. The pictures really do speak for themselves.

According to his PR posse Bilzerian has a soft-side and despite a complete lack of evidence ‘is trying to move away from the playboy lifestyle.’

Late last year he set up The Robin Hood Project to relinquish some of his cash to the needy… But only $10,000 at a time – the maximum you can give before you’re taxed in America, he explains.

Dan Bilzerian is definitely one of the most-talked about men on Instagram.  Is he the most interesting? As it turns out, I think the best word to describe his online presence and persona come directly from the words of his very own bio: asshole.

It’s safe to say I didn’t hit follow.

 

4 comments

  • It's no more confusing or hard to understand than explaining why James Bond is popular.

    It would seem he's popular for the same reason women often find 'bad boys' attractive and men want to be the 'alpha'. He's confident, powerful, rich, relatively attractive, appears physically fit (even if he's not actually healthy), and is unapologetic and unashamed about any of it. There is great attraction in having power and no responsibility. People have known that since we first started forming tribes on the African savanna.

    Commenter
    DM
    Date and time
    March 25, 2014, 9:19AM
    • A deep and complex man who will be remembered for centuries......you forget Ramesses the Great.....this man's stubborn stain will never be removed.....

      Commenter
      Pop
      Date and time
      March 25, 2014, 9:22AM
      • I do hope he's happy and enjoying this "great" lifestyle...but...if it was me, I would prefer a nice, peaceful, relaxing life, travelling and enjoying my time. Furthermore, of course I would try to help as many people in need as possible. Good luck to him, I've got this funny feeling we'll be reading about him shortly, how he committed suicide from a very unfulfilled, drug fulled lifestyle...we'll see.

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        Dan
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        March 25, 2014, 10:47AM
        • He's not attractive at all and is obviously a himbo with no substance or culture, ethics. He's a good representation of the tackiness and vulgarity of excessive American narcissistic (me, me, me) culture. He is as interesting as watching paint dry. Interesting, give me an attractive, intelligent man with something to say and who isn't completely in love with himself. Joaquin Phoenix comes to mind..

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          What a beast
          Location
          Melbourne
          Date and time
          March 25, 2014, 12:37PM
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