"I've won $50 million this year" - Dan Bilzerian

In today's Daily Rewind we review two contrasting poker interviews and look forward to a new SNG format at PokerStars.

Bilzerian's bold claim

Dan Bilzerian
The $50 million man
The mainstream media's spotlight was pointed squarely at the poker community earlier this week when Dan Bilzerian made an appearance on the Howard Stern Show.

Billed as high stakes poker player and Instagram legend, Bilzerian spoke at length about how he made the majority of his money by playing poker.

Seemingly forgetting to mention that he comes from a wealthy family, Bilzerian explained that he plies his trade as a poker player and has won $50 million in the last 12 months. 

After being probed further he admitted that he doesn't play against professionals anymore and the most he's ever lost in a single session is $3.6 million.

Quite whether this poker persona is all hype seems to be of little relevance as Bilzerian has now become a cult figure across the world.

Indeed, for good or for bad, he now seems to be a poster boy for the community and if the saying "no publicity is bad publicity" is true, then this can only be a good thing for poker.

Haxton's Joe Rogan experience

Haxton opens up
In complete contrast to Bilzerian's bravado on the Howard Stern Show, Isaac Haxton recently appeared on the popular podcast: The Joe Rogan Experience.

In typically inquisitive fashion, Rogan was keen to learn more about the skills "Ike" used to become a world-class player, leading the pair to discuss tells, managing risk and weighing up probability.

Acting as an antithesis to the image of excess painted by Bilzerian, Haxton gave a typically analytical breakdown of what it's like to be a high stakes poker pro to millions of casual listeners.

Away from the nuances of poker, Haxton talked about his biggest losing session ($6 million), online gambling legislation in the US and cars.

Spin and Go with PokerStars

Win more
(Image: Pokerfuse)
PokerStars' new "Spin and Go" games are set to go live within the next few months according to Pokerfuse.

According to one of its "PRO" articles, the new format could launch in October and provide players with a new way to build their bankrolls through single table tournaments.

Dubbed "lottery SNGs" and first trialled by Winamax in France, the games allow players to register at various price points and win up to 1,000X their buy-in.

Once three players have registered, the software randomly selects a prizepool multiplier before the winner-takes-all tournament gets underway.

The software is currently live on the operator's Spanish platform, but according to Baard Dahl, Ring Game Manager for PokerStars, the games will be rolled out across other territories before the end of the year.

If you are thinking of trying out this new format, why not also check out our exclusive PokerStars Freerolls?

Question of the Day

"Do you believe Dan Bilzerian or is he hyping up his own results?"

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'Sanlker' topped the latest high stakes leaderboard by a comfortable margin last night after banking $253,614 over the course of 865 hands. Banking almost $200,000 more than his closest rival, Vladimir Shchemelev, the German pro took his seven-day profit total to $634,940.

At the other end of the profit spectrum, Chun Lei Zhou fell to the largest loss of the day after grinding through 1,353 hands. Following his latest $112,656 downswing, the Asian amateur's deficit reached an all-time low of -$6,706,847, making him one of the biggest online losers in history.

Vladimir Shchemelev$69,118
Chun Lei Zhou
Alexander Kostritsyn$105,032

Daily Signoff

For today's Signoff we relive the moment Isaac Haxton first made his name on the live poker scene.

Yesterday's Daily Rewind: Poker pro in $250,000 World Cup ticket scam

Daniel SmythDaniel Smyth has been working in the poker industry for six years as both a player and writer. He currently has a costly penchant for PLO and provides daily content for PokerStrategy.com. You can learn more about Daniel by clicking here.

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  • parikal


    is there any old photo that show bilzarian at poker tables?
    i don't think so!
  • BotiaKiraly


    Maybe he ment 50 million chillean pesos http://goo.gl/gJQq6F
  • redrawstump


    That beard reeks of success. At least, I *think* that's success
  • NijeVaznoKoSam


    never heard of him...
  • hockbrianey1


    he is a complete fraud
  • lila28


    Seem unrealistic for me
  • FlyingDutchm1n


    won 50 mil with poker this year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQlQUMR53L0
  • badgerer


    he plays super high stakes private games against mega rich businessmen. 50mil isn't an unrealistic figure if the bb is 25k plus.

    i don't like the guy much, but to his credit he admits openly he isn't an elite player. it's not what you know, it's who you know.
  • parikal


    what about money management???
  • AtrociousNightmare


    That WSOP website!
    WOW what a design, love it!
    Very informative too for the curious ones :D
  • metza


    wtf Ike had -6 million session? Is that a typo? Cant be bothered going through 3hrs to hear about it :)
  • jules97


    $50m through laundering his dad's money maybe.
  • junfandan


    @11 - yes in a Macau cash game I believe - but he also admitted he only had 10% of his action.
  • chenny8888


    that whole Joe Rogan show segment was great
  • cnoekki


    He's dad is rich, thats it.
  • metza


    #14, +1 just listened to it all while grinding.
  • redrawstump


    @13 that's gotta be an awkward conversation with your backers. "I have good news and bad news. Well, just bad news really..."
  • askk


    @17 xD
  • ShawnlovesShawn


    If I was already as rich as this guy I might go so far as to brag all over the internet too! Sooner be broke and humble.l get he can afford to be as smug as he seems to be.
  • TomasAbr


    @2 maybe :D
  • AtrociousNightmare


    I actually heard the entire hour long interview with Dan and it was ... interesting.

    The guy seems sincere and it really just feels like a lucky person who got in the right place with the right "cards", and played the "game" like he should have.

    It didn't feel like he was trying to brag at any time and feels like a fun one to hang out with :)

    Strange enough! Usually I hate mankind, wuhaahah
  • sherriffatman


    'made the majority of his money playing poker' !? - pure bollox imo

    and as for 'poster-boy' for the poker community-really? I can't see how this is in any way good for the image of poker personally.
  • sherriffatman


    actually, i'd go even further, and state that shit like this is one of the main reasons none of my mates (and many others who know little about the reality of the game) are interested in poker (some see it as distasteful in the extreme to 'gamble' such obscene amounts of money, and these sorts of characters seem to be the ones who make it into the mainstream media and give people the wrong idea about poker imo)
  • Vaars


    Hmmm feels like there's something fishy about this Bilzerian, I only found out about him from one of my non-poker friends and it seemed a bit dodge as not many people have heard of him...
  • 5deuces


    The girl right of him has false tits
  • 5deuces


    The one behind his left too. The third one in the middle perhaps too :)
  • grbell


    Like a previous poster said we never seem to see the guy sitting at a poker table. Don't think it's just the tits that are fake!
  • Vaars


    Are the private games he's playing legal? I mean, the US is famous for it's dodgy gambling rings... And he's hardly professional, he just seems to gamble and blow it on 'partying' afterwards, it's like winning the lottery, not good poker playing...