Gay Rainbow Tattoo Nets Poker Pro Gross $550K Prop Bet

Proposition bets seem to have become ingrained into the very core of poker culture itself, both at and away from the tables. Phil Ivey, for instance, decided to go vegetarian for a million dollars of Tom Dwan’s money; while Ashton Griffin ran 70 miles on his treadmill over a 24 hour period for $300,000.

Now, in the latest example of extreme poker player related prop betting, 26-year-old high-stakes cash-game player Jeff Gross has had a rainbow tattoo put on his back for a cool $550,000. Apparently, back in August Jeff Gross was on vacation in Amsterdam with billionaire businessman Bill Perkins and his family when the unusual tattoo prop bet was agreed.

At the time, part of the bet was that Gross would not know which tattoo he would be getting, although certain images were out, including swastikas or private parts. In the end, though, Gross had to get a rainbow tattoo, a symbol of gay pride, in order to win his lucrative bet. In the past, Jeff Gross said one day he would like to settle down with a wife and family, and discussing his $550,000 prop bet, explained to Pokernews.com:

“I am not homophobic, obviously. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not gay for sure, but I’m totally cool with it. I support gay marriage, gay rights, I have friends who are gay. So yeah, it could have been worse, it could have been better.”

The news, however, first came to light on twitter after fellow poker player Dan Bilzerian posted a photo of Gross online, with the following message:

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“Holy fuck @bp22 lost bet Jeff got paid 550,000$ to get a gay rainbow tattoo on his back, and can’t… http://instagram.com/p/fIypWPoDp1/”

Meanwhile, members of the poker community have been weighing in with their opinion on the latest prop bet and, not surprisingly, a great deal of envy was expressed  at the huge bet. Here are a couple of examples of some of the reactions to Jeff Gross’ rainbow tattoo:

Scott Sherman

“@DanBilzerian @bp22 am I missing something. Isn’t even that big and easily covered. 1/2 million should’ve been on his face.”

Jonas Entin
“@DanBilzerian @bp22 um will someone pls pay me half a mil to get something gay tattooed on my body? i’ll get “i am gay” f**k the rainbow.”


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