Bilzerian's $5M Bet To Row Solo Across Atlantic OceanOctober 21, 2016 1:44 pm
Dan Bilzerian and Bill Perkins have become famous for their high-stakes prop bets, and have exchanged millions of dollars with each other, and some select members of the poker community, as they suggest increasingly more challenging tasks to perform.
Earlier this year, for instance, Perkins paid Bilzerian $600,000 for successfully cycling the 328 mile distance from Los Angeles to Las Vegas within a 48 hour time period. This time around, however, the two amigos seem to have outdone themselves, as their latest challenge could involve Bilzerian solo rowing more than 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. Depending on his performance, the trip could end up either netting or costing the playboy $5 million.
Despite having money to burn, Bilzerian certainly has a strong competitive streak and it seems that part of his motivation for suggesting the huge journey is that this year he has already “lost a few million” playing poker once or twice a month.
Nevertheless, Bilzerian may have bitten off more than he can chew as the slowest ever crossing took 106 days to complete, while the fastest by the UK’s Charlie Pitcher still took 35 days back in 2010. Furthermore, in 2016 a Norwegian doctor had to be rescued after 84 days at sea, although he was twice the age of the 35 year-old Bilzerian. That said, Bilzerian is anticipating completing the epic odyssey in less than three months. Dan Bilzerian broke the news on the ‘Larry King Now’ show while chatting to the veteran host, and stated that:
“I told him [Perkins], I bet him 5 million that I could solo row across the Atlantic Ocean.. If he says ‘yes’ then I’m doing it.”
It certainly seems a likely possibility, though, as after their bicycle ride prop bet, the duo discussed a range of follow up bets, which included walking coast-to-coast across America, reaching the summit of Everest, or solo rowing from England to New York. Many believed that it would be Perkins’ turn to perform the challenged, with the billionaire automatically dismissing the Everest challenge at the time, explaining:
“Do I really want to lose a nose? I would be very upset if I lost my nose. If we have a bet with a 1-in-20 chance of dying I wouldn’t like that.”