Dan Bilzerian a Poker Fish According to Doug PolkJanuary 20, 2017 12:18 pm
Dan Bilzerian is said to be worth more than $100 million, with the 36 year-old playboy claiming to have earned at least $50 million of that total playing high-stakes poker over a 14 month period. It’s a claim not all in the poker community are willing to accept, though, and as poker professional Doug Polk wrote recently:
“He claims to have made all of his money from poker. Yet his dad made a lot of money, but in the 80s went to jail and was forced to pay a $50-60 million fine and only paid a few million. The money is missing and we just don’t know where it went.”
Doug Polk runs a poker training site called Upswing Poker, and throughout his career has earned $5,154,768 playing live tournaments, including picking up 2 WSOP bracelets, as well as amassing around $2,162,983 playing online cash games. Recently, the top pro had the chance to analyse a Twitch livestream video of Bilzerian playing online poker, and Polk’s take on his play has cast further doubt on Bilzerian’s brag of being a shark at the tables.
In fact, Polk was rather scathing of Bilzerian’s abilities, going so far as to call him a “fish”, or someone that doesn’t know how to play the game all that well. As Polk subsequently explained:
“All in all. I wouldn’t have said he played all that great. On the internet he’s a fish in the water.”
Polk made his comment after posting a 15 minute long video critiquing Bilzerian’s play, with many of the commenters on the video going further, and describing his play as “awful” and “terrible”.
Admittedly, Bilzerian has previously stated that he had made money playing against inferior wealthy players at high-stakes live games, but he also claims to have made around $90,000 per week playing online poker. Doug Polk, for one, seems to be having none of it, and even went so far as to call him a “big fake.”