Dan Bilzerian Signs With GGPoker; Negativity Ensues

it only took Dan Bilzerian a couple of hours after signing with GGPoker to turn the poker community against him

Dan Bilzerian is the latest big name to sign with online poker site GGPoker as a brand ambassador. It is a move that the poker community hasn’t exactly welcomed with open arms.

Bilzerian is the self-proclaimed King of Instagram thanks to having 32.7 million followers. Throw into the mix 1.7 million Twitter followers and it’s hard to find another poker player with such a wide reach. The appointment is still bizarre because of Bilzarian’s love of controversy.

GGPoker announced the signing of Bilzerian on Twitter and via press releases. Bilzerian penned a few words for the latter.

“In these crazy times, GGPoker is the best option to get my poker on. They cater to the recreational player and that’s the future of poker, not a bunch of math nerds. I’ve battled guys from the $2 buy-in to the $200,000 buy-in tables at GGPoker, and will be working with GG to make cash game tables even better for the average player out there.”

The promise of a $100,000 freeroll followed Bilzarian’s mini statement. The winner receives at least $10,000 and a $3,000 buy-in to battle Bilzarian heads-up. Anyone busting Bilzarian from the freeroll wins an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to party with the King of Instagram.

All this sounded great but Bilzerian is a figure who divides opinion. This is especially true when he engages his mouth before his brain, which is often.

Bilzerian Wastes No Time In Causes Controversy

The Bilzerian signing hasn’t gone down well with large sections of the poker community. The game’s female players are extremely disappointed GGPoker has someone of Bilzerian’s ilk.

His social media accounts are packed full of him surrounded by scantily-clad, sometimes naked, women. It’s not uncommon for the women to be used as furniture and walk around on all fours in his photos. Others show Bilzerian shooting automatic weapons and living a Playboy lifestyle.

It’s his misogynistic attitude that’s the biggest worry, especially when poker is wanting more women to play the game.

Popular female poker pro Vanessa Kade is just one vocal person opposing this ambassador deal. Kade took to Twitter to vent her frustration.

“I literally use ‘does he follow Dan Bilzerian’ as a dating filter because it tells me enough about their character that I know they’re probably tacky, sleazy, and superficial. I want a man, not a child who idealizes a guy who desperately pays women to make himself seem cool.”

Kade continued tweeting more comments.

“I dunno why this has disappointed me so much. I think because the site has clearly been all about trying to be the best version of itself, I think in my mind it was the future of poker in a lot of ways. Then this is just a huge step backwards.”

Bilzerian was obviously irked by Kade’s comments because he replied with a comment that GGPoker’s marketing team must hate.

“Quiet hoe, nobody knows who you are.”

The spelling mistake is the least of Bilzerian and GGPoker’s problems.

Controversy Is Nothing New For This Man

Signing Bilzerian as a brand ambassador is bitterly disappointing. It’s a signing that sends out completely the wrong message. He lives in his own little world, belittling women and spouting vitriol at every given opportunity.

We won’t waste your time showing the drivel that comes out of his mouth. You can waste a few hours browsing his social media accounts if you enjoy that sort of thing. But how an online poker site can sponsor such a character us beyond us. Someone who treats and thinks of women how he does. Someone who claims to have pioneered the loose-aggressive style of poker. A person who claims to have won millions of dollars from private cash games but can’t prove it.

All this before you even start looking into how he got his money in the first place. That is a story in itself.

With so many poker players out there who are great ambassadors for the game, it makes you wonder why GGPoker signed Bilzerian. Any publicity isn’t always good publicity.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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