Dan Brandon Bilzerian (born December 7, 1980) is an American social media personality. Dan Bilzerian was born in Tampa, Florida, to Paul Bilzerian and Terri Steffen, and has a brother, Adam. He claims that half of the Bilzerian family were killed during the Armenian Genocide. His father, who is of Armenian descent, was a corporate raider on Wall Street and set up trust funds for both of his sons. Bilzerian entered the Navy SEAL training program in 2000 and after several attempts, he did not graduate the program. The reporter who conducted the interview of Bilzerian for SOFREP.com confirmed his participation in the SEAL program and stated that according to his research Bilzerian was dropped for a safety violation on the shooting range.
Bilzerian cashed in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing in 180th place. In 2010, he was voted one of the funniest poker players on Twitter by Bluff Magazine. In November 2011, Bilzerian, along with ten others including actors Tobey Maguire, Nick Cassavetes, and Gabe Kaplan, were asked to pay back winnings that they had won in poker games against Ponzi scheme operator Bradley Ruderman after Ruderman was sentenced to prison, to help pay back some of the victims Ruderman had stolen from over his criminal career. That same year Bilzerian defended Alex Rodriguez publicly against accusations that he had gambled illegally, claiming that he was present when the alleged gambling event had taken place and Rodriguez was not present. On March 9, 2011, Bilzerian raced Tom Goldstein for a wager of $385,000 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with Bilzerian racing a 1965 AC Cobra and Goldstein behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Italia.
Bilzerian appeared as a stuntman in the 2013 film Olympus Has Fallen and as Sr. Chief Healy in the 2013 film Lone Survivor. The following year he appeared in the films The Other Woman, The Equalizer and Cat Run 2. Bilzerian will appear in the 2016 Bruce Willis film Extraction.