Bill Perkins

Think Dan Bilzerian with a conscience and a brain and better poker skills! That’s Bill Perkins.

In the world of extremely rich amateur poker players, Bill Perkins is up there with the biggest moneymen the game has ever seen, the billionaire hedge-fund manager indulging his passion for the game at every opportunity and mixing in the highest circles of poker.

Bill Perkins stands out from the crowd, as I wrote previously about him: ‘If you ever read stories about high-stakes poker amateurs pitting their wits and wealth against the elite, Perkins will be in there somewhere; If it’s a tale of crazy prop bets with massive stacks of cash awaiting the winner, Bill Perkins will be at the forefront; and if you’re looking for a party-animal who can simultaneously discuss renewable energy issues and government intervention in the market-place while posing with a bevy of beautiful models, once again Bill is your man! Think Dan Bilzerian with a conscience and a brain and better poker skills! That’s Bill Perkins.

Perkins’ Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree wasn’t really related to what he would go on to achieve in the business world, where he initially worked under the legendary oil trader John Arnold. He founded the firm Small Ventures USA back in 1997 and went on to trade in energy derivatives, working for some of the biggest companies in the US. Senior positions and directorships gained him huge respect for his knowledge of the industry and how to effectively trade in such high-risk commodities.

His poker career is similar to many other rich amateurs, playing the big buy-in events and high rollers and Bill has won some $2.6million since his first cash back in 2012 at the Bahamas PCA at Paradise Island. The majority of that comes from a 3rd place finish and $1,965,163 payday at the 2013 WSOP One Drop event, a $111,111 buy-in tournament where he finished ahead of the likes of Antonio ‘The Magician’ Esfandiari.

Esfandiari has become a close friend over the years, the pair indulging in some hilarious and often bizarre prop bets, including one last year which saw Esfandiari disqualified from the tournament for pissing in a bottle at his table. Perkins had made a 48-hour ‘lunging’ bet with Antonio, the latter’s legs so sore during day 2 that he decided he couldn’t go to the bathroom.

Other infamous prop bets include a ‘no sex for a year’ challenge, one which Esfandiari quickly bought out of, a highly-publicised cycling bet with another good friend Dan Bilzerian, and umpteen more unusual bets.

Billionaire Bill has the money to indulge almost every whim in his life, but he is also a philanthropist and family man - actively participates in the Save the Children charitable organisation, as well as being married with three children.

He also found time to start up his own film production company, Lleju Productions and Films, and recently hosted his favourite poker streamers on a week-long adventure to the Virgin Islands.

Read More
1 year ago3,058PokerTube,

Published 1 year ago

Doug Polk and Jason Mo Talk Landon Tice Challenge Defeat

Doug Polk breaks down the Landon Tice vs Bill Perkins challenge which resulted in Tice conceding the challenge. Grab €10 free ca...

1 year ago3,639PokerTube,

Published 1 year ago

Landon vs Perkins Showdown DAY 5

Day 5 stream brought to you by Solve For Why of the Landon Tice vs Bill Perkins $200/$400 heads up challenge. Start your poke...

1 year ago3,093PokerTube,

Published 1 year ago

Landon vs Perkins Showdown DAY 4

The $200/$400 heads up challenge continues as Bill Perkins takes on Landon Tice. This stream is brought to you by Matt Berkey for ...

1 year ago3,753PokerTube,

Published 1 year ago

Landon Tice vs Bill Perkins $200/$400 DAY 1

The Bill Perkins vs Landon Tice heads up challenge begins and the Solve 4 Why team are here to stream all of the action and report...

4 years ago5,734ChicagoJoey,

Published 4 years ago

PokerLife Podcast - With Mike Vacanti

Nutrition and personal training expert Mike Vacanti joins Chicago Joey Ingram for this episode of the PokerLife podcast. Mike was ...

4 years ago12,283BDJB,

Published 4 years ago

Poker Night in America - S05 Ep45

The high stakes action in this star studded few episodes of Poker Night in America comes to a conclusion with ridiculous amounts o...

4 years ago9,893killjoy1987,

Published 4 years ago

Poker Night In America - S05 Ep44

Huge sums of money are won and lost in this high roller Poker Night in America SPECIAL! Live from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &am...

4 years ago9,929BDJB,

Published 4 years ago

Poker Night in America - S05 Ep43

It's a star studded table for the Poker Night in America cash game as they head to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Flo...

4 years ago4,701BDJB,

Published 4 years ago

Ultimate Sweat - The Results!

One year ago, Billionaire Bill Perkins prop-bet poker playing brothers Jaime and Matt Staples that they couldn't weigh within 1lb ...

4 years ago5,287BDJB,

Published 4 years ago

Jaime Staples - Will I Have to Water Cut??

With only a couple of weeks before the big #UltimateSweat weigh in day on March 25th at Run it Up Reno, will the Staples brothers ...

Bill Perkins Buys the Iconic ‘The Sugar Shack’ Painting for $15.3 Million

Perkins made a statement in the art world recently when he made a record-breaking acquisition of The Sugar Shack, a 1976 artwork by a former football player and artist Ernie Barnes

Bill Perkins Smashes Body Fat Bet with Dan Bilzerian

The hedge fund trader posted pics from his weigh-in, making most onlookers jealous of his amazing progress from only eight month’s work

Weight Loss Prop Bet Kicks Off Between Doug Polk and Bill Perkins

In a recent tweet, Doug Polk announced that he and notorious prop bettor Bill Perkins have agreed to terms on a body fat loss bet with $200,000 on the line

Book Review: Die with Zero by Bill Perkins

Die with Zero is one title that is full of pearls of wisdom and an enjoyable read

Bill Perkins Offers to Sponsor $200k Prize Boxing Match Between Matt Berkey and Robert Kuhn

A Twitter spat between poker pros Matt Berkey and Robert Kuhn escalated so far this week

Stars of Poker Come Together to Help Raise $75k for Customised KL Van!

In an incredible display of unity and support for one of their own, the poker community came together to raise money to buy Kenneth ‘K’L Cleeton a customised van to allow him to play the WSOP

Jason Koon Offers $2 Million Prop Bet to Run 100m in 10.9 Seconds

High-stakes tournament player Jason Koon has made an audacious prop bet offer on Twitter that he can run 100m in under 10.9s within a year

Terrence Chan and Mike McDonald Clash Over PokerShares Betting Odds

Poker pro - turned - MMA fighter Terrence Chan and Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald have fallen out this week

Doug Polk Challenges Doyle Brunson and Bill Perkins to a Heads-Up Match

The American is currently out of retirement to play a much publicised match against his nemesis Daniel Negreanu

Phil Galfond saves Negreanu vs Polk Grudge Match after Bill Perkins Causes Trouble Over Rules!

The Grudge Match of the Century between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk blew up in a massive row over the rules