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It seems like love is in the air! This ‘Gossip Column’ edition begins and ends with two marriage announcements. The millionaire playboy Dan Bilzerian shared a cryptic Instagram post indicating that he recently got married. To whom, you ask? Well, your guess is as good as ours. The post shared no details about the mystery woman, and many believe this to be a prank or gimmick by the Armenian-American.
The former Director of Quantitative Research and Development for the Dallas Mavericks, Haralabos “Bob” Voulgaris, has finalized a deal to become the new principal owner of the 100-year-old Spanish soccer team, Club Deportivo Castellon, that plays in the Primera Federación (third division) in Spain. Voulgaris is a known name in the poker circuit with $3 Million in live tournament earnings. The retired poker player has also featured in numerous Poker After Dark episodes alongside Phil Galfond and Bill Perkins.
Poker legend Doyle Brunson has threatened to stop signing an autograph for his fans after discovering that several of his signed souvenirs were up for sale on eBay.
In another marriage announcement, Swedish poker pro Sofia Lovgren recently got hitched to long-time beau Mike Jostle.
Dan Bilzerian’s Cryptic Instagram Post Alludes to His Marriage
Did it actually happen? This is perhaps the most asked question from everyone who saw billionaire playboy Dan Bilzerian`s latest Instagram post, which has left fans in a frenzy. The Armenian-American poker player, famous for his flashy and wild lifestyle, was away from social media for a while. He returned to Instagram on Monday, and his latest post seems to have baffled the internet.
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Bilzerian was away from social media for a few weeks; his previous post was at least four weeks old. However, he did make up for his absence on Monday when he shared a picture, leaving his fans speculating if he recently got hitched.
‘I finally did it,’ read the recent post. The cryptic post shows Bilzerian dressed in his finest tux walking down the aisle with a woman in a bridal dress and has led people to believe that the notorious poker player may have finally settled down after living life king size.
Bilzerian, famous for his flashy and extravagant lifestyle, one that didn’t just brim with luxury but also included hanging out with scantily dressed women every day, grew a significant following, mostly among men, for his lavish choices.
Expectedly, social media was alight with memes.
First Ranbir, now Dan Bilzerian. 2022 is the year of settling down. Good luck to Salman bhai and Popatlal pic.twitter.com/8z4izyLCnL
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) July 25, 2022
— Shayan.₿TC 📈📉 (@greatest_trader) July 25, 2022
— odin (@tits_and_chips) July 25, 2022
Shortest Joke Ever-
Dan Bilzerian got married.#danbilzerian
— Nirali Shah (@nirali_shahh) July 25, 2022
— Amit! (@AMITZZZ_) July 25, 2022
There is still some speculation whether Bilzerian did actually get married or is it all just a gimmick. While it could very well be an elaborate joke or a marketing gimmick, it could also be real. If once perennial bachelor George Clooney could find love and settle down, who is to say Bilzerian can’t either?!
Retired Poker Pro Haralabos Voulgaris Buys Spanish Soccer Club
Former Director of Quantitative Research and Development for the Dallas Mavericks, Haralabos “Bob” Voulgaris, renowned worldwide for his gambling prowess (in the NBA), is now the new principal owner of Club Deportivo Castellon. This 100-year-old Spanish soccer team plays in the Primera Federación, a third-tier division in Spain.
Voulgaris also fared well as a poker player, accumulating over $3 million in live tournaments (as of September 2020). He also appeared on Poker After Dark and played alongside heavyweights like Phil Galfond and Bill Perkins.
The highlight of his poker career that spans over 15 years was his fourth-place finish in the 2017 WSOP One Drop for $1,158,883, his biggest tournament victory. He also placed third in the $10K NLHE Championship at the WPT Borgata Open in September 2007 for $434,560.
NBA journalist Marc Stein broke the ice about Voulgaris’ deal with CD Castellon on Twitter.
Haralabos Voulgaris, formerly Director of Quantitative Research and Development for the Mavericks, is finalizing a deal to become principal owner of the soccer club CD Castellón in Spain's third division, league sources tell me.
More NBA coverage: https://t.co/LGN9cVpeGP
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 19, 2022
Voulgaris was expected to end up with another NBA team. However, to most people’s astonishment, he opted to become the principal owner of a Spanish soccer club. He said, “I would buy a basketball team,” only if he could win enough from his gambling expeditions. For now, it appears he’s going with CD Castellon.
¡1⃣0⃣0⃣ años de CLUB DEPORTIVO CASTELLÓN! 🤍🖤
20 julio 1922 ↔️ 20 julio 2022
— CD Castellón 💯 (@cdcastellon) July 20, 2022
Doyle Brunson to Stop Signing Autographs For Fans
Poker legend Doyle Brunson has threatened to stop signing autographs for his fans after discovering that his signatures are up for sale on eBay. Recently, the ten-time WSOP bracelet winner & Poker Hall of Famer revealed that several fans are attempting to make money from his autograph on the e-commerce platform rather than keeping it as a memento.
A displeased Brunson tweeted:
I just went to e-bay and saw where most of the autographs i've signed are on sale..every letter says they are my biggest fan and want to hang the 2 pictures on their wall. I won't be signing any more!!
— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) July 21, 2022
An eBay search shows over 70 items listed for sale ranging from playing cards to photos up for sale with “Texas Dolly’s hand-signed autograph. Sellers have been asking prices ranging from $37 to $400 on these items. Some of the higher-end Brunson autographs on the e-commerce platform have also been graded and authenticated. One of his signed mementos was recently sold for $999. Playing cards signed by Doyle have gone for $149.
After Brunson’s tweet, several poker fans on Twitter pointed out the irony that Brunson refusing to sign autographs in the future would elevate the value of the current eBay listings.
In response to Brunson’s tweet, India’s Muskan Sethi wrote:
A true fan would never do that. But, If you won’t be signing anymore then the ones on eBay will be worth more. 🤔
— Muskan Sethi (@muskaansethi) July 22, 2022
@BigWillySyles_ said, “Little does he realize that by stopping signing, he increases the value for those sellers because his autograph is now tougher to obtain.”
@CadeCottrell wrote, “It sucks that they’re profiting off your name and your kindness, I feel that. But just remember that a lot of people do cherish those things from you, and that’s why there’s a market for them as well, and I think that joy real fans get is worth dealing with scammers/scalpers.”
Steve Barrows (@FBCoachBarrows) tweeted, “Sorry to hear that Doyle! Had the pleasure of meeting you in Abilene during my time as an Assistant Football Coach there 2008-2011. 1st class all the way!”
Well, that’s your right, but what a shame to miss out on the opportunity to maybe impact someone’s life for the better with just a little signature that cost you nothing. https://t.co/qL4rPenwH5
— Clyde (@clyde_weber) July 21, 2022
Brunson did not attend the 2022 WSOP due to COVID-19 concerns but had sent a pre-recorded video announcing “shuffle up and deal” to start the final day of the Main Event. The “Godfather of Poker” is now a WPT Ambassador and remains active in the poker community, and continues to follow his motto, “we don’t stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing.”
Sofia Lovgren Ties The Knot With Mike Jostle
Swedish poker pro Sofia Lovgren recently got married to Mike Jostle. The former 888 poker Ambassador announced the same on her social media handles yesterday.
Best day of my life 🥰💍 pic.twitter.com/dTxIzOLqck
— Sofia Lövgren (@Sofia_Lovgren) July 24, 2022