Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | 2 a.m.
Wealthy natural-gas tycoon, hedge-fund investor and regular Las Vegas poker player Bill Perkins lost his $600,000 bet to notorious Instagram playboy Dan Bilzerian, who completed his nearly 300-mile bicycle ride from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in well under the 48-hour time limit the gamblers had wagered.
Dan not only kept his own $600,000 bet, but he also picked up an additional side-bet win of $250,000 from high-stakes poker player Rick Salomon of Paris Hilton sex-video fame who also had bet against Dan in an attempt to win his Gulfstream G4 private jet.
The entire 33-hour escapade was captured on the website 48HourBet.com.
“He looked like death after the ride — his skin was green,” said Bill after acknowledging that Dan had won the dangerous and nearly impossible ride that involved going nonstop through the brutal Mojave Desert at night.
“Dan was in bed with a fever, hot and cold flashes, the chills, wobbly legs and chafed buttocks. His immune system was way down. I have to admire him, though. He used all his will power to avoid his leg muscles seizing up.”
As Vegas DeLuxe previously reported, Dan brought in long-distance bicyclist Lance Armstrong as his coach. Dan had 25 bicycles on the ride, including a laying-down one.
Dan received a Los Angeles Police Department escort to complete the monumental ride during crowded freeway traffic conditions. His ride in its entirety was witnessed by Bill to ensure that conditions of the bet were enforced.
Bill hired an RV to trail the bike ride and watch its outcome.
“Dan risked death a couple of times,” he said. “A car almost drove right into him. He rode up a hill heading into Barstow in pitch-black darkness. It was so dangerous. The odds of getting killed were higher than he thought. He was an idiot for taking the bet.”
Dan’s only comment while convalescing: “This was the worst bet of my life.”
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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