Bill Perkins is arguably one of the most popular poker players. However, he is not well known for his prowess on the felt, but for his spendthrift tendencies in the wider poker community.

Perkins is a multimillionaire who is made most of his money as a hedge fund manager. His poker career may not match the likes of Negreanu and Hellmuth, but he has made himself a respectable poker career. He currently has over $5 million in live tournament earnings. Considering his wealth status, the $5 million is just but a drop in the ocean.

Background information

Bill Perkins was born on February 2, 1969, in Houston, Texas. He spent most of his early childhood in New Jersey and attended St. Peters Preparatory school. He later developed a knack for engineering and enrolled at the University of Iowa to pursue a degree in electrical and electronics engineering. After graduating, he was employed by an oil trader going by the name John D. Arnold. However, in 1997, he started his own company, Small ventures USA.


Poker Career

Perkins has had a good poker career, not stellar but respectable poker career. It is worth noting that he only plays high-stakes poker. Well, considering his financial status, high-stakes buy-ins are the least of his problems. He plays both live and online poker events. For the latter, he plays under the moniker “gastrader”.

His first documented poker tournament score was in 2012 at the $25,000 High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. In 2013, he participated in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller event at the World Series of Poker. He reached the final table and managed to finish 3rd overall for $1,965,163.

Perkins’ largest tournament prize to date is the $2.6 million haul for his 6th place finish at Triton Million – A Helping Hand for Charity event. The tournament had 1 million buy-ins.


King of Prop Bets

Without a doubt, Perkins is the king of prop bets in the poker community. Up to date, Bill Perkins has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on prop bets alone.




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