GASTRADER is the PokerStars nick name of Bill Perkins; poker enthusiast, high stakes player, entrepreneur, hedge fund boss, philanthropist, and prop-bet extraordinaire.
GASTRADER can be found regularly playing at the highest NLHE stakes online, testing himself against the best in the business. Although he might not be a favourite in such tough games, Perkins is a solid player. And with a rumoured nine-figure net worth, he can certainly afford to learn how to mix-it up with the high stakes pros the hard way. Perkins is known to stream some of his sessions live on his twitch channel whilst aboard his yacht in the Caribbean - tough life!
To date Perkins has over $2.6m in live tournament cashes, although he has almost certainly paid more in entry fees, especially when you consider that he played in both 2012's $1m buy-in Big One for One Drop, and 2016's €1m One Drop event. Funnily enough his biggest ever cash of $1,965,163 was also at a One Drop event, 2013's $111,111 buyin "Little One for One Drop" at the WSOP where he finished third.
Perkins is also famous for his often outrageous prop-bets. Just last year he paid out $600,000 to Dan Bilzerian after the "King of Instagram" cycled from L.A. to Las Vegas in under 48 hours. He also lost $50,000 to Antonio Esfandiari at last year's PCA after Esfandiari successfully "lunged" everywhere he walked for 2 entire days. However, the $50k ended up going to charity after Esfandiari donated it as a pennance for being disqualified from the PCA Main Event after urinating in a bottle under the table as he was in too much physical discomfort to lunge to the restroom and back!
Perkins may lose more often than not in his prop bets, but as he told Pokerlistings in 2015,
“A lot of the prop bets I do are motivating bets so, if I have a friend that’s overweight I’ll prop bet him to better himself.
“Not all of them, but a lot of them are designed for some benefit to come out of the prop bet,"
Perkins generosity was on display once again early in 2017 when he gave away 20 packages to viewers of his twitch stream to the PokerStars Championships in the Bahamas, including flights, hotel, a private poker lesson with a top pro, and $1,500 towards tournament buy-ins.
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