Poker player goes all-in with $1 million bet to get in shape – New York Post

Walter Fisher dropped 70 pounds and made more than $500,000 in the process.Courtesy of Walter Fisher

Walter Fisher was on a heater.

Gambling lingo for a lucky streak, a “heater” is a run of unbridled fortune. From February until June 2016, the 36-year-old poker professional couldn’t lose.

“I hit the zone and just felt it,” he says. “I ran two grand up to $97,000 at blackjack. I put up big numbers at poker.”

He accrued a six-figure windfall and the ride seemed endless — until it wasn’t. “I got overwhelmed and began playing over my head,” Fisher says.

It took less than a month for Fisher to lose it all — and gain between 40 and 50 pounds. He was more than $100,000 in debt, and as his bankroll contracted, his waistline expanded. “I ordered double veal parms to the poker table; I ate full pizzas,” says Fisher, a Forest Hills native, who ignored friends’ suggestions to slow down. “I’d lose a bundle at blackjack and eat three or four superrich single-serving chocolate cakes. They had to have [had] more than 1,000 calories each. It was disastrous.”

At 6-foot-1, Fisher tipped the scales at 245 pounds, and his spiraling financial losses showed no sign of abating. “I was broke, big and isolated. People dream of what I had accomplished, and I lost control,” he says.

Fisher worked out with a personal trainer to help get into shape.John Chapple

In December, an opportunistic gambling acquaintance offered to bet Fisher $100,000 that he could not reduce his body fat to less than 10 percent in six months. Desperate and hungry for change, Fisher booked the bet, tapping two high-stakes friends, Dan Bilzerian (the famous Instagram playboy) and Bill Perkins (a wealthy hedge fund manager who plays poker), for backing.

Before the month was

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