Samantha Abernathy is officially the boss after she easily shipped a $10,000 prop bet by riding a bicycle from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in under 72 hours. She completed the 320-mile journey in only 69 hours and could have done it faster if it were not for the bad storm last Friday, which limited her to only three hours on the road.
According to her Twitter feed, Abernathy completed roughly half of the journey on the first day. The actual distance (via highway miles) from Vegas to L.A. is 280 miles and should take approximately 4 or 5 hours by car (depending on traffic). However, Abernathy navigated parts of her ride off the interstate and on smaller state roads which extended her journey from 280 miles to 320 miles. She documented parts of her epic ride on Twitter and Periscope. Abernathy's mother went along for the ride to assist with her daughter's safety and logistics.
Aside not being prepared to ride through a monsoon, Abernathy experienced minor aches and pains. She explained: “My butt hurts tho struggle is so real!” She mentioned that the wind-burn was also challenging, however, she crushed the bulk of her ride prior to the storm. An amped-up Abernathy had only 23 miles to ride on her final day. At 9:41 am PT on Sunday morning, Abernathy reached the Los Angeles city limits. On Twitter, she remarked, “Over 320 miles and a giant storm later... I'M ALIVE..... AND I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
The 24-year old Abernathy was extremely fit before she accepted the wager. She had always been considered athletic. She had her sights on a collegiate gymnastic scholarship, however, a bad back injury shelved her dreams of becoming a world-class gymnast. She attended art school before landing a job programming apps and software out of Chicago. When she lost interest in the mundane aspects of the 9-to-5 grind, she ditched the cubicle and headed to the dance floor. She went on the road with legendary DJ Steve Aoki and got to see Russia and the rest of the world handling duties as a “roadie.” She started playing poker on the tour bus and the rest is history.
Samantha Abernathy continues to defy expectations. She was initially labeled as the EDM raver girl when she made her first splash into poker, however, that label of “another pretty face in the crowd” quickly evaporated once we found out she had some serious skills with a deep run during a 2015 WSOP event. At the 2016 Aussie Millions, Abernathy made waves once again with an appearance at the final table of the Main Event. She only finished in third place for a $437K score, but that magical run ‘down under' in Melbourne officially marked her arrival as a legit pro. Yet, once again, Abernathy shattered any predisposed notions that she was just a degen poker player spewing money while engaging in stupid prob bets. Wrong again. Abernathy proved she's a first-class prop bet champion. Ride a bicycle 320 miles from Las Vegas to L.A.? No sweat. Yes, Samantha Abernathy is the fucking boss!
Meanwhile…Dan Bilzerian employed the services of Lance Armstrong (yes, that Lance Armstrong who once shipped 7 titles at the Tour de France, before they were stripped away in a massive cheating scandal) to help him prepare for his arduous journey. Bill Perkins (high-stakes baller and movie producer) bet Bilzerian that he could not ride a bicycle from his home in Los Angeles to the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. There's $1.2 million on the line, even though Bilzerian had not ridden a bike in 18 years. That's where Armstrong comes in to assist him with training. Bilzerian is set to begin his LA > Vegas bike journey this week.
Watch an interview with Samantha Abernathy shortly after she busted at the Aussie Millions main event...