Devilfish: The Life and Times of a Poker Legend by Dave Ulliott

By Dave Ulliott

From felony mobile to Las Vegas penthouse, "Devilfish: The lifestyles & instances of a Poker Legend" is the no-holds-barred lifestyles tale of the UK's most sensible poker participant and all-time legend, Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliott. Ever sought after a seat on the desk with the Devilfish? good, now is your chance...Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliott is the the main profitable poker participant in British heritage, with match winnings of GBP6 million. yet he began existence with an unfortunate hand -on a council property in Hull, boredom staved off by means of a place of safe-cracking. He ultimately came across his actual vocation on the card desk. From felony to a penthouse in Las Vegas; from gang fights to events on the Playboy mansion; from wasting $700,000 in an afternoon to successful an international sequence of Poker bracelet; from being public enemy number one to the massive draw on Channel Four's "Late evening Poker", Devilfish is aware what it skill to lose and win gigantic. And nonetheless pop out cracking jokes. "This is an entire lifestyles tale from the fish's personal mouth: his jokes, his sauce, and precise revelations from his felony prior. wide, humorous, northern and poetic. A grasp storyteller". ("Guardian"). "Cancel your plans for the weekend and do your self an important favour. learn this. Devilfish is humorous as f**k, ballsy, courageous as a lion, mad as a bag of monkeys, and totally desirable as a storyteller". (Roger cook dinner, "Daily Star"). "Fast, humorous, frightening, clever, cocky and colourful". (Victoria Coren, "Observer"). "A poker classic". ("Daily Star")

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It was the juice I got from playing that was the reward. But deep down I always hated being beaten, especially if there was something I knew I could have done to prevent it. And in the end, that was the thing that would save me. I also was lucky enough to run into some older characters who had been round the block a few times. I was wise enough to know that I needed to wise up and that you can learn a lot from the right people. I met an older gambler called Ray Golby. Ray was a wily character, and he taught me 3-Card Brag.

Sure enough, when the letter arrived, my old man gave me another bloody good hiding. Also when I was five, my brother Paul was born. Paul was my dad’s favourite, but so are a lot of youngest children, so no big deal. I always liked being independent, anyway, even when I was very young. From an early age I was a bit of a rogue with an eye for making a quick buck. Stealing brought too much grief, so I decided there must be a better way to money-make and get my thrills. One day a chance presented itself.

And I used to have a Wagon Wheel biscuit for my breakfast. I don’t know why. Later on, when I realized that large quantities of Wagon Wheels weren’t doing me much good, I changed to a hot buttered bread cake. That was luxury. One time that sticks in my mind was when a policeman knocked on the door. I was about five years old. That was the first time I’d heard a policeman’s knock but it wouldn’t be the last. Janet and me had just been to get fish and chips, which was a rare treat for us, and we were at the table tucking in like it was the last meal we’d ever have.

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