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

By Dave Ulliott

'You basically win gigantic if you danger big.' difficult, revealing and hilarious - this can be long-awaited existence tale of poker legend Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliott. the main winning British participant in poker heritage, and considered one of just a couple of to crack the USA. he is taking us at the rollercoaster trip of a pro-gambler's lifestyles, by no means dodging the risks, disasters and fights. From a council property in Hull to a penthouse suite in Las Vegas; from cracking safes to events at "The Playboy" mansion; from wasting $700,000 in an afternoon to TV's "Late evening Poker" triumph. Devilfish has visible all of it, performed all of it, survived defeat, tasted victory, walked via fireplace, and nonetheless pop out cracking jokes. And over 5 million quid forward. Welcome to the excessive lifestyles and excessive instances of the Devilfish.

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It should have really been called Crap House, but I guess that wouldn’t have looked so good on a carrier bag. The best thing about working there was that I met a couple of good kids who became my mates, Chris and Pete Jackson. Just to show you what a one-track mind I’d developed regarding the opposite sex, there was a girl who worked in the food department called Eileen and she was going out with a guy called Graham. They invited me to their engagement do at Graham’s house, which was full of their family and friends.

I thought it was a big joke until I was marched to the headmaster’s office and standing there looking down on all three-foot-six of me was a policeman. He was obviously there on some other business – I don’t think Hull’s finest had a Rapid Response Biscuit Recovery Squad – but the headmaster decided to make me think he’d been called out just for me. The copper gave me a ticking off and the school sent a letter to my parents. Knowing that letter was going to arrive was the worst feeling. If I hadn’t already scoffed the biscuits I probably wouldn’t have been able to stomach them.

Four of the guys who played there were called Shaun, Eli, Mal and Mustafa. Poker’s always been international, even in Hull. As soon as you start hanging around with gamblers, gambling comes easier. It’s because you move from a circle of non-gamblers, who often disapprove of betting, into the circle of people who encourage you to gamble. Or at least who don’t think it’s abnormal to gamble. To me, it was completely normal, in the same way that whacking a small white ball with a bent stick and dressing like someone with a mental illness is normal to people who play golf.

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