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

By Dave Ulliott

'You merely win titanic in case you hazard big.' tricky, revealing and hilarious - this is often long-awaited existence tale of poker legend Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliott. the main profitable British participant in poker heritage, and certainly one of just a couple of to crack the USA. he's taking us at the rollercoaster experience of a pro-gambler's lifestyles, by no means dodging the risks, mess ups 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 obvious all of it, performed all of it, survived defeat, tasted victory, walked via hearth, and nonetheless pop out cracking jokes. And over 5 million quid forward. Welcome to the excessive existence and excessive instances of the Devilfish.

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I used to get sent for my hair cut at a barber’s down Derringham Street run by this dodgy-looking bloke who all us kids thought was a bit weird. We made up stories about him having a collection of kids’ ears on a rope in the back of the shop. But the big attraction was the magazines that he had for his customers. Some of these magazines were worth risking getting your ear cut off for because they had nude centre-spreads and we’d never seen any pictures of naked women before. I definitely had more haircuts than I needed.

And you and your sister get all the fish and chips to yourselves. Obviously I was a lot closer to my mam’s mam and would have been a lot more shocked if I’d heard that she had drowned. Especially as there was bugger-all water near where we lived, for one thing, and no one could afford to fill a bath deep enough to drown in, for another. The day of the policeman’s knock, I might have become the world’s first fatality from a fish and chip overdose if Janet hadn’t helped me out and saved me from bursting.

Whatever You Do, Don’t Win If it breathes, moves or has hooves – bet on it Eventually we left Orchard Park, which was a good move for my health – all that clean country air was making me cough. Or maybe it was the smoke coming off the roof of the school, I don’t know. By that time I was fifteen and I’d already left school. I didn’t sit any exams. And I didn’t sit on the back of any more cart horses. But I had become more educated in girls, guitars, rock, maths and how to put out the flames on a teacher’s head.

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