By Dave Ulliott
From legal telephone to Las Vegas penthouse, "Devilfish: The lifestyles & instances of a Poker Legend" is the no-holds-barred existence 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 background, with event winnings of GBP6 million. yet he began lifestyles with an unfortunate hand -on a council property in Hull, boredom staved off by means of a place of safe-cracking. He eventually came upon 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 #1 to the large draw on Channel Four's "Late evening Poker", Devilfish understands what it skill to lose and win massive. And nonetheless pop out cracking jokes. "This is a whole existence tale from the fish's personal mouth: his jokes, his sauce, and unique revelations from his felony earlier. extensive, humorous, northern and poetic. A grasp storyteller". ("Guardian"). "Cancel your plans for the weekend and do your self a massive 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 prepare dinner, "Daily Star"). "Fast, humorous, frightening, clever, cocky and colourful". (Victoria Coren, "Observer"). "A poker classic". ("Daily Star")
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Extra resources for Devilfish: The Life and Times of a Poker Legend
I was obviously ambitious, even then. 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.
Some skinheads had attacked him. I went out straight away and found all four of them and gave them loads of verbal. I didn’t want to risk Paul being ambushed again, so I identified the ring leader and knocked him down. The rest stood there, not moving, like three coconuts on a shy. Typical bullies – cowards when confronted. I’m glad my boxing career ended when it did: getting knocked into the rafters was a blessing in disguise. It didn’t feel like it at the time, but not many boxers make it. Most fall by the wayside and a lot end up with long-term damage.
Nowadays it’s accepted that people play poker for a living: it’s on TV and the Internet and in pubs. I’m only an unlucky fucker professionally, not personally. Although I might have been unlucky with cards, I’ve always been very lucky in life. And I’d much rather have it that way round. You can always walk away from bad luck at the card table but you can’t always walk away from the hand life deals you. I cheated death in the very first minute I was born; I twice escaped being beaten to death, survived prison, am an undamaged ex-boxer, walked away from a plane struck by lightning, and I’m still sane after two marriages.