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Dave Ulliott
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Book Description

2 Sep 2010

'You only win big when you risk big'

Tough, revealing and hilarious - this is long-awaited life story of poker legend Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliott. The most successful British player in poker history, and one of only a few to crack America.

He takes us on the rollercoaster ride of a pro-gambler's life, never dodging the dangers, failures and fights. From a council estate in Hull to a penthouse suite in Las Vegas; from cracking safes to parties at the Playboy mansion; from losing $700,000 in a day to TV's Late Night Poker triumph.

Devilfish has seen it all, done it all, survived defeat, tasted victory, walked through fire, and still come out cracking jokes. And over five million quid ahead.

Welcome to the high life and high times of the Devilfish.



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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067091889X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670918898
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 13.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reading this book is like sitting with Devilfish in a pub. It's one solid piece of entertainment: fast, funny, scary, smart, cocky and colourful (Victoria Coren The Observer )

Quick-witted and self-depreciating... a fast-paced tale that is part kitchen-sink drama, part Hollywood blockbuster. A thrilling ride out of the darkness into the light... this is a page-turning classic (Card Player magazine )

A rollicking good read... amusing, honest, and compelling (Blonde Poker )

Devilfish is a Top 10 poker legend (Poker Player Magazine )

How, as mere mortals, can we play like the Devilfish? (Jesse May, TV commentator )

One of the most eagerly awaited poker books (Bluff Europe )

Even though I say so myself, I'm a ballsy fucker (Devilfish )

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Mr D
Format:Paperback
Devilfish: The Life & Times of a Poker Legend
Well this book had everything, fun, heartache, drama, suspense and more fun.
I don't often write reviews of books that I have read, but after reading a comment that another person made about the Devilfish not listing his losses as well as his winnings, " I thought to myself is this guy for real " he should sit down and read the book again. If the Devilfish had to record and discuss all his losses, he would need to write an entire " BRITANNICA ENCYCLOPEDIA " of Devilfish LOSSES.

If he had read the book properly like I did, the Devilfish could not have been more honest and open about living his life by the seat of his pants.

I guess he will go on living his life that way, but what I did grasp from the book, " how much I fighter this guy is " nobody can rack up the tournament wins this guy has, without being a fighter. The fact the Devilfish is by far a much better Pot Limit Omaha player than he is a No Limit Holdem player, God only knows how many PLO events he would have won, if they held as many as they do NLH events.

But the book is not all about poker, it is like I say a very openily written story of his younger days.

Don't take my version, try and judge for yourself, I'm sure you will have a chuckle to yourself and we all need some fun in our life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight talking, no nonsense, northern and LOL 28 Jan 2012
By Adrian
Format:Paperback
I laughed out loud reading page one of the introduction ( actually it's page ix but it's the first bit of prose in the book ). I laughed out loud many more times whilst reading the book. It won't win any awards for literature but heck I enjoyed it, I really did. I am so glad this got written, what a character :) But hey I am a yorkshire man and I strongly relate to his sense of humour and background, so I am somewhat biased.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book 8 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
This book is so good. Started reading and just couldn't put it down. Quickest I have ever read an autobiography. The description of his early years was making me proper laugh out loud. You dont need me to tell you he is a great poker player but I can tell you his poker skills definately transfer to the written word as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Devilfish! 9 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
What a great book! Listen - I am a girl, I play poker, therefore love the 'gossip' behind the cards as much as the technical ability to perform at the table. Devilfish gives all the gossip, airs his dirty linen, makes fun of himself before anyone else and blames no-one for the mistakes he has made. I personally like a nice organised tournament, however it was juicily delicious to get an insight into the real desperation of a real gamblers game in not so nice establishments. Who cares how much money he lost, the fact is he has made it, where most of us will not. As other reviews have mentioned this is not a technical analysis of the game so will not miraculously win you the next World Series, but it might inspire you to stay true to your game next time you're up against a Fish!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars poker 16 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
This is a really good story , gripping and funny from start to finish. Devilfish is one of the old school who learned his poker the hard way. Brilliant read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stories 11 May 2011
Format:Paperback
Very enjoyable read, good insight into a poker professional's life.
Funny tales of the highs & lows.
Not to be bought if your looking to become a better player.
Recommended if you like the Fish.......
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Behind The Poker Chips 21 April 2012
Format:Paperback
I recently met The Devilfish at the PaddyPower Poker event in Dublin. My brother and I had been keeping an eye out for him earlier to get a quick introduction and a photo having already cornered Phil Helmuth and Daniel Negraneu that day. Eventually we were randomly approached by the man himself (he was on a break from the main event at that time) while checking event live feed for updates. He was down to earth, up for banter, and yes we got the photo etc. This is the true Devilfish and the book portrays him as he is. It pulls no punches and veers carefully away from the over indulgent Helmuth style of obsessing with game strategy and lamenting losses etc. I dont know why people expect that type of thing. This is his autobiography afterall. I notice that a couple of reviewers have commented negatively on the writing style but fail to realise that this book is not meant to be some pretentious academic tract or a novel worthy of Joyce or Tolstoy. It is a casually written, witty, down to earth and accessible story of a guy who had the heart and commitment (to steal a phrase from Tony G) to push it 'all in' in the great poker game that we call life. The book gives you the feel that you are sitting in a pub and listening to him tell his story over a pint of bitter and that is exactly what I sought from this book. He is one of the last true legends of the old poker school that existed long before computer geeks, math nerds, and self proclaimed experts flooded the great game, and this book tells you why. The devilfish is the real deal and his book is a great insight into why this is so. If you want pretentious nonsense about pot statistics and averages then this book is not for you. Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Yorkshireman 27 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
Very funny. Blunt and to the point. Dave Ulliott is everything a good poker player should be, big balls and also knows all the subtle nuances of the game.He's also completely fearless, both at the table or in any other situation. Just don't borrow his mother-in-law's razor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Devilfish
An open, honest and very funny biography by the man himself.
He has lived life to the full with one burning ambition, to be the best at poker. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly honest!
I bought this book because I got to know about Devilfish through Victoria Coren's book. It's a refreshingly honest book, and you feel there is no fakery at all. Read more
Published 4 months ago by vwxy
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
In the first part, Devilfish tells us how hard he is. The photos in the middle tells us how many famous people he knows. Then, he tells us how good he is at poker. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Camel
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite interesting in places, but surely much of real interst has been...
Preamble: Dear Mr. Ulliott, please forgive me for the following review but I couldn't resist the opportunity to pull your book apart for the reasons which follow. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. T. White
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I have had this book on my wishlist for a long time waiting for the Lindle edition. I downloaded it recently. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Endea294
4.0 out of 5 stars paul heatons double (hes the bloke from that fantastic housemartins...
i grabbed this book because i thought the bloke on the front was paul heaton from that brilliant group the housemartins...it was,nt him though i,m not convinced... Read more
Published 10 months ago by m. dosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh on every page
This guy has written an honest warts and all book ,that made me laugh lots . I was reading it with his voice in my head . Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. D. G. A. Debono
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I bought this for a xmas present for my other half and is well happy with it. Good packaging and came in good time a+++++++
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Devilfish provides laughter and quite a few stings.
An entertaining and funny read. His ubringing on the tough streets of Hull provides the backdrop of the Devilfish's early life. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars You must read this if you play poker
I found this book funny, frighteningly honest, and i learnt from it too.
Hopefully it could impact on people who are tempted to gamble what they
havent got. Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2011 by mallymary
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