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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067091889X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670918898
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607,425 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr D on 12 Mar. 2011
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on 28 Jan. 2012
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jez Todd on 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 By linzilou on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By richiejohns on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By spiderman103 on 16 Jun. 2011
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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 By Camel on 10 Nov. 2013
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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. But he does it all in an engaging way, full of humour and good tales. Whether you like him or not, he is a really interesting character, and his story is one of rags to riches, with plenty of bumps along the way. Personally I found it difficult to put the book down.
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Being from Hull and an avid poker player/fan this book was a must. It has always been on my list of books to buy, but after learning of Mr Ulliots untimely death it jumped straight to the front of queue. It's well known that people from Hull are a little rough around the edges (not william wilberforce, i'm talking about dean windass & john prescott) . The devilfish was raised on a run-down council estate with little chance of success, somehow amassing a fortune of £30 million, and all through playing cards. One of pokers greatest ever characters and a true talent. His story is full of jaw dropping anecdotes that will leave you in amazed. R.I.P Mr.Devilfish, you bloody legend!
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