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Deal Me In -- Devilfish Ulliot

An Exclusive Excerpt from Phil Hellmuth's New Book

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DevilfishIn its pages are never-before-revealed details of the lives of some of the biggest names in poker. Phil Hellmuth’s new book profiles 20 of the biggest poker players in the world, giving the reader an intimate look at the game’s biggest celebrities.

Deal Me In, a collection of autobiographical accounts from many of poker’s elite, is now available to order online exclusively at www.pokerbrat.com. The book highlights the struggles, obstacles, and tragedies that 20 of the greatest poker pros have overcome in their journeys to the top.

CardPlayer.com is providing exclusive excerpts from the book each Sunday. This week’s passage focuses on Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot, the brash English pro who shares with the reader his tumultuous journey from a convict to a professional poker player:

“Prison was no picnic. It was a tough place. I was about 10 stone 6 (that’s 146 lbs to you Americans) in those days, but I had lightning-fast fists to go with my lightning-fast temper. Not many guys messed with me. One day I was lifting weights and got teamed up with a spotter who was an absolute lunatic. Just like one of those crazy guys you see in the movies. He was big, mean, and ugly, and he sported a shaved head. I wasn’t going to back down from anyone, though.

“So when he began running his mouth I decided to sort this guy out. I gave him a shot on the side of his head and he fell flat on his face. I was not finished with him; I jumped on him and popped him on the head with a 10-kilo weight. As if that weren’t enough, I got up and headed for a bigger weight. It was at that time the guard grabbed me around the neck and threw me into the showers. To this day I believe that, had the guard not stopped me, I would have had hit that guy again with the bigger weight, and who knows, I’d probably still be in prison today.

“I’ve always had a bit of a temper. At another time in my life, before I was in prison, I got into it with a guy in an establishment, managed to get hold of his head, moved him over to the door, and slammed the door on his head about twelve times.

“On yet another occasion, a guy took exception to me taking money off him in pool games. He was massive. He punched me and my head slammed backwards into a wall. There were hooks on the wall and one of them sank into my neck. I saw stars and felt sick. I managed to grab him though. Holding onto the guy, I started to bite on his ear until I was able to shake the cobwebs. Once my head was clear, I got on top of the guy and started to punch him. The guy had a head like a block of concrete, though, so I grabbed a tea cup by the bottom and banged the rim of it on his face about twelve times, until I was sure he had got the message. I used to be a bit of a bastard.”

 
 
 
 

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kevmode
over 12 years ago

He needs some anger management.

 
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Uncle_Harvey
over 12 years ago

Why does he always hit them 12 times?

 
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mikeyb111
over 12 years ago

He hits them 12 times to match the card rankings but keeps one (the ace) in case he needs to deliver a knock-out blow.

 
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gosfacekilla
over 12 years ago

I'm guessing that Tony Dunst guy didn't know about all this before he wrote that blog post about Devilfish and his pick-up lines hahaha.

 
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Prieure
over 12 years ago

He needs anger management? All that was a very long time ago, but they are stories worth showing to any other young blogger who wants to pick the wrong guy to talk about. Devilfish has always been legendary in the UK for this part of his life, not a guy to mess with.

 
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donkeyslayer
over 12 years ago

i know the fish . hes a tough dude.true stories

 
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SteveZodiak
over 12 years ago

I read this book; it's awesome. This chapter is one of the best if not the best. It's hysterical. I disliked the Devilfish before I read this and now he is one of my favorites. I am not sure ow much he wrote or the writer embellished but this was brilliantly written. The whole book is really good. Its one of the best books I have read in a while.

 
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boredndrunk
over 12 years ago

Tough dude or not, the fact remains he is a jackass who treats women with disrespect. I have personally experienced several incidents far worse than the ones described by Tony Dunst. I have absolutely no respect for people like that.

 
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billdeleuil
over 12 years ago

I read the book as well. The Devilfish story is a fricken riot- the guy has balls of steel. I really liked the book. It had funny stories and sad ones too. Scotty Ngyuen is a better better person than I gave him credit for. The book has a couple of odd chapters. The Daniel Negranu chapter looked like it was written by a 10 year old. I loved the book though it was damn good.

 
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Pharmacist777
over 12 years ago

I suspect Devil Fish exaggerate's a bit too much with his fight stories, especially to embelish the stories for the book.

He does look like an animal these days though.

 
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