Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott is both a professional gambler and
poker player. Dave won his first ever bet at 50:1 when his father
took him to the bookies for the first time. Not long after leaving
school he would spend his lunch breaks with work colleagues,
picking winners at horse racing, but he was eventually fired for
taking an afternoon off to go to the races.
Ulliott later became part of a safe-cracking team, and on one
occasion robbed a safe from a betting shop and took it home in a
pram. He was eventually caught and was sentenced to nine months in
prison. Dave "Devilfish" continued criminal activities and went
back to prison or a police cell a fair few times, but went straight
soon after meeting his second wife.
Ulliott entered the World Series of Poker in 1997. He borrowed and
lost substantial amounts of money, burning a few bridges along the
way. He eventually got a break, and took $180,310 and a WSOP
bracelet in the $2,000 pot limit Texas Hold'em event. Immediately
following the tournament he had a great two-week run of success,
winning between $10,000 and $20,000 every day. Ulliott returned to
his regular casino in Leeds with $742,000 in cash.
Interesting Fact: Prior to the nickname 'Devilfish', Ulliott
was known as 'The Clock' because he once used a grandfather clock
as a buy-in to a poker game in which he knew a furniture dealer was