Dvd Reviews: Ace in the Pack; Buy It

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Dvd Reviews: Ace in the Pack; Buy It


Byline: BY HENRY SUTTON

SWIMMING WITH THE DEVILFISH by DES WILSON

(Macmillan pounds 10.99) ****

Out of reach of sunlight, the taxman and decent food, exists a pale world inhabited by highly aggressive men (mostly), who make, and lose, huge amounts of money, often in a single night.

What these men have in common is courage, discipline, skill, an extraordinary capacity for mental arithmetic and an exceptional talent for bluffing. They also have no fear, wear dodgy clothes and invariably look terrible.

Welcome to the world of British professional poker. Never before has this shady land been so thoroughly revealed, and at such a pertinent time. With the relaxation in gaming laws, super casinos on the way and the explosion in internet gambling, more people are playing poker than ever before. But as Des Wilson discovers, the action is certainly not just confined to Las Vegas and the computer console. To begin with there is The Western in High Barnet and The Vic on Edgware Road - both non-stop London poker clubs that reek of sweat, hope and survival.

High roller Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliott grew up in a council house in Hull in the '50s and '60s, embarked upon a career as a petty criminal in the '70s - for which he was jailed twice -before finding poker in the '80s. …

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