UK poker fans can look forward to some typically entertaining and boisterous action from poker pro Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott with the imminent launch of a five part, thirty minute television series called "How to Become a Poker Millionaire." Ulliott will present the show, which has been produced for ITV Wales by the Bafta-winning team at Red & Black Films.
The show will follow Ulliott as he meets, tests and trains four previously losing players with the objective changing at least one into a competent and winning poker player.
Readers can get a sense of the content by visiting the preview atredandblackfilms.com/flash/main.html , which shows Ulliott meeting the four contestants and introducing them to the initial tests.
The Devilfish reputation for brutal honesty is in evidence in statements like: "Let's see if it's the thickest person who gets knocked out first. Will it be the one with the worst memory? Will it be the one with the worst maths ability? Let's find out what skills we really need to win this!"
Pre-publicity statements from ITV describe how the players involved were given an IQ test, a math skills test and a psychological assessment, and had their playing style, behaviour under pressure and even their sex lives studied.
The show features interviews with other well known poker stars, including Layne Flack, Phil Hellmuth, Brian Townsend, Chris Ferguson, Hevad Khan, Phil Ivey, Phil Laak, Allen Cunningham and Howard Lederer.
Ulliott uses his online experience (he is involved in a listed London online gambling company called Devilfish Gaming) to put his charges through their paces by giving them a finite starting bankroll to play online at the lowest limits. Each week the two players with the lowest bankrolls left will face each other heads-up until one is eliminated. The overall winner will take all the bankrolls and gets a three month personal tuition course from Ulliott to boot.
Ulliott says of the project: "It was a real boot camp for the participants and I took no prisoners. There's laughter and tears, good poker and bad poker, and viewers will get to learn many of the tricks of the high-stakes poker trade which took me years and a lot of money to learn."