It may not be three card brag but this year’s World Series of Poker is certainly grabbing the gambling headlines at the moment. The 2011 World Series of Poker is well underway, with eight events won, five events underway and a further 46 yet to start. However, this year’s championship is being overshadowed by the recent action taken by the FBI and the US Department of Justice, and the fallout that followed, with numerous high profile names not turning out for the annual poker showcase in Vegas.
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When playing three card brag and other popular European card games you will be using a deck of 52 cards featuring numbers 1 to 9 along with jacks, queens, kings and aces in the four suits spades, clubs, diamonds and hearts. But did you know that there are playing card nicknames that are commonly used for the whole deck?
Aces are known as – ‘No-Spotters’, ‘Whiteskins’ or ‘Wheelcards’ along with names for suited aces such as ‘Blackberry’ for the Ace of Clubs and ‘Pig’s Eye’ for the Ace of Diamonds.
On our hunt to bring you the very latest three card brag news we’ve discovered many high profile three card brag players, one of who is international football player and film star, Vinnie Jones. Vinnie Jones plays three card brag and he can often be found playing in high-profile poker tournaments too but the preferred game for the hard man is brag.
After many years of playing top-level football for a list of clubs that included; Wimbledon, Leeds, Sheffield United, Chelsea and QPR along with an illustrious international career with Wales Jones turned his hand to acting. However from team busses to movie sets Vinnie continued to play cards games such as poker and three card brag with anybody who had a few bob in their pocket.
One of the world’s most famous, or should we say notorious, poker players is Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott. Dave hasn’t always been a poker player, Devilfish started life playing 3 card brag at the beginning of a colourful life which has included safe cracking, armed robberies, trips to Vegas, trips to prison and winning a World Series of Poker bracelet. However it was 3 card brag that started Ulliott’s illustrious gambling career at the Fifty-One Club casino in his native Kingston-upon-Hull.
As a child Ulliott used to play poker with his parents and at the age of 16 started playing 3 card brag at the Fifty-One Club, where he would begin his famous career. By the 1990’s Ulliott, along with fellow gambling partner, Gary Whitaker used to travel six nights a week to poker games while at the same time placing bets at William Hill Bookmakers. However, it was Whitaker who had to place the bets due to Ulliott being banned from all William Hill shops after successfully converting £4,000 into £70,000.