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|From Sixpences to Dollars: The Life of Poker Player Jonny Texas
Jonny Texas and Janet Lee
Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott
Brief Description: Jonny Texas came from an unconventional but close-knit Midlands family and developed a fascination with all forms of gambling from a young age. He grew up learning how to be a wheeler dealer and in his twenties, with a young family to support, the challenge of beating the odds to make large sums of money became even greater.
As he grew older, his life was to become a rollercoaster of highs and lows as he moved from one wild money spinning venture to another, making huge amounts and then losing them, unable to resist any gambling opportunity.
The two constants in his life have been his family and poker and, at times, they have made uneasy bedfellows.
But somehow, Jonny has managed to pull off the unimaginable, repeatedly pulling himself back from the brink of disaster and turning himself into a winner, appearing on TV and in the public eye.
From Sixpences to Dollars documents the extraordinary story of one man’s obsession with gambling and how he has ultimately turned it to his advantage.
About the Author:
Jonny Texas: John Hewston, better known as Jonny Texas, learned about gambling at his father’s knee and developed a fascination with making large sums of money at a young age. Whilst he came from a loving home, some of the relationships within his family were unconventional and Jonny was exposed to a number of outside influences that were to shape the course of his life. After an uncertain start, Jonny got married and had children. Suddenly he had more than himself to think about but this did not prevent him from gambling at every opportunity and his family experienced mixed fortunes through the years. Incredibly, Jonny’s addiction has taken him from rags to riches and back again more times than he cares to remember but he has emerged as the respectable face of gambling, travelling the world and even representing his country in a televised poker game and going on to win. However, no one understands the pitfalls of a life spent gambling better than Jonny and he would be the first to warn others to think twice about following in his footsteps.
Janet Lee: Janet Lee is a local newspaper reporter and former college lecturer. She lives with long-term and long-suffering partner, Alex, in Cannock, Staffordshire, and has two handsome sons, Paul and Kevin, and two gorgeous grandchildren, Tom and Grace. Janet runs a Cannock Animal Rescue branch, performs in local amateur dramatics and loves rock music. Janet has also written 'Kissed by Angels' and ‘Living With BDD’, both published by Apex Publishing Ltd.
Author photograph by Lee Morrall.