Phil Ivey and Devilfish Ulliott Named to Poker Hall of Fame


Devilfish Ulliott and Phil Ivey were named as the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Friday night (WSOP photo)

Phil Ivey and David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott were announced as the newest members of thePoker Hall of Fame during the broadcast of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event final table Friday night.

Ivey’s induction comes in his first year of eligibility. The 10-time WSOP bracelet winner turned 40 in February, the minimum age for induction. For Ulliott, the induction comes after being one of the 10 finalists for the past two years.

Ivey, widely considered the greatest poker player of his generation, has won $23.8 million in live tournaments during his career, including 10 WSOP bracelets, one World Poker Tour title and a pair of Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge wins.

“It’s an honor to be inducted alongside legends like Chip Reese and Doyle Brunson. I love the game of poker and the game has done a lot for me. I am one of the lucky people who has been able to make a living playing a game which was always my passion,” said Ivey. “Thankfully, I’m just as passionate about the game today as when I first stepped into Binion’s Horseshoe to play my first-ever WSOP. Thank you to my family, my friends, and all the poker fans across the world that supported me on this journey.”

Ulliott’s poker resume isn’t nearly as impressive, but the Englishman is credited with having a massive impact on the growth and popularity of poker in the United Kingdom and Europe. He won a WSOP bracelet in 1997, winning the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event, and added a WPT title in 2003, beating Ivey heads-up to win the World Poker Open.

Ulliot died in 2015 following a short battle with colon cancer. His family released a statement, thanks the Hall of Fame for adding him.

“As a family we would like to thank the general public, media and current Poker Hall of Fame members that voted David into the Poker Hall of Fame. We know he will be up there strumming on his guitar and probably asking what took so long,” the statement read. “There are too many people to individually thank but we would particularly like to thank Rob Yong and Simon Trumper of Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham for their support and also we welcome Kings Casino offer to commemorate David’s induction into the Poker Hall of Fame at the WSOP Europe in October.”

The eight other finalists; David Chiu, Mori Eskandani, Ted Forrest, Thor Hansen, Mike Matusow, Max Pescatori, Matt Savage and Huck Seed will again be eligible to be named a finalist in 2018.