On Monday, David “Devilfish” Ulliott (pictured) lost his battle with colon cancer. One of the true faces of the poker community, he will be missed. Accordingly, our industry mourned his loss, with a variety of high-profile pros extending their sympathies to Ulliott’s family and thanking “Devilfish” for the memories. He was 61.
UK poker pros were among those commenting the most, with Sam Trickett saying on Twitter, “RIP Dave Ulliott. A great guy and a good friend. He will be missed.” Toby 810ofclubs Lewis added, “RIP Dave, always putting smiles on faces. Knew my name for 10 years, called me ‘kid’ every time.”
Bluff Magazine’s Lance Bradley wrote on Twitter, “Saddened to hear that Devilfish passed away. Truly a unique spirit.” JP MavFish Kelly, referring to the UK television show “Late Night Poker,” said of Ulliott, “Sad to hear about Devilfish. LNP was what first got me into poker.”
David Williams said, “Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of a legend, @devilfish2011. RIP friend,” while PocketFiver Shannon ShannonShorrShorr wrote on Twitter, “RIP Devilfish. Talk about an entertaining poker player.” WPT host Mike Sexton appropriately called Ulliott a “legend.”
Besides being a staple of “Late Night Poker,” Ulliott ranked #2 all-time on the live tournament money list for England, according to the Hendon Mob, and can be found at #81 in the world. Ulliott, whose birthday was last Wednesday, won the WPT Season I World Poker Open in Tunica for $589,000, one of two WPT final tables to his credit.
He has $1.7 million in winnings across 33 in the money finishes in WSOP events, including a bracelet. He has $6.2 million in live winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, dating back to 1993.
Ulliott was one of the first pro poker players this author was ever exposed to. Here’s a fun memory of him playing a guitar and a WSOP Europe satellite at the same time:
We wish his family the best during this difficult time and thank Ulliott for all of his contributions to the game over the years.