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According to posts on his Facebook page and comments made in a thread on Two Plus Two, veteran poker pro David "Devilfish" Ulliott (pictured) has colon cancer and may have a short time to live. As one person who claimed to be close to the situation commented, "Ulliott has colon cancer (maybe more) and indications suggest it is terminal. I do not know how long they have known about the cancer, but I was told his health decline was a quick one. 'Only has days left' is how one source put it." Posts on Ulliott's Facebook page by family members seem to confirm the story. For example, Ulliott's nephew posted, "He is very much alive and we/his family are struggling." Ulliott, who calls the UK home, started a poker boom of sorts in his home nation and was one of the first poker players this author was exposed to when he began following the game a dozen years ago. As a poster on Two Plus Two put it, "Devilfish is a real legend of UK poker. Absolutely bossed the early Channel 4 'Late Night Poker' days from 1999 to 2003, helping fuel the poker boom over here big time." On Sunday, WPT host Mike Sexton re-Tweeted that Ulliott was "still very much alive" and added that "Rob Yong is [sitting]with him now." Around the same time, David Plastik Tweeted, "Hang in there my friend David 'Devilfish' Ulliott. Poker will not be the same without your mumbling jokes at the table." Ulliott won the first ever WPT World Poker Open in Tunica in 2003 for $589,000 and reached the final table of the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic in 2007 for almost $700,000. He has $6.2 million in career live tournament winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, good for #2 on the all-time money list for England and #82 worldwide. He won a WSOP bracelet in 1997. Plenty of players wished Devilfish the best on Twitter, Facebook, and Two Plus Two and we definitely want to do the same. We wish this poker legend and his family the best during this difficult time. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
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. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
[caption width="640"] Devilfish Ulliott and Phil Ivey were named as the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Friday night (WSOP photo)[/caption] 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.