Just yesterday the poker community learned of the passing of poker pro Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott after a battle with cancer. It was just this past February that Ulliott went public with his terminal bowel cancer prognosis and his son took to Twitter last night to announce Dave had passed peacefully surrounded by the ones he loved and who loved him.
Born on April 4th, back in 1954, Ulliott was able to enjoy a poker career that lasted decades. Earning over $5 million over his tournament career, Ulliott earned big wins during the World Series of Poker and World Poker tour. After learning of his prognosis, many in the poker community called for Ulliott to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, which can still happen despite his passing.
Ulliott first entered the poker spotlight after appearing on Late Night Poker back in 1999 on Channel 4. He made poker unique with his shades and knuckledusters with the term ‘devil’ on one hand and ‘fish’ on the other. Poker players have posted on Twitter and other social media outlets, sharing their memories of Ulliott such as Victoria Coren who posted via Twitter:
“British poker legend Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot died today. It’s so awfully sad. You won’t be forgotten, Dave.” Adding a video to her post, Coren offered YouTube footage celebrating the poker pro and his contribution to the game.
Thoughts and prayers now go to Ulliott’s family and friends as they mourn the loss of husband, father and friend. Dave Ulliott was survived by his wife, Anpaktita as well as eight children. Just last week, Ulliott was interviewed by the Mail and remained optimistic despite his condition. The poker pro stated: “It’s just one of those things. It is a hand that life has thrown me. All my life I have had rubbish hands and I have managed to turn them around. It is what I am good at and this is no different.”
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