Most newcomers to the poker industry may not be aware of who Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott is, but for those of us who started watching poker in the early 00’s - or even earlier for some - knows exactly who he is, as he was one of the guys who helped created a poker boom around the world and became well known for his rough looks, but extremely friendly attitude.
Overall the Devilfish was quite liked in poker circles, having had taken the time to speak to newcomers in his most popular years, having helped them discover poker through appearances in many tv shows as well as just being a genuinely kind person. Unfortunately Ulliott will no longer be around to do so, as he died late last night at the age of 61, after having battled cancer for a short period of time.
Ulliott’s son David announced the death on Twitter, with many close friends and fans giving their condolences to him and the rest of his family that Ulliott had to leave, which includes eight children and his wife Anpaktita. Ulliott was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, which didn’t give him much time left to live and spend his last hours surrounded by his loved ones.
Ulliott was one of the best live tournament players in the world in the early 00’s and the second highest winning in the UK ever, having taken home more than $6.2 million in tournament wins throughout his career, only Sam Trickett has done better.
It was clear to see that Ulliott was well-liked in the pro poker circles, as many of the biggest names in the world took it to Twitter to write their own condolences to the now diseased Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott.
RIP @Devilfish2011 Devilfishes effusive personality, good heart and beautiful world class style of poker lit up televised poker for yrs!— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) April 6, 2015
Poker lost one of it's most colorful characters today. RIP Dave "DevilFish" Ulliot http://t.co/K9YdPahx7H— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 6, 2015
I was expecting Devilfish to pass, but not as quickly. He sent me 3 Direct Messages on twitter just days ago.#RIPpokerhalloffame?— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) April 6, 2015
Farewell Devilfish. Thank you for all that you did for the poker industry and for those of us who were new to the whole thing. Rest in peace.