Dave Ulliott Honored With £1m Devilfish CupAugust 12, 2016 10:16 am
In April 2015, UK pro Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott died after a brief struggle with cancer, with his passing coming as a shock to the poker community. While this larger than life character is fondly remembered by the wife, eight children, and countless friends he left behind, Dave Ulliott will now also be honored with his very own £1 million guaranteed poker event aptly called The Devilfish Cup.
The tournament is the result of collaboration between the WPT Foundation and the Dusk Till Dawn poker club located in Nottingham, England, one of the late poker legend’s favorite venues. The inaugural event will subsequently take place on October 31st, 2016, during the partypoker-sponsored WPT UK festival, and commenting on what it would have meant to Dave Ulliott, good friend and Dusk Till Dawn Director, Simon Trumper, explained:
“During his last few days, Rob [Dusk Till Dawn owner] visited Dave and asked him how he wanted to be remembered. He asked us to hold a high buy-in event at the club, as Dave was always proud of his WPT Tunica win. We thought it fitting to replace this year’s High Roller with the Devilfish Cup. ”
The Devilfish Cup will cost £5,000 to enter, with a further £300 donation and 3% of the total prize pool then going towards the Marie Curie organization, which looks after people living with terminal illness. Some of the money will also go to a trust fund set up for Lucy, the daughter from his third marriage to Anpaktita.
Dave Ulliott’s poker career spanned more than two decades, during which time he won $6,218,292 and captured a WSOP bracelet. As well as being England’s highest earning player for most of his life, until being overtaken by Sam Trickett, Ulliott also helped popularize the game in the early 2000’s after appearing several times on the television series called Late Night Poker, which pioneered the use of hole cam technology.