Remembering Devilfish: A Tribute to Dave Ulliott

Last month was a sad month for fans of poker. Poker legend Dave “The Devilfish” Ulliott passed away at just 61 years old, 5 days after celebrating his birthday. After being diagnosed with colon cancer in February, Devilfish succumbed to the disease, leaving this world for good but not without leaving his mark.

While the poker world definitely mourns the loss of this true legend, we want to take the time to remember Ulliott. Here are some interesting facts about Dave “The Devilfish” Ulliott that you might not have known.

  • A Devilfish is a poisonous fish that, if ingested and not properly prepare, can kill you.
  • While his nickname is The Devilfish, he was once known as The Clock. He got that nickname after buying into a poker game with a grandfather clock when he discovered that a furniture dealer was playing.
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  • He sported two knuckleduster rings, one of which read Devil and the other, which read Fish. He made both of these himself.
  • Back in the day, when Ulliott played private games, he packed heat to fend off any opponents who might have been planning to rob him of his winnings.
  • Ulliott was known to absolutely dominate the home game scene. He got so good that people stopped telling him where they were being held. This was way before he turned pro.
  • He was banned from William Hill betting shops in the UK after turning £4,000 into £70,000.
  • Devilfish won a single World Series of poker bracelet andcashed 33 times at the WSOP. He also has one World Poker Tour title and made 2 final table appearances on the circuit.
  • Ulliott was a supporter of the online poker scene, but he often criticized their live play abilities. He has been known to remark that online poker players don’t know what they’re doing, which makes them harder to play against.

We could spend all day remembering Dave “The Devlishfish” Ulliott, but we think you’d be better served hearing some inspiring and outrageous stories from the man himself. In 2010, The Devilfish released his own book. We highly recommend reading Devilfish: The Life & Times of a Poker Legend. You’ll never look at poker, or the man, the same way again.

Erik Blackwell

Erik Blackwell is a 'bon vivant' with a problematic addiction to comics and fondue. Went to MIT but finally left to pursue acting. He currently lives in sunny California with an American Stafford-shire Terrier and an American Bulldog that somehow managed to get along. He's dabbled in acting but doesn't like the spotlight. Loves to play casino online.