British poker veteran Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott may be fighting uphill right now but he isn't giving up or backing down. He is at home in Hull, UK, with his family as he works at overcoming one of the world's most feared diseases, cancer.
Apparently a number of reports were flying around the Internet concerning Ulliott's condition but PokerNews.com reports that news has arrived from sources close to Ulliott and he is in his home and in good spirits. Ulliott simply is not giving up. He's faced adversity and other problems in his life and he's putting this illness in the same place, he's determined and planning on handling it as well as possible armed with a good attitude.
Ulliott is known throughout the poker world, not only for winning a World Series of Poker bracelet in 1997 and of a World Poker Tour title in 2003, but as one of poker's great legends in both live action and in tournaments.
Ulliott was one of the players that had a role in the first-ever edition of the TV series Late Night Poker in 1999. He likes to talk it up now and then and coupled with his poker skills, he's managed to become an icon of sorts in the poker community with his controversial personality.
Ulliott's birthday is coming up on April 4th and he plans to be around to celebrate according to what a person close to him told PokerNews.com and he has plans to relaunch his online poker site Devilfish Poker.
A request has gone out from Ulliott's family asking everyone to respect the privacy of the family and to help stop the spread of rumors about his health — if you don't know the facts, please do not fan the fire.
Simon Trumper, Club Director at the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) poker club, went to Facebook and confirmed that Ulliott is home and in good spirits: "I am still in Thailand but Rob [Yong, DTD owner,] has been able to catch up with him at his home in Hull and whilst it’s important to completely respect Dave’s privacy, I got this message and photo from Rob who said it was fine for me to share:"
"So I get to the Devil's house and he is having a nap. I waited a few hours and then I decided not to wake him up. Once I am half way back to Nottingham, his wife mailed me that he has woken up and said, 'Tell that **** to turn the **** around and get back here!' So I went back to Hull, where the Devilfish entertained me and Numpty till 5 a.m. on the piano and guitar. He's spending some quality time with his family and is really touched by all of the wishes of support from everyone."
Poker players and friends have sent messages through Twitter and other means to express their hopes for a full recovery.
Doyle Brunson went to Twitter to tell the world that it was time to put Ulliott in the Poker Hall of Fame.
TexDolly Doyle Brunson
If Devilfish has bad health problems, maybe we should try to get him in the Poker Hall Of Fame now. @devilfish2011 2015-03-29