Monday was a hard day for the poker world. British poker legend Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott lost a battle he fought hard to win. On April 6th Ulliott's son David went to Twitter to relay the sad news to the world.
Survived by his wife, Anpaktita, and eight children, Chris, Steven, Kerry, Lucy, Paul, David, Mike, and Matthew, the banter of the Devilfish will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Ulliott's son added that he "died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones."
Ulliott was diagnosed with terminal bowel and liver cancer earlier this year and hailed from Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom. The pro player had over $6.2 million in live tournament winnings and was the second biggest winner in the UK. Sam Trickett is ranked as Number 1. Ulliott's ranking can be found at Hendon Mob.
For more than 20 years Ulliott has been a major player on the international live poker tournament scene and cash games. He won a World Series of Poker gold bracelet in 1997 and took home a World Poker Tour title as well. He will be long remembered as one of the most colorful characters in the poker world and one of the major players to have contributed to the spread of the game in the UK — he took home the honor of winning the first-ever edition of Late Night Poker in 1999.
From the time the news broke of Ulliott's illness to the date of his passing was short.
Never one to sit around with a long face and grim view of life, Ulliott said his illness was "one of those things," in an interview with the Hull Daily Mail which was published on April 1st.
"It is a hand that life has thrown at me," he said. "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.
"When I found out the news, I shouted the wife and told her we were going out for a meal," Ulliott said. "But I said I'd better not order a dessert because things were not looking that good."
The Twitter feeds from the poker community were filled with remorse for the loss of Devlifish: Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, and Doyle Brunson who noted that Ulliott should immediately be elected to the Poker Hall of Fame.
RIP @Devilfish2011 Devilfishes effusive personality, good heart and beautiful world class style of poker lit up televised poker for yrs! 2015-04-06
JohnnyDuthie John Duthie
Can't believe that Devilfish has lost his fight with cancer. He brought so much laughter to this world and will be deeply missed by many. 2015-04-06
Erik_Seidel Erik Seidel
Agree w @TexDolly, it'd be good to see @devilfish2011 in HOF. Devilfish's book is a great read also 2015-04-01
RIP @Devilfish2011 if you knew Devilfish, then you loved him. He's a poker legend who is going into #PokerHallOfFame I'll miss you Fish! 2015-04-06
TexDolly Doyle Brunson
I was expecting Devilfish to pass, but not as quickly. He sent me 3 Direct Messages on twitter just days ago.#RIPpokerhalloffame? 2015-04-06
EdogPoker Erick Lindgren
RIP to the devilfish. He was the life of any party or poker table he was at. 2015-04-06
ShannonShorr Shannon Shorr
RIP Devilfish. Talk about an entertaining poker player. 2015-04-06
810ofclubs Toby Lewis
RIP Dave always putting smiles on faces. Knew my name for 10 years, called me 'kid' every time. #Devilfish 2015-04-06
Friend and fellow UK poker player, Andrew "Giddy" Perendes said, "I never have any remorse about many things, but I'm missing Dave already. Poker is not poker without the name Devilfish."
RIP Devilfish. The memories you leave behind are the true measure of immortality.