Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott
(b. 1 April 1962 Hull)
"Devilfish" Ulliott is one of the most notable personalities in the
poker scene. He has come to be known for his suave, polished look and
self-confident stance. His flair comes with a touch of arrogance,
although, as we say, "it's not bragging if you can back it up." Ulliott
has won over $1.3 million since 2003 alone, and as of 2005 has taken
home over $3 million in tournament play.
Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott is perhaps the best known British player in the circuit. He was ranked #9 in PokerPlayer Magazine's Top 10 Poker Legends
List, on the publication's inaugural edition in October 2005. He got
the moniker "Devilfish" at his first major tournament in 1997, after
beating Men "The Master" Nguyen. The Devilfish is an exotic dish that
is poisonous unless properly prepared. Colleagues sometimes use the
more affectionate and shorter nickname "'Fish". Prior to this he was
called "Dave the Clock" because he once used a grandfather clock as a
buy-in to a game in England.
would argue that Ulliott is the best pot-limit Omaha hold'em player in
the world. In 1997 he bagged the World Series of Poker (WSOP) title for
this event, and subsequently he placed second five times. He has
finished in the money more than 35 times since 1997. He was able to win
his biggest prize, almost $600,000, at the Jack Binion World Poker Open
stop on the World Poker Tour, a no limit Texas hold 'em tournament.
has been playing poker since he was sixteen years old. The son of a
truck driver, he went through a number of jobs, including jeweler and
pawnbroker, while he played cash games on the side. He won so
frequently that by the time the 1990s rolled around, nobody wanted to
play with him. So he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, ready for the big
Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott lists Johnny "Oriental Express" Chan, Phil Hellmuth Jr., Erik Seidel, Howard "The Professor" Lederer and Annie Duke as among the poker players he admires. Among European players, he has expressed admiration for Ram "Crazy Horse" Vaswani
and Marcel Luske. Ulliott has spoken out against smoking many times
during tournaments, though he has also said that he likes his few
drinks of beer.
A great fan of
music. He plays the piano and the guitar, and is close friends with
Fine Young Cannibals vocalist Roland Gift. He runs his own gaming
website at Devilfishpoker.com.
The Devil Fish is also the Winner of The Gambling Personality of the Year award at the Uk Gambling Awards 2006