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Jon Riley 11th May 2010 - 13:36

Brits at the WSOP: Dave Ulliott

Dave Ulliott, aka the Devilfish, is one of Britain's best known poker players and hails from the Las Vegas of the north.....Kingston-upon-Hull.

The Devilfish first cashed in a noted poker tournament in 1993. Since then he has played all forms of poker in all four corners of the world

The nickname ‘Devilfish' comes from the $500 pot limit Omaha event of the 1997 Four Queens Poker Classic. When the event reached the heads-up stage, numerous Vietnamese-American followers of Men Nguyen supported him by cheering "Go on the Master" at him. In response, Ulliott's long time poker companion Gary Whitaker cheered Ulliott on by cheering "Go on the Devilfish." Dave Ulliott went on to win, and the headlines the next day read "Devilfish devours the Master." Since the event, Ulliott has claimed that the event was only of significance for defining his nickname.

Ulliott's first WSOP bracelet came at the $2,000 pot limit Texas hold 'em event, where he reached heads-up against fellow Englishman Chris Truby. In the final hand, Ulliott got all of his money in the pot with an open-ended straight draw and flush draw against Truby's pocket pair.Dave Ulliott won with a straight on the river to claim $180,310 and his only WSOP bracelet to date. Whitaker jumped over the barricade to join in the celebrations. The press release the next day claimed he was lucky to draw out on Truby, but mathematically, Ulliott was a 54.5% favourite to win when the money went into the pot. After winning his bracelet, he had the nickname "Devilfish" engraved onto it.

In January 2003, Ulliott won his biggest tournament cash prize in the World Poker Tour (WPT) first season Jack Binion World Poker Open. He outlasted a field of 160 players, entering the final table with a 2:1 chip lead over his nearest rival, and taking first place and $589,175 after eliminating Phil Ivey.

Ulliott eliminated 4 of the 5 opponents at the final table, in a performance that commentator Mike Sexton has referred to as "still the most dominating performance in WPT history". In the second season, ‘Devilfish' was also invited to the WPT Bad Boys of Poker invitational, and finished on the television bubble of the Aruba Poker Classic.

The man from Humberside has come close to winning a second WSOP bracelet on numerous occasions, finishing 2nd in events at the 1998 WSOP and 2000 WSOP, and 2nd at 2 more events at the 2001 WSOP.In two of these events, he was eliminated whilst holding Aces.

Dave Ulliott represented his country in the 888.com Poker Nations Cup, the PartyPoker.com Football & Poker Legends Cup and the Intercontinental Poker Championship.

As of 2009, Dave Ulliott's total winnings exceed $5,400,000, making him one of the highest-earning British poker players ever.

He's just as famed for his verbal outbursts at the table as he is for his play. As an early pioneer on Late Night Poker, his regularly duels with Phil Hellmuth generated great ratings.

If you think that the ‘Devilfish' can add a second WSOP bracelet at the Main Event he can be backed at 200/1.

Just to make the final table he is 20/1.




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