The Sad Death Of Devilfish, A True Character

It was sad yesterday to hear of the death of Devilfish. He was a legend in poker but also in horseracing, and he was a lager than life character. He died aged 61, it was a very sad end to Easter. He is the only guy who in my career, on a conference call, about a horseracing service performed a wrap about himself which he had composed.


I spoke to him on a handful of occasions and each time when I mentioned greyhounds, he told me the same anecdote, that there must be no money in the sport because when he used to go to greyhound tracks the trainers never had tax on their vans! Sadly another big character from the greyhound racing world died this week, Malcom Daniels, he was as fearless and Devilfish and equally as larger character. They were both 61, no age to die really is it?

The first time I met Devilfish was at Beverley races maybe 10 years ago when he had a horse and he had a suit that had Devilfish literally emblazoned all over it! It was a suit in keeping with the man. A one off! One thing you certainly could not doubt about Devilfish was that he lived a full life.

This is a nice obituary from The Daily Mirror…

Dave Ulliott, also known as ‘Devilfish’, has diedDave Ulliott, also known as ‘Devilfish’, has died

British poker legend Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott has died aged 61 after a battle with bowel cancer.

Ulliott, who was born in Hull, emerged from two spells in prison in his 20s to reinvent himself as one of the country’s highest-earning professional gamblers.

His son David confirmed the news on twitter on Monday, writing: “Unfortunately Dad, Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott lost his battle with cancer today and died peacefully surrounded by hos loved ones. xxx’.

Snooker legend Jimmy White added: “Rip Devilfish. Greatest character in poker and a good friend.”

GettyJimmy WhiteJimmy White paid tribute to Dave
Just six days ago on April 1 Ulliott told his local paper the Hull Daily Mail that he was determined to beat cancer.

He said: “I don’t think cancer has any chance of taking me. It is a hand that life has thrown at me.

“ All my life I have had rubbish hands and I have managed ot turn them around.

“It is what I am good at and this is no different.”

Ulliott shot to fame on the cult Channel Four series Late Night Poker in 1999 where he became known for his trademark orange-tinted shades, sharp suits and gold knuckleduster rings spelling out the words ‘Devil’ and ‘Fish’.

Ulliott was given the nickname by fellow poker player Stephen Au-Yeung after a poisonous fish that eats everything in the water.

The poker player has won more than £4million in a career that included a World Series of Poker bracelet in 1997 and a World Poker tour title in 2003.

Ulliott grew up in Hull and left school at 15 without any O Levels and his poker career nearly collapsed after two spells in prison – one after he became involved with a safe cracking team at the age of 21 and another when he served 18 months aged 28 for a fight outside a nightclub.

He is survived by his wife Anpakitta, who he married in 2011 and eight children.

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