The Poker world was shocked in April 2015 when legendary poker player Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott passed away after battling cancer. The poker pro left behind his wife, eight kids and thousands of fans from all over the world. His life both on and off the felt impacted thousands of people and his influence was well captured in Jesse and Mickey May’s article entitled ‘Devilfish: A Friend with a Heart of Gold’. The article went on to win the May’s a European Poker Award.
The WPT Foundation, Dusk Till Dawn and partypoker have teamed up to launch a special Devilfish Cup in remembrance of Dave Ulliott. The special event is scheduled to take place during the World Poker Tour in the United Kingdom. The event will have a £1 million guaranteed prize pool and take place at Dusk Till Dawn. The tournament will start on October 31.
The buy-in for the Devilfish Cup is fixed at is £5,000 plus a £300 donation. All donations plus three percent of the guaranteed prize pool will be shared by the Marie Curie charity and a trust fund for Ulliott’s youngest daughter Lucy. She will receive these funds once she turns 16 years old. Dave’s wife, Anpaktita Ulliott will be present at the inaugural Devilfish Cup.
A number of Ulliott’s friends have come together to launch different initiatives to remember the legendary poker player and also to collect funds to benefit his family. One of these friends is Dusk Till Dawn Director Simon Trumper.
In a statement, Trumper said “Rob Yong, owner of Dusk Till Dawn, announced after Dave’s funeral that we would wait a while before announcing plans to honour him. During his last few days, Rob visited Dave and asked him how he wanted to be remembered. He asked us to hold a high buy-in event at the club, as Dave was always proud of his WPT Tunica win. We thought it fitting to replace this year’s High Roller with the Devilfish Cup. World Poker Tour and WPT Foundation have been great, and it is a pleasure to be working with them on this inaugural event.”
Partypoker is also running a number of satellite events for the Devilfish Cup with low buy-ins to enable as many players to qualify. Dusk Till Dawn have also decided to honor Ulliott by renaming their bar to “The Devilfish” for the occasion.