Online Poker Pro: David Ulliot – Devilfish

devil-fishPlayer Profile: David Ulliot

Name: David Ulliot
Handle: Devilfish
Age: 39
Gender: Male
Country: UK (Hull)

While David Ulliot can’t be described as an up-and-coming poker player, he is perhaps one of the most colorful characters in the game. His early life story reads like a fantastic adventure novel: Ulliot came up hard.

Go to Hull and Gangs

To start with, he was dealt a bum hand by being born in Hull, arguably one of the most rotten areas of England, and the place mentioned in the UK-centric insult, “Go to Hull.” Like many hyper intelligent people, Ulliot didn’t take well to the rigid structure of school and dropped out at the age of 15.

He didn’t last long in any formal employment, and perhaps because of needing funds to feed the taste he’d developed at a young age for betting on horse racing, he joined a gang of safe crackers working the area. He proved to have a rare aptitude for the profession. Famously, he robbed the safe of a bookmaker to whom he had lost £5,000 on a bad wager, taking the safe home with him on a shopping trolley.

His gang was eventually apprehended, and young Ulliot spent nine months behind bars. He was also arrested for armed robbery (although released without charge), and did 18 months for assault. His marriage to Amanda Ashby appears to have straightened him out, however, because he hasn’t been nicked since.

Learning the Game

His card career begins in his teens, where he beat his father so often that the man refused to play with him anymore. After his marriage to Ashby, he set up a private game of his own, where he dominated. In fact, he was such a skilled player that people stopped telling him where games were being held. Since he played almost exclusively in the underworld at that time, he was known for carrying a firearm on him to ensure he’d always be able to leave a table with what he’d won so far.

First Notable Win

He began playing tournament poker in 1993, and earned the name Devilfish when he defeated Men Nguyen in a $500 Pot Limit Omaha game. Nguyen’s Asian American fans were cheering him with the name Master, so Ulliot’s fans cheered him with the name Devilfish, the english name for the Asian delicacy fugu – a toxic fish that kills instantly if not properly cooked.

First WSOP Bracelet

He won his first WSOP bracelet in 2007, facing off against fellow Briton Chris Truby in a $2,000 pot limit Hold’em game, cashing a healthy $180,310. While it remains his only WSOP bracelet, it is not even close to being the biggest tournament pot Ulliot has taken down.

Long and Successful Career

His list of tournament appearances and cashes is now too long to list here, but some notable finishes include a 1st place finish worth almost $600,000 at the Jack Binion World Poker Open, a 3rd place finish at the 2005 WSOP Event 2 worth almost $250,000, and a 3rd place finish at the Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic worth almost almost $700,000.

Ulliot is famous for wearing two two-knuckle rings on each hand engraved with the words “Devil” and “Fish”, which he made himself – he owns a jewellery store in the UK. His other trademark is a pair of orange-tinted prescription sunglasses.

Ulliot remains a fixture at many final tables around the tournament world, but most notably the WSOP, WSOPE, WPT and EPT.