The Devilfish was one of the first big stars in televised poker. Don't forget, hole card cameras appeared on late-night British TV way before the poker boom took root in America. Alas, Dave ‘Devilfish' Ulliot is gone, but not forgotten. The cagey British pro passed away in April 2015 after a losing bout with cancer. The WPT's UK Festival £5,300 High Roller event was rebranded as the Devilfish Cup. This special event attracted pros from all over the world, who flew out specifically to pay respects to the legendary Devilfish. The event attracted 161 original entries and 43 additional re-entries for a total prize pool worth a bit over £1 million.
The final table included several familiar faces including Hendon Mob's Barney Boatman, Luis Blanco Oliver, French pro Paul Francis Tedeschi, Benjamin Heath, Simon Deadman, Peter Roche, Manig Loeser, and Ian Simpson. Among the notables who cashed included tennis pro Boris Becker in 13th place and Sam Trickett in 11th place.
Luis Blanco Oliver shipped the first-place prize of £250,000 plus a special autographed guitar by Brian May, the guitarist and one of the original members of the rock group Queen.
2016 Devilfish Cup
Prize Pool: £1,020,000
Final Table Results:
1. Luis Blanco Oliver - £250,000
2. Paul Francis Tedeschi - £150,000
3. Benjamin Heath - £105,000
4. Simon Deadman - £80,000
5. Peter Roche - £70,000
6. Barny Boatman - £60,000
7. John Cynn - £50,000
8. Manig Loeser - £40,000
9. Ian Simpson - £30,000
Watch the entire final table of the Devilfish Cup here…