Sun, Jul 23, 8:55am by Staff Writer
Poker legends Phil Ivey and David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott have been admitted to the Poker Hall of Fame as the World Series of Poker hits its climax in Las Vegas.
On the penultimate day of the Main Event, it was announced that Ivey and Ulliott would join the greats of the sports, including Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Chip Reese and Stu Ungar, in the Hall of Fame.
Ivey was admitted at his first opportunity having turned 40 early this year to become eligible. He has won 10 WSOP bracelets in a decorated career where he has won $24 million in tournament play and millions more in cash games.
He is one of the biggest figure in poker and is currently taking British casino Crockfords to court to recover nearly 8 million pounds that he was denied over a row over ‘edge-sorting’ in a Baccarat game.
Ivey’s biggest tournament win came at the Aussie Millions on 2012 when he collected over $3.5 million.
“I want to thank the living members of the Poker Hall of Fame as well as the media who voted for me to be part of the Poker Hall of Fame,” Ivey said.
“It’s an honour to be inducted alongside legends like Chip Reese and Doyle Brunson. I love the game of poker and the game has done a lot for me. I am one of the lucky people who has been able to make a living playing a game which was always my passion.”
“Thankfully, I’m just as passionate about the game today as when I first stepped into Binion’s Horseshoe to play my first-ever WSOP. Thank you to my family, my friends, and all the poker fans across the world that supported me on this journey.”
Elliott’s admission in posthumous after he passed away in 2015. The Englishman was one of the great characters of his era, helping transform the game in Europe, while picking up $6.2 million in live tournament cashes.
“As a family we would like to thank the general public, media and current Poker Hall of Fame members that voted David into the Poker Hall of Fame,” a statement from his family read.
“We know he will be up there strumming on his guitar and probably asking what took so long! How he might say it-I think you all know! There isn’t a day that goes past when we don’t think of him and miss him but today we are so proud and delighted that he takes his rightful place in poker history -the legend of the Devilfish lives on!”
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