sabato 22 luglio 2017

Ivey and 'Devilfish' Ulliott named to Poker Hall of Fame

The 2017 Poker Hall of Fame (PHOF) Class has its newest members as first-time eligible Phil Ivey and British poker legend David “Devilfish” Ulliott enter poker’s most exclusive club. Ivey and Ulliott become the 53rd and 54th individuals to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

They were nominated by the public, vetted by the PHOF Governing Council and voted in by the 27 living Poker Hall of Fame members, and an 18-person Blue Ribbon Media Panel, it was announced today by the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council.

Ivey and Ulliott will be inducted officially on Friday, July 21 as part of the live World Series of Poker Main Event final table coverage on ESPN.

Ivey is well known throughout the world for his poker prowess and checked all the boxes required for consideration. Ivey sits fifth all-time on the live poker tournament money list with $23,856,034 in winnings, and this does not take into account any of his online poker or cash game play. Ivey is the youngest player in WSOP history to amass 10 victories, and just this year turned the required minimum age of 40 to be considered for Poker Hall of Fame induction.

“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,” said Ivey. “It’s an honor 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.”

Ulliott, who passed away from cancer in April, 2015, gets the ultimate recognition in poker for his role in growing the game in England. From Kingston Upon Hull, Ulliott was a fixture on Late Night Poker throughout Europe, which helped show the game of poker on television and the “Devilfish” was a true character who captivated audiences and kept them tuning in. He won a WSOP gold bracelet at the 1997 World Series of Poker and was a fixture at poker tournaments for more than two decades.

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