Poker legend Dave "Devilfish" Ulliot passed away in April last year after losing a short battle with cancer. Now, the World Poker Tour foundation has teamed up with Dusk Till Dawn and partypoker to create a brand new tournament series in his honour.
The Devilfish Cup will kick off Monday, October 31, 2016, at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, England, and will future a £1,000,000 guarantee event. The buy-in of the £1m GTD event will be £5,000 and £300 of that amount will be donated to Marie Curie, a philanthropic organization which has offered support to terminally ill patients since 1948, and a trust fund for Ulliott's daughter, Lucy, which she will receive on her 16th birthday.
"Rob Yong, owner of Dusk Till Dawn, announced after Dave's funeral that we would wait a while before announcing plans to honor him," said Simon Trumper, Dusk Till Dawn Club Director and friend of Ulliott. "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."
Adam Pliska, President and CEO of the WPT, added, "We are proud to announce the Devilfish Cup for the partypoker WPT UK festival at Dusk Till Dawn, and to honor and celebrate Dave ‘Devilfish' Ulliott alongside his family, friends, and fellow competitors. As a testament to the community's dedication and contributions, WPT Foundation has helped raise more than $6 million to date, and we look forward to supporting another non-profit program of excellence in Marie Curie."