Two stories from the lands of partypoker with partypoker TV screening a Dave’ Devilfish’ Ulliot documentary, and Patrick Leonard earning $100k+ on PokerStars during a mighty fine festive period.
It’s funny how life deals you a hand. One minute, I’m drunk, sitting in front of the idiot box, watching in awe, as this wizard-like wordsmith tantalises the table on Late Night Poker, and then I’m sitting in a swanky restaurant on the Champs-Élysées wishing he’d tone it down a tad.
That wasn’t his bag.
Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliot was the type of man who emerged from a coal mine without a speck of dirt on his frame, singing like the canary in the cage.
There was a time when he was THE star of the fishpond. As Barny Boatman says – ask anyone in the UK to name a poker player, and The Devilfish is likely to be that name, and Boatman should know; the public has mistaken the former Hendon Mobster for the man often enough.
So it’s a nice touch to learn that partypoker has created a Devilfish documentary, with plans to launch it on partypoker TV. The man who God carved out of poker’s right thigh bone earned $6,235,521 playing live tournaments between 1993 and 2014, with his final run coming in the 7,862-entrant $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack at the 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP), finishing 265th.
In 1997 he beat 247-entrants to earn to win a WSOP bracelet in a $2,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event. And in 2003, he added a World Poker Tour (WPT) title to his list of honours, beating Phil Ivey, heads-up, in the World Poker Tour (WPT) No-Limit Hold’em Championship in Tunica.
In 2017, the poker community inducted both Ivey and the Devilfish into the Poker Hall of Fame, albeit two years too late for friends and family of the man who could cut you to ribbons with his bayonet like banter and his soul-reading skills.
The Devilfish passed away in 2015.
Patrick Leonard Turns it On
Sticking with the partypoker theme and Patrick Leonard had a decent time at the online tables during a festive run that saw him capture a first, second and $100k+ in prize money.
The partypoker ambassador took down the $2,100 PokerStars Sunday High Roller beating 98-entrants to capture the $46,837.42 first prize. Connor Beresford (4th), Connor Drinan (5th), Scott Margereson (6th) and Liv Boeree (9th) also made the final table. Leonard then finished runner-up to 0409479 earning $66,018.12 in a 1,155-entrant $530 No-Limit Hold’em event at the PokerStars Winter Series.
Leonard is currently ranked #15 in the PocketFives World Rankings and has earned $6,252,704 playing online tournaments including $4,133,218 playing on PokerStars as pads1161, and $1,909,324 competing on partypoker under the names patrick_leonard and tiote22.
The bitB Staking founder joined partypoker in April 2016 and has been instrumental in restructuring the foundations of partypoker’s online product.