Phil Ivey, David Ulliott Selected for Poker Hall of Fame

Phil Ivey, David Ulliott Selected for Poker Hall of Fame

World Series of Poker officials have announced their selections for the 2017 Poker Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees will be Phil Ivey and David “DevilFish” Ulliott. Ivey will be inducted on the first year he meets the minimum age requirement. Aforementioned is the third time Ulliott has been a PHOF finalist.

The WSOP released a statement on their decision to elect Ivey, a decision that came as a surprise to exactly zero poker players. They pointed out his impressive achievements at the WSOP at such a young age – becoming the youngest player to earn ten gold bracelets in series history.

Despite all the time Ivey has spent away from the felt over the past few years due to legal battles, he still holds the fifth place on the all-time live poker earnings list with $23.8 million.

In his statement of acceptance of the honor, Ivey said that he is just as passionate about poker today as he was at his first WSOP. He thanked all his fans and said he feels lucky to be able to “make a living” (read: make a fortune) playing poker.

The late DevilFish, who passed away from cancer in April 2015, will be inducted for the key role he played in popularizing poker in England. In a statement released on Ulliott’s election, the WSOP called him a “real character” and credited him with attracting UK television audiences to poker.

In their statement of acceptance, the family of Ulliott said that they are “proud and delighted that he takes his rightful place in poker history.”

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