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3 Europeans who could get in 2016 Poker Hall of Fame Class

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

carlos-mortensen-pokerFollowing the 2015 Poker Hall of Fame selections of John Juanda and Jennifer Harman, most of the conversation afterward has centered on how non-Americans have very little chance to make the PHOF. Specifically, the only non-American in the Hall is Edmund Hoyle, who died in 1769 and was selected in 1980. With all the talk about how the HOF voting needs to be less biased, it seems like a European player/contributor could make it in next year. That said, let’s discuss three Europeans who could potentially land in the 2016 Poker Hall of Fame class.

1. Carlos Mortensen

Purely from a tournament perspective, Carlos Mortensen is a shoo-in for the Poker Hall of Fame. He has $11.91 million in live tournament winnings along with two WSOP gold bracelets and three WPT titles. Furthermore, “El Matador” won the 2001 WSOP Main Event and the 2007 WPT Championship. About the only thing that Mortensen can’t claim on his resume is a successful high stakes career. However, there are other players who don’t quite satisfy this requirement either.

2. Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott

dave-devilfish-ulliotThere was an emotional aspect involved in Ulliott’s 2015 bid for the PHOF, given that he passed away this year. So when Ulliott didn’t make it in, there were some cries from fellow European players who questioned the all-American voting panel for the HOF. Will Devilfish make it in next year as a result of the outcry? Ulliott’s resume is borderline, with $6 million in tournament winnings and a gold bracelet. However, his entertaining personality adds something to his bid for the PHOF.

3. Bruno Fitoussi

Based purely on his playing career, Bruno Fitoussi falls short of the Hall. He has $2.79 million in tourney earnings, but has never had a major victory. However, what pushes Fitoussi’s resume over the top is that he’s perhaps the most-instrumental person in the history of French poker. Fitoussi brought poker to Aviation Club de France and also influenced many French citizens to take up the game.

John Gale wins First 2015 WSOP Bracelet for Brits

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

john-gale-wsopIt’s been a sad year for British poker, with the passing of Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott. However, John Gale has now given Brits something to cheer about with his victory at the 2015 WSOP.

Gale, who’s amassed over $3.6 million in poker winnings, topped a giant field of 1,791 players to win the $1,000 Turbo Hold’em event. He scooped a $298,290 payout along with his second-career gold bracelet. His first bracelet win came in a 2006 WSOP $2,500 PL Hold’em tournament ($374,849). “It is still incredible,” Gale said after the victory. “I cannot believe it, I am over the moon.”

Interestingly enough, Gale has not played much poker at the WSOP over the past few years. In fact, he hadn’t cashed in a WSOP tournament since 2007. But that’s definitely changed for the 61-year-old retiree, who now has two cashes through the first 18 events of the 2015 WSOP.

Now that Gale has won a bracelet for the Brits, it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep adding to this total. Last year saw England win just one bracelet (John Kabbaj, O8/Stud 8 event), which is strange when considering that they’ve won 31 total bracelets in WSOP history.

As for the Turbo Hold’em tournament, this event featured 30-minute blind levels on Day 1 and 40-minute blind levels on Day 2. This made for a quicker structure than live players are used to, but it also created some really quick action as well. This Turbo Hold’em event was preceded by a Hyper Hold’em tourney that had an even faster structure at 20-minute levels.

2015 WSOP $1,000 Turbo NLHE Final Table
1st: John Gale – $298,290
2nd: Gary Luther – $184,481
3rd: Matthew Vessier – $127,549
4th: Andrew “Bruce” Le – $91,991
5th: Stuart Rutter – $67,248
6th: Nitesh Rawtani – $49,807
7th: Mark Darner – $37,379
8th: Sean Rice – $28,417
9th: Tim Finne – $21,873

Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott tells Young Pros to “Get off the Laptops”

Monday, October 21st, 2013

When it comes to poker players with street cred, few have anything on Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott. The famed British pro was a street fighter, part of a safe-cracking team, served two prison terms (27 months total), worked as a bouncer, and played in dangerous underground poker games. Taking all of this into account, he’s somewhat of the anti-online poker player, who sits on their computer for hours grinding each day.

And this was part of Ulliott’s message in a recent interview with PokerListings, where he advised that young players “get off their laptops” more often and live life.

Ulliott began the interview by talking about how he was kicked out of home at age 16 because he was “running with the wrong crowd.” Devilfish also discussed how, during his early poker years, he played in the type of underground games where you needed a gun in your pocket.

Then the interview switched to the subject of young online poker players, at which point Ulliott quipped that he could “out-fight ’em, out-fu** ’em, out-think ’em, out-drink ’em, out-sing ’em and out-bling ’em.”

Cheesy quotes aside, Devilfish had some very good advice for younger players as he said that “life passes you by pretty quickly” and “you gotta get out there, and get off them laptops. and get out there and live.” He added, “There’s a lot of stuff to be doing, you know. Not just sitting there on a computer. Most of ’em (young pros), they couldn’t tell you a good story because they haven’t got any.”

As we’ve covered so far, Devilfish definitely has lots of life experiences and stories to draw upon. And he’s always got some very interesting things to say as well.

In regard to his poker career, Ulliott ranks second among UK players with $6,193,273 in tournament winnings. His tourney earnings have remained somewhat stagnant because he mainly plays cash games these days. But regardless of whether he wins another tournament or not, Devilfish will always be one of the poker world’s most dynamic figures.