David Ulliot and Phil Ivey are the 2017 Poker Hall of Fame Inductees

David Ulliot and Phil Ivey

The news was announced on July 21 during a break at the WSOP Main Event final table, held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

The two inductees were chosen by a panel of 27 past Hall of Famers and an 18-member media panel. They now are part of an elite group of legends which includes the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar and Daniel Negreanu.

Phil Ivey is one of the most recognizable names and faces in modern poker. He wasn’t eligible for consideration until this year, when he turned 40. He finally ticked all boxes and duly received his deserved recognition.

Ivey is currently 5th on the all-time live poker tournament money list, earning a total of $23,856,034 till date. He is also the youngest player in the history of the WSOP to win 10 bracelets.

Sadly, the other inductee, Ulliot isn’t alive to receive the honour. A true legend of the game, he lost his battle to cancer in 2015. He had a big hand in the growth of poker in the United Kingdom, where his legacy is bound to live on.

Ulliot was a real character on late night poker shows. Called the ‘Devilfish, he won a single WSOP gold bracelet, back in 1997 and also a World Poker Tour title while earning over $6.2 million in live tournaments.

The few others who missed out on the induction in 2017 after not getting the required number of votes were Max Pescatori, David Chiu, Matt Savage, Mike Matusow, Ted Forrest, Thor Hansen and Huck Seed.