Late Night Poker Winners
Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliot (LNP Series 1 Winner)
A jeweller and pawnbroker from Hull, Dave won the £40,000 first prize in series one of Late Night Poker. He's one of the world's most feared poker players and a former World Series winner in Las Vegas (not the main event) - one of very few non-Americans to win there. He earned his nickname in Las Vegas when a Chinese card player likened the threat he poses to that of a poisonous fish, edible only when meticulously prepared. Otherwise it will kill you.
"I suppose I play the game pretty aggressive. I'm a nasty bastard. I was a bit disappointed that didn't come over enough on telly. I'll work harder at it next time. Say something really dismissive about my opponents. If I'm in form I try to run off with the table, gallop them into the dust. It's a lot of pressure though. I don't think I show it on the table, but obviously it's there inside. I started off playing the game in Hull, and then I took the plunge, branched out, and went to play in Leeds. From there it was London, Birmingham, Southampton, Europe and Las Vegas. It was in Vegas I got the nickname. I beat a player called The Master, and the next day this Chinese guy stuck a flyer on a door in a Vegas casino that said Devilfish devours The Master. And that was it. It stuck."
Simon "Aces" Trumper (LNP Series 2 Winner)
Simon's poker career began in 1995 with £10 tournaments in Reading. Since then he's upped the stakes considerably. By 1997 he felt he was ready to play with "the best of them" and came 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th in tournaments played at the Victoria Club during the 1997 European Championships.
"I was quite emotional when I won Late Night Poker II. It was the one all the players wanted to win. I was ecstatic. I thought that Dave Ulliot may have tried to dominate the table which is what happened initially. He got unlucky. I knew I was up against proven winners so was on my guard constantly. Liam Flood seemed pleased to have Dave out of the competition and became a bit more lively after that. He then came unstuck himself soon after. By then there were four of us left and I started to become a little more confident."
Phil Hellmuth (LNP Series 3 Winner)
All American boy Phil Helmuth discovered poker while studying at the University of Wisconsin and hasn't stopped since. In 1989 aged just 24 he was the youngest ever player to win the World Series. To celebrate, he flew his family home by private jet and bought his dad a Merc. Most poker players consider him to be the world's top tournament player - he's certainly won more money than anyone else over the last 10 years. Currently working on his autobiography - entitled Poker Brat - Phil can be found dispensing top poker tips each week on his website www.philhellmuth.com.
"Being a professional poker player has been very difficult for me. In what other profession can you be at the top and have so many unsatisfying moments? Losing all of your money comes with the territory when you're playing poker for a living. The highs are great: winning world championships and having hundreds of thousands of dollars flow to you. But the lows are awful. The level of frustration involved with going broke is incredible.
Not being able to pay the bills or even ante up in a poker game is tragic for a great poker player. Being a champion is all about how you deal with the bad times. During the bad times you must improve yourself and grow as a person. During the bad times you better figure out a way to handle your next upswing better than the last time. During the bad times I become focused, clear minded, disciplined and hungry.
It is all about using the pain at the bottom to improve yourself and propel yourself back to the top. I was excited about coming to Wales because I heard that LNP was bringing in new players to poker and that many people in Britain were really into the series. I believe that the future of the under the table cameras is going to have a profound impact on making 'live' poker watchable and understandable on TV. Certainly poker will cease to be a boring spectator sport when we can explain the intricacies of what is happening to the audience on every hand. Long live Late Night Poker! I'll be back!"
Hemish Shah (LNP Series 4 Winner)
Hemish Shah sadly died in the early hours of September 6 2001 of a cardiac arrest. He was a fantastic poker player, highly regarded by his peers. His success in Late Night Poker 4 was coupled with winning a prestigious World Series Bracelet at Las Vegas in May for the $5000 Limit Hold'em tournament. He is greatly missed.
Padraig Parkinson (LNP Series 5 Winner)
Padraig Parkinson is a poker professional from Dublin but now lives in Paris. He started playing poker whilst studying economics at Trinity College and then worked in insurance for 8 years before turning professional. He now plays all over the world and finished a fantastic 3rd in the main event at the World Series in 1999.