Former European Poker Player of the Year Dave Colclough has died of cancer aged 52.
Outside of the UK he was perhaps best known as one of the faces of Late Night Poker as well as being at the infamous WPT Paris final table with Tony G. He amassed over $2.6 million in live earnings and was 2nd on the Wales all-time money list.
Inside the UK he is widely regarded as one of the most influential early ambassadors for poker after the poker boom. In particular for founding the Blondepoker forum (which was named after his poker nickname of 'El Blondie').
A great ambassador
On a personal note, this is a sad day for this writer because a lot of my early poker experiences involved Dave. I'm a regular on the forum he founded and in particular I spent two days with him in one of the first big tournaments I ever played in. It was the £1,000 GUKPT Manchester event in 2007.
Dave could tell I was a little out of my depth playing against a field of well known players and he took me under his wing, asked me lots of questions, made me feel really welcome and showed me the ropes of how these larger live events worked.
It was an intimidating event but he did exactly what we all know professional players should do with recreational players; make the game more fun and relaxing. Naturally he went on to win the event for £88,300.
My condolences go out to his friends and family.