The Team

The Team

Meet the members of the UK Sharks Poker Team below. We’ll be recruiting more members to the team over the coming weeks and months, further details of how you can join the UK Sharks Poker Team can be found here: Join the UK Sharks Poker Team


Stu WalshUK Sharks Username: Stu
Name: Stuart Walsh
Role: Team Captain
Location: Derbyshire
Online Aliases: TheUKShark, StuShark
Favourite Poker Sites: PKR, PokerStars and 888 Poker
Favourite Poker Players: Stu ‘The Kid’ Ungar, Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey
Preferred Variations: No Limit Texas Hold’em, Limit Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo

About Me: I have been playing poker since 2004 when I began working for 888.com Poker (or Pacific Poker as they were called then) in Gibraltar. Prior to this my only experience of the game was the occasional night watching episodes of Late Night Poker on Channel 4. A little bit of beginner’s luck early on gave me a real taste for the game and I went from working in the Support Department to managing 888.com’s Forum. After 5 or so years, my then fiancée (and now my wife) Claire and I decided to move back to the UK to get married and settle down, shortly after I created the UK Sharks website.

I’ve had a few £1,000+ wins both live and online (regretably none too recently) and have managed to grind out a conistant profit playing sit and go tournaments when time has permitted, but I’ve famously never had a royal flush and there doesn’t appear to be one it’s way anytime soon.

I prefer multi-table and sit n’ go tournaments to cash games for which I find I don’t have the discipline; I also have a slight preference towards live poker over online.

For most of 2013 I found my passion for poker had severely declined, this could partly be due to lack of available playing time but also a run of bad luck where despite regularly playing well, I was getting hit by bad beat after bad beat, time and time again.

This said, I’ve spent much of my spare time over recent months redesigning the UK Sharks website and I’m delighted with the results so far (although it will always be a work in progress); we have big plans going forward and a renewed sense of purpose heading into 2014.

On a more personal level, outside of poker I enjoy spending time with my wife Claire and two young sons Jackson and Robson; designing websites; watching football and UFC/MMA.


Martin HadfieldUK Sharks Username: Crumble
Name: Martin Hadfield
Role: Team Member
Location: Hornchurch, Essex
Online Aliases: Crumble
Favourite Poker Sites: PokerStars and 888 Poker
Favourite Poker Players: Luke ‘Fullflush’ Schwarz and Tony G
Preferred Variations: Omaha Hi/Lo and Triple Stud

About Me: I caught the online poker bug over 10 years ago now. I used to play a lot of bridge, not well but enthusiastically. Online bridge sites got me comfortable with playing cards online and when the Moneymaker Boom hit I discovered that online poker was at least as good a game as online bridge but was much, much more exciting.

I’ve long since given up playing bridge, but poker has kept its appeal. I missed out on the boom when it was possible to get rich just by continuation betting, but still I’ve managed to carry on making a small profit online by playing at small stakes. If I never played live games I’d be fine…

But despite being older than you think, I can still take your chips!


John MillerUK Sharks Username: RiverAsUsual
Name: John Miller
Role: Team Member
Location: Accrington, Lancashire
Online Aliases: RiverAsUsual, XrayEye, RE53RVD
Favourite Poker Sites: Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, 888 Poker and Party Poker
Favourite Poker Players: Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu
Preferred Variations: No Limit Hold’em (for £££), Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo (for enjoyment)

About Me: I Played most of the GUKPT circuit during 2009, won GUKPT £300 event at Cardiff 2009, best cash 3rd at Blackpool GUKPT main event 2013 (£27,600), intending on playing some events at WSOP 2014 (including the seniors event).

(Picture courtesy of TheHendonMob.com)


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