Leatherass Dumps Stox to Drag The Bar

Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt

Just days after resigning his post as the lead coach with the StoxPoker and CardRunners poker training sites, Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt has a new job.

Poker training site DragTheBar.com announced Tuesday Schmidt has joined the company as its lead instructor.

“Dusty is one of the top mid-to-high-stakes players in the world, period,” said DragTheBar.com CEO Hunter Bick. “But as good a player as he is, he’s an even better instructor. It’s unusual to find someone who can do both.”

Schmidt spent three years as lead instructor with StoxPoker, which merged with CardRunners in 2008.

He resigned the post last week citing “irreconcilable differences” with the sites.

“I couldn’t be more excited about coming to DragTheBar.com,” Schmidt said. “I was feeling as though I was getting away from my teaching roots a little bit and this allows me to do what I love and do best. The relationship just feels really, really good. They support my interests, and in turn I’m looking forward to watching this site become the finest in the world in very short order. I can’t wait to get involved with their members and watch them improve as poker players.”

Bick, who founded DragTheBar.com in June with partners Phil Nagy and Korey Gillis, said Schmidt will blog, make instructional videos and participate in member forums on the site.

“Dusty is a huge asset,” Bick said. “Just a few years ago he was playing low stakes, so he knows where those players are coming from and he can help them accelerate their learning process. Our members will benefit greatly by having such an incredible instructor at their disposal.”

Schmidt, 28, has played nearly 7 million hands online over the past five-years winning more than $3 million.

In 2007, he achieved Poker Stars’ SuperNova Elite status in just eight months playing high-stakes cash games exclusively.

Prior to his start in poker, Schmidt was a top-ranked golfer, but gave up the game and turned to poker at age 23 when he suffered a heart attack.

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