Leatherass Joins Team PokerStars Online

Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt
Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt.

Once the lead coach with the StoxPoker and CardRunners poker training sites, Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt is now a Team PokerStars Pro.

Citing "irreconcilable differences" with the sites, Schmidt left his post in January joining training site DragTheBar.com as its lead instructor and has now been added to the PokerStars Team Online roster.

The 26-player team also includes top online poker players like Randy "nanonoko" Lew, Andrew "Kid Nebraska" Goetsch and Thomas "Boku87" Boekhoff.

"I feel like I've joined the Yankees," Schmidt said. "Getting the opportunity to represent the largest poker room in the world is definitely something that makes all of the hard work feel worthwhile. I couldn't be more honored."

Five years into his career, Schmidt's has played more than 8 million hands over more than 10,000 hours and has won more than $3 million in cash games online.

He's never had a losing month in his career and in 2007 achieved PokerStars' SuperNova Elite status in just eight months.

Schmidt said that being named to PokerStars Team Online means he'll be going for SuperNova Elite status again in 2010.

"The chase for SuperNova Elite is officially on," he said.

Schmidt said his joining Team PokerStars Online means he'll be playing exclusively on the site. He'll also keep a blog on PokerStars and will play in tournaments on the site as well.

Prior to his start in poker, Schmidt was a top-ranked golfer, but gave up the links in favor of the felt at age 23 when he suffered a heart attack.

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