DragtheBar is an online poker training site that helps players interested in learning the game of poker as well as helping intermediate players improve their game. The site recently announced that one of their lead instructors Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt has been added to the lineup of the PokerStars Team Online.
Schmidt is now part of the twenty six player team which includes several top poker pros. Schmidt commented on joining the team by stating: “I feel like I’ve joined the Yankees. 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.”
Schmidt joins such players are Thomas Beokhoff, Randy Lew, Steve Jacobs, Amanda Thomas, Andrew Goetsch and Jorge Arias on the team. As part of the Team PokerStars Online, Schmidt will be playing exclusively at PokerStars as well as keep a blog so fans and players can stay informed of his career.
Schmidt’s poker career is five years in the making and during that time the poker pro has earned over $3 million. He has the highest win rate in the world at both $10/$20 No Limit and $5/$10 No limit in both 2007 and 2008.
Schmidt has also had other success at PokerStars. The Supernova Elite status is a top status at PokerStars and very few people will ever achieve that status. Schmidt managed to make this status after only eight months while he was competing in 2007 at the high stakes cash games. Schmidt stated that since he made the Team PokerStars Online he will be attempting to make Supernova Elite again this year.
In January Schmidt joined DragTheBar as a coach after he was a leading instructor at StoxPoker for three years. Schmidt makes poker videos for the instructional site and then participates in the member forums.
Hunter Bick the CEO of DragTheBar commented on Schmidt joining the PokerStars team by stating: “We’re very happy for Dusty. It’s obviously exciting for us to have someone who’s achieved what he has on our team of coaches. He’s a good guy who works hard and he deserves this recognition.”
Schmidt also works for CardPlayer Magazine as a writer and he is a published author. His book Treat Your Poker Like a Business was released last December and it focuses on teaching poker players how to develop a professional approach to the game.
The PokerStars Team Online was created just last year when the online poker room added the first twenty three members. The site looked at over 2,000 applications before they created the team and announced the first members. Interested players were able to send in their application to PokerStars to be considered for the new team. PokerStars definitely had their work cut out for them in deciding who to add to the new team. The site has added three more players in the past few months and more players are expected to be added this year as well.