PokerStars renews Leatherass Team Online contract

It appears that online poker legend and Drag the Bar coach Dusty “Leatherass9” Schmidt will be representing PokerStars for at least another year, as the world’s largest online poker room, PokerStars, has confirmed they have renewed Schmidt’s contract for another year as a member of PokerStars Team Online.

The deal will keep Schmidt in PokerStars gear, and grinding away at the site’s mid-stakes No Limit Holdem tables through April 2012. Keeping Schmidt “patched-up” should work out very well for PokerStars as the former online cash game grinder has made huge strides in his tournament game over the past year and has been seeing those efforts born out in the form of a couple of cashes on the live tournament trail –the first in last year’s $2,500 NLHE event at the WSOP, and more recently at the Big Event Main Event in Los Angeles where he finished the Main Event in 40th place.

In a post on the PokerStars blog Schmidt stated: “I have considered it a privilege and an honor to promote PokerStars in any way I can. I played on there for the vast majority of my poker throughout my career so it is great to be able to represent a company that I 100% believe in. I have had a few things come across my desk that folks have asked me to endorse and the bottom line is if I don’t think it is a great product, I am not going to represent it, bottom line.”

Schmidt began his poker career after a heart attack derailed his goal of making the PGA tour and has been grinding away at the mid-stakes No Limit Holdem tables for years now and has earned over $3 million playing online poker. His style is very methodical and focuses on pushing every little edge available, regardless of whether it is a $50 bonus or working on 4-betting from the button against the Big Blind –In Schmidt’s view, no edge is too small to pass up!

Schmidt first came to prominence as an online poker coach at the now defunct StoxPoker before taking his skills over to Schmidt’s students love his no-nonsense approach to the game and the way he treats the game like a small business –which led to him penning his first poker book, Treat Your Poker Like a Business. Schmidt has since followed up on the success of Treat Your Poker Like a Business with his second poker offering, the dubiously titled Don’t Listen to Phil Hellmuth, which he co-authored with fellow DragtheBar coach Paul Hoppe. Schmidt is also working on a follow-up to TYPLAB titled, Treat Your Poker Like a Business II!

So, congratulations to DragtheBar’s Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt on extending his sponsorship deal for at least another year at PokerStars.

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