Dusty "Leatherass9" Schmidt is a member of Team PokerStars Online. The screen name is reference to grinding from the movie "Rounders".
Dusty was a professional golfer who suffered a heart attack at the age of 23. During rehabilitation, he started playing poker. In 2007, Dusty reached PokerStars SuperNova Elite status in under 8 months. In 2007 and 2008, he posted the world's highest win rate in $5/$10 NL and $10$20 NL. He is an ultimate grinder and renowned for his ability to play long online sessions. Even more impressive is the fact that he's never had a month without profit in his entire poker career.
Dusty writes for CardPlayer, released a book, is a coach on BlueFire Poker, and is a co-founder of Imagine Media. He also founded the House of Cards Project to provide food and shelter to the underprivileged families.