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Poker Pro Dusty Schmidt Dead at 40 From Heart Attack

Written by:
Ace King
Published on:
Dec/04/2021

Successful online poker player Dustin "Dusty" Schmidt has died at the age of 40.  The news was first reported by his friend golf pro Kevin Na. 

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Na wrote: “He was a top Jr. rank golfer who played pro golf for short a period. Unfortunately, his career was cut short due to some health issues. He later in life found passion for the game of poker and became very successful at it. He even wrote few books on poker. Dusty caddied for me in US Jr US Am and even in Asian Tour event in S. Korea. He was a true friend that always there for me and rooted for me throughout my life … My thoughts and prayers to the Schmidt family. I will miss u my friend. Rest in Peace buddy.”

Bluff Magazine founder Eric Morris, another friend of Schmidt, confirmed the one-time PokerStars pro had died of a heart attack. Schmidt has long had heart problems including a prior heart attack in his 20's.

The Oregon-based player was nicknamed “Leatherass” due to the long hours he would play.

Schmidt was among the more controversial poker players for his outspoken commentary on everything from comparing poker's Black Friday indictments to 911 to his anti-Covid vax stance.  Schmidt had previously authored a book "Don't Listen to Phil Hellmuth", which was critical of the World Series of Poker record bracelet holder.

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- Ace King, Gambling911.com

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