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Poker player, Dusty Schmidt drops lawsuit

7/8/2009
Former professional golfer and ex top junior golfer in California, has dropped his lawsuit against the United States Golf Association (USGA). Dusty Schmidt who is now a pro online poker player just wants his amateur golfer status reinstated so he can just compete in the sport he loves.

Dusty Schmidt dropped the lawsuit after he consulted with several legal experts, as they could not come up with a strong enough case to win the lawsuit. Schmidt played golf professionally for several years but had to stop due to a heart attack in 2004, at the age of 23.

It was during his recovery period that Dusty discovered online poker, he quickly learnt the ropes and now he has said to have made more than $3 million at the virtual tables, sometimes taking more than $100,000 in just one month. And in 2006 when his he felt that he was fit enough to play golf again, he applied to regain his amateur status to the USGA.

Problems arose after he got reinstated to an amateur golfer early this year, in April Dusty posted a $1 million challenge on a website which he co-owns, which offered a bet of his own money to anyone that could beat him in a combined poker and golf competition. Due to the USGA’s rules and regulations Schmidt gave up his status as an amateur golfer with the challenge. But his argument was that no one took him up on the "Million Dollar Challenge" so they should not have revoked his status, but as the USGA said that even though no one took the challenge, the self-promotion was "detrimental to the best interests of the amateur game."

Now the lawsuit has been dropped, he will concentrate more on golf now as he has some intention of playing in professional events. Brian Henninger, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, has been helping Dusty to step up his game to ready him for some upcoming professional events, but nothing has been scheduled just yet.
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