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Poker news | Jun 20, 2022

Steve Albini wins second bracelet at World Series of Poker tournament

By RTR Dennis

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Steve Albini takes a huge win at the World Series of Poker Tournament over the weekend, collecting the incredible £160,000 (~$200,000) prize.

Albini, who is a famed music producer, has worked with a myriad of incredible bands over the years, such as Nirvana, Pixies and the Breeders. This weekend Albini added to his collection of gold bracelets after winning his first back in 2018.

Beating 773 other players in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E event. He took home $196,089. After winning, he told WSOP.com,

“Everything in my life comes in pieces, in parts. Poker is one part of my life. So when I’m playing poker, I try to commit to it. I try to take it seriously. I try to make sure I devote the attention to it that it deserves as an occupation."

He continues to say,

“But it’s only part of my year. I only play tournaments at the World Series of Poker. I play cash games informally in Chicago. It’s a part of my livelihood, but it’s not my profession.”

This tournament was by no means an easy win for Albini. At one point during the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event, Albini lagged behind the chip lead by almost 6,000,000. But, as with all good poker players, he didn't let this deter him and continued to battle during this tournament, winning a series of all-in bets to become the chip leader by the time he reached the final table. He then went on to win this table, the almost 200k and the world series of poker bracelet with a strong final hand of a Club Flush.

After the tournament he explained his feelings about this closely fought contest;

“The first one felt like a fluke. This one also felt like a fluke. I was all-in a million times in this tournament,” Albini, who wore his lucky Jackonuts t-shirt, added. “In the Stud tournament, the bracelet that I won in 2018, I was never all-in in that tournament. I was never short of chips. But it still felt like I kind of fluked it because I beat a table full of really great players that I didn’t expect to beat. This time it felt like a fluke because I was so short on chips so often, and I kept getting all in, and I kept surviving.”

Final Table Results

Place Player Country Earnings
1 Steven Albini United States $196,089
2 James Morgan Canada $121,195
3 Jason Daly United States $85,943
4 Richard Bai United States $61,862
5 Kyle Loman United States $45,209
6 Peter Brownstein United States $33,552
7 Eddy Vataru United States $25,294
8 Tamon Nakamura Japan $19,373