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Former Nirvana Producer Steve Albini Wins WSOP Tournament

Famed indie rock producer and sound engineer Steve Albini picked up his second World Series of Poker bracelet on Friday night.

Albini won the $1,500 buy-in HORSE tournament at Bally’s Event Center, beating James Morgan heads-up for the top prize of $196,089.

The 59-year-old Chicago resident outlasted a field of 773 players to win the three-day tournament. Albini also claimed victory in 2018 when he was the last person to show up in the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud event.

“The first one felt like a fluke. This one felt like a fluke as well. I was all-in a million times in that tournament,” Albini told WSOP reporters. , the bracelet I won in 2018, I have never gone all-in in this tournament. I have never run out of chips. But I still felt like I missed out because I beat a table full of really good players that I didn’t expect to beat.

“This time it was like a fluke because I was so often out of chips, and I kept going all-in, and I kept surviving.”

Albini owns an Electrical Audio recording studio in Chicago and has worked with some of indie rock’s biggest bands, including the Pixies, The Breeders, Bush, Jawbreaker, and former Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

He is best known as the producer of Nirvana’s third and final studio album “In Utero”, which was released in 1993 and sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

In addition to his own career as a musician, Albini is a regular at cash games in the Chicago area and has been harassed at the final table by some of poker’s most prominent professionals, including two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brandon Shack-Harris. .

“Everything in my life comes in pieces, in parts. Poker is part of my life,” Albini said. “So when I play poker, I try to engage with it. I try to make sure I give it the attention it deserves as an occupation.

“But that’s only part of my year. I only play tournaments at the World Series of Poker. I gamble informally in Chicago. It’s part of my livelihood, but it’s not my job.

Albini held the chip lead for much of the final table and rang a hotel bell after winning a pot. But he was shattered during the four-man game and again with three players remaining.

At one point in three-handed action, Albini had less than two big blinds in his chip stack. But he survived an all-in bet and made an hour-long warm-up to take control.

Albini knocked out Jason Daly in third place and took a decisive one-on-one lead against Morgan. After trading pots early, Albini won three straight hands at Seven-Card Stud and claimed victory in a hand of Stud 8 or Better.

“Brandon Shack-Harris was given an ornate hotel bell that he would ring at the table when he went to check out. I thought that was really lovely, and he brought it here so the rail could ring out when I won a pot,” Albini said. “It got irritating to some of the other players, so I brought it to the table so anyone who wanted to could celebrate by ringing the bell.”

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