Steve Albini, the musician, producer of Nirvana’s “In Utero” album and the man behind a slew of iconic records with artists like Shellac and Big Black is also a highly skilled live poker tournament player.
Albini earned his second gold bracelet at the 2022 World Series of Poker on Saturday at Bally and Paris, Las Vegas, after defeating 773 players in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event. Albini took home $196,089 for the win.
“Everything in my life is in bits and pieces. After winning, Albini told WSOP.com, “Poker is one aspect of my life.” “As a result, when I play poker, I strive to give it my all.” I make an effort to take it seriously. I make an effort to give it the attention it deserves as a profession. However, it is merely a portion of my year. I exclusively participate in World Series of Poker tournaments. In Chicago, I play cash games on the side. It is a source of income for me, but it is not my vocation.”
Albini is not a professional poker player (he is founder, owner & principal engineer of Electrical Audio, a recording studio complex in Chicago), but has been a keen player and student of the game for years and has been known to post on online poker forums and sub-reddits in the past.
“Everything in my life comes in pieces, in parts. Poker is one part of my life,” Albini told WSOP.com after winning. “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. 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.”
Albini has now won two WSOP bracelet events. His first WSOP victory came in 2018 when he earned a gold bracelet by defeating 310 players in 7-Card Stud for $105,629.
“It seemed like the first one was a fluke.” This one felt like a fluke as well. In this tournament, I went all-in a million times,” he told WSOP.com. “I never went all-in in the Stud tournament, which is where I won the bracelet in 2018.” I never ran out of chips. But it still felt like a fluke because I beat a table full of extremely talented opponents who I had not expected to beat. This time it felt like a fluke because I was frequently short on chips, but I kept going all in and surviving.”
Albini dropped his latest bracelet and damaged it somewhat after the award ceremony.