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Legendary Producer Steve Albini Wins World Series of Poker Tournament (Again)


Iconic rock, metal and punk music producer Steve Albini won his second World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament over the weekend. That's after he achieved his first World Series of Poker bracelet, the highest non-monetary prize at the annual Las Vegas poker competition, in 2018.

This time around, Albini — the Shellac guitarist and vocalist who produced Nirvana's In Utero (1993) and the Pixies' Surfer Rosa (1988), among other influential rock albums — took down a $1,500 H.O.R.S.E event for $196,089 on Saturday (June 18). H.O.R.S.E. is a multi-game poker challenge combining Texas Hold 'Em and other variants of the card game where players wager over whose hand is best.

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Of course, Albini is not a professional poker player. It's only the musician and record maker's hobby. But on Saturday, he beat a stable of 773 other poker players, the group composed of both pro players and mixed game specialists.

"Everything in my life comes in pieces, in parts," Albini serenely told after his win, adding, "Poker is one part of my life."

The producer explained, "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."


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