When the last card rolled over and the legendary Chicago-based music producer Steve Albini came out as the winner of the 773 World Series of Poker tournament, he ran to close watching friends.
“It made me feel like a million bucks,” Albini said.
Aside from the metaphor, he must have felt like $ 196,089 – the first-place purse he won.
Albini – who produced mega-influential rock albums such as Nirvana’s “In Utero” (1993) and Pixies’ “Surfer Rosa” (1988) and who sings and plays guitar in the indie-rock band Shellac – won his second World Series of Poker tournament. on Friday.
His winning Stud Hi-Lo hand was a pair of five-card suits with seven pairs, he said.
“When we played the last hand and realized I had won it, I had no emotions,” Albini said. “It was about like, ‘Oh, it passes to the next one.’ Oh wait, no next. ‘”
The producer won his second bracelet at a casino in Paris and Bally’s Las Vegas. He competed in the $ 1,500 buy-in HORSE, a multiplayer form of poker featuring Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Razz, Stud and Stud Hi-Lo.
Albini plays unofficial cash games in Chicago with friends such as professional Brandon Shack-Harris and statistician Nate Silver. He’s excited about another Bally casino coming to Chicago.
“The card room I access through Blue Line sounds amazing (literally),” he said.
Growing up from family games, including cribbage and pinochle, Albini said he had been on the tour for a long time on casino casual games and was “perfectly happy to be playing table poker for a quarter and a dollar.” One tournament he competes in is the World Series of Poker every year.
He won the $ 1,500 buy-in Seven Card Stud event in 2018.
“I never ran out of chips in this tournament. I was never faced with a difficult decision in this tournament. It seemed like it was somehow resolved with me,” he said.
Not this time. The local rock legend was all-in “eight or ten times” in this tournament. He thought that the probability of failing all of these almost fatal stakes was low.
“It seemed like a coincidence,” he said.
If luck led Albin to victory, it could have come from special butts given by the woman. He kept them in his pocket while playing.
“Not so much an unlucky man, but to remind me how much I love my wife,” Albini said.
Although it takes much more than luck to win two World Series of Poker events, Albin has “no illusions” about his ability to play professional poker. Although he is proud to have gained more weight, he does not believe that he can compete with more dedicated players and is not willing to take the time to take his game to the next level.
“I have a wife and a business and a job and a band and two cats and a bike and a garden. I have things in life that I have to do, ”Albini said, adding that if poker became his livelihood, it could be more fun.
Albini said he didn’t feel emotional as he endured all-in-hand after all-in-hand. Instead, he did the same arithmetic poker he always demands, gathering information from exposed cards and subtle expressions.
Albini said the cold-blooded estimate was not related to music production or anything else in his life.
“In order to succeed in poker, you have to be sharply deceptive. You have to bump into other people’s weaknesses and take advantage of other people’s mistakes,” he said.
After playing for almost 40 hours in three days, Albini won his second “bracelet”, the grand prize at the World Series of Poker. He snatched the felt and rushed to show it to his friends after the victory. But the bracelet fell to the floor and the link was broken.
“These aren’t jewelry, they’re more like fairground trinkets,” Albini said. The producer, who is famous for his raw, similar style, said that the prize could be broken to remember it.
The ongoing hypnotic pandemic on the casino floor left Albin with little time to take her friends to festive tacos.
“I couldn’t tell if it was 12:01 or four in the morning,” he said.
He next decided to take part in the $ 10,000 buy-in HORSE event. It started on Monday night and was set against a square filled with professionals.
“I don’t have to hope to win to hope to win,” he said before the tournament began.
Albin ran out of chips by the end of the tournament’s opening day.
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