Renowned record producer and musician Steve Albini has claimed his first ever World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet, beating over 300 competitors in Seven Card Stud for a win worth $105,629.
After the win, Albini commented to World Series of Poker news officials that there is still hope left for everybody to win if he could do it. The player beat formidable six-time champion Chris Ferguson in the championship, then racing past Jeff Lisandro (another six-time winner) to claim his coveted title and take home a gilded bracelet.
Albini has a long and colourful history in the music business. He played as a musician with the band Shellac for years, and also served as a producer for the Pixies and Nirvana. However, he has also been enjoying competitive poker for decades now, and his many years of practice finally seem to have paid off in a big way.
The player’s band had just finished up their most recent European tour when Albini made the decision to head to Las Vegas for the WSOP tournament. According to his statement, he is ecstatic that a player as ‘mediocre’ as he is could beat all of the other professional players at the table to end up with his very own gold bracelet.
The world-famous poker event took place at the same time as two other major poker championships: the Poker Players Championship, and the Seniors Event. This, according to Albini, was one of the main factors that allowed him to win this year. He noted that the field for the stud tournament had always been somewhat weak, allowing him to make it to the final table and take home an exciting poker win.
The World Series of Poker is a collection of professional poker tournaments that is held in the gambling capital of Las Vegas each year. Since 2005, the event has been owned and sponsored by Caesars Entertainment Corp, one of Vegas’ largest and most successful casino operators. The most recent main event champion of WSOP is Scott Blumstein, who won the 2017 edition last year.
The most titles held in WSOP are held by Phil Hellmuth with 14 bracelets to date. Johnny Moss and Stu Ungar hold the joint record for the most Main Event wins, holding three bracelets each. Now that the 2018 edition of WSOP is nearing its kickoff, fans will also be able to find out who this year’s big winner will be as the competitive poker action unfolds.