Famed musician, producer, and journalist Steve Albini has once again proven his talents in the world of poker, having taken home his second gold bracelet from the World Series Of Poker championship.
The Shellac frontman’s win came on Saturday when he beat out 773 other players after competing in the Word Series Of Poker’s $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event. His prize included a golden bracelet (which he reportedly dropped and broke immediately after receiving it), and a cash prize of $196,089 USD.
Speaking to the Word Series Of Poker after his win, Steve Albini reflected on his first win back in 2018 (in which he took home $105,629 USD and another – ostensibly still whole – gold bracelet), referring to both achievements as respective “flukes”.
“The first one felt like a fluke. This one also felt like a fluke. I was all-in a million times in this tournament,” Albini explained. “In the Stud tournament, the bracelet that I won in 2018, I was never all-in in that tournament. I was never short of chips. But it still felt like I kind of fluked it because I beat a table full of really great players that I didn’t expect to beat.
“This time it felt like a fluke because I was so short on chips so often, and I kept getting all in, and I kept surviving.”
Following his 2018 win, Albini became the subject of the documentary Albini Cashes In, which was produced at part of the PokerGO streaming service’s Stories From The Felt series.
More recently, Albini (who has previously produced records for the likes of Nirvana, Pixies, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor) offered to produce the potential rock and roll album from nascent Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Dolly Parton.