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Nirvana and Pixies producer Steve Albini wins over £160,000 at World Series of Poker tournament

20 June 2022, 10:50 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Steve Albini has won his second World Series of Poker tournament, and took home a major prize of over £160,000.

On Saturday (18 June) Albini - producer of seminal records by Pixies, Nirvana, The Cribs, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Ty Segall, Sunn O)))) – beat 773 other players to win the World Series of Poker gold bracelet at the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event, and took home the winning prize of $196,089 (£160,077).

Albini previously won a World Series of Poker tournament in 2018, beating 310 players to win over $100,000.

He told after winning, "Everything in my life comes in pieces, in parts. Poker is one part of my life."

"So when I'm playing poker, I try to commit to it," Albini continued. "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 also said, "The first one felt like a fluke. This one also felt like a fluke. I was all-in a million times in this tournament."

He added, "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."

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