Steve Albini has always been a champion of poker – at ATP festivals he would often have a special poker event in his chalet so its no surprise that he has graduated to winning big tournaments including a big one this week where he beat more than 300 other players in a world poker tournament and bagged himself him a lucrative cash prize of $105,000 and was given a World Series of Poker gold bracelet after topping the Seven Card Stud event in Las Vegas on Sunday (17 June).
“I am ecstatic that a player as mediocre as me can outlast all of these better players and end up with a bracelet. There’s still hope for everybody. This year the stud event occurred simultaneously with the Seniors Event, and simultaneously with the $50K [Poker Players Championship]. So the field for the stud tournament, I think, was kind of historically weak, which allowed a sucker like me to make it to the final table. With some prescient coaching from my friends and a good run of cards – I ran pretty fucking good as well. I hit a lot of hands early in the final table.”