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Steven Albini (cover image) is now a proud owner of two prized WSOP bracelets! The recording engineer from Chicago outlasted a 773-player field in the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #32: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E to win the title and $196,089 in prize money.
The heads-up lasted all of 45 minutes, with Albini starting with a 5:1 chip lead over James Morgan. Morgan was chasing his maiden WSOP bracelet and pocketed $121,195 in second place.
In the post-match interview, Albini, who had won his first bracelet in Event #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud at the 2018 WSOP, 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.”
“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.”
As a recording studio owner, Albini has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry and produced albums for top artists like Nirvana and Jimmy Page. Despite his success at the WSOP, Albini doesn`t consider himself a professional poker player. “Everything in my life comes in pieces, in parts. Poker is one part of my life,” he said.
“So when I’m playing poker, I try to commit to it. 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 added.
The two-time bracelet winner Brandon Shack-Harris was on Albini’s rail, and he got a hotel bell that the rail would ding every time Albini won a pot. Albini said of the bell, “Brandon Shack-Harris got an ornate hotel bell that he would ding at the table when he was going to check. I thought it was really charming, and he brought it here so the rail could ding when I won a pot.”
“It got irritating to some of the other players, so I brought it to the table so anyone who wanted to could celebrate by ringing the bell.”
Event #32: $1,500 HORSE logged in a stacked field of 773 players, including some of the top names in the game, and several were mixed game specialists. The event generated a juicy $1,031,955 prize pool and paid out 116 places.
Only 22 players returned on Day 3, where it took less than three hours for the final table to be formed. Barring Albini, all the other seven players on the FT were in the hunt for their maiden bracelet. These included James Morgan (2nd for $121,195), Jason Daly (3rd for $85,943), Richard Bai (4th for $61,862), Kyle Loman (5th for $45,209), Peter Brownstein (6th for $33,552), Eddy Vataru (7th for $25,294), and Tamon Nakamura (8th for $19,373).
The stacked field had several former bracelet winners finishing in the money, like Steven Loube (16th for $6,542), Phil Ivey (26th for $5,544), Fabrice Soulier (27th for $5,544), Jason Gola (29th for $5,544), David Prociak (42nd for $4,201), Amnon Filippi (43rd for $4,201), Lawrence Berg (44th for $4,201), Ari Engel (54th for $3,760), Michael Gagliano (59th for $3,429), and Allyn Shulman (69th for $3,189).
Danny Chang (18th for $6,542), Bin Weng (34th for $4,782), Max Kruse (52nd for $3,760), Victor Ramdin (55th for $3,760), Nicholas Derke (72nd for $3,023), and Jonathan Miller (79th for $3,023) were some other notables who crossed the money line.
Final Table Results (USD)
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