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Two-Time WSOP Bracelet Winner Steve Albini Passes Away Poker
Mrinal Gujare
Posted on 10 May, 2024
By Mrinal Gujare
On 10 May, 2024
By Mrinal Gujare
On 10 May, 2024

Two-Time WSOP Bracelet Winner Steve Albini Passes Away 

Renowned music figure and two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, Steve Albini, passed away at the age of 61 due to a heart attack on Tuesday. Albini, known for his pioneering work in noise rock with bands like Big Black and Shellac, also left a lasting legacy in the alternative rock scene. His death was initially reported by music outlets such as Pitchfork and Rolling Stone and later confirmed by Albini’s Electrical Audio Recording in Chicago.

While Albini’s production credits include Nirvana’s final album “In Utero,” he also collaborated with alternative artists like the Pixies, PJ Harvey, and The Breeders. His expertise extended to mainstream acts such as Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

Beyond music, Albini was an avid poker player, particularly excelling in mixed games. He frequented the WSOP in Las Vegas, where he clinched two bracelets. His first victory came in 2018 at a $1,500 Stud event, securing $105,629. He followed this up with a win in a $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event four years later, earning $196,089.

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In a 2022 interview with PokerNews, Albini described poker as a significant but not dominating part of his life. He approached the game with dedication, playing tournaments at the WSOP and informal cash games in Chicago.

Steve Albini’s Music Career

Albini’s musical journey began in 1981 when he founded Big Black while studying journalism at Northwestern University. The band’s experimental sound paved the way for Shellac, which Albini formed in 1992. Shellac released several acclaimed albums, including the upcoming “To All Trains,” set for release on 17th May 2024, following a recent reunion.

Steve Albini Poker Fascination

Aside from music, Albini’s early exposure to poker from his great-grandmother ignited a lifelong passion for the card game. He played poker in college and continued during the online poker boom, engaging on sites like Reefer Poker and Full Tilt Poker.

Albini’s multifaceted career left a lasting impact on both the music industry and the world of poker, solidifying his status as a creative force and a formidable poker player.

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