The World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2022 has been going on in full swing at Bally’s and Paris casino in Las Vegas. While several poker pros are claiming their WSOP bracelets, we also have some non-pros who are winning bracelets with their determination and passion for the game. One such player is Steve Albini, who has clinched his second bracelet in Event #32: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E for $196,089.
Albini, who is a musician, recording engineer, and sound producer by profession, plays poker as a hobby. However, he makes sure to take it seriously when he plays. When asked about his victory, the Chicago-based recording studio owner said, “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. 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 won his first bracelet during WSOP 2018 at a Seven Card Stud event. Commenting on having two bracelets now, he 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 said. “In the Stud tournament, the bracelet 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,” he added.
The first bust out on the final table, which lasted for nine hours, was Japan’s Tamon Nakamura, who walked away at the eighth spot with $19,373 in his kitty. Eddy Vataru, Peter Brownstein, Kyle Loman, and Richard Bai followed in the seventh, sixth, fifth, and fourth place, cashing $25,294, $33,552, $45,209, and $61,862, respectively. Finally, Jason Daly exited at the third place with a paycheque of $85,943, leaving the final two players for a heads-up battle.
Albini beat Canadian player James Morgan to clinch his second bracelet. Morgan settled for the second place taking home $121,195 in prize money.
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