US Record Producer Steve Albini Wins WSOP $1,500 Stud Bracelet

US Record Producer Steve Albini Wins WSOP $1,500 Stud Bracelet

Steve Albini entered WSOP Event #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud alongside a field of 310 players, with the legendary US musician and record producer managing to overcome his fellow competitors over three days, including Jeff Lisandro heads-up, to capture a coveted gold winners bracelet. Following a victory that also earned him a top prize of $105,629, the 55 year-old Chicago resident commented:

“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.”

Enthusiastic Amateur

Steven Albini has played for several bands over the years, and released numerous albums for Big Black, Rapeman, Flour, and Shellac. Furthermore, the music industry veteran also runs his own studio, and in the 1980s and 1990s produced a number of influential alternative rock albums for bands such as The Pixies, Nirvana, and The Breeders.

In addition to his music career, Albini is an enthusiast amateur poker player who has a particular love for the World Series of Poker and stud games. In fact, he has recorded six tournament cashes in Las Vegas since 2010, half of which have been in stud variants, with his latest triumph bringing his life time earnings to $164,228.

The best WSOP stud result Albini has enjoyed in the past is a 14th place finish at the 2010 WSOP $1,500 Seven Card Stud event for $6,356, although in 2013 he placed 12th at the WSOP $1,000 NLHE Seniors Championship for $40,694. Despite his past experience, however, Albini said he still can hardly believe his incredible fortune at having won a WSOP bracelet, and providing his own explanation on the turn of events, stated:

“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 fu**ing good as well. I hit a lot of hands early in the final table.”

$1,500 Seven Card Stud

The $1,500 Seven Card Stud featured 47 paid money places, and amongst those recognizable pros seeing a return on their buy-ins was Adam Friedman in 47th ($2,250), Benjamin Yu in 45th ($2,250), Kevin Iacofano in 35th ($2,398), Ashton Griffin in 27th ($2,635), and Bertrand Grospellier in 11th ($5,110).

The final table of eight also included a number of notable pros, including the likes of Frankie O’Dell, who was eliminated by Chris Ferguson in 5th before the maligned pro was himself sent to the rail in 4th by Albini. Six-times WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro then did likewise to last woman standing Katherine Fleck in 3rd to set up the heads-up phase of the tournament.

Albini vs Lisandro

Needless to say, Australian pro Jeff Lisandro is one of the most accomplished, well-respected players in the game, and represented a huge hurdle for Albini to overcome on his way to collecting a gold accolade. The duo subsequently started the final battle fairly even in chips, and an epic two hour long marathon then ensued in which the chip lead changed hands on several occasions before the deciding moment arrived.

After an impressive victory that represent a dream come true for Albini, the music producer thanked some of his poker professional friends for the mentoring they provided him ahead of the competition, including Chicago based pros such as Brandon Shack-Harris, Eric Rodawig and Matt Grapenthien. Particular appreciation, however, was expressed for the UK’s Matt Ashton, who in 2013 won a bracelet at the WSOP $50k Poker Player’s Championship for $1,774,089. As Albini stated after his triumph:

“I don’t have that much heads-up stud experience. He and I had some conversation about what raising ranges would look like. I was using the sort of thumbnail version of his heads-up stud game strategy.”

Final Table Results

1: Steven Albini $105,629
2: Jeff Lisandro $65,282
3: Katherine Fleck $43,765
4: Chris Ferguson $29,999
5: Frankie O’Dell $21,035
6: Paul Sexton $15,096
7: Michael Moore $11,095
8: Esther Rossi $8,355