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John Racener

Spikey

United States

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Total Winnings
$8,810,204 
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Biography

John Racener is a professional poker player from Tampa, Florida. He is best known for finishing runner-up in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event when he lost heads-up to the eventual champion Jonathan Duhamel. However, despite losing the battle for the trophy, Racener still took home a whopping $5.5 million in cash.

Intro

Racener was born in 1985 in Dunedin, Florida. His poker career began at the age of 18 when his mother loaned John $50 which he used to start playing poker online. After six weeks Racener already had $30,000 in his online account. When he turned 21, Racener immediately hit the live tournament circuit. His first event was a huge success as Racener final tabled the World Series of Poker Circuit $4,900 Championship event in Atlantic City. He ended up finishing the tournament in third place and taking home just over $100,000 in cash.

Background

Racener grew up in in Port Richey, Florida where he graduated from Ridgewood High School. He did a number of sports while in school including tennis, basketball, soccer, and baseball. Racener learned poker at home playing with his family. He enjoyed the game from the very beginning and later on was introduced to online poker by a friend. His success at the online tables encouraged Racener to pursue a career as a professional poker player and by the age of 21, he was already off playing some of the major poker tournaments.

World Series of Poker

Racener first entered the World Series in 2007 and scored two minor money finishes. However, his next summer turned out to be much better as Racener reached his first WSOP final table and took home $37,000 for the sixth place finish at the $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event. Four more cashes came in 2009, but it was in 2010 when Racener really hit the spotlight. He scored two final tables that year, one in Vegas and one in London at the WSOPE. It was that summer that Racener collected the biggest cash prize of his career, the $5.5 million for the runner-up finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event.

Then in 2011 Racener collected another four WSOP money finishes reaching two more final tables, while the 2012 World Series saw him cashing in six events including one final table finish.

John Racener's Top 5 WSOP Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2010$10,000 Main Event2nd$5,545,955
2011$10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship3rd$171,122
2010£5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha5th£39,486 ($60,915)
2008$2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo6th$37,481
2012$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo6th$41,121

World Poker Tour

Racener scored his best WPT result in 2010 when he made a deep run in the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,000 Championship event. He eventually finished the tournament in fourth place cashing for more than $230,000.

John Racener's Top 5 WPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2010Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,000 Championship4th$232,271
2007Borgata Winter Open $9,700 Championship8th$166,161
2012Jacksonville bestbet Fall Series $3,500 Main Event10th$18,317
2007Gold Strike World Poker Open $10,000 Main Event12th$34,274
2008Borgata Winter Open $9,700 Championship24th$25,573

Other Achievements

In December, 2010 Racener scored his first live tournament money finish when he final tabled the WSOP-Circuit Championship event in Atlantic City. He finished in third place for a $103,527 cash prize. Just one week later Racener won his first live tournament when he took down the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Bellagio Weekly Tournament for just over $27,000. A year later Racener won the WSOP-C Atlantic City $5,150 Main Event taking home $379,392 in cash.

Did you know?

  • Racener can be found playing at the online poker tables under the nicknames “Spikey”, and “RCNR”.
  • Racener has been reported a number of times to have been arrested for Driving under the influence (DUI).

Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
201st $3,114
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #38: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Championship
2nd $217,935
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball
21st $3,471
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em
42nd $32,952
2014 Borgata Winter Poker Open
$3 Million Guaranteed WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship
38th $13,125
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
36th $8,347
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #20: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better
24th $8,377
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 49: $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold'em
69th $3,549
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 41: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
120th $5,937
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 26: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
13th $16,707
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 13: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
67th $2,769
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 8: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better
6th $41,121
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 3: $3,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha
11th $9,644
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #50: $5,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em
65th $10,790
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
3rd $171,122
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #23: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix
8th $24,797
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #15: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em
39th $4,802
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship
2nd $5,545,955
World Series of Poker Europe 2010
Event #2: £5,250 Pot-Limit Omaha
5th £39,486
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #55: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
21st $24,815
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better
36th $4,060
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #17: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
60th $12,283
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 31 - $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
23rd $5,906
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 27 - $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8-or-better
7th $36,200
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 22 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout
38th $5,236
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 10 - $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better
6th $37,481
WSOP Circuit Event – Atlantic City
WSOP Atlantic City Final Table
1st $379,392
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 45 - $5,000 No Limit Holdem 6 Handed
25th $16,766
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 28 - $3,000 No Limit Holdem
47th $9,130