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Main Event Runner-Up, John Racener, Faces 3rd DUI Rap

by Omar

Just six weeks ago, he had a shot at poker immortality, today, he’s just another sad example of people who insist on drinking and driving. At the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, John Racener made a spectacular run, but ultimately came up short against winner Jonathan Duhamel, finishing second in this year’s big event. Just 5 weeks later, the young man from Florida was pulled over is his hometown, and was subsequently charged with driving under the influence. Even more troubling is the fact, that for Racener, this is his third such arrest since 2005 and fourth arrest overall. In 2005 and again in 2007, Racener was arrested for driving under the influence in Hillborough County. He also sports a 2009 arrest on a misdemeanor battery charge in the same county. While being caught three times, one has to assume that this is a behavior in which he has engaged in several times before.

The arrest also comes on the heels of Racener’s most recent poker accomplishment, a 4th place finish at the World Poker Tour’s (WPT) Five Diamond World Poker Classic which netted him another $232,000 to go along with the $5.5 million for his Main Event showing. The winner of that tournament was Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari.

Racener’s checked past and present could have his sponsor’s thinking twice about associating themselves with him in the future. During his main event run, Racener was first seen sporting a CardRunners logo at the final table before switching it for Full Tilt Poker apparel once reaching heads-up play.

As expected, the news has created a virtual firestorm on popular poker forums such as who already had a 22-page posting about the news less than 24 hours after breaking, most of which came down quite hard on him.

For all of his successes on the live and virtual felt, it seems as though Racener is also battling some pretty powerful internal forces. He should consider himself lucky that he was caught before he could hurt himself or others through his reckless actions.

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