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John Racener

John Racener
United StatesUnited States
Port Richey
Total winnings
$ 4,473,223
First place Finishes


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.


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.


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

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

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).

Tournaments and Winnings

Tournament Place Winnings
2017 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #7: €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better10th€3,231
Event #6: €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha19th€3,594
Event #5: THE COLOSSUS - €550 No-Limit Hold'em128th€1,777
Event #3: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Bounty Hunter6th€7,609
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #68: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em191st$4,496
Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em195th$2,679
Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship17th$26,167
Event #53: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed13th$7,821
Event #49: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed92nd$4,499
Event #47: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK662nd$2,873
Event #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better46th$3,117
Event #36: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed62nd$8,031
Event #32: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix29th$4,752
Event #24: $1,500 Limit Hold'em66th$2,537
Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER880th$2,493
Event #17: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship1st$273,962
Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT21st$6,407
2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$5,300 Main Event21st$27,860
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em201st$3,114
Event #38: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Championship2nd$217,935
Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball21st$3,471
Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em42nd$32,952
2014 Borgata Winter Poker Open
$3 Million Guaranteed WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship38th$13,125
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em36th$8,347
Event #20: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better24th$8,377
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 49: $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold'em69th$3,549
Event 41: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em120th$5,937
Event 26: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha13th$16,707
Event 13: $1,500 Limit Hold'em67th$2,769
Event 8: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better6th$41,121
Event 3: $3,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha11th$9,644
2011 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Triple Chance65th$10,790
$ 10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship3rd$171,122
$ 2,500 8 Game8th$24,797
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em39th$4,802
2011 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 5,100 Heads-Up Championship6th$14,500
2010 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event4th$232,271
2010 World Series Of Poker - Europe
£ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha5th£39,486
2nd Annual Full Tilt Cyprus Classic
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Omaha with Re-buys2nd$22,143
2010 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em4th$811,823
$ 10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship21st$24,815
$ 1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 836th$4,060
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em60th$12,283
2009 Deep Stack Extravaganza III
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em7th$48,675
2009 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 H.O.R.S.E.23rd$5,906
$ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo7th$36,200
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em - Shootout38th$5,236
$ 1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo45th$5,651
WSOP Circuit - Caesars Palace
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em - Heads-Up4th$7,449
The Wynn Classic
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em18th$1,523
2009 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em6th$10,432
2008 World Series of Poker
$ 2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo6th$37,481
Borgata Deep Stack Poker Tournament
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em5th$89,125
The Wynn Classic
$ 1,000 Omaha Hi/Lo10th$2,037
2008 Borgata Winter Open - WPT
$ 9,700 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event24th$25,573
WSOP Circuit - Tunica
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em2nd$53,269
2008 Gold Strike World Poker Open
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em6th$10,025
$ 500 Pot Limit Omaha6th$9,297
WSOP Circuit - Atlantic City
$ 5,150 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event1st$379,392
2007 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Six Handed25th$16,766
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em47th$9,130
Foxwoods Poker Classic 2007
$ 2,800 No Limit Hold'em10th$9,169
$ 1,850 No Limit Hold'em15th$6,013
The Wynn Classic
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em3rd$25,220
2007 Borgata Winter Open - WPT
$ 9,700 WPT Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em8th$166,161
2007 Gold Strike World Poker Open
$ 10,000 Main Event - No Limit Hold'em12th$34,274
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em8th$13,320
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em (Evening)12th$862
Bellagio Weekly Tournaments - Dec 2006
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em1st$27,635
WSOP Circuit - Atlantic City
$ 4,900 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event3rd$103,527
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