World Series of Poker Player Profiles: #4 – John Racener
Another of the three Floridians (along with John Dolan and Michael Mizrachi), Racener has enjoyed a relatively untroubled run to the final table in the latter stages of the tournament.
How John Racener Reached the November Nine
Despite sitting with only 15 or so big blinds when the money bubble burst and entering day five placed 464th, the 24 year old from Port Richey has tried to remain focused and picked up big pots at the right time.
Racener even had the luxury of surrendering what could have been an 8 million-chip pot on day eight, when he folded ace-king after William Thorson moved all-in with king-jack.
That is not to say he did not ride his luck on occasion, and it was a significant come-from-behind win against young Brit Matt Harris which saw him pass the 10 million-chip mark for the first time.
While many of his opponents at the final table had never even recorded a six-figure score before this year, Racener may feel he is in a better position on the basis of his biggest triumph to date – victory in a World Series of Poker Circuit Event in 2007, where he saw off the challenge of former November Niner Eric Buchman and won over $379,000.
He is one of many players to have made the successful transition from online to live poker, and also recorded a few notable World Series cashes this year, including a $60,000 cash in London at the World Series of Poker Europe.
Interview With John Racener Ahead of the Final Table
With a stack totalling 19,050,000 heading into the final table, Racener is quietly confident about his chances. In an interview with Pokernews he explained how he would not get too downhearted after losing more than 10 million in the final few hours of 10-handed play.
He said: “When we started the final 10, I had 35 million, [but] in that five hours it took to eliminate somebody I went down to 19 million. I got in a lot of rough spots.
“[If I still had 35 million] I would have had a little more room…not to make a mistake but to lose a race or something. Things will be more tight now but I think that’s going to make me be more focused.”
While the atmosphere at a World Series final table is always tense, this tension may be lessened for Racener by the presence of Michael Mizrachi. The duo are good friends, and have played against each other in the past, and they may each feel more comfortable with a familiar face nearby.