PokerNetwork continues to take a closer look at the men of the “November Nine” as we build up to the most eagerly-anticipated final table of the calendar year - the World Series of Poker Main Event!
SEAT 7: JOHN RACENER (Tampa, Florida, USA – 19,050,000 chips)
At 25 years of age, John “$JMONEY$” Racener has already accumulated $1.5 million in live circuit success. With his final table in November he is likely to at least double this figure. Hailing from Tampa, Florida, Racener is a professional poker player with a sharp wit and keen mind.
For an example of his wit you need look no further than Racener’s previous major result, his win at the WSOP-Circuit Atlantic City event, where he said, “I needed the money because I don't work.”
He lied. He works hard at shaping his tournament game.
Travelling the American poker tour has given Racener a wide amount of experience and, in a testament to his poker ability, a truckload of cash. His previous poker achievements include US$379,392 and WSOP Circuit Ring for winning the Atlantic City WSOP Circuit event back in 2007, a third in the same event back in 2006, and a second on the WSOP circuit at Tunica.
He also plays online under the screename $JMONEY$ where he is ranked 605th in the world with over US$1 million in online earnings to his name. His career high online cash was US$54,348 for third in the Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guaranteed.
Unlike a lot of the young “Internet generation”, Racener is not a one-trick pony. He rates mixed games as an important arrow for his bow and classes fellow November Nine winner and current Chip Reese Trophy holder Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi as his favourite poker pro.
Racener will have the advantage of position and a slight edge in stacks over his idol at the start of the final table. Racener has ensured there is no rust between the WSOP ending and November after hitting both the American and European circuits to reinvest some of his new found bankroll. He also commented that he has been watching all of the ESPN coverage to scout his opponents out for betting patterns and situational reactions that he can use when the final table gets underway.
ON THE EIGHTH DAY...
Racener was always very confident of his ability to get through to the November Nine coming into the final day. He was sitting fifth in chips and managed to work his way up to the top two in the counts before he lost a few key pots on the long November Nine bubble. This saw his stack dwindle from 35 million chips down to 19 million, but the pro won’t let it phase him. According to Racener the game plan was just to get to the November Nine where he let his play do the work from there.
He has successfully accomplished that goal, sitting fourth in chips with 19,050,000 in chips, Racener will be ready to rumble when the WSOP Main Event final table kicks off in a few days time!
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