Racener Looks for Redemption in Main Event

John Racener
John Racener

Last year poker pro John Racener fell one player short of winning the 2010 WSOP Main Event.

This year Racener has his sights set firmly on beating everyone.

“I had an awesome run last year but it’s gone really well this year as well,” he said.

Since finishing runner-up in last year’s Main Event, the Floridian recorded a fourth place finish in the WPT Five Diamond event for $232k and has cashed four times at the 2011 WSOP including two final tables, for over $300k.

It pales in comparison to the $5.5 million Racener picked up for coming in second in the 2010 Main Event but it proves he’s no one-hit wonder.

“It’s been an amazing year,” Racener said. “I’ve been able to travel and there have been so many different opportunities for me.”

One such opportunity was appearing in the HBO hit series Entourage. Racener flew into L.A. to appear in a special poker scene in the season finale.

“It was pretty cool," he said. "I got to meet all the guys on the show. I actually had to skip the $25k Heads-Up because of it but I figured it was a once-in-a-time experience."

It’s usually a long shot to even cash in the Main Event after going to the final table but Racener remains confident he can make a deep run. Making the final table for a second straight year is not outside the realm of possibility.

“It’s all I’ve been thinking about over the last year,” he said. “A lot of my friends have been telling me that if there’s one player who could do it, it would be me.”

If anything, Racener feels that he’s a better player since going on his epic 10-day run in the Main Event last year.

“It’s an advantage having been though that,” Racener said. “I’ve realized I don’t have to be so aggressive and there are spots where I can just be patient now.”

Racener already has a couple things going for him.

One, he’s stacked with over 100,000 chips at the end of the third level on Day 2b. Two, the one player who beat him last year, Jonathan Duhamel, is already out of the Main Event. 

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