After many second and third place finishes, Flordia poker pro and 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener finally got his first gold coveted bracelet early on Sunday morning after having successfully survived a tough 102-player field in the $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship!
Only 19 of 258 players remain after two days of play at the World Poker Tour Jacksonville bestbet Open Main Event. Jared Jaffee, who won the most recent WPT event at bestbet Jacksonville, is the chip leader heading to Day 3 (begins in approximately 5 hours) with 776,000 in chips!
A total of 477 players signed up for World Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble last Friday and Saturday. Day 1A, Day 1B and Day 2 are now concluded and the player field has been narrowed down to 28 players. The average stack is 511k, Joseph Elpayaa (picture) has the lead with 924,000 chips and Noah Schwartz in ranked second with 916,000. Besides Schwartz, the two biggest names with chips left are Jonathan Aguiar (604,000) and John Racener (593,000).
The remaining players are guaranteed at least $9,158 each - with the chance of laying hands on the top prize of $402,970! We will be back with another update tomorrow morning!
A month ago John Racener, 24, was awarded with $5.55 million dollars for his second-place finish in the the world's biggest and most important live tournament, the WSOP Main Event. Now, he's risking to spend a year behind bars. On Saturday night, John Racener was arrested for drunk driving in his hometown Tampa in Florida. He was released the following day, after paying the bail of $1,000, but is still suspected of drinking and driving and also for refusing to leave a blood test to the police.
Not the first time This is not the first time John Racener has been caught driving under the influence of alcohol. Racener was convicted for the first time back in 2005 and a second time in 2007. He was also convicted for assault last year.
The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic is down to 15 players after a very interesting day that Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari dominated. Esfandiari has accumulated 2,608,000 chips and his next closest competitor is John Racener, who started day 4 with only 137,000 chips, but ended the day with 1.9 million chips.
There are a few familiar faces left in the remaining field of players. However, the most interesting players to follow, except from The Magician and Racener, will for sure be Sorel Mizzi in 7th place with a 1,380,000 stack and Vanessa Rousso in 10th place with 888,000 chips.
Day 5 of the tournament will begin in a couple of hours. The tournament will continue until the six-handed final table is set. The first place pays $870,124, so one can expect a very exciting final table!
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