TAMPA — John Racener, the 24-year-old local poker phenomenon recently profiled in the St. Petersburg Times, was charged early Saturday with his third DUI.

Racener, of South Tampa, was arrested at about 4 a.m. at W Azeele Street and S Westland Avenue. He refused blood-alcohol testing, and was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on $1,000 bail, jail records show.

Reached by phone, Racener’s manager, Jeff Gigante, confirmed the arrest but said he hadn’t yet talked to Racener and was not ready to comment.

Racener has been arrested in Hillsborough County three times before — on charges of driving under the influence in 2005 and 2007 and on a misdemeanor battery charge in 2009, accoridng to jail records.

In November, Racener won second place in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, bringing home $5.55 million.
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  2. Jiggs says:

    I have a lot less respect for this guy now DUIs are a very touchy thing for me I’ve lost friends and family due to either them driving while intoxicated or by them being in a crash due to a drunk driver. There is rarely a time when you HAVE to drive drunk so you shouldn’t. Anyone willing to throw their life or someone elses life away is just wrong.

  3. Is there a 3rd strike rule in florida, ie will he be facing possible jail time? Bright side for him is at least he can afford a good lawyer.

  4. courtneyrose says:

    What a shame. This is why if your going to drink you should have a designated driver or call a cab! Giving the poker community a bad image there. Everyone these days labels groups of people on the bad views they receive. Well this is just peachy huh? Shame on him.

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