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Local poker pro charged with third DUI

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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Local poker pro charged with third DUI 12/11/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 11, 2010 1:55pm]
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