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John Racener's Drunk Driving is NOT Good for Poker

12 December 2010, By: compncards
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Early Saturday evening, I saw a news blurb on Wicked Chops Poker regarding John Racener being arrested for his THIRD DUI charge.  After doing a little digging, I discovered that this is his third DUI charge in the last five years.  Anyone that knows me well knows my views about alcohol, but this is a case where anyone with any sense at all has to agree that John Racener needs some serious help.

While most of us agree that driving while drunk is a dangerous and outright stupid act, many of you haven’t really been impacted by a drunk driver.  None of you have seen your father or loved ones come home looking like Frankenstein because they were too stupid to keep from getting behind the wheel drunk.  My father should have died when I was eight years old.  He was an alcoholic that drank himself almost to a coma every weekend and sometimes during the week if he could get away with it.  He had told us stories about cars he had destroyed while drinking, etc, but nothing compared to actually having to watch the aftermath of the last two times he got behind the wheel.

The first came when I was 8 years old.  He was drunk and got behind the wheel of his truck with someone in the back of his truck.  By the time all was said and done, he wound up splitting a telephone pole in two by somehow launching the truck into the pole.  The back end of the truck was ripped off.  How the person in the back end did not die, I will never know.  When he went to the hospital, the doctor stopped counting at 365 stitches in his head.  When he came home two days later, my father looked like something out of Frankenstein.  To this day, his scalp looks like a Tic-Tac-Toe board.  He should have died that day.

Two years later, I thought I was going to die.  My father picked me up from school as he tended to do back then, but then started to take a different route.  This wasn’t unusual, but I soon found out why.  My father had gotten so drunk the he literally could not see straight.  If you have ever seen the movies with the exaggerated weaving of a drunk driver, that was him.  We only drove about 2 miles to get to my aunt’s home, but I could not count how many times he missed wrecking.  His goal was to leave me with his sister so he could try and go sober up. Of course, I didn’t know this as he didn’t tell me he wasn’t going to come back for days.  As such I had to wonder if he had left and went and killed himself.

Amazingly, his driving under the influence never resulted in anyone’s death.  It took a near supernatural experience for him to ultimately quit drinking.  A couple of years later, he had a couple of episodes that landed him in the hospital as the result of too much drinking.  According to him, the last time he woke up completely paralyzed to the point he could not even move his eyes.  He literally thought he was dead and that was how it was to be dead.  He came out of it, and it was the last time he drank alcohol with any seriousness.  He tried to do so again, but the combination of his meds and maybe the psychological effect of his last two experiences left him no longer liking the taste of alcohol.

My father was LUCKY.  He was also an idiot for doing what he did.  My point of telling this story is that you do not have to kill someone to affect people with drunk driving or excessive drinking.  John Racener is on a deadly path.  Wicked Chops had said that John Racener would be good for poker if he won the Main Event.  While that may have been the case, now I do not feel that he is good for poker at all.  In fact, the only think that he should be good for is a trip to rehab and maybe a jail stint to maybe drive home the point to use his head for something other than a hat rack when drinking.

While it really is inexcusable, one DUI charge is nearly forgivable.  There are cases where people really don’t know they are too intoxicated to drive or they are young, dumb, and full of ….come on, do you really think I’m going to say that?  However, a second charge, and then a third one in five years is indicative of a problem.  I really hope that the courts decide to do something to really drive the point home before his next time behind the wheel ends up killing someone’s child, girlfriend, wife, etc.  The “best thing for poker” right now would be for John Racener to get help.

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