The term online legend was thrown around rather loosely in the heady days before Black Friday, but the term definitely applies to Mark "P0ker H0" Kroon, who first came to the attention of PokerNews in 2011 as part of the My First series.
Today, Kroon is trying to become the first online poker pro to capture the Seniors Championship, which would be a resounding statement in favor of the internet generation's novel approach to the game. After busting two players in the last hand, the "P0ker H0" moved one step closer to that goal.
The action began when a player opened for 15,500 in middle position. Kroon quickly announced himself all in from the cutoff, tossing a single chip forward to signify his commitment. The player seated next to him then went into the tank, thinking about the situation and staring at the tournament information screen before finally declaring a call. Before the action could return to the original raiser, the big blind player moved all in as well, and when the opener got out of the way, all three players tabled their hands.
Kroon was in bad shape against the kings held by the big blind, and he stood in anticipation, telling the dealer, the railbirds, and more importantly himself that "any red ace will do!"
The dealer slowly burned a single card, and then spread the flop across the table, with the appearing immediately in the window. Kroon's wish had been granted, and it was followed immediately by the and .
Kroon's big slick had found the perfect flop, and he now had the kings held hostage to a single out, while the jacks were searching for their red brothers. When the turn () and river () blanked off, Kroon scored the double knockout, and sent his stack soaring into the stratosphere here at the Seniors Championship.
"Crab cakes and football!," he cheered somewhat cryptically, before retaking his seat to sort through the massive pile of newly earned chips. "God it's good to get lucky in this game."