Kroon made World Series of Poker Main Event history

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The World Series of Poker November Nine is set, and while Wisconsin’s Mark “P0ker H0” Kroon failed to make the final table, he did make some waves in the main event by finishing as the decisive chipleader on Days 1 and 2, an unequaled feat in the modern age of poker.

Kroon, owner of the legendary Player’s Bar in Madison, played Day 1C of the main event and finished with 246,300 chips, good enough to make him leader from all three starting flights. Kroon did so thanks to a massive pot against former November Niner Ylon Schwartz in the last hand of the night.

Two days later, Kroon returned for Day 2C and his run continued as he bagged 507,300 chips, which was nearly 47K ahead of the next competitor.

What’s more, Kroon’s stack was more than the Day 2A and 2B leaders. Kroon received plenty of TV time over the next couple of days.

Surprisingly, most Day 1 leaders failed to cash, but that wasn’t the case with Kroon, who finished 458th for $24,480. Look for “P0ker H0” as one of the breakout characters from this year’s WSOP on ESPN’s broadcast.

— Email Chad Holloway at anteupchad@yahoo.com.