WCOOP 2012: Northern lights shining on Norway

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgWith a full week of the 2012 World Championship of Online Poker in the books, it looks like the people of Norway got together and decided to gang up on the rest of the world. A nation of of only five million people, Norway has started off this year's festival with four WCOOP bracelets, tying it with Canada (35 million people) for most titles of 2012 so far. While Canada has won the most money ($3,595,236), one man from Norway holds a coveted spot atop the Player of the Series Leaderboard.

Norway's mikal12345 won his second 2012 bracelet last night and became the first person of the year to win multiple events. He also becomes the 14th player in WCOOP history to have more than one WCOOP title to his name. Since the 2012 festival began, mikal12345 has cashed in seven events and amassed 280 points on the Player of the Series Leaderboard.

Here is how the contest stands as of this moment.

2012 WCOOP Player of the Series Standings
As of 9am ET, 9/11/12

1. mikal12345 (Norway) 280
2. utvekklo2 (Sweden) 185
3. cnew27 (Mexico) 180
4-5. anguila (Portugal) 175
4-5. osten (Norway) 175
6-8. Eugene Katchalov (Ukraine) 170
6-8. George Danzer (Germany) 170
6-8. Umumba (Germany) 170
9. TryToExploit (Poland) 145
10. 7PRS (Canada) 140


This is not just a matter of pride on the line. PokerStars has once again lined up some huge prizes to pass along to the winners. Here's a look at what the top spots on the leaderboard will get.

2012 WCOOP Player of the Series Prizes

1st place: Champion's trophy, 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) package, 2013 EPT Grand Final package, 2013 TCOOP Main Event ticket, custom chip set
2nd place: 2013 PCA package, 2013 TCOOP Main Event ticket
3rd-5th places: 2013 TCOOP Main Event ticket

While Norway has put on an amazing show so far, we're not even halfway through the series yet, and there is more than enough time for anyone to catch up with mikal12345's lead.

To keep tabs on the race, visit the 2012 WCOOP Player of the Series leaderboard page.

Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in WCOOP