Mikal12345, an online poker player from Norway, became the champion of PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Player of the Series. He won championship titles in two of the fifteen poker events in the series and won cash prizes in the other thirteen.

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He emerged as the last man standing of a total player field of 555 in the twelfth event, which also happened to be the first Hi-Lo poker event of the series. The buy-in for this event was $200 plus $15 and the event had an add-on and a re-buy. Mikal12345 collected a cool cash prize of $43,396 for being the last man standing.

Mikal12345 was also the last man standing in Event #26, a Pot Limit Omaha Turbo tournament with a buy-in of $215, including one add-on and one re-buy. This time he had to defeat a larger player field of 1,222 poker players to emerge as the last man standing.

Having won the championship, the Norwegian poker player got the trophy, a custom chip set, a seat to the 2013 Turbo Championship of Online Poker Main Event, and seats to both the European Poker Tour (EPT) Final and the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

While Mikal12345 has won the largest number (2) of bracelets, Ti0373 reached the largest number (4) of final tables in the series. The largest number of cash prizes (17) was won by Jon “PearlJammer” Turner. The largest number of bracelets (14) was won by Canada, followed by Russia (8) and Germany, Norway, UK, and Mexico (5 each).

The WCOOP Player of the Series performance of Russian players was quite spectacular. One of the 8 bracelets collected by Russia was won by Maratik, a low stakes single table tournament player, who won the gold bracelet in the WCOOP Main Event. Maratik had qualified for the Main Event, an event with a buy-in of $5,200 with just 40 Frequent Player Points (FPPs). He defeated a massive player field of 1,825 players to win a massive prize of $1,000,907.26 from a large prize pool of $9,125,000.

PokerStars has given away a total prize pool of $55,522,590 in its WCOOP 2012, far surpassing the guaranteed prize of $30 million and far surpassing the 2011 prize pool by over $7 million. While entries to the WCOOP were 119,832 last year, they shot up to 126,041 for this year’s WCOOP, which happens to be the 11th edition of this annual event.

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