Gavin Cochrane woke up on Tuesday knowing that his fate in the World Poker Tour World Online Championship 8-Max event was largely in his own hands.
Cochrane started the final table with nearly 1/3 of the chips in play and a stack double the size of his nearest threat. Over the five hours of final table action, Cochrane eliminated five of his eight competitors to become the first player to earn inclusion in the WPT Champions Club by winning an online poker tournament.
Along with getting his name engraved on the Sexton Cup, Cochrane earned entry into the next WPT Tournament of Champions and can buy-in to the event in any subsequent year.
Not long after cards were in the air Cochrane opened to 700,000 from middle position before Sam Grafton got his last 281,000 in the middle. Dmitry Yurasov re-raised to 3,200,000 and Cochrane folded. The board ran out to eliminate Grafton in ninth.
Grafton’s elimination didn’t do anything to increase the pace of other bustouts and it took 45 minutes to lose another player. Ognyan Dimov moved all in from UTG for 4,100,000 with and Boivin called. The flop gave Dimov top two pair but left Boivin drawing to 15 outs twice. The turn was one of those to give Boivin control. Dimov was unable to fill up on the river and was out in eighth.
Just ten minutes Jiachen Gong later moved all in from UTG for 4,700,000 with before Daniel Colpoys called from the big blind after waking up with . The flop didn’t look goo for Gong but he did pick up the nut flush draw with the turn. The river was the to miss Gong’s draws and he finished in seventh place.
Cochrane unofficially took the reigns 25 minutes later after winning a coinflip for the biggest pot of the tournament to this point. Cochrane raised to 1,000,000 from middle position with before Colpoys moved all in for 10,300,000 with . Cochrane called and the flop kept him in front. Colpoys found no relief on the turn or river and was sent to the rail in sixth.
It took just seven minutes for Cochrane to find another victim. Cochrane raised to 1,000,000 wit4h before Shyngis Satubayev moved all in for 4,700,000 with and Cochrane called. The flop hit both players with Satubayev leading with second pair. The turn gave Cochrane top pair to go with his flush draw and the river was a blank to make Satubayev’s fifth place finish official.
Yurasov became the third consecutive player eliminated by Cochrane but it took nearly two hours of four-handed play to get there. Action folded to Cochrane in the big blind and he moved all in for 27,100,000 with . Yurasov called off his last 7,300,000 with . The board ran out to eliminate Yurasov in fourth.
Two hands later, Cochrane folded his button before Lars Kamphues moved all in for 7,400,000 with and Boivin called with . The board ran out to give Boivin the pot and eliminate Kamphues in third place.
Boivin started heads-up play holding 65% of the chips in play but lost the lead after 15 minutes of play. Another half hour passed before Cochrane finished off his final opponent. Boivin called from the button with before Cochrane opted to raise to 4,000,000 with . Boivin responded by moving all in for 22,600,000 and Cochrane called. The runout changed nothing and Boivin was done in second giving Cochrane the victory.
Final Table Payouts
- Gavin Cochrane – $540,664.20
- Thomas Boivin – $388,118.52
- Lars Kamphues – $256,727.88
- Dmitry Yurasov – $173,995.60
- Shyngis Satubayev – $123,298.20
- Daniel Colpoys – $87,296.40
- Jiachen Gong – $61,171.20
- Ognyan Dimov – $48,427.20
- Sam Grafton – $40,143.60