Gavin Cochrane wins WPT World Online Champs 8-max for $540,664

Gavin Cochrane joined the WPT Champions Club last night, the Englishman scooping the WPT World Online Championship 8-max title for $540,664 with a post-to-post final table run.

By: Andrew Burnett

The original 1062 entries for the $3200 buy-in tournament on partypoker had been whittled down to just nine by the start of play yesterday, the final table contenders chasing a huge chunk of the $3,186,000 prizepool.

Those who missed out after a hard-fought day two included Dan Shak, Alex Foxen, Liv Boeree, and Team partypoker’s own Dzmitry Urbanovich.

Although Cochrane led the chip counts going into the final table, he wasn’t expected to have it all his own way – fellow Englishman Sam Grafton and Belgium’s Thomas Boivin boasting great pedigrees, and Bulgarian pro Ognyan Dimov chasing a triple crown.

For Grafton, however, it would be all over rather quickly, losing a big chunk when his A♣ 10♣ ran into A♦ K♦, almost all the rest when his pocket kings were cracked by A♠ Q♦, and the little left when another pair of kings fell to Yurasov’s A 10 offsuit.

Dimov would follow Grafton the exit in 8th place, unable to add a WPT title to his EPT Deauville victory in 2015 and his 2018 WSOP bracelet. Dimov would have become only the 10th player to manage that feat, following Roberto Romanello’s WSOP win last week that saw him join the exclusive Triple Crown club.

Cochrane himself would dispose of 3 of the next 4 players, taking out dangerous Belarus pro Dmitry Yurasov in 4th… 

Cochrane: K♥ K♠
Yurasov: A♦ 8♥
Board: 6♦ 3♣ 8♦ 6♠ 7♣

One of the biggest stories remaining was whether Germany’s Lars Kamphues could follow in his brother Timo’s footsteps, who had won the Shooting Stars for Charity event last week for $90k.

Lars couldn’t quite replicate that victory, falling in 3rd place after losing a race against Boivin, but that was worth a massive $256,727 making it an incredible week for the poker-playing brothers.

Heads-up saw Cochrane pull back a 2-1 chip deficit, and he closed out the match a while later with the following hand, Boivin limp-shoving preflop…

Cochrane: A♠ J♣
Boivin: A♥ 4♦
Board: 7♦ 10♠ 8♥ 10♦ J♥

♦ ♥ ♣ ♠

Final results

1 Gavin Cochrane $540,664
2 Thomas Boivin $388,118
3 Lars Kamphues $256,727
4 Dmitry Yurasov $173,955
5 Shyngis Satubayev $123,298
6 Daniel Colpoys $87,296
7 Jiachen Gong $61,171
8 Ognyan Dimov $48,427
9 Sam Grafton $40,143

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