Gavin ‘gavz101’ Cochrane Tops January’s Online Poker Winners with $348,234 Profit

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Gavin ‘gavz101’ Cochrane Tops January’s Online Poker Winners with $348,234 Profit
07 Feb


Some names are synonymous with high-stakes online poker, Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom and Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky springing to mind immediately and known even to those who rarely keep pace with events on the virtual felt – but it is a third man who has started 2018 in excellent style, England’s Gavin ‘gavz101’ Cochrane topping the January biggest winners list with a $348,234 profit.

Cochrane, who will turn 30 this year, is a PLO specialist who has mixed it with the very best in the game, epic battles with Blom (who he described as ‘one of a kind - he puts insane amounts of pressure on’) and Gus Hansen (one of the biggest online losers the game has ever seen) took over 2018 where the anonymous ‘Berri_Sweet’ left off, with 241 sessions and 18,713 hands producing his $348,234 – almost double anything his nearest rivals could come up with.

January 2018 Biggest Winners

1Gavin ‘gavz101’ Cochrane
241 sessions/18,713 hands
17 sessions/ 2,515 hands
100 sessions/ 12,664 hands
4Luke ‘Bit2Easy’ Reeves
133 sessions/8,134 hands
5Konstantin ‘BongBob’ Bücherl
100 sessions/5,066 hands
6Alexander ‘joiso’ Kostritsyn
30 sessions/3,807 hands
51 sessions/7,490 hands
8Linus ‘LLinusLLove’ Loeliger
135 sessions/7,575 hands
166 sessions/8,780 hands
94 sessions/5,918 hands



Although half of the list remains anonymous, Loeliger in fact only having his real name revealed last year, Cochrane has never been shy about his online poker career, bursting onto the nosebleed scene back in 2011 with a $1.8million heater, with huge sessions and swings against Blom and others.

Fast-forward through a Black Friday which Cochrane survived relatively unscathed and a few necessary drops back to lower stakes over the years, and January 2018 has seen the Welwyn Garden City man take on the likes of ‘BERRI SWEET’, Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov, Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky and Sami ‘Lrslzk’ Kelopuro – who’s who of the online games biggest beasts.

A series of $200/$400 sessions against these guys brought ‘gavz101’ a chunk of his January pay, including the biggest pot of the day last Thursday, replayable here, courtesy of

Cochrane has mixed in the occasional live tournament, although his $126,115 in lifetime tournament earnings pales into insignificance when you look at his online results. Others, however, have not fared so well recently, and will need to turn around their 2018 sharpish…

January 2018 Biggest Losers

165 sessions/14,349 hands
2Elior ‘Crazy Elior’ Sion
18 sessions/2,044 hands
3Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom
69 sessions/7,820 hands
10 sessions/956 hands
5Mikael ‘ChaoRen160’ Thuritz
45 sessions/11,402 hands
14 sessions/2,284 hands
30 sessions/1,297 hands
8Carlo ‘Ravenswood13’ van Ravenswoud
17 sessions/1,800 hands
9Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky
37 sessions/4,253 hands
10Jordi “prot0”  Urlings
32 sessions/1,431 hands

For the likes of Blom, Sulksy and van Ravenswoud it’s likely to register merely as a blip, but ‘ImagineKing’ continues a losing streak which saw him register in 5th spot in the 2017 Biggest Losers chart – not a place one wants to become too familiar with.

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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