WCOOP 2020 winner Gavin ‘gavz101’ Cochrane offers advice on dealing with downswings after “turbulent but fun” 10 years

September 15, 2020inPoker

Gavin “gavz101” Cochrane has been playing for over a decade, usually tearing up cash games and occasionally crossing over into the tournament arena to put a few notches on his record. Last week, he won event 26-H for $63,236k, claiming the first WCOOP win of his illustrious poker career.

Speaking of his win, Cochrane says, “It feels like it’s about time! I’ve played enough WCOOPs. I’m happy to win in 5 card PLO, as I really enjoy playing that game.”

He describes his 10+ year long poker journey as “pretty turbulent, but lots of fun.”

Cochrane was once involved in some of the most insane cash games of all time, including regular $100/$200 sessions against players such as Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. In one particularly memorable session, Cochrane came off $600k in profit against Blom. Another time, Cochrane won $150k in a single hand against Scott Palmer.

“I had quite a lot of gamble in my twenties – loved the high stakes and big swings. But I feel that urge less these days,” says Cochrane. “I still have a lot of love for the game, but I have a very different relationship with poker these days. It doesn’t consume me like it used to.”

When it comes to motivation, it’s always going to be easier when the cards are falling your way. “Motivating myself when I’m winning is easy. Motivating myself when I’m getting crushed is a different story!” says Cochrane.

Six figure swings were not uncommon for Cochrane when he was playing those nosebleed stakes cash games. In 2011, he went on an incredible two month heater worth $2 million, only to drop $1.5 million the following year in a downswing that would break anyone. That’s poker, as they say.

Regardless, Cochrane retained $500k profit at the end of 2012, and is still a huge name in the high stakes cash games. His experiences with the ups and downs of poker make him highly qualified to offer advice on what to do when times get tough at the tables.

“Being stuck in a downswing can feel overwhelming – first, you need to get yourself away from the poker world. That includes no scrolling poker twitter or poker news or talking poker with friends – it will help give you perspective,” says Cochrane. “Ultimately, losing is a big part of the game and you must accept that. Focus on what you can learn from your losing sessions and don’t wallow in pity. Blow off steam in some fun ways and come back rested.”

Cochrane a humble guy, but don’t be fooled. Anyone who can handle swings of that nature, emerge a highly profitable cash player, and top it off with a WCOOP title, is a force to be reckoned with.

Congratulations to Gavin “gavz101” Cochrane. Here’s to another 10 years at the tables?




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