May Deep Stack Poker Series in Review

Cosmin Joldis, Deepest Stack Champion

After a year off, the May Deep Stack Poker Series made a return to the Poker Room with eight tournaments featuring more than $500,000 in guarantees. It was a successful series by any measure with thousands of players and $1.38 million awarded over the 12-day series.

Cosmin Joldis won the headliner, a $1,700 buy-in Deepest Stack tournament, and earned more than $120K for this title. Hector Pacheco opened the series with a trophy, Raminder Singh added another Hollywood title, and Angelo Castaldi won 25% of the events on the schedule (Events 4 and 7).

You can check out results and updates from each of the events below. Thank you again to all of our friends, old and new, for making this another great series.

Event 1 ($400 Multi-Day): Hector Pacheco – $62,160
Event 2 ($150 Turbo): Raminder Singh – $5,488
Event 3 ($600 Multi-Day): Aaron Valencia – $54,095
Event 4 ($150 NLH): Angelo Castaldi – $4,135
Event 5 ($1,700 Deepest): Cosmin Joldis – $120,410
Event 6 ($150 Bounty): Geo Ruby – $2,039
Event 7 ($250 Holiday Special): Angelo Castaldi – $9,869
Event 8 ($150 NLH): Rafael Lima – $5,134

Hector Pacheco, Event 1 champ
Raminder Singh, Event 2 champ
Aaron Valencia, Event 3 champ
Angelo Castaldi, Event 4 champ
Geo Ruby, Event 6 champ
Angelo Castaldi, Event 7 champ
Rafael Lima, Event 8 champ

Cosmin Joldis Captures Deepest Stack Title Outright for $120,410

2021 May Deep Stack Poker Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 5
$1,700 Deepest Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  398
Prize Pool:  $597,000
May 27-30, 2021

Cosmin Joldis

The 2021 May Deep Stack Poker Series rolled out its headliner on May 27 and the $1,700 buy-in Deepest Stack tournament featured a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. It drew 398 entries and Cosmin Joldis conquered a very tough final table to take home the title along with more than $120K.

There were three starting flights for Event 5 and the 398 entries pushed the $200,000 guarantee up to a prize pool worth $597,000. The last 50 players earned a piece of that prize pool with defending champ Paul Domb taking the 50th spot.

The tournament structure gave players plenty of room to make moves with 50,000 starting stacks and Day 1 levels that last 40 minutes with them going up to 60 and 90 minutes as the tournament progressed.

Day 2 saw 109 players return plus another 19 who bought in before the restart. The slow structure meant there were still eight players remaining in the early morning hours of Day 2 and they returned for Day 3 to play out the final table.

It took more than ten hours to settle the matter but Cosmin Joldis went into heads-up play against Steve Karp holding a big lead. Most of his stack came courtesy of a double knockout; he eliminated both Stuart Greenbaum and Richard in the same hand, sending them out in third and fourth respectively.

Karp put up a fight but the deficit was too great. Joldis defeated the South Florida pro and took home $120,410 for the title while Karp had to settle for his $80,250 runner-up score.

Congrats to Cosmin and thank you to all our old friends and new for another tremendous series.

Final table results:

1st: Cosmin Joldis – $120,410
2nd: Steve Karp – $80,250
3rd: Stuart Greenbaum – $58,985
4th: Richard Zipes – $43,880
5th: Jason Wandling – $33,045
6th: Rafiki Brown – $25,190
7th: Tony Cappadona – $18,445
8th: Dien Le – $13,620

Event 8: Rafael Lima Capture Last Deep Stack Series Trophy

2021 May Deep Stack Poker Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 8
$150 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  161
Prize Pool:  $19,320
May 31, 2021

Rafael Lima, Event 8 champion

The last tournament on the May Deep Stack Poker Series schedule was a custom fit for our regular weekly tournament crew. Event 8 drew 161 entries and Rafael Lima was the last player standing for the outright win.

Those entries created a prize pool near $20,000 for the $150 buy-in tournament with the last 28 players paid out. They played deep into the evening and early morning hours until Lima had all the chips to walk away with $5,134 for the win.

PlaceNameWin Amount
1Rafael Lima$5,134
2Robert Jonsson$3,365
3Nancy Birnbaum$1,982
4Michael Powers$1,207
5Marc Roth$931
6Mitchil Tabasky$772
7John Rozas$668
8Linzell Borders$589
9Willie Wiggins$514
10Marco Rodriguez$444
11Curtis Countryman$444
12Efthimios Piperakis$444
13Timothy Tobey$377
14David Nowling$377
15Kenia Sanchez$377
16Sedarrien Coley$313
17Luis Mantilla$313
18Justin Williamson$313
19Leon Toledo$252
20Kevin Mcgullicuddy$252
21Omar Sader$252

Event 7: Angelo Castaldi Wins Second Title of Series in Five-Way Deal

2021 May Deep Stack Poker Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 7
$250 Holiday Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  294
Prize Pool:  $61,740
May 31, 2021

Angelo Castaldi

The May Deep Stack Poker Series hit the finale day on the schedule with two last chance trophy events. The biggest kicked off in the morning with the $250 buy-in Holiday Deep Stack. In the end, it was Angelo Castaldi winning his second tournament of the series after a five-way final table deal.

The tournament drew 294 to easily surpass the $30,000 guarantee and put $61,740 up for grabs. The last 37 spots earned money and they quickly made it into the money.

Castaldi had a big lead with five players remaining and they worked out a deal to divide up the remaining prize money. He walked away with $9,869 while denying second-place finisher Hector Pacheco, Event 1 winner, his second title of the series.

PlaceNameWin Amount
1Angelo Castaldi$9,869 *
2Hector Pacheco$7,625*
3Roberto Bendeck$6,556 *
4Jose Duran$6,432 *
5Alan Dobrow$6,223 *
6David Veloso$2,720
7Gary Lieberman$2,005
8Anthony Normandin$1,485
9Francisco Garcia Perez$1,485
10Ory Hen$1,195
11Jay Scoratow$1,195
12James Tomblin$975
13Yossi Ben Kessous$975
14Bradley Grossman$780
15Vinicius Monteiro$780
16Steven Flacco$780
17Eric Piderit$625
18Jairo Velasquez$625
19Louis Pfaff$625
20Ronald Campillo$625
21Martin Borras$540
22Damien Simon$540
23Richard Whitebrook$540
24Jonathan Grasso$540
25David Albertson$475
26Miguel Martinez$475
27Nelson Vivas Martinez$475
28Francis Margaglione$475
29James Nilsen$475
30Carlos Dorca$475
31Thomas Gari$475
32Mikhail Prokopchuk$475
33Mario Caraballo$440
34Emmanuel Mcnair$440
35Jordan Shamah$440
36Christopher Nomikos$440
37Chase Lalani$440

* – Denotes results of a five-way deal

Event 5: Cosmin Joldis ($120,410) Defeats Steve Karp ($80,250) for the Title

$1,700 Deepest Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante

Cosmin Joldis

Steve Karp opened to 275,000 from his button and Cosmin Joldis raised to 850,000. Karp checked his stack, called the raise, and the flop came KsJs5c.

Joldis bet 675,000, Karp moved all in for 2,175,000 and Joldis quickly called.

Joldis: AdKh
Karp: Jd9d

Karp flopped middle pair of jacks but Joldis was ahead after his big slick flopped top/top. The 3c turn and 4c river finished the board and Joldis had all the chips in the tournament. Karp banked $80,250 for his runner-up finish while Joldis took home $120,410.

1st: Cosmin Joldis – $120,410
2nd: Steve Karp – $80,250

Steve Karp

Event 5: Steve Karp Doubles Through Cosmin Joldis

$1,700 Deepest Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 398

Cosmin Joldis had the button, he announced all in, and Steve Karp quickly called for 1,375,000 looking for a double.

Joldis: 9s6s
Karp: Kh6h

Karp was dominating and pulled a needed double after the dealer spread the JcTc5s5cTd board.

Seat 1: Cosmin Joldis – 17,025,000 (136 bb)
Seat 2: Steve Karp – 2,875,000 (23 bb)

Event 5: Cosmin Joldis Extends Lead

$1,700 Deepest Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 398

Cosmin Joldis

There were no major parts over the first part of the heads-up match but the chips continued to slide towards Cosmin Joldis giving him a big lead.

But anything can happen when playing heads-up.

Seat 1: Cosmin Joldis – 16,275,000 (130 bb)
Seat 2: Steve Karp – 3,600,000 (29 bb)

Steve Karp

Event 5: Heads-Up Underway

$1,700 Deepest Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 398

Steve Karp (left) versus Cosmin Joldis (right)

The heads-up match is underway for the May Deep Stack Poker Series Event 5 title. Cosmin Joldis begins with the chip lead after his double KO to get them down to the last two.

Once this level is complete, they will go to 40-minute levels for the duration.

Seat 1: Cosmin Joldis – 12,325,000 (99 bb)
Seat 8: Steve Karp – 7,575,000 (61 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $120,410
2nd: $80,250

Event 5: Stuart Greenbaum – 3rd Place ($58,985); Richard Zipes – 4th Place ($43,880)

$1,700 Deepest Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 398

Stuart Greenbaum

After on early open, Stuart Greenbaum raised to 600,000 and Cosmin Joldis called. Richard Zipes shipped in for 1,625,000 and Greenbaum had questions.

“If we both go out (himself and Zipes), do I get 3rd?” Greenbaum asked.

When he heard the answer was yes based on chip stacks, Greenbaum moved all in himself for 3,750,000. Joldis stuck around with a chance to knock two players out.

Joldis: QsQh
Zipes: AcKd
Greenbaum: JdJh

Joldis had a dominant hand again Greenbaum and a flip with Zipes. With everyone on their feet, the dealer ran the board 6h6d3c4hTs and Joldis held with the queens.

Greenbaum was awarded $58,985 for third place while the 82 year-old Zipes earned $43,880.

Cosmin Joldis – 12,325,000 (99 bb)
Stuart Greenbaum – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($58,985)
Richard Zipes – Eliminated in 4th Place ($43,880)

Richard Zipes

Event 5: Steve Karp Doubles Through Richard Zipes

$1,700 Deepest Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 398

Steve Karp

Richard Zipes limped and Steve Karp raised to 550,000 from the small blind. Zipes called and the AhAsAc flop looked interesting. Karp checked, Zipes announced all in, and Karp quickly called.

Karp: QhQs
Zipes: 8h8d

“Oh boy,” was about all Zipes could say about the development.

The board finished with Jd turn and 9h river to give Karp the pot. They counted down the stacks and Karp was the at risk player for 2,675,000.

Steve Karp – 6,700,000 (54 bb)
Richard Zipes – 750,000 (6 bb)