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 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