Romanian Mihai Manole is not only close behind Brian Jensen as far as wins at the Caribbean Poker Classic goes he also plays for the same team as Jensen. Both men play professionally under the Sun Poker banner, and their first and second places at the 2007 CPC must have thrilled the Sun Poker clan no end!
Not much is known about this enigmatic player except for the fact that he has managed a place in both the 2006 and 2007 Caribbean Poker Classics. He had several lucky breaks in the 2007 final and was nearly relegated to third place when he was all-in against Martin Clemmensen, but the cards fell nicely for him and he went on to the heads-up match against Jensen.
He played the heads-up aggressively and Jensen had him all-in in no time, but he managed to salvage his pride and a couple of chips and kept on fighting, but to no avail – Jensen had him against the ropes and claimed the number one spot.
Manole opened his professional account at the 2006 CPC where he was placed 12th. He fared very much better at the European Poker Tour Final held at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort in Monaco in March 2007 when he came third behind fellow Europeans, Kim Hjellvik of Norway (EUR 16 670) and Frederik Kentel of Germany (EUR 31 060). His winnings were EUR 8 280 and he had competed admirably against a field of 427 entrants.
In June 2007 he took on the best poker players in the world at the WSOP 38th annual tournament held at the Rio All-suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He didn’t cause any upsets with his scintillating play, but he did gain immeasurable experience in one of the most important events on the annual professional poker calendar. He and thirty five other players each received $3 408 for their efforts in the 15th event of the tournament.
Mihai Manole – Career Poker Results
- 2006 Caribbean Poker Classic (No Limit Hold ‘Em) 12th place – prize money $640
- European Poker Tour Grand Final (No Limit Hold ‘Em) 3rd place – prize money $10 852
- 38th Annual world Series of Poker Event 15 (No Limit Hold ‘Em) – 220th place – prize money $3 408
- 2007 Caribbean Poker Classic (No Limit Hold ‘Em) – 2nd place – prize money $145 500.