|Blinds||50,000 / 100,000|
Mihai Manole's exit was a rather simple affair in the end, the shortest of the three stacks pushing all in from the button for around 1,500,000 and small blind Michael Linn, who was still stacking his chips from the previous hand, making an immediate call.
"Deuce!" commanded a member of the rail.
"Three!" came the latest request.
The blank river meant that Manole picked up third, whilst Romania - if my assumed statistic is correct - missed out on their first ever bracelet by just a couple of spots.
Michael Linn opened to 175,000 from the button and both Taylor Larkin and Mihai Manole made the call from the small and big blind respectively.
The flop was checked to Linn who opted to fire out a bet of 370,000 as Larkin called and Manole folded.
The turn fell the , and following a check from Larkin, Linn fired out 950,000.
Larkin deliberated for a while before opting to muck to see Linn collect the pot and move to over six million in chips.
Mihai Manole opened the button to 175,000 only to have Taylor Larkin successfully force a fold when he three-bet to 500,000 from the big blind.
Just two hands later, Larkin would receive a taste of his own medicine when he opened to 175,000 only to have Michael Linn three-bet to 485,000.
Larkin tanked for nearly a minute before flashing the to see Linn collect the pot.
Benjamin Smith was down to just several hundred thousand when he made his move, but when the chips went in he found himself in need of divine assistance with versus the of Michael Linn.
Sadly for the American, the Poker Gods had their fingers in their ears and were singing "lalalala" as the board came to send him out in fourth place. Still, a mighty fine performance, and one that has earned him $193,418, which should put bread on the table for a few weeks at least.
Michael Linn, on the other hand, could be eating caviar for years to come as he now has 3,800,000 in chips and is second to only Taylor Larkin who has 4,600,000.
Mihai Manole opened to 275,000 from the small blind and Michael Linn made the call from the large.
Manole fired out 350,000 on the flop and Linn made the call to see the land on the turn and checks follow from both players.
The river fell the , and following a check from Manole, Linn fired out 650,000 to prompt a fold from the Romanian.
Taylor Larkin opened to 200,000 form the small blind and Maihai Manole made the call from the big blind.
The flop fell down and Larkin fired out 225,000 only to have Manole raise to 525,000.
Larkin released his hand to slip to 4,025,000 as Manole collected the pot to climb to 2,780,000 in chips.