Manuel “Noli” Francisco, a well-known poker player passed away in February due to kidney failure. He was 75 years of age. Francisco died in New Jersey. He was a native of Philippines.
Despite working many jobs as an architect and real estate entrepreneur, Poker remained his passion throughout. According to Mickey Appleman, four-time bracelet winner, Francisco was one of the most beloved and iconic poker players.
He finished second in a $2,500 hold’em event in 1992 and subsequently secured the second position in a $2,500 no-limit hold’em event and $1500 limit Omaha event in 1993 and 1996 respectively.
Noli won the world Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open, making $470,000 in the September of 2003 by defeating the likes of Carlos Mortensen and David Oppenheim.
He made above $380,000 collectively form 14 WSOP cashes and had about $1.3 million in his lifetime tournament earnings. He stopped playing tournaments in his later life but continued playing regular mixed games.