Allen Cunningham

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Allen Cunningham
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Allen Cunningham at the 2007 World Series of Poker
Nickname(s)Clever Piggy
ResidenceRiverside, California
Born (1977-03-28) March 28, 1977 (age 43)
World Series of Poker
Final table(s)18
Money finish(es)55
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
4th, 2006
World Poker Tour
Final table(s)2
Money finish(es)17
Information accurate as of 6 June 2013.

Allen Cunningham (born March 28, 1977) is an American professional poker player who has won five World Series of Poker bracelets.


Cunningham studied civil engineering at UCLA before dropping out of school to play poker professionally. At the age of 18, he began playing at Indian casinos. Previously a Full Tilt sponsored pro, he became a full member of Team Full Tilt in October 2006.

Cunningham earned the title 2005 ESPN/Toyota Player of the Year and came close to winning it again in 2006. He was also voted by fellow professional poker players the Best All Around Player under 35.

Cunningham's single largest tournament payout occurred at the 2006 World Series of Poker when he finished in fourth place in the Main Event, earning $3,628,513. Frequently during the tournament, when other players tried to take on Cunningham, ESPN's Norman Chad would respond with comments such as: "What are they thinking of? It's Allen Cunningham!"

Cunningham joined a short list of players who have won a World Series of Poker Bracelet in three consecutive years after winning his fifth bracelet in 2007. Others to accomplish this include Johnny Moss, Bill Boyd, Doyle Brunson, Gary Berland and Erik Seidel.

Cunningham won the $300,000 'Mega Match' on Poker After Dark that aired the week of October 8, 2007. On December 7, 2007, Cunningham won the $15,000 buy-in inaugural National Poker League Vegas Open Championship Main Event after defeating David Singer during heads-up play, winning over $325,000.[1]

On May 1, 2008, Cunningham won the 2008 World Series of Poker Circuit event at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, earning $499,162.[2] In the 2008 World Series of Poker Cunningham made another deep run in the Main Event, finishing 117th place out of 6844 players, earning $41,816.

As of 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $11,500,000,[3] 17th on the all time winnings list.[4] As of August 2014, his 55 cashes including his five bracelets have netted him $7,097,407 in WSOP earnings.[5]

He resides in Las Vegas with girlfriend Melissa Hayden and their dog.

World Series of Poker Bracelets
Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2001 $5,000 Seven-card stud $201,760
2002 $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw $160,200
2005 $1,500 No Limit Hold 'em $725,405
2006 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em/w Rebuys $625,830
2007 $5,000 Pot Limit Hold'em $487,287


ALL IN Magazine 2006 Poker Player of the Year [6]


  1. ^ "Allen Cunningham Wins National Poker League (NPL) Vegas Open Championship". December 7, 2007. Archived from the original on December 8, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2007.
  2. ^ Hartness, John (May 2, 2008). "WSOP-C Caesars Las Vegas: Allen Cunningham Takes Ring". Archived from the original on May 3, 2008. Retrieved May 2, 2008.
  3. ^ Butt, Robert. "Allen Cunningham Tournament Results". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on November 4, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2007.
  4. ^ Butt, Robert. "All Time Money List - Top 1000". Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved May 2, 2008.
  5. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings,
  6. ^ 2006 Poker Player of the Year[permanent dead link]

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