Allen Cunningham at the 2007 World Series of Poker
|Born||March 28, 1977|
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
|World Poker Tour|
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.
On May 1, 2008, Cunningham won the 2008 World Series of Poker Circuit event at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, earning $499,162. 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, 17th on the all time winnings list. As of August 2014, his 55 cashes including his five bracelets have netted him $7,097,407 in WSOP earnings.
He resides in Las Vegas with girlfriend Melissa Hayden and their dog.
|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 
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- World Series of Poker Earnings, www.worldseriesofpoker.com
- 2006 Poker Player of the Year[permanent dead link]
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