Allen Cunningham

Allen Cunningham
Nationality: United States
Nickname: Clever Piggy

Biography

Allen Cunningham is an American poker player. He is a five-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner with over $11 million in lifetime earnings.

In 2005, he was named WSOP Player of the Year. One year later, he finished fourth in the 2006 WSOP Main Event for $3.6 million.

He holds the record for most WSOP Main Event cashes (10) along with Berry Johnston.

Biography

Cunningham began playing poker at the age of 18 in a local Indian casino while studying civil engineering at UCLA. After juggling the grind of being a student and playing poker on the side, Allen was able to successfully build his bankroll and move up in limits. By the time he was 19, Cunningham decided to take on poker full time instead of continuing studying at UCLA. The only thing really holding Cunningham back was the fact that he couldn’t play in most casinos until he was 21.

When Cunningham turned 21, he took to the tournament trail along side fellow young guns like Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, and Layne Flack. The group built an extensive catalog of poker knowledge together, getting better and better each day. It wasn’t until 1999 though that Allen would really make a name for himself.

Allen Cunningham at the World Series of Poker

In 2000, Cunningham took on the competition in Vegas at the World Series and cashed in five events. His best finish that year came when he placed second in the Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Event for over $110,000. Proving that it was no fluke, Allen returned the following year to cash in another four WSOP events and even win his first bracelet in the $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Event. Then in 2002, Cunningham scored first place in another bracelet event.

After being unsuccessful in winning bracelets in both 2003 and 2004, Cunningham landed another piece of World Series glory in 2005 after he won the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Event. That same year, Cunningham final tabled three other events and cashed for over a million dollars at the WSOP, being named Player of the Year.

EventPlacePayout (USD)
Event #2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em1st$725,405
Event #20: $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em4th$89,865
Event #27: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha4th$141,245
Event #31: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed29th$8,490
Event #32: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better7th$42,110

One more year later, Cunningham won another bracelet and made a few more final tables at the WSOP; the most notable of which may not be the one that he won. Cunningham rode his way through a field of over 8,700 entrants to reach the final table of the WSOP Main Event. He went on to finish fourth place earning over three and a half million dollars. Despite missing out his dream of the big one, Cunningham was able to return to the WSOP winners’ circle in 2007 when he won another bracelet to give him five in total.

Allen Cunningham Top Five Cashes

YearEventBuy-inPlacePayout (USD)
July 2006WSOP Main Event$10,0004th$3,628,513
June 2005WSOP No-Limit Hold'em$1,5001st$725,405
July 2006WSOP No-Limit Hold'em$1,0001st$625,830
April 2008WSOPC Caesars Palace Championship Event$5,1501st$499,069
June 2007WSOP Pot-Limit Hold'em1st$487,287 

WSOP Player of the Year Winners

YearPlayerBraceletsCashes
2004Daniel Negreanu1$346,280
2005Allen Cunningham1$1,007,115
2006Jeff Madsen2$1,467,852
2007Tom Schneider2$416,829
2008Erick Lindgren1$1,358,528
2009Jeff Lisandro3$807,521
2010Frank Kassela2$1,255,314
2011Ben Lamb1$5,352,970
2012Greg Merson2$9,785,354
2013Daniel Negreanu2$1,954,054
2014George Danzer3$878,933
2015Mike Gorodinsky1$1,766,487
2016Jason Mercier2$960,424
2017Chris Ferguson1$428,423
2018Shaun Deeb2$2,545,623
2019Robert Campbell2$750,844
2020Not awarded  
2021Josh Arieh2$1,194,061

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
586th $24,560
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em
47th $22,383
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
642nd $21,750
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #73: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels)
114th $1,675
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
643rd $20,411
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #19: THE GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold'em
324th $889
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #60: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed
501st $2,204
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #33: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
141st $2,766
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER
1137th $2,249
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #5: THE COLOSSUS III - $565 No-Limit Hold'em
1802nd $994
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #63: $1,500 Six-Handed 10-Game Mix
13th $5,947
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #58: $1,500 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold'em
89th $3,584
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #14: $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi-Low
97th $2,881
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #62: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
331st $32,242
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #45: $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold'em
21st $6,242
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #40: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
10th $29,961
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #31: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low 8-or-Better
44th $5,458
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #21: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)
62nd $5,948
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #12: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em
2nd $102,819
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 39: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
17th $26,495
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
10th $17,150
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #58: $10,000 Main Event
69th $108,412
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better
26th $8,191
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 51 - $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
30th $5,042
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 22 - $5,000 No Limit Holdem
54th $12,653
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 13 - $5000 Pot Limit Holdem
1st $487,287

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