Allen Cunningham Biography



Born: Riverside, California on March 24, 1977
Tournament Winnings: $9,118,356
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WPT Titles: 0

During his college days at UCLA while studying Engineering, Allen Cunningham played poker in his free time. As more time was devoted to poker and Cunningham realized how lucrative an endeavor it was, Allen soon left UCLA to pursue poker full-time.

Since he's left college, Cunningham has quietly put together a poker resume that some would argue would put him in consideration as one of the best tournament poker players in the world. His $9 million in tournament earnings is fourth on the All-Time tournament earnings list behind Jamie Gold, Joe Hachem, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth. He's currently the youngest player to own at least 5 WSOP bracelets, was voted the Best All-Around player under 35 by his fellow poker pros and has 34 WSOP and 9 WPT cashes including 20 top 10 finishes. In addition, he's earned tournament wins in 15 minor events at major poker tournament series.

Since 1999, Cunningham has been adding to his poker tournament resume. It was at the Legends of Poker in 99 that he first made a name for himself. Cunningham won 2 tournaments and made 5 final tables en route to earning the "Best All Around Player" award at the event. He followed that with a number of cashes and wins and his first WSOP bracelet in 7-Card Stud in 2001. In 2002, he added a second bracelet in 2-to-7 No Limit Draw and was named WSOP Player of the Year at the '05 WSOP after picking up his third bracelet in No Limit Hold'em.

In 2006, Cunningham came the closest of any professional to crack the run of amateurs that have won the Main Event when he finished fourth and cashed for $3.6 million in the biggest WSOP Main Event to date. He also picked up his fourth bracelet with a win in No Limit Hold'em . In 2007, Cunningham made it three years running when he earned a bracelet in his fourth different spread walking away with a Pot Limit Hold'em bracelet.

Allen also plays cash games and frequently plays on Full Tilt where he is one of the Full Tilt poker pros. His most recent successes occurred late in '07 where he won the $300,000 Mega Match on NBC's Poker After Dark series and the $15,000 buy-in at the first National Poker League Vegas Open Main Event.