Allen Cunningham – Professional Poker Player

Allen Cunningham attended UCLA where he planned on pursuing an Engineering degree. While he enjoyed his studies, Allen Cunningham also discovered that playing poker in some of the local casinos was an enjoyable and profitable past time. Soon, the success he experienced at the tables led Allen to leave school and pursue poker full time. It’s a move he hasn’t regretted.

At the table, Allen’s engineering background has led him toward an analytical approach to the game. Allen remains quiet, controlled, and focused no matter what happens around him.

This style has paid off for him, beginning around 1999 when he enjoyed his first professional success at the Bicycle Casino’s Legends of Poker. That year, he was named “Best All Around Player” after reaching the final table in five events, including victories in the $300 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo tournament and the $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em tournament.

Two years later, Allen Cunningham won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the $5,000 7-Card Stud tournament. He followed that up with another bracelet in 2002 when he won the $5,000 Deuce to Seven No-Limit tournament.

Allen Cunningham

Allen Cunningham had another strong WSOP in 2005; reaching four final tables and earning his third bracelet for winning the $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘em tournament. His performance also earned him a brand new pick-up truck and the title of ESPN/Toyota WSOP Player of the Year.

This year, Allen Cunningham won his fourth WSOP bracelet in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em tournament, and finished fourth at the WSOP Main Event earning $3.6 Million.

In addition to his WSOP titles, Allen has also earned victories in the Ultimate Poker Challenge’s $3,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em tournament and at the $5,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em event at the Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic.

With all that he’s accomplished, Allen’s still proudest of the title he recently earned from his peers who voted him the Best All-Around Player under 35. He hopes to hold on to that reputation for quite awhile.

Even when he’s not playing tournaments, you can usually find Allen at a poker table. He enjoys playing a variety of cash games, including Pot-Limit Omaha and mixed games like HORSE.

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