Quietly understated, Allen Cunningham blends into the background, sitting in silent contemplation. Opponents barely notice his presence until it is too late - he has taken down the pot. This is the manner in which Allen Cunningham has become one of the top live tournament earners, with nearly $10M in winnings between 1998 and 2010; a twelve year span that represents 129 cashes, 17 first place finishes, and an impressive 5 World Series of Poker bracelets.
Discovering his talent for playing poker at a young age in home games with his family, Allen Cunningham was eager to test his skills in the tribal casinos of California as soon as he turned 18. In the free time he found between work and studies at UCLA, Cunningham began building his bankroll in freerolls
and low stakes cash games. Working his way up from the $2/$4 games to the $10/$20 games, Allen Cunningham made the decision to drop his college classes, and focus his full attention on a career playing cards.
At the age of 21, Cunningham was finally able to make the jump into the colossal action of the poker tournament
circuit. Facing the challenge of much stronger competition with determination, Allen Cunningham fell in with a group of equally determined young poker players
including Phil Ivey
, Daniel Negreanu
, John Juanda
and Layne Flack. Touring the tournament scene together, Allen Cunningham and his friends used their spare time to critique one another, discuss poker strategy
, and share ideas on how they could improve their results.
In 2000, Allen Cunningham cashed in five different Stud and Omaha events at the World Series of Poker; one of which was 2nd place in Limit Omaha Hi/Lo for $113K. Cunningham also went on to four final tables in the Legends of Poker, and an impressively lengthy list of cashes in various other live tournaments, including the California State Poker Classic, the National Championships of Poker, and the World Poker Finals.
Allen Cunningham's success continued to gain momentum in 2001, with numerous tournament cashes in a variety of poker forms. It was in this year that Allen Cunningham claimed his first WSOP bracelet at Limit 7 Card Stud. Cunningham cashed in 3 other WSOP events, including final tables in Limit Omaha and Limit Omaha Hi/Lo.
Winning his second WSOP bracelet in 2002 in No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball, Allen Cunningham continued to see consistently profitable results. Allen Cunningham earned three more WSOP bracelets in 2005, 2006, and 2007, gaining him the esteemed recognition of winning a WSOP event bracelet in three consecutive years - a notable accomplishment held by only a handful of poker greats that include Doyle Brunson, Johnny Moss, Bill Boyd and Eric Seidel.
A member of Team Full Tilt, Allen Cunningham has been voted the best all-round poker player under the age of 35. Ambitious and disciplined, he continues to strive to be the best, constantly looking to improve his already formidable game.