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Allen Cunningham Profile

Posted by Bill "zimba" Seibert at 31 December 2010 02:34
Allen Cunningham is one of the least publicized poker players with the best results. He has won five WSOP bracelets, with 42 cashes. He finished 4th in the 2006 Main Event for over $3.6 million. Cunningham won the 2005 ESPN/Toyota Player of the year and he is a full member of Team Full Tilt. He has lifetime live tournament winnings that exceed $10.6 million, placing him ninth on the all time list. Cunningham was born on March 28, 1977 in Riverside, California and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Things you might not know:
  • Cunningham began playing in Indian Casinos in California at the age of 18.
  • Cunningham worked as a pizza delivery boy during college.
  • Cunningham joined the tournament circuit when he turned 21.
  • Cunningham studied Civil Engineering at UCLA before dropping out to play poker.
  • Cunningham's best friends in poker coming up were Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Layne Flack and John Juanda.
  • Cunningham's first notable win was the Legends of Poker Main Event in 1999 for $22k.
  • Cunningham lives with girlfriend and professional poker player Melissa Hayden.
  • Cunningham was voted "Best All-Around Player Under 35" by fellow poker professionals.
  • Cunningham won the Full Tilt Doubles Poker Championship in November 2010 with partner Huck Seed for an even $1 million.

Allen "Clever Piggy" Cunningham has always been quiet and unassuming, choosing to let his play not his self promotion, speak for itself. His play is very analytical, if not overly aggressive or wild. Cunningham has declared that one of the best skills a player can possess is control because it is extremely important to stay focused. When not playing major tournaments, Cunningham plays a fair amount of PLO or H.O.R.S.E cash games online.

Cunningham videos where he makes a great call, a great laydown and an interview after a WSOP victory:


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