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Allen Cunningham


Allen Cunningham With the unflattering nickname of “Clever Piggy”, Allen Cunningham is one of the quietest, most unassuming young poker professionals you will ever see. Unlike many “young guns,” he lets his play do the talking. At the table, Allen is so cunning (no pun intended), calculating, and unflinching, it’s scary. And yet, if you did not know who he was, you would never think he was a threat at all.

Allen attended UCLA, fully intending to earn an engineering degree. But when you find that you can make a lot of bank playing poker at the local casinos, engineering starts to sound a little less appealing. So, he went pro.

Since then, Allen has compiled a record that ranks among the best of his generation. In the past few years he has been on a major run: he made four final tables at the 2005 World Series of Poker, winning once; he then made three final tables at the 2006 WSOP, winning once and placing fourth in the Main Event; and this year he has already won nearly half a million dollars at the 2007 WSOP. Those, plus previous two bracelets and countless cashes, contribute to his third place ranking on the all-time WSOP money list. Out of the top five on that list, he is one of two who have not won the Main Event.

Even with all his hardware, Allen is most proud of being named by his peers as the best all-around player under the age of thirty-five.

Allen also won the WSOP Player of the Year award in 2005.

Allen Cunningham Fun Facts and Finishes

  • A member of Team Full Tilt as one of their Poker Pros.
  • Dating fellow poker player and poker photographer, Melissa Hayden
  • Five WSOP Bracelets -- $5,000 Seven Card Stud (2001), $5,000 Deuce to Seven No-Limit (2002), $1,500 No Limit Hold'em (2005), $1,000 No Limit Hold'em (2006), $5,000 Pot Limit Hold’em (2007)
  • Won $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event at 2006 WSOP Circuit - Caesars Las Vegas
  • Won $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event at 2005 Five Diamond World Poker Classic
  • Two U.S. Poker Championship titles -- $ 500 7 Card Stud (1999) and $1,000 No Limit Hold'em (2003)

World Series of Poker Bracelets



Prize (US$)


$5,000 Seven-card stud



$5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw



$1,500 No Limit Hold 'em



$1,000 No Limit Hold'em/w Rebuys