Allen Cunningham took down yet another big score today when he won the WSOP Circuit event at Caesars Palace. Cunningham took down the first place prize of $499k after coming from behind and beating Ben Fineman in heads-up play.
Cunningham continues to put up big numbers yet never receives the acknowledgment that other players get. If you ask 100 casual poker fans to name the top tournament players in the world, they will probably rattle off names like Ivey, Negreanu and Hellmuth. Allen Cunningham, like Erik Seidel, always seems to fly under the radar.
Allen Cunningham just turned 31 years old, but he has already amassed approximately $10.1 million dollars in total lifetime cashes. His victory today at Caesars Palace vaulted him past Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth Jr. on the All-Time Money List. He now sits third behind Jamie Gold ($12.1 million) and Joe Hachem ($10.72 million).
Cunningham owns five World Series of Poker bracelets (2001 $5k Seven Card Stud, 2002 $5k Deuce to Seven Draw, 2005 $1500 No Limit Hold'em, 2006 $1k No Limit Hold'em w/ Rebuys and 2007 $5k Pot Limit Hold'em). He has 33 lifetime World Series of Poker cashes and a 4th place finish in the 2006 WSOP main event, which was good for $3.6 million dollars.
Cunningham is easily one of the most feared players amongst his peers, yet he doesn't seem to get as much recognition from the casual poker fan compared to other players. Is it because of his shy and quiet demeanor?
This was Cunningham's fourth victory in the past calendar year. He also took down the 2007 Vegas Open for $325k, the $5k Pot Limit Hold'em event at the World Series of Poker last summer and a $50k buyin "Mega Match" on Poker After Dark. Cunningham is a beast. If I had my choice of bankrolling one player at the 2008 World Series of Poker, it would be Allen Cunningham. If he keeps winning (which he probably will), then hopefully he will start to get a bit more recognition from the poker community. He is easily one of the top tournament players in the world today.
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