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Cernuto Notches 500 Tournament Cashes; Cunningham Gets his 10th WSOP Main Event Cash

Cernuto Notches 500 Tournament Cashes; Cunningham Gets his 10th WSOP Main Event Cash
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  • Both John Cernuto and Allen Cunningham notched big milestones in July 2019.

Summer camp for poker players is over after nearly two months of poker action at the World Series of Poker.

In addition to the many players winning bracelets or otherwise winning big, milestones have been reached in July by both John "MiamiJohn" Cernuto and Allen Cunningham that are worth mentioning.

Cernuto First to Reach 500 Cashes

If you have been around a poker room in the United States, chances are you have come across John Cernuto. The poker player notched his record 500th career poker tournament cash according to The Hendon Mob in a big way by winning the Venetian DeepStack Poker Series $400 Limit Omaha 8 or Better for $10,304 after agreeing to a heads-up deal with Sergey Zaporozhets.

Cernuto may have some company soon with Men "The Master" Nguyen sitting on 494 different tournament cashes. The duo both have a cushion on the player with the third most cashes with Randy Holland collecting 442 different tournament cashes.

Top Ten Tournament Cashes

PlacePlayerCountry# of CashesTotal Earnings
1John CernutoUnited States500$5,907,355
2Men NguyenUnited States494$11,015,792
3Randy HollandCanada442$3,599,971
4T.J. CloutierUnited States396$10,424,516
5Dan HeimillerUnited States383$6,338,693
6David LeviUnited States362$3,992,366
7Kathy LiebertUnited States345$6,312,267
8Allen KesslerUnited States340$3,831,508
9Alan MyersonUnited States332$1,356,920
10Tony MaUnited States327$4,638,096

Cernuto's Top Ten Cashes

It hasn't been all volume for Cernuto as he also has won big several times including winning three WSOP gold bracelets and two WSOP gold rings as part of his more than $5.9 million in total poker tournament earnings. He also has won 45 different events and has had 356 top-ten finishes.

His most significant cash came more than two decades ago when in 1997 he finished on top of a field of 355 entrants in the WSOP $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em to win the second of his three bracelets and the $259,150 top prize.

RankingEventPlacePrize
11997WSOP $2,000 No Limit Hold'em1
22005$8,000 PCA Main Event5
32002US Poker Championship $4,100 Stud1
41996WSOP $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Split1
52010NAPT $5,000 No Limit Hold'em7
62004WSOP 5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split World Championship2
719895th Annual Diamond Jim Brady $300 Limit Hold'em1
82008WSOP $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo3
92002WSOP $1,500 Limit Omaha1
102005WSOP $2,000 Limit Hold'em4

This ranking list does not include results from recurring events (regular daily, weekly or monthly events). That's why the above top ten can have more individual results on their HendonMob profiles.

Cunningham Notches 10th WSOP Main Event Cash

Allen Cunningham may not have as many cashes as Cernuto with 226 to his name, but he has made them count as he now has ten cashes in poker's biggest tournament of the year in the WSOP Main Event.

This ties him with fellow Poker Hall of Fame inductee Berry Johnston for the most in WSOP history.

Cunningham notched his record tieing tenth cash after finishing in 586th place in this year's Main Event for $24,560. This makes it three years in a row he has cashed on poker's center stage and five out of the last seven.

Several other players headed into this year's Main Event with nine cashes but were unable to get a tenth including Johnny Chan, Chris Bjorin, Humberto Brenes, Doyle Brunson, and Bobby Baldwin.

Cunningham's Main Event Cashes

Cunningham's has cashed for nearly $4 million in the Main Event alone accounting for more than one-third of his roughly $11.9 million career tournament cashes in all events.

His first Main Event cash came in 2001 when he finishing in 27th place for $39,960. It was another five years before he was able to head to the cashier again during the WSOP Main Event. But when this did happen, it was a moment to remember for the poker pro as he had his most significant tournament cash to date with a fourth-place finish for $3,628,513. Jamie Gold won that year for $12,000,000, Mike Binger (3rd, $4,123,310) and Paul Wasicka (2nd, $6,102,499) outlasted Cunningham too.

YearPlaceEntriesPrizeWinner
200127613$39,960Carlos Mortensen
200648,773$3,628,513Jamie Gold
20081176,844$41,816Peter Eastgate
20105817,319$24,079Jonathan Duhamel
2011696,865$108,412Pius Heinz
20133316,352$32,242Ryan Riess
20158256,420$15,000Joe McKeehen
20176437,221$20,411Scott Blumstein
20186427,874$21,750John Cynn
20195868,569$24,560Hossein Ensan
Total  $3,956,743 

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