Howard Lederer grew up in a family of five in which he enjoyed taking part in different card games at a young age. He found himself getting very competitive in the above-mentioned card games while playing his dad. After graduating from Sr. High school, Howard decided to place college on hold for a little bit and moved to New York City to compete in some big-time chess. While participating in chess, he was introduced to a poker game going on in the back of the room. Howard’s 1st 2 years were tough as he played many hours and do not win a majority of the time. He made some extra cash by becoming an assistant for the poker players. He believed he possibly could better his game by adjusting his life away from poker. He made an effort to acquire more sleep and focus attention even more on poker.

The actual improvement in his skills happened when he began gambling at the Mayfair Club in New York City. The Mayfair was a bridge and backgammon association where the the most favorable gamblers would frequently challenge one another. Howard was able to access some of the foremost players in chess. With their help, he would tweak his strategic thinking techniques. Howard used these strategic ideas in the game of NL texas hold’em.

He also assisted his sister Annie Duke master poker. Annie Duke was an excellent student of the game as she constantly asked questions about the right way to make the correct decision. Howard Lederer told Annie Duke to head out to Vegas and compete in the World Series of Poker competition. Annie is one of the greatest female players the poker world today. He headed to Sin City in 1993 and participated in money games for the next 10 years. When the WPT grew in popularity, he made the decision to play more tournaments.