Howard Lederer grew up in a family of five where he loved participating in different card games when he was young. He discovered himself getting very competitive in these particular 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 away to New York City to compete in some big-time chess. While playing chess, he was brought in to a poker game taking place in the back of the room. Howard’s first two years were rough as he would play extensive hours and do not win most times. He earned some extra money by becoming an assistant for the poker enthusiasts. He theorized he might better his game by balancing his life away from poker. He brought about an attempt to get more sleep and concentrate more on poker.

The real improvement in his abilities began when he started gambling at the Mayfair Club in New York. The Mayfair was a bridge and backgammon club where the the most favorable players would frequently challenge one another. He was able to access several of the greatest minds in chess. With their assistance, Howard Lederer would sharpen his logical thinking skills. He applied these strategy ideas to the game of NL hold’em.

Howard also helped his sibling Annie Duke master poker. Annie was a superb student of the game as she would always be asking questions about how to make the proper decision. He told Annie Duke to move out to Sin City and play in the World Series of Poker tournaments. She is one of the greatest female players the poker arena has ever seen. Howard Lederer moved to Vegas in Nineteen Ninety Three and competed in money games for the next 10 years. When the WPT grew in popularity, he decided to participate in more tournaments.