Howard Lederer was born into in a family of five where he liked taking part in different card games at a young age. He discovered himself becoming very competitive in these particular card games while competing against his dad. After finishing high school, Howard decided to place higher education on hold for a little while and moved to New York City to participate in some serious chess. While participating in chess, he was brought in to a poker game taking place in the rear of the room. Howard’s first two years were difficult as he played countless hours and lost most times. He made some additional money by becoming an runner for the poker players. He believed he might improve his game by balancing his life outside of poker. He made an attempt to get more rest and focus even more on poker.

The actual advancement in his abilities happened when he started gambling at the Mayfair Club in New York City. The Mayfair was a bridge and backgammon club where the greatest players would frequently play against one another. He had access into several of the greatest minds in chess. With their assistance, Howard Lederer would sharpen his logical thinking abilities. Howard applied these strategic ideas to the game of NL holdem.

He also helped his sibling Annie Duke master the game of poker. Annie Duke was an excellent student of the game as she constantly asked questions about how to make the proper decision. He told Annie Duke to head out to Las Vegas and compete in the WSOP competition. She is one of the strongest women players the poker world has ever seen. Howard Lederer relocated to Las Vegas in Nineteen Ninety Three and played money games for the next 10 years. When the World Poker Tournament gained popularity, Howard made the decision to participate in more tournaments.