Howard Lederer was born into in a family of 5 where he liked gambling on different card games at a young age. He found himself getting really aggressive in these particular card games as he was competing against his father. After finishing high school, Howard made a decision to place higher education on hold for a little bit and headed to New York to play some formidable chess. While playing chess, he was introduced to a poker game taking place in the rear of the room. Howard’s first 2 years were tough as he would play countless hours and fail to win a majority of the time. He made some extra cash by being an assistant for the poker enthusiasts. He theorized he might better his game by balancing his life away from poker. He made an effort to acquire more sleep and focus even more on the game.
The actual 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 gamblers would often challenge one another. Howard was able to access a few of the greatest players in chess. With their help, Howard Lederer would sharpen his cunning thinking skills. Howard used these strategy ideas in the game of NL holdem.
Howard Lederer also assisted his sister Annie Duke learn the game of poker. She was a superb student of poker as she would always be asking questions about the right way to make the correct choice. Howard told Annie to move out to Sin City and compete in the World Series of Poker tournaments. Annie Duke is one of the greatest female players the poker arena has ever seen. He headed to Vegas in 1993 and played money games for the following decade. When the WPT grew in popularity, Howard decided to participate in more tournaments.