Howard Lederer was born into in a family of five in which he enjoyed betting on various card games when he was young. He discovered himself getting very competitive in these particular card games while playing his father. After graduating from high school, Howard decided to put higher education on hold for a little while and headed to New York to play some big-time chess. While participating in chess, he was brought in to a poker game going on in the back of the room. Howard’s initial 2 years were rough as he played many hours and lost most times. He made some additional cash by being an assistant for the poker players. He theorized he might improve his game by balancing his life outside of poker. He made an effort to get more rest and focus more on poker.
The definite improvement in his skills happened when he began betting at the Mayfair Club in New York. The Mayfair was a bridge and backgammon association where the best gamblers would frequently challenge one another. Howard had access into several of the greatest minds in chess. With their help, he would hone his logical thinking skills. Howard applied these strategy ideas to the game of No-Limit Texas Holdem.
Howard also helped his sibling Annie Duke master the game of poker. Annie was an excellent student of the game as she would consistently be asking questions about how to make the correct decision. Howard Lederer told Annie Duke to move out to Las Vegas and compete in the WSOP competition. Annie is one of the greatest female players the poker world today. Howard relocated to Vegas in Nineteen Ninety Three and played cash games for the subsequent decade. When the WPT grew in popularity, he decided to compete in more tournaments.