Howard Lederer grew up in a family of 5 in which he loved betting on numerous card games at a young age. He found himself becoming very aggressive in these particular card games while competing against his father. After graduating from high school, Howard made a decision to place higher education on hold for a bit and headed to New York to compete in some big-time chess. While participating in chess, he was introduced to a poker game taking place in the rear of the room. Howard’s initial 2 years were rough as he would play extensive hours and lost most times. He earned some additional cash by becoming an runner for the poker players. He believed he possibly could better his game by adjusting his life outside of poker. He brought about an attempt to get more sleep and concentrate more on poker.
The actual advancement in his game happened when he started wagering at the Mayfair Club in New York City. The Mayfair was a bridge and backgammon association where the the most favorable players would frequently wager against one another. He had access into some of the greatest minds in chess. With their assistance, he would sharpen his cunning thinking skills. He applied these strategy ideas to the game of NL hold’em.
Howard Lederer also helped his sister Annie Duke learn the game of poker. Annie was an excellent student of the game as she constantly asked questions about the right way to make the proper 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 strongest women players the poker world today. Howard moved to Las Vegas in 1993 and played money games for the subsequent decade. When the World Poker Tournament gained popularity, he decided to compete in more tournaments.