Howard Lederer lived in a family of five in which he enjoyed betting on various card games when he was young. He found himself getting really aggressive in these card games while competing against his father. After graduating from Sr. High school, Howard made a decision to put higher education on hold for a little bit and moved away to New York City to participate in some serious chess. While playing chess, he was brought in to a poker game taking place in the rear of the room. Howard’s first 2 years were rough as he would play countless hours and lost most times. He earned some additional money by becoming an runner for the poker enthusiasts. He believed he could boost his game by adjusting his life outside of poker. He brought about an effort to acquire more sleep and focus attention more on the game.
The definite improvement in his abilities happened when he started playing at the Mayfair Club in New York. The Mayfair was a bridge and backgammon club where the greatest players would often compete against each other. He had access into several of the foremost minds in chess. With their assistance, he would sharpen his cunning thinking techniques. He applied these strategy concepts to the game of No-Limit Texas Holdem.
He also helped his sister Annie Duke master poker. Annie Duke was a great student of poker as she constantly asked questions about how to make the correct choice. Howard Lederer told Annie Duke to move out to Vegas and compete in the World Series of Poker competition. Annie is one of the greatest female players the poker world has ever seen. Howard Lederer headed to Vegas in 1993 and played money games for the following decade. When the WPT gained popularity, Howard decided to compete in more tournaments.