Howard Lederer grew up in a family of 5 where he enjoyed playing numerous card games at a young age. He discovered himself getting very aggressive in these particular card games while playing his dad. After graduating from Sr. High school, Howard decided to place college on hold for a little while and relocated to New York City to compete in some big-time chess. While playing chess, he was brought in to a poker game taking place in the back of the room. Howard’s 1st 2 years were rough as he would play countless hours and lose a majority of the time. He made some additional cash by being an assistant for the poker enthusiasts. He theorized he possibly could improve his game by balancing his life away from poker. He brought about an effort to acquire more rest and focus even more on the game.
The actual improvement in his game began when he began betting at the Mayfair Club in New York City. The Mayfair was a bridge and backgammon club where the the most favorable gamblers would often challenge each other. Howard was able to access several of the greatest players in chess. With their assistance, Howard Lederer would tweak his strategic thinking skills. Howard used these strategy ideas in the game of No-Limit hold’em.
Howard also assisted his sister Annie Duke master the game of poker. Annie Duke was a superb student of poker as she would always be asking questions about the right way to make the correct choice. Howard Lederer told Annie Duke to head out to Vegas and play in the WSOP tournaments. She is one of the strongest female players the poker arena today. He headed to Las Vegas in 1993 and competed in cash games for the next decade. When the WPT gained popularity, Howard decided to compete in more tournaments.