Howard Lederer lived in a family of five in which he enjoyed playing various card games when he was young. He found himself getting very aggressive in these particular card games as he was playing his dad. After graduating from secondary school, Howard made a decision to place higher education on hold for a little bit and relocated to New York City to participate 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 initial two years were rough as he played extensive hours and lost most times. He earned some additional money by becoming an runner for the poker players. He theorized he could better his game by adjusting his life outside of poker. He brought about an attempt to get more sleep and focus attention more on poker.

The definite improvement in his abilities happened when he began playing at the Mayfair Club in New York. The Mayfair was a bridge and backgammon association where the best gamblers would frequently compete against one another. He had access into several of the greatest players in chess. With their help, he would sharpen his cunning thinking abilities. He used these strategy concepts in the game of NL holdem.

Howard also assisted his sibling Annie Duke learn poker. Annie Duke was a great student of poker as she would always be asking questions about how to make the proper decision. Howard told Annie Duke to move out to Las Vegas and compete in the WSOP tournaments. Annie Duke is one of the greatest women players the poker arena ever. Howard headed to Las Vegas in 1993 and competed in cash games for the successive 10 years. When the WPT grew in popularity, Howard made the decision to compete in more tournaments.