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Howard Lederer grew up in a family of 5 in which he liked betting on various card games at a young age. He discovered himself becoming very aggressive in these card games while competing against his dad. After graduating from secondary school, Howard decided to put higher education on hold for a little while and moved to New York to play some big-time chess. While competing in chess, he was introduced to a poker game going on in the rear of the room. Howard’s initial 2 years were difficult as he would play many hours and lose most times. He earned some additional cash by becoming an runner for the poker players. He believed he could improve his game by analyzing his life outside of poker. He made an attempt to get more rest and focus even more on the game.

The real improvement in his skills began when he started wagering at the Mayfair Club in New York. The Mayfair was a bridge and backgammon club where the greatest players would often challenge one another. Howard had access into a few of the best minds in chess. With their assistance, Howard would hone his cunning thinking abilities. He used these strategic ideas in the game of NL hold’em.

Howard also assisted his sibling Annie Duke learn poker. Annie Duke was a superb student of the game as she would always be asking questions about how to make the proper decision. Howard told Annie Duke to move out to Sin City and compete in the WSOP competition. She is one of the best women players the poker world has ever seen. Howard relocated to Vegas in 1993 and participated in money games for the following 10 years. When the World Poker Tournament gained popularity, he made the decision to play more tournaments.