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Howard Lederer was born into in a family of five in which he liked betting on numerous card games when he was young. He discovered himself becoming really competitive in these card games while competing against his father. After graduating from secondary school, Howard made a decision to put higher education on hold for a little bit and relocated to New York City to compete in some formidable chess. While playing chess, he was introduced to a poker game taking place in the rear of the room. Howard’s initial 2 years were difficult as he played countless hours and fail to win most times. He earned some extra money by becoming an runner for the poker players. He believed he could boost his game by analyzing his life away from poker. He brought about an effort to acquire more rest and focus even more on the game.

The actual advancement in his abilities began when he began gambling at the Mayfair Club in New York City. The Mayfair was a bridge and backgammon club where the best gamblers would often challenge each other. Howard was able to access a few of the foremost minds in chess. With their help, he would sharpen his logical thinking techniques. Howard applied these strategic concepts to the game of NL Texas Holdem.

Howard Lederer also assisted his sister Annie Duke master the game of poker. She was a superb student of the game as she constantly asked questions about how to make the correct decision. He told Annie Duke to move out to Vegas and compete in the WSOP competition. Annie Duke is one of the strongest female players the poker world has ever seen. Howard Lederer headed to Vegas in 1993 and competed in cash games for the subsequent decade. When the WPT grew in popularity, Howard decided to compete in more tournaments.