Howard Lederer grew up in a family of 5 in which he loved betting on different card games when he was young. He found himself becoming really aggressive in these particular card games while competing against his dad. After finishing high school, Howard decided to put college on hold for a bit and moved to New York City to participate in some formidable chess. While playing chess, he was brought in to a poker game taking place in the rear of the room. Howard’s first two years were rough as he played many hours and fail to win most times. He made some additional cash by being an assistant for the poker enthusiasts. He theorized he could boost his game by adjusting his life outside of poker. He brought about an effort to acquire more sleep and concentrate even more on poker.

The definite advancement in his abilities began when he started gambling at the Mayfair Club in New York. The Mayfair was a bridge and backgammon club where the greatest players would regularly challenge one another. Howard was able to access some of the foremost players in chess. With their assistance, Howard Lederer would hone his logical thinking techniques. Howard applied these strategic ideas to the game of No-Limit Texas Holdem.

He also assisted his sibling Annie Duke master poker. Annie Duke was an excellent student of the game as she would always be asking questions about the right way to make the proper choice. Howard Lederer told Annie Duke to head out to Vegas and compete in the WSOP competition. Annie Duke is one of the strongest women players the poker world today. Howard relocated to Sin City in 1993 and competed in money games for the subsequent 10 years. When the WPT gained popularity, Howard made the decision to compete in more tournaments.