Howard Lederer grew up in a family of five where he liked participating in numerous card games when he was young. He found himself getting very aggressive in these card games while playing his dad. After finishing high school, Howard made a decision to put higher education on hold for a little while and moved to New York to participate in some big-time chess. While competing in chess, he was brought in to a poker game going on in the rear of the room. Howard’s first 2 years were tough as he would play extensive hours and lost a majority of the time. He earned some extra cash by being an assistant for the poker enthusiasts. He theorized he possibly could improve his game by analyzing his life away from poker. He brought about an effort to get more sleep and focus attention more on poker.

The actual improvement in his skills happened when he started playing at the Mayfair Club in New York City. The Mayfair was a bridge and backgammon association where the best players would regularly compete against each other. He had access into several of the greatest players in chess. With their help, Howard would sharpen his cunning thinking skills. Howard used these strategy ideas in the game of No-Limit holdem.

Howard also assisted his sibling Annie Duke learn the game of poker. Annie was a superb student of poker as she constantly asked questions about how to make the correct decision. Howard told Annie to move out to Sin City and compete in the WSOP competition. Annie Duke is one of the greatest female players the poker world ever. Howard headed to Las Vegas in 1993 and participated in cash games for the subsequent decade. When the World Poker Tournament gained popularity, he decided to participate in more tournaments.