Howard Lederer lived in a family of 5 in which he liked taking part in various card games when he was young. He found himself becoming really aggressive in these particular card games while competing against his dad. After graduating from secondary school, Howard decided to place higher education on hold for a little bit and moved to New York City to participate in some formidable chess. While participating in chess, he was introduced to a poker game going on in the back of the room. Howard’s initial two years were tough as he played many hours and don’t win a majority of the time. He earned some extra money by being an runner for the poker players. He theorized he could better his game by adjusting his life outside of poker. He made an attempt to acquire more sleep and concentrate more on the game.

The definite advancement in his game happened when he began playing at the Mayfair Club in New York. The Mayfair was a bridge and backgammon association where the best players would often compete against each other. Howard had access into several of the best players in chess. With their assistance, Howard Lederer would hone his logical thinking abilities. Howard used these strategy ideas in the game of No-Limit 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 would consistently be asking questions about the right way to make the correct decision. Howard Lederer told Annie to move out to Sin City and play in the World Series of Poker tournaments. Annie is one of the best women players the poker arena ever. Howard headed to Las Vegas in 1993 and competed in cash games for the following 10 years. When the World Poker Tournament grew in popularity, Howard decided to compete in more tournaments.