Howard Lederer lived in a family of 5 where he enjoyed participating in numerous card games when he was young. He discovered himself getting really competitive in these card games as he was playing his father. After graduating from secondary school, Howard decided to place higher education on hold for a little while and headed to New York City to compete in some big-time chess. While competing in chess, he was introduced to a poker game taking place in the rear of the room. Howard’s first 2 years were difficult as he would play countless hours and fail to win most times. He earned some additional money by being an runner for the poker enthusiasts. He believed he might improve his game by adjusting his life away from poker. He made an attempt to acquire more sleep and focus more on poker.

The real improvement in his skills happened when he started gambling at the Mayfair Club in New York City. The Mayfair was a bridge and backgammon club where the greatest gamblers would often challenge each other. Howard had access into some of the best players in chess. With their assistance, Howard Lederer would hone his cunning thinking abilities. Howard applied these strategy ideas to the game of No-Limit holdem.

He also helped his sister Annie Duke learn poker. Annie Duke was a superb student of the game as she constantly asked questions about the right way to make the correct choice. He told Annie to move out to Las Vegas and play in the WSOP tournaments. Annie Duke is one of the strongest women players the poker arena ever. He headed to Las Vegas in 1993 and competed in cash games for the following decade. When the WPT gained popularity, he made the decision to play more tournaments.