Howard Lederer grew up in a family of 5 in which he enjoyed betting on various card games at a young age. He discovered himself getting really competitive in the above-mentioned card games as he was competing against his father. After finishing secondary school, Howard made a decision to place higher education on hold for a bit and moved away to New York City to compete in some serious chess. While competing in chess, he was introduced to a poker game taking place in the back of the room. Howard’s first two years were tough as he would play many hours and lost a majority of the time. He earned some additional cash by becoming an runner for the poker players. He believed he might boost his game by adjusting his life outside of poker. He made an attempt to get more rest and concentrate more on the game.

The actual improvement in his skills began when he began wagering at the Mayfair Club in New York City. The Mayfair was a bridge and backgammon association where the greatest players would frequently play against each other. He was able to access some of the greatest players in chess. With their assistance, he would tweak his cunning thinking abilities. Howard applied these strategy ideas to the game of No-Limit Texas Holdem.

Howard also helped his sister Annie Duke master poker. Annie Duke was a great student of poker as she constantly asked questions about how to make the proper choice. Howard Lederer told Annie Duke to move out to Vegas and compete in the World Series of Poker tournaments. Annie is one of the best women players the poker arena has ever seen. Howard Lederer headed to Sin City in 1993 and played cash games for the next 10 years. When the WPT gained popularity, he decided to participate in more tournaments.