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Howard Lederer

Growing up in New Hampshire in a family of five, Howard Lederer spent much of his childhood on the family room floor engrossed in card games. The Lederer family played all sorts of card games together, including poker. Howard Lederer credits his father for preparing for the competitive world of high stakes poker. The heady feeling of beating Dad stoked his competitive streak at a young age. To this day, Howard Lederer believes his father never intentionally lost a game to him. At eighteen, Howard Lederer deferred college for a year and moved to New York to pursue his passion for chess. He soon discovered a poker game in the back room of his favorite chess club - and was immediately hooked. For two years, Howard Lederer played poker relentlessly - seventy to eighty hours a week - and went home broke nine out of ten nights. He would earn his nightly stake by running errands for the players. The frenetic pace caught up with him and he realized that playing all nighters wasn't helping his game. He took a couple of steps back, got more sleep and saw his results improve.

Howard Lederer made big strides in his game when he started to play at the Mayfair Club in New York. The Mayfair was a legendary bridge and backgammon club - home to the greatest games players in the world.

Howard Lederer became part of a circle of players who were the first to experiment with no limit hold 'em in New York when it was first introduced in the mid eighties. The daily game at the Mayfair would begin at 4 pm and wind down by 2 AM, when all the players would retire to their favorite bar for a lively discussion of the day's game. The camaraderie among the players created an invaluable learning environment. Everyone was new to the game, but the ideas flowed freely and elevated their playing efforts. This group of early players included Dan Harrington, Steve Zolotow, Jay Heimowitz, and Erik Seidel.

In the late eighties Howard Lederer started to work with his sister Annie Duke (UltimateBet.com) on her game . She would play during the day and discuss her difficult game decisions with Howard Lederer in the evening. Her questions soon became more challenging to answer. Howard Lederer encouraged Annie Duke to come to Las Vegas and play in the WSOP tournaments. She has now won more cash than any other woman in the history of the WSOP. Annie has also knocked Howard Lederer out of three WSOP events, including the $10,000 final table. In 1994, Howard Lederer and Annie made poker history as the first brother and sister duo to make the same final table at the WSOP.

In order to take his game to the next level, Howard Lederer moved to Las Vegas in 1993. He concentrated on cash games until 2002, when WPT tournaments became a monthly event. While he enjoys all forms of poker, Howard's favorite for sheer excitement is big buy in no limit hold 'em tournaments. He looks forward to playing against the best in the world for years to come.

Life in Las Vegas has been good to Howard Lederer - the best being his seven year-old son Matthias and his wife Suzie. When he's off the circuit, Howard Lederer enjoys going to movies and concerts, hitting the links and working out at the gym.

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