Howard Lederer was born on October 30, 1964 and is known as The Professor of Poker. He grew up in a very competitive environment where the Lederer family customarily played games each other. Everyone was out to win and there was no kindness to be found during game time, no matter how much they loved each other. Howard moved to New York City to become a chess player at the age of 18.
Howard got into a poker game that was being played in the back of his chess club, and became a frequent loser at the table. Howard would start doing favors for the other players to get into the games because he was broke most of the time. However, once Howard realized he was playing too much and cut back on his poker playing, Howard became much more successful. Given that Howard was playing poker 70 to 80 hours a week, he was definitely playing too much. Howard played less, got more sleep, and henceforth started to play better poker.
Howard Lederer joined the Mayfair Club, a prestigious club known for the skill of its bridge, backgammon, and chess players. A poker group formed at the Mayfair Club, studying and playing poker from early afternoon into the early morning. Erik Seidel and Dan Harrington were other future pros in this poker group.
Howard Lederer moved to Las Vegas in 1993 in order to become a full-time cash games player. He didn’t play in too many tournaments until the World Poker Tour and the excitement that went along with its tournament play came around. To this day, large buy-in No Limit Texas Holdem tournaments are Howard’s favorite games.
Howard used to have the nickname ‘Bubba’ which was given to him by the legendary Doyle Brunson. He got this nickname because he used to be a very large man, but thanks to gastric bypass surgery and a vegetarian diet, Bubba is only half the man he used to be, with a nickname of ‘Bub’ His gambling nature still takes precedence over his healthier lifestyle, as he once won a $10,000 proposition bet by eating a cheeseburger.
Howard’s sister Annie Duke is also a professional poker player. Howard taught her to play and she has repaid him by eliminating him from several tournaments. Nothing less is expected from a Lederer.
Howard Lederer provides poker commentary for several televised poker shows and is a member of Team Full Tilt, Full Tilt Poker’s team of professional poker pros. You can find Howard playing online and giving advice exclusively at Full Tilt Poker. Full Tilt Poker is one of the best online poker rooms, and if you wish to play at Full Tilt Poker all you have to do is visit Full Tilt Poker and signup for a new account.
Howard currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.