Known as 'the Professor' and as a WSOP and WPT champion, Howard Lederer has earned the reputation of a respected and serious poker player.
Background of a Poker Player
Howard Lederer was born in 1964 in New Hampshire. Howard has a rather imposing build and is tall, measuring over 6 feet. Howard seems to have earned the respect of other players and demonstrates a serious intellectual manner of play and it was perhaps this that earned him the nickname of the professor. It is interesting to note that in 1994 Howard and his sister, Annie Duke
, became the first brother and sister to reach the same WSOP final table.
Today, Howard lives in Las Vegas with wife Suzie and son Mattias.
The Beginnings of a Poker Player
Following a dream of becoming a chess champion, Howard moved to New York. Although he did start off by playing chess, he soon began playing poker at the chess club. He then began to spend a great deal of time playing poker – approximately 80 hours a week and was usually unsuccessful, losing his money. Howard then came across the Mayfair Club in New York that had just introduced the Texas Hold'em game. As part of a small group, Howard was involved in playing and analyzing the Hold'em game for hours each evening and night. Howard's game showed great improvements at this time.
In 1993, Howard moved to Las Vegas. He focused his attentions on cash games until the year 2002, when he moved more towards tournament play.
As far as online poker is concerned, Lederer plays exclusively at Full Tilt Poker. As part of the Full Tilt Team of poker pros, Lederer also offers analysis and learning tips regarding the poker game via the site.
During his career, Howard has reached 13 WSOP final tables and has earned 2 WSOP gold bracelets.
- 2000 – He won the $5,000 WSOP Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event
- 2001 – He won the $5,000 WSOP Deuce to Seven event
- 2002 – He won World Poker Tour (WPT) title
- 2003 - First place in WPT Party Poker Million II
- 2003 – Bellagio Five Star World Poker Classic – No Limit Hold'em event
- 2004 – Bellagio Five Star World Poker Classic – No Limit Hold'em event
- 2004 - Bellagio Five Star World Poker Classic – Pot Limit Omaha event
- 2008 – First place in the Crown Aussie Million championship
In keeping with his nickname 'the Professor', there are several examples in which Howard shares his poker knowledge with others. He issued an instructional video 'Secrets of No Limit Hold'em'. In addition, he took on the project of teaching his sister Annie Duke to play poker. She has since become a well known professional poker player. Howard also leads a Poker Fantasy Camp, where he can enjoy being 'the Professor' and help others to learn more about the poker game.
In addition, Howard takes on a tutoring or coaching role at FullTiltPoker where he often offers advice and analytical guidance regarding the poker game online.