Howard Lederer made big strides in his poker 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 became part of a circle of poker players who were the first to experiment with no limit hold 'em poker in New York when it was first introduced in the mid eighties.
The daily poker game at the Mayfair would begin at 4 pm and wind down by 2 AM, when all the poker 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 for poker. 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 order to take his poker game to the next level, Howard moved to Las Vegas in 1993. He concentrated on poker 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 – the best being his seven year-old son Matthias and his wife Suzie. When he's off the circuit, Howard enjoys going to movies and concerts, hitting the links and working out at the gym.