Howard Lederer Profile
Howard Lederer is an established and influential member of the poker community. He has won two WSOP bracelets along with 43 WSOP cashes. He has two WPT titles, won the 2008 Aussie Millions $100k buy-in Challenge for AUD $1.25 million, the 2003 Party Poker Million and Bellagio's World Poker Classic. He has live tournament winnings that exceed $5.9 million. Lederer is one of the founders, owners and CEO's of Tiltware Inc. which owns Full Tilt Poker. Lederer was born October 30th, 1964 in Concord, New Hampshire and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Things you might not know:
- Lederer was a young chess talent that eventually encountered poker at a chess club in New York City where he was attending Columbia University.
- Lederer eventually became a regular at the influential Mayfair Club with players like Erik Seidel, Dan Harrington, Steve Zolotow and Jay Heimowitz.
- Lederer has attended over 125 Grateful Dead concerts.
- Lederer moved out to Las Vegas in 1993 to seek out high stakes poker games.
- Lederer began to influence and assist his sister Annie Duke to consider and develop her poker game.
- Lederer's first significant tournament win was the 1994 Hall of Fame No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw event.
- In 1994, Howard and Annie made poker history as the first brother and sister duo to make the same final table at the WSOP.
- Lederer concentrated on cash games until 2002, when WPT tournaments became monthly occurrences.
- Lederer is known as "the Poker Professor" because of his calm demeanor, analytical style and established record of wins.
- Lederer has been a respected poker analyst on many programs, including Learn From The Pros and Poker Superstars Invitational.
- Lederer was a part of "The Corporation" the high stakes team that won $9.3 million from Texas Billionaire Andy Beal in 2004
- Lederer's one sister is poker pro Annie Duke, and other sister is author Katy Lederer, who penned PokerFace: A Girlhood Among Gamblers.
- Lederer is a long time vegetarian, although he once broke it once due to a $10k bet to eat a hamburger.
- Lederer had gastric bypass surgery to assist with his long struggle to lose weight, and his sister stopped calling him "Bubba" and started calling him "Bub" due to his new slimmer frame.
- Lederer credits Zen Buddhism for giving him increased calm and focus in key moments when playing poker.
Howard "The Professor" Lederer continues to be a very influential player, in the poker world from his position as CEO of Full Tilt.
One Lederer interview after a win and one explaining:
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