Name – Howard Lederer
Birthday – October 30, 1964
Location – Las Vegas, NV
Online Screen Names – Howard Lederer (Full Tilt), the shrike (Poker Stars)
Endorses – Full Tilt Poker
Website – howardlederer.com
Hoard Lederer was born in Concord, New Hampshire in 1964 and was raised with his two siblings, author and poet Katy and fellow professional poker player Annie Duke. His parents were both academically gifted, with his father teaching at St Paul’s School as well as being a gifted writer and linguist. With an example like Richard Lederer to follow, it was only natural that Lederer would be a success.
Lederer showed outstanding talent at school, being the star of the chess team and showing considerable academic ability. So much so that he actually moved to New York upon graduating high school to attend Columbia University. While shining there, he continued to play chess in a number of the many clubs in the city. It was only a matter of time before he discovered poker at one of those clubs and that took over his passion for playing chess
It was the Mayfair Club in which he settled to play poker on a regular basis. It was a hot bed of poker talent at the time, with Erik Seidel and Dan Harrington both playing at the Mayfair Club around the same time. Although he used to lose on a regular basis there, his discussions of the game with others there led to serious improvement and he is now known for his consistently good form and long list of wins.
After graduating Columbia, Lederer moved to Las Vegas in1994 to pursue a career as a professional poker player and soon made his mark on the world of poker. Starting out with high stakes poker games, Lederer began to make money quickly and soon became one of the most well-known poker players around. His style caught the eye of his fellow professionals because he maintains a steady demeanour and analyses the game constantly. This trait earned him the nickname of “The Professor”.
Lederer made his mark in Vegas almost instantly. In 1994, he won the Hall of Fame Poker Classic $2,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw event, a title that he was successfully to defend the following year. However, it wasn’t until 2000 that he was to win his first World Series of Poker titles. He actually won two WSOP bracelets in back to back years. In 2000, he won the $5,000 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event and the $5,000 Deuce to Seven event a year later.
His 2000 and 20001 victories were to set Lederer on course for a distinguished career because more high profile success was to follow. He won his first World Poker Tour Championship in 2002 at Foxwoods and another in 2003 in the $5,000 Limit Hold ‘Em event. He was actually named the WPT Player of the Year in 2003.
Lederer has also won three Bellagio titles – the first in the 2003 Five-Star World Poker Classic No Limit Hold ‘Em event, the second in the 2004 $2,500 No Limit Hold ‘Em event, and then the third in the same month in the $5,000 Omaha.
A major personality on the poker circuit, Lederer has made a number of poker videos and is visible on a number of poker shows on TV. He is also a core member of the Team Full Tilt