American professional poker player Howard Henry Lederer, born in
Concord, New Hampshire, is the brother of fellow poker pro Annie
Duke. From a young age Lederer was a talented chess player, and it
was on moving to New York to attend university that he discovered
poker through the Manhattan Chess Club where he played. Shortly
after he was introduced to the game through his chess club, he
started playing poker at the Mayfair Club with other future pros
such as Dan Harrington and Erik Siedel.
Along with Ray Bitar, Howard Lederer is a founder, CEO, and
co-owner of "Tiltware Inc." - the company behind Full Tilt
Poker. In 2011, the U.S. Justice Department filed a motion to amend
a civil complaint that alleged that the four directors (one of them
being Lederer) of Full Tilt Poker had been running a ponzi scheme
that had paid over $440 million in Full Tilt players' money to the
Lederer and the firm's owners.
Lederer's most notable poker achievements are his two
consecutive WSOP Bracelet wins - the $5k Limit Omaha Hi-Lo in 2000,
and the $5k Deuce to Seven Draw in 2001. He has also won two WPT
titles. As of 2010 Howard Lederer's total live tournament winnings
amounted to nearly $6 million!
Interesting Fact: Aside from his poker nickname "The
Professor", Howard Lederer was known as "Bubba" - a nickname given
to him by sister because he was obese for much of his life. After
Gastric Bypass surgery and the consequent weight loss, the nickname
was shortened to "Bub". Being semi-vegetarian, Lederer once won a
bet with poker player David Grey by eating a cheeseburger.