Howard Lederer

Howard Lederer
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WPT Wins: 2
Total Live Earnings: $6,582,745
United States United States
Nickname: The Professor
The Hendon Mob


Howard Lederer is a professional poker player currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2000 and 2001 Lederer won two World Series of Poker events. He has another 43 WSOP cashes on his record and two World Poker Tour titles.


Howard Lederer was born in 1963 in Concord, New Hampshire. He is mostly known in the poker world for winning two WSOP bracelets along with two WPT titles as well as establishing and managing the infamous Full Tilt Poker online poker site.


From an early age Lederer was a keen chess player and spent most of his time playing the game. He moved to New York in his late teens to study at the Columbia University and discovered some of the biggest chess clubs in town, the Marshall Chess Club and Manhattan Chess Club. That's where Lederer picked up poker. He soon got good at it and eventually moved to Las Vegas seeking higher stakes and more juicier action.

World Series of Poker

Lederer has two World Series of Poker bracelets in his trophy collection and a total of 43 WSOP cashes. In 2010 he finished second in the non-bracelet Tournament of Champions invitational event collecting his biggest WSOP cash prize of $250,000.

Lederer won his first bracelet in 2000 when he took down the $5,000 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event for almost $200,000. It took only one year for Lederer to win his second one. In the summer of 2011 he won the $5,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw tournament and took home just over $160,000 in cash along with the prestigious trophy.

Howard Lederer's Top 8 WSOP Results

2000$5,000 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo1st$198,000
2001$5,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw1st$165,870
1993$1,500 Omaha Limit2nd$35,535
2009WSOPE £5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha2nd£126,134 ($207,946)
1994$1,500 Seven-Card Stud Split3rd$31,800
1994$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em3rd$46,950
2004$1,500 Seven Card Razz3rd$28,600
2008WSOPE £2,500 Limit H.O.R.S.E.3rd£30,250 ($55,016)

World Poker Tour

Lederer has two World Poker Tour titles to his name along with three more first place finishes in non-championship events. Lederer won his first WPT tournament in 2002 when he came out victorious in the World Poker Finals $10,000 Main Event in Mashantucket for more than $320,000. Just one year later Lederer triumphed in his second WPT championship event, the Party Poker Million II $5,000 Limit Hold'em and collected almost $300,000 for his win.

Howard Lederer's Top 5 WPT Results

2002World Poker Finals $10,000 Main Event1st$320,400
2003Party Poker Million II $5,000 Limit Hold'em1st$289,150
2003Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em1st$220,820
2004Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em1st$339,842
2004Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha1st$139,680

Other Achievements

In January, 2008 Lederer scored the biggest cash prize in his career of almost $1.1 million which he collected for winning the Aussie Millions $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Challenge. Two years later he took home $250,000 for the runner-up finish in the Doubles Poker Championship Finals in Las Vegas. Lederer was also a regular at some of the most popular TV poker shows such as Poker After Dark and Sky Sports' Poker Million. He won a number of these televised tournaments taking home six-figure cashes.


Lederer was the founder and one of the directors of the Full Tilt Poker online poker site. He also represented the brand in live tournaments. In 2011 along with two other Full Tilt directors, Rafe Furst and Chris Ferguson, Lederer was indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice for money laundering and fraud.

Did you know?

  • In September, 2012 after more than a year of silence Howard Lederer did a seven-hour interview with PokerNews' Matthew Parvis. In the series of seven half an hour episodes, called “The Lederer Files” Howard tells his side of the Full Tilt story.
  • Lederer is a brother to another famous poker player, Annie Duke.

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2011 Aussie Millions
Event #9: Aussie Millions Main Event
34th 30,000 AUD
2011 Aussie Millions
Full Tilt Poker $25,000 Shootout Invitational
3rd 80,000 AUD
World Series of Poker Europe 2010
Event #4: £10,350 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Heads-Up
9th £22,847
2010 World Series of Poker
WSOP Tournament of Champions
2nd $250,000
2009 World Series of Poker Europe
Event 3 - £5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
2nd £126,134
2009 World Series of Poker Europe
Event 2 - £2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em/Omaha
9th £9,117
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 40 - $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha
12th $61,838
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 33 - $10,000 World Championship Limit Hold'em
17th $27,824
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 19 - $2,500 Six-handed No Limit Hold'em
30th $11,839
2008 World Series of Poker Europe
Event 2 - £2,500 H.O.R.S.E.
3rd £30,250
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 33 - $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low World Championship
9th $30,668
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 24 - $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha
12th $14,175
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 4 - $5,000 Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No Limit)
6th $74,119
2008 Aussie Millions
Event 9 - $100,000 No Limit Holdem
1st 1,250,000 AUD
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 32 - $2,000 Seven Card Stud
9th $6,203

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