Howard “The Professor” Lederer grew up in Concord, Massachusetts. While at Columbia, he became a chess master. He left chess for poker and was immediately successful. He has eight WPT cashes, including two titles. He has forty-three WSOP cashes, including two bracelets, and he finished second in the 2009 WSOP Europe PLO Event. Howard has $5,585,507 in career tournament earnings.