Howard Lederer Has Become Relevant Again
Up until around 2004, Howard Lederer was one of the big forces on the poker circuit. Known as "The Professor", he won two WPT titles as well as two WSOP bracelets. Making the final table was as common as making a check-raise is to you or I. Then the poker boom hit and Lederer decided to focus more on his poker related businesses and Full Tilt Poker. While he still played some, he admitted that he didn't really dedicate the time that he should to the game.
That changed back around the end of 2007. He mentioned on Poker After Dark that he was going to dedicate more time in 2008 and his results showed improvement. He won a high stakes even for just under a Million at the Aussie Millions in 2008 and the finished third at the WSOP Europe in the H.O.R.S.E. Event.
Enter this year's WSOP Europe. So far, Lederer has final tabled two out of the three events. He made a helluva comeback to finish 9th in the PL Holdem/PL Omaha Event and the just yesterday finished 2nd in the PLO event. His performance should put the rest of the poker world on notice that "The Professor" is back on his game.
Lederer has received a lot of criticism over the last few years for not really being on his game like some of the other big name pros. While he hasn't walked away from the WSOP-E with a bracelet, this performance should be enough to put him back on the poker map and shut up some of the naysayers.