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Jerry Buss

World Series of Poker to Honor Legend with Tourney

2/18/2013 11:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Lakers owner Jerry Buss was such a force in the high-stakes poker world ... the World Series of Poker wants to honor his memory by naming a championship tournament after him, TMZ has learned.

A rep for WSOP tells TMZ, "At the appropriate time, we will seek to ask the family to honor [Jerry's] legacy by possibly naming our WSOP Seven Card Stud Championship after him or awarding the victor a special perpetual trophy in his honor."

Buss has been a fixture in the high-stakes poker circuit for years -- placing high in several national tournaments since the 90s ... including 3rd at the 1991 WSOP 7-card stud event.

The WSOP rep adds, "We’re definitely going to miss seeing him ... Even when the Lakers were playing in the NBA Finals, you could often find Dr. Buss playing his favorite game -- Seven Card Stud -- at the World Series of Poker."

Buss died early this morning at an L.A. hospital following a battle with cancer. He was 80.

And to show you just how obsessed Buss was with poker -- here's a pic of the guy playing cards at a cheesy casino back in 2009 ... while the Lakers parade was taking place just 10 miles away.
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Valentina1    

Rest in peace Mr. Buss. You will be missed.

521 days ago
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Diamond Goddess!    

Jerry always had the HOTTEST girlfriends!!!
LMFAO.
I LOVE that.

521 days ago
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DownSouth    

RIP to a good hearted dude. Wish I was a beneficiary in his will. Then I could afford to grieve properly.

521 days ago
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