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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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Jackie    

The dude died today...he has not even yet rotten and this people wanna honor him?...Why didn't they honor him when he was still breathing?

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ray    

come on guys!!! get it right!!! he was EIGHTY! show a little respect and get it RIGHT!!

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Jackie    

Btw Ray is right....He was 80. again TMZ check your facts first. SMH

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mrharrybawls2012    

He looks a bit like The Joker from the original Batman show in the 60's. rip.

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SMASHED    

You will be missed Dr. Buss but never forgotton. RIP.

Condolences to your family.

610 days ago
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myopinion    

That's nice to honor him! RIP Jerry you enjoyed poker and you deserve this honor!

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mrharrybawls2012    

Guns dont kill people. Guns with ammunition kill people. Ban all ammunition. Can I get an Amen?

610 days ago
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bingostu    

That "cheesy casino" is The Bicycle Casino...not cheesy at all...

610 days ago
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Star Whacker    

Playing poker rather than being at the Laker's parade. I guess he'd been to enough of them. Living life his own way. Good for him!

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tgrfan42069    

i hope the family says the only way they will agree is if all the proceeds go to cancer research.WSOP is just trying to make a quick buck off of his death

610 days ago
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Chris Kaman Your Eye    

RIP Dr. Jerry Buss...He was the greatest owner in the history of professional team sports. The Lakers went to the NBA Finals 16 times in Buss' 33 years as owner. Amazing.

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Mrugowsky    

Poker-he never knew her.

610 days ago
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dathan    

Dr Buss liked poker , young women, and booze....(DUI)...

610 days ago
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0.0    

As a Redskins fan, I can't help but feel a tinge of jealousy whenever I hear that a team's owner has died.

610 days ago
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dathan    

Jerry Buss' daughter Jeanie looks great Nude in a Playboy spread , Google...it..!!!!

609 days ago
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