This weekend the World Poker Tour will host a special charity tournament in honor of the late Dr. Jerry Buss. Buss, best known as the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, was also a fairly regular participant in high-stakes poker games, with Seven-Card-Stud being his preferred poker game. Buss passed away in February after battling cancer; he was 80 years old.
As a poker player, Buss was known to be a competent and extremely likable practitioner of the game, and was probably a favorite in virtually any stud game in the country with the exception of the ones he chose to participate in. Buss was also willing to help promote the game, as he did when he appeared on two of the games most popular shows: High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark.
While he preferred cash games, in poker tournaments Buss was no slouch, winning five poker tournaments during his lifetime, including his largest tournament score when he won the $200 NLHE tournament at the 2005 Winning O’ the Green series.
Buss also had two very notable finishes: First he finished 3rd in the 1991 Seven Card Event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) which seems to have really kindled his love affair with the game. And as most poker fans know, finished second to Layne Flack in the 2003 World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational –Flack was regular in Buss’s poker games and the two put on a memorable show for the viewing audience.
On Aug. 25 at 4 p.m., the World Poker Tour Foundation will hold the Frank Mariani & Jerry Buss No Limit Hold ‘em Poker Tournament at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens.
The guaranteed prize for the tournament is $20,000.
The entry fee is a $365 buy-in, with 25% of the tournament’s prize pool donated to the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation, which focuses “on the use of sports to promote education, teamwork and self-esteem among Los Angeles area youth.
The tournament was added to the 2013 Legends of Poker tournament series schedule (the Legends of Poker series began back on July 28) and should draw a pretty nice crowd, considering the tournament lines-up nicely right before the Main Event gets underway on August 29th.
You can see the full 2013 WPT Legends of Poker tournament schedule here: http://www.thebike.com/poker-tournaments-los-angeles/legends-of-poker-2013-2013.html
Buss was also honored during the 2013 World Series of Poker, with a special video message from Kobe Bryant delivered before the start of the Seven Card Stud event; a tournament Buss participated in whenever he had the chance, dating back to his 3rd place showing in 1991.
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