WSOP May Name Event After the Late Jerry Buss

In a fitting tribute the WSOP have said that there is a strong possibility that they will name an Event after the late Jerry Buss. In a statement issued earlier this week they said, "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. 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." The L.A Times reported the passing of Dr Buss who had suffered a long battle with cancer. He had played poker much of his life at both high stakes games and major tournaments in the L.A area. He shot into the limelight in 1979 when he purchased the L.A Lakers and it was he who encouraged the fast paced game we still see today. After handing over control of the Lakers to his family he spent many of his later years playing the game he loved and regularly played at the WSOP and GSN's High Stake Poker. He also appeared on Poker After Dark and played in the $25K National Heads Up Championship. He was a great player and the highlight of his poker career came in 1991 when he finished third in the $2,500 Seven-Card Stud event. He also played a good game and finished second in the WPT Celebrity Invitational in 2003. Jerry Buss will be sadly missed by many people within the world of poker, he was great for the game, a true gentleman and a fine player.