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WSOP to Honor Jerry Buss

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World Series of Poker (WSOP) officials have announced possible plans to honor the late Jerry Buss.

TMZ is reporting that a representative of the WSOP told them that they'd like to honor Lakers owner and longtime poker fan Jerry Buss at the upcoming WSOP.

"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 was a regular in high stakes poker games for decades, specializing in Seven Card Stud but willing to take on all comers at other poker games including No Limit Hold'em, Omaha, Razz, and mixed games such as H.O.R.S.E.

Buss cashed in a live poker tournament as recently as late 2011, with his last WSOP cash coming in a 2011 WSOP Omaha/Seven Card Stud event where he finished 25th for $6,214. His best WSOP finish was a third-place finish in a Seven Card Stud event in 1991 where he won $33,250. 

Lifetime poker tournament winnings of nearly $200,000 were pocket change for a man who owned the LA Lakers but they spoke to his seriousness and dedication to the game. Buss was also a fixture in high-stakes poker games in California and Las Vegas, appearing several times on the poker television show "High Stakes Poker" as well as on NBC's "Heads Up Championship".

Buss passed away on February 18 after a long battle with cancer. Numerous poker pros took to Twitter to express their condolences, with many remarking that Buss was one of the nicest and most humorous celebs to play poker with and was a great ambassador for the game.

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