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The Poker World Misses Jerry Buss Already

Lakers Owner, Poker Lover Dead At Age of 80

by Brian Pempus |  Published: Jul 01, 2013

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The National Basketball Association lost one of its own with the passing of longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss, but the poker world also lost one of its familiar faces and nicest guys. Buss died in mid-February at the age of 80. He had been battling cancer. Despite being one of the most prominent faces in the Los Angeles celebrity community, Buss was frequently in Las Vegas during the later years of his life. Instead of watching his team win championships, he was sometimes playing poker tournaments. Los Angeles and Las Vegas, separated by less than 300 miles, are both huge centers for poker, and he oscillated between the two. As one poker pro remembered it, Buss once was playing a low-stakes tournament at the Commerce Casino during a Lakers playoff game. He often grinded the poker circuit in the Southwest part of the United States and, one year, played more ...


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