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NBA Owner, High-Stakes Poker Player Jerry Buss Dead At 80

Many Poker Pros Take To Twitter To Say Goodbye


Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and a familiar face in the poker community, reportedly died Monday at the age of 80. He had been battling cancer.

During his time away from basketball, Buss played in some of the priciest poker games around, which included appearances on GSN’s High Stakes Poker and at the World Series of Poker. Over the years he managed to accumulate dozens of tournament cashes.

He was close to a WSOP gold bracelet in 1991, finishing third in a $2,500 stud event.

When once asked by Card Player about why he plays poker, Buss responded: “The competitiveness. Once you reach a certain age, there are very few things you can do to compete with people. I find it very enjoyable to compete every day of my life.”

Many poker pros loved to play with Buss because of his warm personality on the felt. When news broke of his passing, many took to Twitter to say goodbye.