WSOP Considering Jerry Buss Memorial Event

Day 7 of the 2012 WSOP Main Event
We might see a Jerry Buss Memorial tournament at the WSOP in years to come.

The World Series of Poker confirmed to PokerListings that it might rename one of its gold-bracelet events in honor of LA Lakers owner Jerry Buss.

A long-time poker player who appeared on televised poker shows like High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark, Buss was also a regular at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Originally reported by TMZ, the idea of honoring Jerry Buss with a memorial event was confirmed by WSOP Communications Director Seth Palansky.

“Buss has played at the WSOP for 25 years,” Palansky told

“At the right time we'd like to reach out to his family and see if they support an idea of renaming one of our championship events after him and awarding the victor a perpetual trophy in Dr. Buss' honor."

But while the WSOP is interested in pursuing the idea, it's not something that's going to happen overnight.

“There's no time-frame for this though,” said Palansky. “It's an idea and we'll see if it can be executed.”

Buss, who owned the Los Angeles Lakers since 1979, passed away at the age of 80 after an extended battle with cancer.

The World Series of Poker released this official statement:

We're sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Jerry Buss. A class act whose kindness and intelligence always stood out at the poker table. Jerry epitomizes what makes the game of poker so great.

Everyone is on equal footing when you enter a poker tournament. And Jerry Buss acted and carried himself as a dignified gentleman throughout. There is no doubt he was competitive and liked to win, but to anyone who had the pleasure of interacting with him at the World Series of Poker, you left better for the experience and rooting for him and his Lakers.

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About Matthew Showell

Matt Showell was born and raised in the fair city of Vancouver, Canada. He now spends the bulk of his time traveling the globe, reporting on the world’s biggest poker tournaments. Matt has lived and breathed poker since the end of high school when he learned the most common variants at home games with his friends. In university he made his living playing low-stakes cash games and multi-table tournaments online while following the professional circuit on television and the Internet and in magazines.

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Grant 2013-02-20 19:45:29

Seems like a cool thing to do. Kudos to the WSOP.

furanou 2013-02-19 07:15:05

Memorial event should be done in honor of Jerry Buss.