Jerry Buss — World Series of Poker to Honor Legend with Tournament

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Lakers owner Jerry Buss was such a force in the high-stakes poker world … the World Series of Poker wants to honor his memory by naming a championship tournament after him, our sources has learned.

A rep for WSOP tells our sources, “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 has been a fixture in the high-stakes poker circuit for years — placing high in several national tournaments since the 90s … including 3rd at the 1991 WSOP 7-card stud event.

The WSOP rep adds, “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.”

Buss died early this morning at an L.A. hospital following a battle with cancer. He was 79.

And to show you just how obsessed Buss was with poker — here”s a pic of the guy playing cards at a cheesy casino back in 2009 … while the Lakers parade was taking place just 10 miles away.