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High Stakes Poker Icon Dies At 80

Tags: basketball, cancer, dies, hall of fame, high stakes poker, jerry byss, los angeles lakers, nba.
Posted on 20 February 2013 by "T".

American poker profile Gerald Hatten "Jerry" Buss has passed on. In 2012, Buss was in hospital for several months with an undisclosed intestinal problem. After being hospitalised at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre with an undisclosed form of cancer, he died of kidney failure at 5:55 a.m. on February 18, 2013, aged 80.

Buss was a high-stakes cash game poker player for many years, but later in his life was more active in tournament games. He appeared in the GSN Series High Stakes Poker and the NBC late-night series Poker After Dark. A part from poker, he was the majority owner of Los Angeles Lakers professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA), winning 10 league championships that were highlighted by the team's Showtime era during the 1980s. In 2010, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport.

 


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8 comments on "High Stakes Poker Icon Dies At 80"

 balauru198320/02/2013 10:58:13 GMT
Rest in peace Jerry. Another bad news for LA Lakers which already have the worse season since I can remember.I stil cannot believe how they are almost out of playoff games.Poker lost a very good man and so NBA an iconic figure for more then 30 years
 Fakiry20/02/2013 15:49:37 GMT
He was owning LA Lakers during Magic Johnson’s time, those must have been great times for this man, outside the tables and also at them, as he probably was moving with a lot of money on both sides. We now tend to hear a lot about young stars that other big names from the Poker b.o. (before online) time like this tend to be forgotten…
 leking120/02/2013 21:24:22 GMT
RIP Jerry bad news for the poker world and LOS ANGELES LAKERS , he had some miarieble momment on high stake poker . RTP Jerry
 RFIDchips20/02/2013 23:16:19 GMT
RIP. I always loved watching jerry at the tables. He defiantly has a lot of memorable events in his life time. like when he won his 10th bracelet. I'm sure he will be missed by many.
 damosk20/02/2013 23:53:18 GMT
80 is quite good but we all expect to live forever./......... I will give $100 to a Pochui style home game for mobsters if I make 80. I wont forget and I will keep to my word....by then though $100 will be worth about 37c so it wont be that bad!
 Sorin88821/02/2013 08:36:35 GMT
To the general public he was Dr. Jerry Buss; the owner of the LA Lakers and the man who helped transform the basketball industry.
However, to the poker community he was the WSOP stalwart who gave the likes of Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth a hard time on shows such as High Stakes Poker.
RIP
 hoodi42021/02/2013 20:39:02 GMT
Rest in peace Dr Buss the world has lost a great icon for sports all over. I almost made a thread about this the other day. Glad to see there is one. Maybe I'll come back & post a youtube vid of one of his visits to high stakes poker. He lived a long & full life. I heard he liked pretty girls. I think we would've gotten along well. Smile
 Macubaas21/02/2013 21:13:03 GMT
RIP Jerry, frankly i heard about him not on the poker world, only about lakers...

From what i know he really was on the first people that made the basketball so huge in US tranforming it in a industry, not just a sport.

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RIP Jerry, frankly i heard about him not on the poker world, only about lakers...

From what i know he really was on the first people that made the basketball so huge in US tranforming it in a industry, not just a sport.

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