The Poker World Reacts to the Passing of Jerry Buss

Lakers owner Jerry Buss died Monday morning at the age of 80. He was an avid poker player with tournament cashes dating all the way back to a third place finish in a Seven-card Stud event at the 1991 World Series of Poker. Buss was also a regular in the high stakes cash games and local tournaments in California dating back to 1982.

The effect he had on the poker world was clear in the hours that followed, with many players recounting fond memories of Buss. Here are just a few of the many messages reacting to the passing of Dr. Buss.

Doyle Brunson (@texdolly)
“I was supposedly the Lakers #1 draft pick in 1954 until I broke my leg. I asked Dr. Buss if they had any old clips of me. Jerry said, ‘No we throw them away after 50 years.’ RIP Jerry

“Dr. Buss lost $50K in a poker game. Me: ‘Sorry u lost so much.’ Him: ‘it’s ok, I could do it every day for 100 years and still be rich’. RIP Jerry”

Jean-Robert Bellande (@BrokeLivingJRB)
“One time he invited me to his box at the forum, and not knowing any better I showed up in a Boston sweatshirt. #plsleave #showtime RIP Jerry”

“Unbeknownst to each other, Jerry Buss and I dated the same girl at the same time 20 years ago. #misswoods #roxburydays RIP Jerry”

Phil Hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth)
“RIP Jerry Buss. I never ever heard Jerry say anything negative about anyone. JB turned around the Lakers & won 10 NBA Championships! Jerry was a great Limit Hold’em player & he held his own against the BEST players in the world. Jerry, I will miss you my friend…”

Layne Flack (@backtobackflack)
“My Prayers are with Jerry Buss and his family. My relationship with Jerry started 15 years ago. He was a wonderful man. R.I.P. JB we love you.”

“I first met Jerry we were in a 600-1200 game. He was waiting on a credit line approval. I lent him 80k in the game so he could play. I [ask] him, ‘You know why I like playing poker with you Jerry?’ He says, ‘because of my money.’ I say, ‘Nope. Your entourage.’ He says, ‘I agree.’ We never looked back, we became good friends. I always has a seat in his box at games. What a great finish we had in the ’01 WPT [Invitational]. 1st & 2nd. He always said he was the one who made me famous. I miss him already.”

Mike Sexton (@MikeSexton_WPT)
“Jerry Buss was always one of the nicest guys at the poker table and never heard of anyone that didn’t love the guy. Great friend of poker.”

“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.”

Erik Seidel (@Erik_Seidel)
“Sad news about Jerry Buss. He was a true friend to many poker players. Big hearted guy.”

Dan O’Brien (@DanOBrienPoker)
“Sad I won’t be seeing Dr. Buss at the tables any more. He was a great example of how hard work, intelligence, and a big heart can = success.”

Matt Savage (@SavagePoker)
“RIP Dr. Buss, always so down to earth and fun to be around.”

Daniel Alaei (@dalaei)
“RIP Mr. Buss. Was always fun to chat with Jerry. He was so open with his opinions, good or bad, about his team and the players. Fun fact: When Jerry bought the Lakers in ’79 one contingency was that they MUST draft Magic first. He had great passion and vision about hoops.”

Bryan Devonshire (@devopoker)
“First time I met Jerry Buss, I lost $100 on him being Jerry Buss. No way a dude that happy and friendly and laid back owns the Lakers. RIP”

Greg Mueller (@GregFBT)
“What a class act Jerry Buss was, such a humble person. When he talked everybody listened in awe and with respect RIP”

Erick Lindgren
“I asked Jerry Buss when he would sell the team. ‘What could I buy that is better than the Lakers?’ he responded. RIP Jerry you will be missed.”

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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