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World Poker Tour to hold tournament in honor of Jerry Buss

By Eric Pincus

11:39 AM EDT, August 18, 2013

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Although basketball was Jerry Buss' true love, the late Lakers owner was also a passionate poker player.

On Aug. 25 at 4 p.m., the World Poker Tour Foundation will hold the Frank Mariani & Jerry Buss No Limit Hold 'em Poker Tournament at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens.

The guaranteed prize for the tournament is $20,000.

The entry fee is a $365 buy-in, with 25% of the tournament's prize pool donated to the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation, which focuses "on the use of sports to promote education, teamwork and self-esteem among Los Angeles area youth."

All players who reach the final table will receive a "limited framed Jerry Buss/Frank Mariani chip set."

Mariani was a long-time business partner and close friend of Buss.

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