Dr. Jerry Buss hosted a Poker Tournament where "You Hold The Cards To Make A Difference" in support of Smile Train, the world's leading cleft charity. The poker tournament recently took place on Saturday, April 10th at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens.
There are no cash prizes, but there will be over $25,000 in Lakers Memorabilia, Tickets, Prizes among other items. The Entry Fee was a $250 donation to Smile Train plus $25 registration. (Prizes include floor seats for a game, Dinner with Dr. Buss in his suite, tickets, autographed jerseys & basketballs, framed photos & more. No cash prizes will be given). Registration and buffet began at 3:00pm while the Poker Tournament began at 5:00pm.
Smile Train is the world’s leading cleft charity, dedicated to helping the millions of children in the world who suffer from cleft lip or palate, by providing free surgery for patients and free training for doctors. To lean more: www.smiletrain.org.
Buss, who will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on August 13th, recently raised over $175,000 for the Lakers Youth Foundation at the team’s 20th Annual Celebrity Golf Invitational and Dinner at the Riviera Country Club on March 22. For his philanthropic efforts, Buss has been honored by organizations such as the City of Hope, Urban League, NAACP and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, while funding scholarships at his alma maters, the University of Wyoming and USC.
In January 2008, Buss donated $7.5 million to USC's Department of Chemistry to fund two endowed chairs and an endowed scholarship fund for chemistry graduate students; the two chairs were to be named after his mentors at USC, professors Sidney Benson and David Dows. Buss is an inaugural member of the USC College Board of Councilors.
Buss has been a high-stakes cash game poker player for many years, but recently he has been more active in tournament games. His best finishes include 3rd in the 1991 World Series of Poker seven-card stud event and 2nd place in the 2003 World Poker Tour Free roll invitational. He has appeared in the GSN series High Stakes Poker and the NBC late-night series Poker After Dark. He is good friends with Professional Poker Player Parimal Parmar. I asked Dr. Buss how to win in Poker and he said "you have to be patient".