Nearly 60 players turned out at LA’s Bicycle Casino on Sunday to pay tribute to late Lakers owner Jerry Buss raise money for the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation.
Presented by WPT Foundation, the Frank Mariani-Jerry Buss No-Limit Hold ‘Em Tournament attracted 57 players, including Jerry Buss’ good friend and partner, Frank Mariani, to the Bike for a fun-filled afternoon of poker for a great cause. Like the Lakers organization, the tournament was a full-on family fair, with Mariani’s daughter Roberta and grandson Anthony in the field, along with Janie Buss.
Other notable players included WPT’s Vince Van Patten, who finished third, and Toto Leonidas, who finished second. Steven Pulliam won the tournament, netting nearly $8,200 for the victory. Not making the final table was David Chiu, a five-time WSOP champion who donated one of his World Series bracelets to the Bicycle Casino in memory of Jerry Buss.
In total, the tournament raised more than $7,800 for the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation.