Iconic American comedy actor Steve Martin has revealed that he played online poker before the advent of current anti-gambling legislation and once won $1,000 after only an hour.
The 63-year-old star of such films as Father Of The Bride, The Man With Two Brains and the soon to be released Pink Panther 2 revealed his former hobby during a taping of The Late Show With David Letterman last week week.
“For a while I played Internet poker when it was legal,” Martin told host David Letterman.
Martin is also a writer, playwright, producer, musician and composer and stated that he had once had an ‘Ambien experience’ where he had deposited $500 and played for an hour with no memory of doing so.
“I was travelling and doing show business, so I took an Ambien to go to sleep,” said Texas-born Martin.
“I thought ‘well, I’ll play a little Internet poker’. I had $500 in my account and then I quit and I went to bed. I woke up the next morning and said ‘well, I’ll play a little Internet poker’ and I opened it up and I had $1,500 in my account.
“I thought that they had made a mistake. So, I called the guy…and said ‘I think someone made a mistake and put money on my account’. But, he said ‘no, we have you playing from four AM to five AM in the morning’. And I had won $1,000. I was playing better out of my mind than I had without the Ambien. But, I never took an Ambien again.”