Steve Martin Talks Internet Poker on Letterman
February 4, 2022
Steve Martin, the legendary comedian and actor behind such hits as "The Jerk," "Roxanne," and "Bowfinger," discussed his internet poker hobby on Late Night With David Letterman this week, in a way that can only help and simultaneously hurt the industry.

In the interview, Martin gave his secret to tripling an online bankroll - drugs.

Martin claimed his bankroll swelled from $500 to $1,500 in one night, after an "Ambien experience" where he apparently sleep-walked his way through numerous online games. After waking, he claims he nervously contacted the company to find out why his account was off by $1,000, only to have them say that he had won the money earlier that day (between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. in the morning).

It was a humorous story and one that certainly would encourage others to play online poker (if winning really is so easy you can do it in your sleep), but unfortunately Martin negated any good his statements may have done for the industry, when he offhandedly made the erroneous comment that internet poker is now illegal.

Given Martin's apparent love for the game, it's too bad he'll no longer be joining us on the virtual felt, but it's downright tragic that Dave didn't know enough to take this great opportunity to correct this amazingly common misconception.

Story by Mark Anderson
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