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Steve Martins Dream to Return to online poker after UIGEA

10/2/2009
Anonymity is something of an asset when it comes to success playing online poker. Some people don’t want others to know your age, gender or whether or not you’re a top pro player—or even a celebrity. Case in point was the realization that none other than comedic genius Steve Martin used to dabble in online poker before UIGEA essentially put the kibosh on it. Now with rumblings that the bill might be overturned in a few weeks, you may soon sit across from the banjo-wielding Saturday Night Live legend and King Tut impersonator.

After an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on February 2, he mentioned he used to be an online poker player. (He also said that he was on US Airways flight 1549, which landed in the Hudson last month, and comedic brilliance ensued with “never-seen-before” video footage.) But he gave it up after understanding that it became illegal. He also said he was a much better online poker player while sleeping than awake. In detailing his “Ambien experience,” Martin told of how rather than just merely sleepwalk under the medication, he would play online poker with no memory of having done so.

Luckily, his subconscious proved to be a worthy ally as when he woke up from a particular episode, his credit was $1,000 more than when he left it the previous evening. He was worried it was some sort of glitch and alerted the poker site. They told him recorded information showed that he logged in from his IP address from 4 am to 5 am and winning the $1,000.

After that, however, he gave up Ambien, despite the win. But with an air of optimism brought on by the Obama administration and groups like the Poker Players Alliance, the day when Martin pulls up a seat at your table might not be far off.
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