NEW YORK – Pamela Anderson says she and Rick Salomon took their 17-year friendship to the next level during a poker game.
"I left the table and Errol (Lyon, Anderson's driver) played in my place," the 40-year-old ex-"Baywatch" star tells OK! magazine. "I came back to find myself $250,000 in the hole to Rick!"
So Salomon — best known for making a sex tape with ex-girlfriend Paris Hilton — struck a flirty deal.
"Rick, being the gentleman, said he would wipe my debt if I gave him a kiss, so I have to thank Vegas for our relationship switching gears!" Anderson says in the magazine's latest issue, on newsstands Thursday. "It evolved into spending every day — and then nights — together."
Salomon weighs in, telling OK!: "I've been plotting and scheming for the past 15 years, and I finally got the girl."
The couple tied the knot Oct. 6 in a villa at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, squeezing in their vows between Anderson's performances as an assistant in Hans Klok's magic show at a nearby casino.
It was the third marriage for both Anderson and Salomon. The couple met when she was dating one of Salomon's friends.
Anderson was previously wed to Kid Rock and Tommy Lee. Salomon's ex-wives are actresses Shannen Doherty and E.G. Daily.
"There has always been chemistry, but mostly it's been camaraderie," Anderson says. "We have been there for each other through everything. We have seen each other through it all — that's tough to find."
She adds: "I don't just love him, I like him. We are an oddly good match."