Matthew Perry The Odd Gamble ... Dropping Thousands At L.A. Casino

3/19/2015 11:35 AM PDT

Matthew Perry was involved in an early morning high-stakes chase ... he was spotted at the Commerce Casino putting up major bucks while sipping 'Bucks.

Witnesses say "The Odd Couple" star showed up before 7 AM Thursday morning and blew through at least $10k on 3-card poker before pulling out another ten ... all while slurping down java. 

Now before you get too worried about Perry's bank roll, keep in mind he's reportedly worth around $70 mil and can afford to drop a few fat stacks ... all before breakfast.

Who knows, maybe he's doing hands-on research for Oscar Madison ... but may we suggest the $5 blackjack?