Thursday, December 25, 2014

Why was Ben Affleck banned from playing blackjack in Vegas?

Ben Affleck was reportedly banned for life from the blackjack table at the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas.

The Batman actor was playing at a “high-rollers” table last week when a manager approached him and reportedly said, “You are playing too well,” an unnamed source told the NY Post.

Managers allegedly accused Affleck of counting cards, a strategy in which the player keeps a running tally of which cards have been played so he is able to bet larger sums with less risk. Counting cards is not illegal in Las Vegas, but casinos frown upon the practice because it can reduce the house’s winnings.

While Affleck, 41, has been banned from the Hard Rock blackjack tables, the casino said in a statement he is welcome to play other games at the venue.

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  • “The hotel was really nice,” a source told Hollywood Life. “They told him he could play other games and ended up getting him and [wife Jennifer Garner] a car back to their hotel.”

    Affleck has come under fire in the past for his gambling practices. In 2011, he was named for his alleged involvement in a high-stakes underground poker ring with other Hollywood A-listers including Tobey Maguire, Matt Damon, and Leonardo DiCaprio. However, he was not sued.

    The actor also won the California State Poker Championship in 2004, and he has competed multiple times in the World Poker Tour.

    Lindsay Lowe
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