Ben Affleck has long been recognized as one of the world’s top actors. His fashionable performance in Batman also shows itself in Pearl Harbour and Gone Girl. Other than the awards he wins for film acting, Affleck is also an Oscar-winning filmmaker. As well as being a performer he’s a passionate casino gambler – although he isn’t into slots he is a blackjack professional. Apparently his unique methods of gambling left him banned from playing at the Hard Rock Casino for life. In 2014, Affleck talked about his gambling hobby and casino adventures in an interview with Details. Let’s look back at old times and recap this entertaining story.
What got this A-list celebrity banned from a live casino?
Casino managers do all they can to entice players to attend their casinos because customers are the main source of income for live casinos. Therefore, Affleck must have been a stubborn violator if you hear the casino has forbidden him to play. So what had Ben Affleck done to result in him being banned?
As it happens, Affleck has a great memory that provides him the edge to play online casino games with other players for real money. In 2014, Ben and his wife visited the Hard Rock Casino. Only by playing cards he gained heaps of cash. According to the security service of the casino, the actor recalls all the removed cards from the game which allows him to win multiple times. Hard Rock Casino banned Affleck for life, they accused him of card counting and fraud. Fortunately, this life ban only applies to this one casino and Affleck can still attend other live casinos. After the allegations the actor carefully specified that he did not break any laws that night playing blackjack. The only thing he did was “get good [at the game]”.
Remember, casinos can’t exactly have a regulation and rule for having a good memory. However, in most casinos worldwide, gamblers that play like Affleck are not welcome. After the ban for playing blackjack, the casino did permit him to play other games and even had his own personal limousine available for him to use. “This is a true story,” admits Affleck when asked about the card-counting report. He continued to say, “I mean, the fact that being good at the game is against the rules at the casinos should tell you something about casinos”. Many years before his ban, Ben won $800,000 in one night playing blackjack alone.
Ben didn’t give up gambling once he was banned at this one casino. Affleck says he truly doesn’t wager on any other game and instead blackjack is his primary game at the casino. “I knew with blackjack that there’s a way you can improve your odds,” he explains. As one of the world’s finest gamers, Ben has visited various great casinos but he has now found it much more comfortable and ideal for him to play in online casinos. Of course, there is no way that online casinos would block him from accessing his more favored games. He has still managed to be a successful blackjack player.
The popular gaming site, Spinia, admits that most online sites are aware of Affleck’s identity if he plays using their site. According to experts, online gambling sites that contain licenses and work with clients in the USA most likely don’t leak his personal information due to his connections with the managers. However, this rumor could be false. These casinos could simply just be abiding by their terms and conditions to keep their players’ confidentiality safe.
His renowned reputation
When asked about his hobbies, Affleck does admit to his favorite one (other than working out) being blackjack. He also admitted that the Hard Rock Casino banned him from playing that specific game, he continued the statement by saying, “I wish I could say [the Hard Rock security members] were afraid of me in every capacity, but they only said, ‘No blackjack”. The stories of casinos being suspicious of Affleck’s playing techniques doesn’t stop there. In Las Vegas, the casino service had to stop him from playing because he was winning too much in one night. The security team reported he was a great player but was just winning too much for the casino’s liking. He learnt something about the Las Vegas casino scene that night. He comments, “They don’t even want you to have a sporting chance, really. There’s a lot of hospitality, backslapping, when they think you’re gonna come in and dump money, and if they think you might leave with some money, it’s like, ‘You know what? Why don’t you try craps or roulette?”. Affleck’s reputation with blackjack is renowned across major gambling cities and casinos.
Other than a reputation among famous casinos Affleck doesn’t keep this hobby to himself in his personal life either. His close friends and family are well aware of his talent and love for this game. Many commented on his skills that he shows off successfully even after he’s been drinking. He has been spotted at a West Hollywood Party where he placed a $20,000 bet. As he arrived there intoxicated, the casino managers and owners were still tense because his reputation proceeded him. This night after only 12 minutes at the table he managed to win $1,500. He explains that when he first started to play blackjack he was at a point in his life where he wanted to learn how to do something well. His explanation was, “and so I started trying to learn [blackjack]. And then I just got to a point in my life where I’m like, ‘If I’m going to do something, I’m going to try and do it really well”.
The actor has admitted to regularly attending rehabilitation centers to fight his alcohol addiction. However, not long after his releases from these centers he seems to have relapsed multiple times. Hopefully his alcohol addiction does not show to be closely related to his gambling preferences.