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Ben Affleck Caught Card Counting In Las Vegas Casino

Affleck Banned From Blackjack Play At Hard Rock Hotel and Casino


Ben AffleckWhile on a Las Vegas vacation with his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, Hollywood actor Ben Affleck was caught counting cards at a blackjack table at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and asked to leave the property.

The 41-year-old part-time poker player, who won the 2004 California State Poker Championship for $356,400, was caught using “perfect basic” strategy and “moving his money with the count,” according to an alert submitted by the Surveillance Information Network.

According to a source at the casino, Affleck was being incredibly obvious that he was keeping a running count by using his black $100 chips to keep track and varying his bet sizes between $100 and $20,000, depending on how favorable the shoe was.

Apparently, after being asked to stop, Affleck continued to keep count and the casino had no choice but to ban him from playing and ask him to leave.

The alert, which is issued to other major casinos in the area, said that Affleck was “currently suspected of advantage play.”

Card counting occurs when a player, primarily playing blackjack, keeps a running count of the high and low cards dealt from a particular shoe. When the ratio of high cards to low cards is favorable, the player then bets bigger, taking advantage of the odds being temporarily shifted in their favor. Card counting is not an illegal practice, but the casino does have the right to restrict or bar a card counter from playing.