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Ben Affleck Dismisses The Claims That He's A Degenerate Gambler

Actor Defends Card Counting At Blackjack In Las Vegas


Ben Affleck said just because he made headlines for counting cards at blackjack doesn’t mean he’s a gambling addict like the tabloids assumed.

The movie star is promoting a new film he’s in and talked with Details magazine about some stuff, including his notorious blackjack play earlier this year in Las Vegas. Affleck was eventually barred from playing blackjack at some casinos because of his card counting—also known as advantage play.

Basically, Affleck said that he spent some time learning how to card count—presumably just for fun—and used his skills while on vacation with his wife. He reportedly was varying his bet sizes between $100 and $20,000, depending on how favorable the shoe was.

When asked about whether he’s addicted to gambling, Affleck said: “Usually, when you’re a compulsive gambler, the casinos don’t ask you to leave because you’re beating them. You know?” In other words, the tabloid headlines made no sense, according to Affleck.

He added that the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino didn’t actually kick him out.

“I will say this,” Affleck explained, “there were a number of casinos that said, ‘Hey, you can’t play blackjack here. We know you count cards. But, you know, you’re welcome to come, do whatever you want, see a show, have dinner. We’ll comp ya. Play roulette, we know you don’t play craps, but hang out, we still want your presence and business.’”