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article imageBen Affleck admits to counting cards

By Simon Crompton     Oct 1, 2014 in Environment
Las Vegas - Movie star and avid card player Ben Affleck has opened up about his rumored ejection from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas last spring.
The Batman v. Superman star admitted to counting cards at the casino last spring, claiming that he “got good” at the game after learning that a system existed to improve his odds of winning.
“That is a true story. I mean, that took place. I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player,” he said.
Predictably, the Hard Rock Casino didn’t like that. Security reportedly told Affleck, “You are too good at the game.”
Contrary to some reports, he was not “kicked out” of the casino, nor even asked to leave. In a recent interview with Details, he was careful to clarify that he was not “grabbed by the shoulders and [thrown] out.”
“They only said, ‘No blackjack’,” he said.
Affleck did mention that the Hard Rock was not the only casino that barred him from their blackjack tables, however: “There were a number of casinos that said, ‘Hey, you can’t play blackjack here. We know you count cards,” he said.
For its part, the Hard Rock only said that Affleck is a “valued guest” who is “welcome back any time.”
Affleck dismissed rumors that he has a gambling problem, stating that blackjack is the only game of chance he’ll play, and called the tabloid stories reporting on his addiction “a bunch of crap.”
"They completely lie. I mean, I can show you 10 articles of Star and OK! — those magazines feel totally comfortable absolutely fictionalizing every single element of the story. And there's nothing you can do about that," he said.
A quick look at the numbers reveals just why Affleck might have run afoul of Las Vegas’s gaming houses. He once took home in the neighborhood of $800,000, tipping the waitresses and dealers a total of $150,000.
Affleck didn´t take home quite that much before getting banned from the tables earlier this year, largely owing to stricter casino policies.
"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?'”, he said in his interview with Details.
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