Ben Affleck is known for his roles in such movies as Argo, Good Will Hunting, and Pearl Harbor. He also seems to have a gambling issue as of late. He has been banned for life from a casino in Las Vegas called Hard Rock. Though technically not illegal it is not looked on favorably in Las Vegas casinos. Affleck was caught moving his chips around in order to keep count. He was playing blackjack at a high roller table, which means they have betting limits usually between $150,000 and $300,000. Typically, high rollers are given the V.I.P. treatment, in order to lure other players into their casino. They are usually comped for many things such as car services, free use of a private jet, and hotel stays. Another lure for the casino is if the whale (high roller) loses, they could rake in a substantial amount of money which more than makes up for all of the compensation. Since it is Vegas, of course it is all about betting.
Affleck was using what is called the “perfect basic” which alludes to moving money around to keep count. He had been previously warned on April 22, 2014 that he was being too obvious, but continued to card count anyway. The incident occurred on April 29, 2014, while on a romantic getaway with his wife Jennifer Garner. This was to be a short vacation before Affleck started filming Batman Vs. Superman. He was warned repeatedly before being banned for life. Affleck will still be allowed inside the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel, but will no longer be allowed to play at the blackjack tables.
According to witnesses, Affleck was announced as an “advantaged player”, then he was quickly escorted from the property, put in a limo and sent back to his hotel. This all occurred shortly after 10 p.m. This is not the first time Affleck has been in hot water in the casino scene. In 2011, it was reported that he lost $400,000 to mogul Ron Meyer. He is considered a card shark among many players. In 2001 it was reported he won $800,000 in one sitting. Card counting is a tricky venue as it is easy to lose count or one may come across a card shuffler, which makes it impossible to keep up with the count. Ben Affleck has learned this week that card counting may not be as easy as he thought, given that he was busted quite easily.
Card counting is when a person tries to count the cards to make a safer bet. For example, if someone needed a two to get to 21. That person would not bet if they had been keeping up with all of the cards, and there was no longer any twos available. Some believe that card counting should not have an individual removed from the casino, since it is technically legal. They insist that if it is such a problem the casino’s should make it illegal. There has been no word yet on what Jennifer Garner’s reaction has been to her husband Ben Affleck’s card counting escapade. Although this is probably not a new thing considering it is rumored he belongs to a secret Hollywood card playing club.
Opinion by Heather Tillman