Sep 19, 2014

Ben Affleck admits to counting cards


Ben Affleck knows he can count on himself.

In May, the 42-year-old actor was banned from playing blackjack at the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas for counting cards.

“That is a true story,” he admitted in the newest issue of Details. “I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player. And once I became decent, the casinos asked me not to play blackjack. I mean, the fact that being good at the game is against the rules at the casinos should tell you something about casinos.”

The “Gone Girl” actor continued: “Yeah, 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?'”

“I had always liked blackjack. I don’t play any other games of chance. I don’t bet on football games, and I don’t gamble at all, really, outside of that. But I knew with blackjack that there’s a way you can improve your odds. And so I started trying to learn. 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.’ It was sort of presented like I did something illegal,” he explained.

When the incident occurred, TMZ reported that Affleck had been kicked out of the hotel, which Affleck says wasn’t what happened.

“They just came up and said, ‘We can’t let you play blackjack. But we have other table games! We have Chinese poker!'”

Other outlets claimed that wife Jennifer Garner, 42, was fed up with his gambling.

“See, that’s tabloid s–t. That’s all b——t. They completely lie,” Affleck said, “and there’s nothing you can do about that. My only hope is that people with any common sense recognize that those stories are false.”

Affleck’s played his fair share of cards. In May 2013 after getting busted by the feds, “Poker Princess” Molly Bloom named the actor as one of many who attended the high-stakes poker games she hosted.

“He didn’t stay all night like a lot of the guys,” Bloom told People about Affleck. “He always had a specific time when he would stand up at the table. He would leave at a reasonable hour. He never lost a great deal. He usually won.”

Other A-list players included Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon.

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