Oscar-winning Hollywood actor/writer/director Ben Affleck has reportedly been banned from the any blackjack tables at Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas after being accused of card counting at their blackjack tables. The Hard Rock Casino has issued a statement saying Affleck is “not banned from our property and is welcome back any time.” Various celebrity-focused media reports say Affleck was booted from the casino late on April 28 after being observed “moving his money with the count.” The following day, a local security firm circulated a warning to other casinos in Vegas about Affleck’s newfound status as an advantage player, making it unlikely that the Argo star/director will be welcomed at any Strip blackjack table anytime soon.
The Hard Rock missive stated that Affleck used the “perfect basic” form of card counting, “but also takes insurance according to the count. Uses black $100 cheques to keep track of the count while playing.” Card counting isn’t illegal but casinos keep a sharp eye out for such activity, the mere suspicion of which is enough to get one frog-marched off the premises (even if you’re a holy roller).
The Hard Rock has issued a statement saying Affleck is “not banned from our property and is welcome back any time.”
Affleck’s math skills were apparently first spotted a week earlier during his play at Wynn Resorts’ Vegas casinos. Radar Online reported that Games Protection Manager Rob Olivetti sent an internal email detailing how the actor had been warned that that he was being “way too obvious moving his money with the count. He was spreading $100 -10K on the double decks and $0-20K ([email protected]) on the shoe games.” Olivetti noted that management had decided to let Affleck continue playing, but that ship appears to have now sailed.
Affleck’s fondness for gambling is no secret. In 2001, Affleck reportedly earned $800k playing blackjack at the Hard Rock. He’s also a noted poker player, having learned much of his craft from the late Amir Vahedi. In 2004, Affeck won the California State Poker Championship main event, earning $356k in the process. Affleck has even managed to merge his off- and onscreen activities, starring in 2013’s abysmal online poker movie Runner, Runner.