Ben Affleck admits to counting cards

Ben AffleckBen Affleck, 41, admits he was caught counting cards in Las Vegas in April. The Argo star, who has three children, Violet, eight, Seraphina, five, and two-year-old Samuel, with wife Jennifer Garner, says he has been punished for ”being good” at blackjack, but insists he wasn’t kicked out of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino because he used the gambling strategy, which involves counting card values to decrease betting risk during a major game. Asked about the incident, the Oscar winner said: ”That is a true story. I mean, that took place. 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.”

He added: ”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.’ ” Ben says he wasn’t escorted out of the casino by security: ”No, I wish! That would be awesome. [Like,] ‘Get him outta here! He’s a magician!’ Unfortunately, they just came up and said, ‘We can’t let you play blackjack. But we have other table games! We have Chinese poker!’ ” Ben was also allegedly kicked out of the Caesar Windsor Hotel and Casino in Ontario in May for counting cards.

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  1. Bonnie • September 19, 2014 @ 2:35 PM

    Good for Ben, why punish someone because they have an incredible mind, sore losers they are!

  2. meowmeow • September 20, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

    Incredible mind and Ben Affleck? Ha, he was probably using his fingers and toes and security didnt want him taking off his shoes.

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