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Ben Affleck

Booted from Hard Rock for Counting Cards

5/2/2014 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ben Affleck Kicked Out Hard Rock Casino
Ben Affleck
's blackjack days are over ... at least at the Hard Rock in Vegas -- because he was just banned FOR LIFE from playing the game at the casino ... after security says they caught him counting cards.

Affleck was in Sin City earlier this week with wife Jennifer Garner. We're told he planned the Vegas trip as a romantic getaway before he ships off to Detroit for several months to shoot his new Batman movie.

But things took an unromantic turn Tuesday night -- Hard Rock casino sources tell us, Affleck was playing blackjack at a high rollers' table when security swarmed.

According to sources, security informed Affleck he had been deemed an "advantaged player" and was no longer allowed to play blackjack at the Hard Rock. We're told security had spotted Affleck counting cards ... a gambling strategy that involves counting card values to decrease betting risk.

Counting cards isn't technically illegal, but it can get you kicked out of a casino -- which is exactly what happened to Affleck. We're told security arranged for a car service to take him back to his hotel.

FYI, Affleck is a well-known card shark -- back in 2001, he reportedly amassed $800,000 in blackjack winnings (at the Hard Rock no less) by playing three $20,000 blackjack hands at once.

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136.

kalamry    

I don't understand how they can tell you are counting cards don't you just do that mentally and how can the casino determine that??? Jus because you are winning??

83 days ago
137.

oldgringo    

Who Let The Dog Out?

83 days ago
138.

dave    

pretty stupid to throw him out,all the casino has to do is shuffle every other hand and he will go away quick,thats how you chase a card counter

83 days ago
139.

Blonde Ambition    

People are just still mad at him for not marrying J. Lo.

83 days ago
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R Ginnaty    

Funny, how a legal mental approach to the game of blackjack is deemed "advantaged" but of course, if you are new to the game or play stupidly then no restrictions apply. The casino could have countered by playing six decks making counting extremely difficult.

83 days ago
141.

Gregory    

They state it's not illegal, but yet they kick him out for it? It's the same with all Casinos, he'd won big there once before. They are fine taking your money, however, they look for any and every excuse to NOT pay you winnings.

83 days ago
142.

Verdi e Amarello    

Before I could finish this article zi just have to say, he is the crappiest choice for batman. This is another George Clooney... Gag!

83 days ago
143.

nastynorm    

Swimming in money and nothing else to do,BOOHOO!

83 days ago
144.

Linda    

So, he was cheating then to get himself kicked out. Nice move Ben. Banned for life now....whooooaaaa.

83 days ago
145.

Regis Ruin    

Well, there goes hundreds of thousands of campaign contributions $ to some leftys who think like Ben. Think Ben planned to 'redistribute' his winnings?

83 days ago
146.

Argie     

Has gambling and drinking problems yet is doing both quite frequently.

83 days ago
147.

terryhighlander    

THIS GUY THINK'S HE IS SMARTER AND BETTER THEN OTHER PEOPLE, WELL I AM SICK OF SEEING HIS FACE, HE IS NOT ALL THAT!!!!

83 days ago
148.

summerchaser    

The best part is Ma and other states won't have to worry that he will be trying to run for office........ahahahahahaa

83 days ago
149.

diane    

that's what happens to unhappy rich guys ....they will do anything to lose some of that money.....just becuzzz!
then they go talk about rich people in poor politics!

83 days ago
150.

JAY    

DOESN'T ANYONE GET IT WITH THESE STARS. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS BAD PUBLICITY. THEIR JOB IS TO KEEP THEMSELVES IN THE NEWS AT ANY COST. IT'S ALL B.S.

83 days ago
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