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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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61.

Factual    

What a D bag

81 days ago
62.

hotandcold    

Casinos will do anything to prevent a player from winning money from them. Casinos have ALL the advantages and yet, IF a player has any edge at all, they kick them out and ban them. The house ALWAYS wins. I just don't know why people even go to casinos since the odds are NEVER in their favor...

81 days ago
63.

MandaPanda    

If he was that good of a card counter, he would have won the World Series of Poker. The Casino is just a poor loser.

81 days ago
64.

sandy    

How do they spot someone counting cards ? Honest question don't they do it in their brain?

81 days ago
65.

Toilethead    

That shouldn't be illegal.

81 days ago
66.

R    

Ben:1 Casino: 0

81 days ago
67.

t    

i find it just amazing that we could have a law that says if someone bets his money, and just keeps track of the cards being dealt, that is illegal.

are you kidding me?
is the law that we must close our eyes when we give the casinos and adelson our money?

81 days ago
68.

christy    

Impressive talent

81 days ago
69.

bloodbath    

You should never play blackjack if you can't count cards. Just don't get caught and be so open about it.

81 days ago
70.

StPeteRickster    

Seems like the casino should just use a bigger shoe.

If he can actually do that math, then he is not cheating at all.

Go to a 20 deck shoe, isn't like there is a playing card shortage....

81 days ago
71.

Larry    

They will pour free drinks down you all night, and watch you loose like a drunken fool. But the minute you start kicking their ass, they put a stop to it.

81 days ago
72.

Doug    

Respect Ben.

81 days ago
73.

Obvious justice    

Who cares ..Ben is bigger than them like he is the only one that does them ... There are others too at the gamers celebrity blackjack and poker ... And they don't get called on it. Hard rock casino is just sore cause they lost lost lost . Ben simply was smarter than them

81 days ago
74.

Teresa andrews    

Mad skill.

81 days ago
75.

sfrandiver    

Mmm staged? I know Ben Affleck is always packing thugs with guns for Hard Rock security to swarm. He is hardcore watch out he might beat you with his cane from Daredevil.

81 days ago
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