Affleck's alleged blackjack ejection has put the spotlight back on the tricky game.
Ben Affleck has allegedly been banned from playing Blackjack at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Casino after he was told by security guards "you are too good." TMZ reports that the Argo actor was caught counting cards, a technique used to determine the probability of the next hand.
Ben Affleck Was Allegedly Ejected From A Blackjack Game For Card Counting.
Affleck was in Vegas last week with his wife, the actress Jennifer Garner, on a reported romantic getaway before he heads to Detroit to start filming as Batman in the sequel to Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Affleck and Garner headed to the Hard Rock Casino, which is quite the honeypot for celebrities.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker is known to be a high stakes gambler with rumoured big wins and losses over the years in the city, including $800,000 in 2001. It has been speculated by gambling experts speaking to the LA Times that an "extreme betting pattern" probably gave Affleck away.
Affleck Was In The City With Jennifer Garner To Enjoy Some Time Together Before Filming As Batman.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has disputed claims that Affleck has been banned from the venue in a statement: "Mr. Affleck, a valued guest of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, is not banned from our property and is welcome back any time," it said, via Fox News.
Card counting is not illegal but casinos have been given the legal right to eject those they believe are using the strategy. Affleck, who was labelled an "advantage player" by security, was apparently given permission to stay and play other games but instead was driven back to his hotel.
The 2008 Kevin Spacey-starring movie 21 brought a renewed air of glamour and excitement to Blackjack but this has diminished in more recent years thanks to the explosive rise of poker. The publicity surrounding Affleck's casino ejection and alleged card counting could bring new interest to the high stakes card game.
The Filmmaker's Experiences May Prove An Advantage For The Vegas Economy.
Although enjoying reportedly record-breaking visitor levels, the city - dubbed "Disneyland for grown-ups" - hasn't quite recovered to pre-recession levels. In the year that ended in March, casinos in the county recorded $9.6 billion in total winnings compared to in 2007 when that figure was nearly $11 billion.
Visitors are enticed to the party city by cheap food, drinks and accommodation, yet are expected to lay down heavy currency in any one of Vegas' 120+ casinos. Affleck's recent experiences in the city may have been somewhat embarrassing for the actor but could set a whole new generation of gamblers on a course to Sin City.