Las Vegas Casino Boots Ben Affleck for Counting Cards
He's reportedly done for life at Hard Rock Cafe
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2014 6:38 AM CDT
Ben Affleck is in some hot water in Vegas.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) Actor, director, citizen of the world, and ... card cheat? That's apparently how Vegas views Ben Affleck, who has been banned from gambling at the Hard Rock Cafe for life because he got caught counting cards in blackjack, reports TMZ. What's more, an alert went out to all the major casinos on the Strip advising that Affleck uses a rudimentary technique known as "perfect basic," reports Radar. “He has been observed playing blackjack at multiple Las Vegas Strip properties, and is suspected of moving his wagers with the count,” says the alert. The celeb, a longtime gambling aficionado, was reportedly escorted from Hard Rock on Tuesday night when his ploy proved too obvious.

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acegammer5
May 5, 2014 8:43 AM CDT
You'd think "Batman" would be good enough to remain undetected.
fedcamper
May 4, 2014 9:28 PM CDT
The way I heard the story reported here (Las Vegas), is that he was not "booted", but informed he was welcome to stay and play any other game but blackjack. And to clarify, card counting is neither illegal nor a form of cheating, it is simply a process that alters the odds to favor the customer so they have the right to refuse the business of that customer. They do not arrest you, take your winnings, or beat you up in the back room (anymore). They just refuse your play and let the other casinos know. The only reasonable alternative would be to not offer blackjack since it would be a losing proposition.
Ezekiel 25:17
May 4, 2014 11:31 AM CDT
As this has permeated the networks, I can't but think it has to hurt the already injured Hard Rock. Their once grand casino is more like a tribal bingo hall after the remodel. It was fantastic at one time. Maybe too much so. It was more like an off-strip casino, like it really was but now its like an on-strip casino in the south strip. I also have good reason to believe their roulette is rigged. I was convinced after being one of four players with the strategy winning and then being alone and at that moment is when they turned it to make sure I lost every hand. I walked out before it broke me and I swore to never return. They did give me a limo ride back to the strip which was nice but they had given me a ride to the casino so they owed it to me.