Ben Affleck Caught Counting Cards, Banned from Blackjack at Hard Rock Casino
A few quick thoughts on this "Whaaat?" story out of Las Vegas on Friday.
Sometimes them Cambridge boys can beÂ too smart for their own good.
TMZ reported Friday that Ben Affleck was banned from the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas this week after he was caught counting cards while playing blackjack at the high rollers’ table. Security told Affleck he’d been considered a “high advantage player” and was told he had to kiss the blackjack table goodbye.
Card counting is a strategy used in games like blackjack wherein players use probability to determine how to proceed in the game. The method is a thoughtfulÂ approach to what is otherwise quiteÂ theÂ game of chance. The practiceÂ isÂ frowned upon by the casino business for obvious reasons. SupposedlyÂ AffleckÂ and wife Jennifer Garner were in Las Vegas on vacation before Affleck had to head to Detroit to start shootingÂ Batman vs. Superman.
Here, a few takeaways, questions, and musingsÂ in response to Affleck’s ban from the Hard Rock:
â€˘ Wait, Ben Affleck can count cards? (Shoutout toÂ his alma mater, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School!)
â€˘ Wait, Ben Affleck is a gambler? (Yes, he’sÂ even taken part in many a star-studded pokerÂ tournament. Hey Don Cheadle, buyÂ Ben’s bluff?)
â€˘ Wait, is counting cards legal or not? Answer: Card counting in your mind is legal, whileÂ using an external device such as a smartphoneÂ is illegal, but casinos can still kick you out simply for being too wicked smart. (See: Laurence Fishburne beatdown in the movie 21.)
â€˘Â Was it when AffleckÂ tried to get rid of a jokerÂ that gave him away? (Because he’s Batman!)
â€˘Â Maybe the actorÂ should have played the math geniusÂ WillÂ inÂ Good Will HuntingÂ instead of Chuckie?
â€˘Â Maybe Matt Damon and George Clooney were testingÂ the newest member ofÂ Ocean’s Fourteen?
â€˘ Amy Poehler, yah think yah smahter than him?
â€˘Â This seems like a good time to remind everyone that Affleck actedÂ in the 2013 filmÂ Runner Runner with Justin Timberlakeâ€”Affleck’s character runs a dirty online gambling website. Talk about relevantâ€¦ but you still couldn’t pay us to watch that flop again, so moving onâ€¦
â€˘Â Do you think he muttered “Argo fâ€” yourself” on the way out of the Hard Rock?
â€˘Â WWBWDâ€”what would Bruce Wayne do?
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