Ben Affleck Admits to Counting Cards at Casinos
“That is a true story,” he says of the reports. “I mean, that took place. I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player. And once I became decent, the casinos asked me not to play blackjack. I mean, the fact that being good at the game is against the rules at the casinos should tell you something about casinos.”
“I had always liked blackjack. I don’t play any other games of chance. I don’t bet on football games, and I don’t gamble at all, really, outside of that. But I knew with blackjack that there’s a way you can improve your odds,” he explains, adding that the whole situation “was sort of presented like I did something illegal” even though he didn’t break any laws. “And so I started trying to learn. And then I just got to a point in my life where I’m like, ‘If I’m going to do something, I’m going to try and do it really well.'”
Ben Affleck graces the cover of Details magazine’s October 2014 issue. [Mark Seliger/Details]
Though there is truth about him
cheating taking advantage of the card game, Affleck insists that all the other rumors claiming that his marriage to Jennifer Garner is crumbling due to his constant gambling are completely fabrication.
“See, that’s tabloid shit. That’s all bullshit. They completely lie,” he says when the interviewing asked about marital problem rumors. “I mean, I can show you 10 articles of Star and OK!—those magazines feel totally comfortable absolutely fictionalizing every single element of the story. And there’s nothing you can do about that. My only hope is that people with any common sense recognize that those stories are false.”
Back in May, Affleck was reportedly kicked out of Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Casino after security caught the 42-year-old counting cards. In 2011, the Oscar winner reportedly lost $400,000 to Hollywood bigwig Ron Meyer in an underground, high-stakes poker ring — the same one that stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Matt Damon have allegedly dabbled in.
“Usually, when you’re a compulsive gambler, the casinos don’t ask you to leave because you’re beating them,” Affleck says of playing in casinos. “They certainly offer you all kinds of stuff to show up. I think they’re just hoping that you’re going to be some dumb celebrity that’s gonna dump money. And I guess I was that! Until I figured it out, and then they were like, ‘Fuck him, get him outta here!'”