Ben Affleck Addresses Card Counting Scandal
Ben Affleck has opened up about his card counting scandal, insisting he has nothing to be ashamed of.
Bosses at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas asked the star to leave their resort in April after they spotted him counting cards at a blackjack table.
Security officials were quick to dismiss reports suggesting the movie star had been banned from the venue, insisting Affleck was “a valued guest” who is “welcome back any time”.
The Oscar winner has now spoken out about the story in the new issue of Details magazine, confirming reports he was asked to step away from the table during a successful night of gambling.
He says, “That is a true story. 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.
“There’s a lot of hospitality, backslapping, when they think you’re gonna come in and dump money, and if they think you might leave with some money, it’s like, ‘You know what? Why don’t you try craps or roulette?'”