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Ben Affleck Banned from Playing
Blackjack at Hard Rock Casino After
Getting Caught Counting Cards

Variety, by Staff

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Posted By:earlybird, 5/2/2014 11:54:11 PM

Ben Affleck has been banned for life from playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Vegas for counting cards, sources confirm. Affleck, who played in the World Series of Poker alongside buddy Matt Damon, allegedly was playing blackjack at the casino’s high rollers table earlier this week when the Hard Rock security team caught the actor on camera counting cards. The actor, according to unnamed source, was told, “You’re too good at this game” by hotel security and deemed an advantage player.One unnamed source said the hotel was friendly to Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner and invited them back to the casino

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Dante, 5/3/2014 12:00:31 AM     (No. 9834541)

It´s not illegal. Getting tossed from a room for winning too much is something I wouldn´t mind on my resume.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: fishbone, 5/3/2014 12:27:20 AM     (No. 9834553)

I don´t understand how they can "catch" someone from counting cards, unless it´s terribly obvious ... like actually winning.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Doc Obiwan, 5/3/2014 12:32:52 AM     (No. 9834558)

It´s "illegal" because if you´re bright enough to do it, it changes the odds, and the casinos don´t like that.

Someone pays for all those glitzy lights, the shows, the advertising on tv. The technical name for these people is "suckers."

Note: When younger, I supplemented my meager Army pay in a combat zone by teaching applied mathematics to optimists--ie, playing poker and blackjack, when I wasn´t on a mission. And I counted cards, kept sober, and paid attention what I was doing. After all, I was drawing only $60 a month--my now-ex-wife was getting everything else. I needed the money.

I don´t think I´d play in a casino today--the casinos have the odds stacked against you. Though, I admit...I´ve been tempted. Keep the winnings low, and you could probably avoid getting caught and banishment.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: rlcnutter, 5/3/2014 1:51:49 AM     (No. 9834581)

#2, as former surveillance at a casino I can tell you a card-counter begins to make himself obvious when he goes against normal odds. The only way it makes rational sense is if he is card-counting such that he knows the "normal odds are now skewed because certain cards have already been played. At that point they keep an eye on him and see if the pattern continues. If with new decks of cards he returns to playing normal odds, you have evidence of a card-counter.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mr smart, 5/3/2014 2:35:26 AM     (No. 9834604)

I would like to see a lawsuit on this.
Smart people banned is that any different
than saying we do not lie your race so you are banned.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Veritas2009, 5/3/2014 3:07:40 AM     (No. 9834616)

Who would have thought that he was that bright?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: envirodude, 5/3/2014 3:30:59 AM     (No. 9834626)

Casinos cook the odds as much as they can. Its why they use 6 sets of cards in a shoe at a time.

Congrats to Mr. Affleck. Sorry you will be banned from the HRC and others now you are on "the list".

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Grant Hodges, 5/3/2014 3:47:04 AM     (No. 9834631)

I can´t imagine going to a blackjack table without FIRST learning to count cards.

After the casino bribed the Indiana legislator to legalize gambling so they could build their racetrack/casino east of Indy, they then set out to and successfully bribed the legislature to vote to make card counting illegal. When the measure arrived on the desk of Mitch Daniels, best governor of Indiana to date, he stated:"I thought the object of gambling was to win." Then he promptly vetoed the legislation.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 5/3/2014 6:27:49 AM     (No. 9834661)

Yes, and in all other sports, they never keep score either. You know, wipe your brain and the scoreboard clean every period, inning, quarter, etc. If the casinos want to stop a player from remembering anything, then just use the whole deck over again after every hand. Or two or three decks, whatever they happen to use. I find this whole situation hysterical. Are the players supposed to shut their eyes during every hand and take the casino´s word for what happened.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tren9, 5/3/2014 8:32:24 AM     (No. 9834785)

When you gamble at a casino, there is one thing you must always remember:

The casino is not gambling. They play by a strict set of rules that guarantee that they have a small but consistent advantage.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 5/3/2014 11:05:01 AM     (No. 9834964)

There are three casinos within 1 hour of my house. Luckily, it´s the one vice I don´t have.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: klutkz, 5/3/2014 5:40:11 PM     (No. 9835348)

If you change your bet that´s a tip-off to the House that you´re up to something.

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