You’ve probably heard me talk about how card counting is not illegal. If you’re caught counting cards in Las Vegas, you can’t be charged. But you might get kicked out and have your legs broken, as old Hollywood movies would have us believe.
Movie star-turned-director Ben Affleck seems to have his kneecaps fully intact as of now, but he might feel like a 20-year-old (ie someone not old enough to gamble) the next time he sets foot in Sin City.
A recent report ensued that the Oscar-winning actor had been banned by the Hard Rock in Las Vegas for winning hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash by counting cards at the Blackjack tables. And that alleged ban wasn’t a one-year ban. It was a lifetime ban.
But according to the latest report from the Toronto Sun, Affleck hasn’t been banned. The newspaper cited a statement by Hard Rock bosses, which reads, “Mr. Affleck, a valued guest of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, is not banned from our property and is welcome back any time.”
This is an interesting statement because while it clarifies that Affleck is welcome back to the property, it doesn’t say that he’s allowed to gamble. We think that the casino probably knows that banning a celebrity of Affleck’s stature might not be the smartest move, especially considering Hard Rock skews to a younger crowd.
So will Affleck be seen at the Hard Rock again or won’t he? I think the bigger question here is whether Ben Affleck can gamble at any casino in Vegas, or worldwide. He’s not exactly the most unrecognizable guy, so any casino that’s read the report will likely ask him not to play Blackjack.
Affleck will have to stick with other forms of gambling to make money, like playing poker (he’s played in the World Series of Poker and reportedly had an online poker account at Ultimate Bet) or making a Gigli sequel (sorry, couldn’t resist). Or, you know, he could just star in and direct pretty much any movie he chooses and rake in millions.
Maybe leave the card counting to the professionals. You know, the guys who are obviously good enough to not get caught. You don’t know their names. And you probably never will. Why? Because the best professional card counters fly under the radar.