Hollywood actor Ben Affleck is gearing up to star in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. He’s playing Bruce Wayne and, obviously, Batman. But it turns out Ben Affleck’s true alter ego isn’t the caped crusader. It’s a serial card counter.
Last year, Affleck was kicked out of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for counting cards. The powers that be were alerted after Affleck was just winning way too much. The actor is known to bet a lot playing casino games and poker, and betting on sports.
But most casino games are impossible to get an upper hand on. Blackjack is different thanks to card counting.
If you’re new to card counting, here are the basics. There are essentially two parts to card counting:
1) Keeping a running count of the low cards (2 to 6)
2) keeping a running count of the high cards (10 to K)
Low cards are valued at plus 1. High cards are valued at minus 1. And everything else is 0 (the value of the Ace depends on the betting system in use, but for a beginner, don’t worry about that).
The main objective is to figure out of the table is hot or not. If a table is hot, it means there are a lot of tens in the deck, which works in your favor.
Affleck was noticed counting cards because of his unusually high win rate. But that doesn’t make him an excellent card counter. In fact, one could argue that he’s not very good at counting cards, or that he’s forgetting one of the most basic elements of successful card counting.
Batman wouldn’t walk the street without his mask on. Sporting the suit without the mask would give away the fact that Bruce Wayne is Batman. And that would send the comic book world into chaos.
The same goes for card counting. Winning too much, too fast, is a dead giveaway that you’re a serial card counter. If you’re truly good, you won’t bet that much more when you need to bet that much more. Your chip increase rate shouldn’t fluctuate too much or you’ll let everyone know that you know when the table is hot.
So I’d argue that Affleck is actually one of the worst card counters of all time. Hopefully he’ll be better at hiding his secret in Batman vs. Superman. Otherwise, the world is doomed.