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

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 to play other games.

Affleck, whose reps could not be reached for comment, is set to begin filming the untitled Batman-Superman feature in Detroit later this month.

TMZ first reported the news.

In other Las Vegas happenings, former Batman George Clooney fired back at mogul Steve Wynn’s recent comments that he was a “money-coddled” actor “living in a bubble” on Friday. The duo reportedly got into a heated shouting match in Las Vegas recently after Wynn called President Obama an “asshole.”

Read Clooney’s full statement below:

“Steve Wynn and I have met three times, two times for dinner. That is the extent of our knowledge of one another, so I will refrain from trying to categorize him based on the little time we’ve spent together, but I will not let his version of the truth go unchallenged.

He now says he didn’t call the president an ‘asshole.’ That is false. He bellowed ‘I voted for the asshole,’ and then called him the same thing several more times as the dinner came to an abrupt end.

Again there were eight people at the table, eight witnesses. I did in turn, call him the same body part, and walked out. Again he can make up whatever story he wants, but these are the facts. He said I drank 16 shots of tequila. I didn’t drink one shot of tequila, not one. We were drinking but it was early and we still had two events to attend.

He said I live in a bubble. More of a bubble than Las Vegas? Honestly? He says I’m ‘money coddled,’ that I’m surrounded by people who coddle me. I would suggest that Mr. Wynn look to his left and right and find anyone in his sphere that says anything but ‘yes’ to him. Emphatically. I did not attend a private boys’ school, I worked in tobacco fields and in stock rooms, and construction sites. I’ve been broke more of my life than I have been successful, and I understand the meaning of being an employee and how difficult it is to make ends meet.

“Steve is one of the richest men in the world and he should be congratulated for it, but he needs to take off his red sparkly dinner jacket and roll up his sleeves every once in a while and understand what most of the country is actually dealing with … or at least start with the fact that you can’t make up stories when eight people who are not on your payroll are sitting around you as witnesses.”

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  1. Joy Miller says:

    I don’t think the point is what side of the political fence Steve and George are on. The point is a spoiled rich dude acted like a drunken mess in public to the point that even other drunk rich guys had had enough. When the news came out, he didn’t try to explain or apologize his behavior – his defense was to try and point the finger elsewhere. Don’t look at what I did, he was worse than me! In fact, let me attack him in the press first to deflect from my own bad behavior. What I see is a rich baby, with no self restraint or integrity, who feels he is entitled to expose anyone in his direct vicinity to his narcissistic tendencies.

    Again, all the money in the world can’t buy class.

  2. Forrest Jeffcoat says:

    YOU ARE SOOOooo RIGHT BIZM… “Ought to. Be a law,” RIght?

  3. R. Lindsey Basden says:

    George Clooney, a man who refuses to forget where he came from, a champion of common people, a man who refuses to be bullied. You da man George! Lindsey Basden Truck Driver S.C.

  4. Ivan Buckoff says:

    Funny how soon people forget their roots after they come into money…not just Steve Wynn

    • Bill says:

      Steve Wynn didn’t just “come into” money.

      He built his business from the ground up… twice. When he sold Mirage Resorts to MGM he turned around, created Wynn Resorts and did it all over again. He personally has created thousands of jobs all over the world and generates millions of dollars around the world. Do a little research and don’t just assume because he heads a corporation it was somehow handed to him.

      He’s the Steve Jobs of the gaming and hospitality industry and has been directly responsible for his success through years of hard work.

      To use the analogy, it would be as if Clooney were not only an actor but had built and created his own studio as well.

  5. Roni Clark says:

    George Clooney just gained my respect!

    • DeeJaye says:

      Bill, He did not grow his business from the ground up unless you mean having his wealthy fathers gambling businesses throughout the Eastern United States handed to him after he quit college and his fathers passing. Additionally he had money available to him to purchase a liquor importing business using the profits from this to start investing in opportunities in Vegas. The second time he also did not grow from the ground up. He sold the first round of casinos and invested that fortune into a second round of Casinos. I admire his business sense but he is not a story of poor boy making good. As far as his run in with George it is just another case of a man acting badly because he is powerful until he is called out on it and then starts back peddling, lying and trying to justify his bad behavior—just like Donald Sterling. It is never very attractive. He has a reputation for doing this and acting like a child to bolster his own ego.

    • The Saucheech says:

      Hey DJ, I was a neighbor of Stdves and my father was a hardworking middle class guy. The Wynns had a nice home , but nothing like you elude to based on your questionable comment from (your words) a “rich Jewish family” !!! I am Italian, but was not born with a cannoli in my mouth, and we had a similar home. Furthermore that rich private school was attended by many of my classmate who did not have a silver spoon. Get your facts straight , Clowny had a lot of help climbing the sacred Hollywood stairway to heaven.

    • Susan Crabill says:

      I like George Clooney..even more now :)

  6. so you can’t have any personal convictions about life or try to change the world for what you think is better if you’re a celebrity or an actor? What a stupid opinion that is. What’s next? Politicians should stay out of politics? People at your office? Customers? House guests? Basically nobody should talk about politics….. unless they agree with your opinion I bet….. amirite? Yeah. You’re just another hypocrite. This is America buddy. Ever heard of the country? America. Home of the free. Actors are FREE to talk about politics if they want. Ever heard of the 1st Amendment? The government can’t censor actors from talking politics… and certainly some lowlife on a comment section won’t do it. If I were you… I would become a little more open minded and less volatile… that way you can exist in a world where other people have different opinions than you… .instead of thinking that everyone should just keep their opinions to themselves.. .if they don’t agree with you that is.

  7. Scott says:

    For all the people leaving comments and the article writers themselves. Isn’t this a story on Ben Afflek getting caught counting cards and NOT George Clooney and his politic views? Seriously.

    • The article is split into two sections but discusses both topics.

    • KVN says:

      *chuckle* I just finished reading and thinking, “You tell it, George.” Then I did a double-take as I saw your comment… the article was completely scattered and ridiculous. I think the comments are appropriately scattered as well. Ah, the internet sure is open to a variety of writing skills.

  8. eh. Marines are expendable. That’s why they’re marines. They’re like the suicide bombers of jihad. You send the expendable ones into battle… not the necessary ones.

  9. you can’t even spell, you idiot.

  10. bizzmoneyb says:

    how do you get caught counting cards?!! do you blatantly use your fingers?!!! it sounds like he was doing really well and winning alot… so whenever you ACTUALLY WIN that means you are cheating?!! what a scam. the casino can take all the money it wants and clean you out over and over and over.. but god forbid you actually take some back.

  11. Well…since you cannot even spell the man’s name correctly, I do not think your opinion counts for much in this space. Wynn, not Winn. I notice you were able to spell asshole correctly – even in all caps! What an accomplishment.

  12. Jared says:

    So basically any democrat? I mean there’s no way congress could have anything to do with it right? I mean honestly, just educate yourself for five seconds before you comment because it’s pretty clear every political idea you have is what you’ve been told to think by fox news. Yeah, democrats are 50% of the problem, and republicans are the other 50%, so instead of just bitching for past 5 years as you sheep are prone to do, maybe be a little less apathetic and research all the candidates, and if you don’t do that, you have no right to complain about who’s in charge. You sir are the asshole, and ignorant one at that.

    • Adam says:

      @Jared,Who is really the ignorant one? Bruce made a comment and you made hasty generalizations. Where in his comment does he imply that he is apathetic or uneducated in the matter? He simply made a statement about his personal preferences and you made grand assumptions based upon inadequate evidence. So in this instance, you, Jared, are the ignorant one

  13. George says:

    Wow – Likely a lonely person plotting nightly how to get revenge on the popular kids. Help is only a phone call away.

  14. Kitt says:

    Your country? Ah you must be Native to this land.

    • Adam says:

      @Jared,Who is really the ignorant one? Bruce made a comment and you made hasty generalizations. Where in his comment does he imply that he is apathetic or uneducated in the matter? He simply made a statement about his personal preferences and you made grand assumptions based upon inadequate evidence. So in this instance, you, Jared, are the ignorant one.

  15. Marc says:

    Counting cards to me, not a big deal..gotta try not to get caught though… on that

    Clooney? pretentious? naw….Everyone has to make public statements after a dinner spat. Like we care

  16. BeretDude says:

    I knew he was going to be the new Batman, but I had absolutely no idea he was rehearsing to be the new Rainman??

  17. Vic Kyler says:

    Hmmmm…I might be ready to forgive Clooney for “Batman & Robin”….Naaaah!

  18. E.C. Eggers says:

    Perhaps JJ, and without you even knowing it, likely you either may be afflicted with an inherent dysfunctional reading disorder and/or possibly aberrant dyslexia, or even the distinct possibility exists in lacking enough educational development effecting interpretative impairment and subject comprehension. This quality of life health issue is commonly widespread where estimates by the National Institutes of Health of the number of people with such disorders range from 5%–15% of the general population. I would highly recommend that you immediately see and discuss this probable issue with you physician before it becomes acute and more difficult to resolve.

    Two reasons I bring these likelihoods to your attention, is that nothing in my commentary had mentioned anything about George Clooney “ … have to do with sticking up for the working class?” Yet, for some inexplicable unidentified reason, you make vague reference to it in your perplexing, ambiguous terse statement.

    Secondly, what further gives me supplementary insight and urgent cause for concern for your potential cerebral cognition malady, is that your perceptible inability to make the reasonable intuitive and cognitive connection that George Clooney’s “drinking problem” (which is well-known and documented) is an underling facilitating factor in losing his inhibitions, and thus, permitting his innate behavior of crassness and belligerence to promptly and effortlessly emerge.

    Yes, JJ. I again fully advocate that you seek profession help as soon as possible. And don’t give up – there’s help out there for you..

  19. Eric says:

    Well said, Dennis.

  20. Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi! How sad it must be to live in your skin. Over 240 killed in Beruit under Regan…silence. Over 50 killed in US embassies around the world under Bush…silence. Four killed under a black Democrat and suddenly all hell breaks loose. If only you could see how stupid you sound.

  21. Tim says:

    Keep you mouth closed, rich boy.

  22. Kevin says:

    the right (wrong) wingers long for the good old days of the previous (republican) adminsitration. As if 9/11, lying to The UN (“WMD’s”) starting a war over said lies and economy crashing are worth of such nostalgia. The selective amnesia is laughable PS: there were THIRTEEN embassy attacks during W’s administration. Touche, idiots.

  23. Nikki says:


  24. Clooney is the Man! Steve Wynn is as out of touch as the Clippers Owner. I would not be surprised if a tape came out like Sterling belonging to Wynn. To Charles Barkley point, these guys control jobs and this is the problem. They think they cloth and feed them, but they are biggots.

  25. mikdemps says:

    Steve Wynn and Sheldon Addelson both Billionare doners to the Repbublican Party both men spent years lobbying the Chinese government to get casinos on the Island of Macau the only area in China where gambling is lega I wonder what they had to surrender to China to get there license.,or maybe this is how China gets money into the the American political system. Kind of smells like rotten shrimp cocktail.

  26. Joe says:

    I like that more of this story covers the whole George Clooney thing than Ben Affleck.

    • casinos are such a rip. they rake in millions and millions of dollars, but god forbid someone does something legal and win. counting cards isnt cheating, its just being smart…..Clooney, Wynn was voicing his opinion. Just because its different from yours does not make it wrong.

  27. Sherwood says:

    So the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel threw Batman out. Not very nice fellas. Sounds like a boycott could be coming your way!

  28. Black Bella says:

    Oh, Snap!

  29. he should have ended his statement by saying “… are sitting around you as witnesses….BITCH!”

  30. Robert Beard says:

    Why on gods green earth would Ben Affleck need to try and count cards. He has multi millions. This whole story has to be a crock.

  31. K-Mac says:

    I like Steve Wynn. I like George Clooney. What I find laughable about Wynn is he constantly rails against Obama for “redistributing wealth.” But look at what Wynn did in his own casinos. His dealers were making so much in tips that he now takes a rake off the top of dealer tokes and gives it to supervisors and managers. What do you call that, Steve?

    • D Wyatt Gib says:

      You are right, and they both live in a bubble, but I’ve seen Wynn and his bubble is huge and he’ll cut you down if you try to pop it. I don’t agree with Clooney getting so upset over Wynn’s comment, but I do agree with him getting upset over falsehood’s which I wouldn’t put past Wynn who has a very bad temper. But Clooney’s response is quite classy and I have to give him many kudos for that.

  32. Gosh I hope the casino is going to be okay. Maybe they’ll have to find a way to cover this crippling loss with a 2nd job or taking in boarders.

  33. John Peschke says:

    I think it’s great that Ben Affleck can win at Blackjack. Casinos can take player’s money, but won’t play if you are winning. What a bunch of B.S. George Clooney comes off sounding like a gentleman in a bad situation (by his own account- mind you), so I would ordinarily think he was a pretty cool guy. The only problem is, Obama IS an asshole!!

  34. matt says:

    These two should just get a room

  35. Lou says:

    good job for him. i play cards and i cant count… I think its a skill… money doesnt buy brains…. screw the casinos.. find a nw way to make it harder to win .. congrats Ben

  36. Having an ability to count cards is not actually cheating. It’s only called cheating by the big casinos because he can use his knowledge and skill to win money from the houses’ expected “take” from regular gamblers.

  37. Jane says:

    Affleck never played with Damon at the World Series of Poker. They played in a charity event outside the tournament.

  38. truefeather77 says:

    Once again, Clooney shows himself to be a real class act. Any article about him I’ve encountered shows someone who is intelligent, aware of issues large and small, and especially, very considerate of those who others would call “little people”. Clooney’s success is earned and deserved, and he wears it with class.

    That’s something that can’t be said about every successful person, because it can’t be taught or bought.

    • amy says:

      I’m sorry, how does Clooney come off as a class act, when this is a he-said, he-said?

      • He is a class act because he has proven himself to be so over the years. I, too, would calmly and without malise point out any lie told about me just like he did. It may sound he said, to you, Amy, but class is in the action as well as the words chosen.

  39. PETER says:

    Good for you, George. And you forgot when you were the authorized chauffer for Rose Mary Clooney and Martha Raye! So, I don’t always agree with your politics, George, but keep talking, too many people put you down, so don’t let those A holes get away with it again!

  40. Io Oakes Ruplinger says:

    Bravo for George Clooney!glad he is not afraid to speak up

  41. ECheung says:

    Steve…you tell it like it is, man!

    • JJ says:

      Steve Wynn is a billionaire, he isn’t telling it like it is unless you are also a billionaire. The rich man isn’t going to give you a dime, so stop kissing up to him.

      • Bill says:

        What is with the animosity towards the successful?

        Wynn built his empire from the ground up twice. He’s created thousands of jobs and a multi-million dollar global empire that wouldn’t exist without him.

        He sees what effects government policy has on his bottom line, and his workers.

        Talk to a business owner sometime and get an idea of what’s involved.

        It’s like those who are upset at McDonald’s franchisees for not paying their employees more when they make “millions.”

        Perhaps McDonald’s corporate does, but your local restaurant owner is LUCKY to make six figures a year after expenses.

        Seriously, talk to one sometime.

  42. Ashley says:

    *RadarOnline / Star Magazine was the first to report the news.

  43. bette says:

    Wynn should look im the mirror. His face looks like it was molly coddled by an inferior plastic surgeon..

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