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. I have just banned Hard Rock from my play portfolio. Two can play this game.

  2. Lani says:
    Still haven’t hear back from any of them

  3. Diana says:

    I would love to know who the other people were and what they have to say on the subject. Funny how nobody has come forward to back either of them up.

  4. Lisa says:

    Wow. That’s funny. Well, he can always fall back on his literary skills and acting talent along with his pal, the brilliant lyricist Matt. But I shall refrain from anymore comments, as the amazing Matt and Ben, Ben and Matt, are the millionaires and I am not … Alas, I shall earn it all legitimately and not as an illiterate fraud would, as they (and many others) have.

  5. terry48 says:

    Wow, finally a fair assimilation of information that in all probability led to the comment about our 3 dollar bill by Wynn.

    Good job!

  6. Smooth says:

    Jealousy is a loser’s disease, you should see a doctor asap.

  7. Heath says:

    Clooney is admirable. This nonsense about Satanic bullshit in Hollywood is about as believable as the bible. Made for fools by people with money to keep them submissive.

  8. John says:

    I thought gambling was just for fun…didn’t know one had to be a homebody after having kids…

  9. John says:

    So, because Clooney is a fan of the current POTUS, he’s Satanic? Wow. That escalated quickly…also, you’re an idiot. But good fortune to you, nonetheless.

  10. nick ustic says:

    would they have banned him if he lost 2 million……would he banned for being a bad player? casino is wrong on this are they in the gambling business ? ive never heard of such nonsense people lose houses and wifes over losses do they say we are sorry no they say next

  11. Great response from George Clooney.

    I have zero respect for anyone using profanity toward the President of the United States, regardless of your politics. I didn’t vote for George W. Bush and didn’t care for his governance of the country, but I would never denigrate him or the office – he was our Commander in Chief and that should warrant respectful dialogue from all Americans.

    For that matter, I voted for President Obama and have been lukewarm on his presidency, but I still hold fast to the belief that we can disagree with our leaders without disrespecting them.

    • terry48 says:

      Good for you…Now, while painting yourself as such a “respectful” citizen, how ’bout respecting the right of others to voice their opinions, regardless how repulsively you view them…

      Your opinion on this matter repulses me. Regardless, I respect your right to share it, and have fought for your right to do so.

      In our country, we are allowed to voice such opinions as did Wynn…The first amendment guarantees it.

      • DeeJaye says:

        I totally agree with the disrespect issue. We can voice our dissent without calling names like we are in high school. Part of the maturing process is to understand the difference and act like an adult. Responding in a demeaning manner may get you noticed but not in a good way at least with civilized adults. And we wonder why young people talk to their parents, teachers and each other that way.

    • Very well put. I may have to practice this more often.

      • DeeJaye says:

        Would be a good plan for everyone I totally agree. That level of disrespect toward politicians, your spouse/partner, your children, their teachers, the police officer who pulls you over because YOU disobeyed the law is just childish. My belief is that people who utilize this type of demeaning language toward others do so to feel better about themselves but in turn minimize their credibility as mature thinking adults. No wonder kids use these words toward each other, their teachers and their parents. We can object to the actions of others without acting out in such a negative way. We can get so much more done when we can disagree and deal with each other with civility. Disagreeing is one thing but when you call names, YOU are the word you use in others eyes. Grow up!

    • Mike Rockwood says:

      And that’s why we have Freedom of Speech in this Country. Might not agree with what people say, But they have that right.

  12. dnno1 says:

    I don’t think counting cards is cheating… if its in your head. The house just knows that they stand to lose a lot of money playing with a guy like Affleck. That’s why they asked him not to play yhere anymore.

  13. I agree with both Batmen ! Counting cards at Black-Jack is a skill set developed by playing.. Winn calling the President an ASSHOLE at dinner with dinner guests including Hollywood actors ? The emperor got called out.. He was naked ! Winn sounds like he should just eat with Donald Sterling

  14. dnno1 says:

    If that’s the case, then what is George Bush?

    • michigan96 says:

      Comparing presidents is natural. Anyone who thinks Bush Jr. isn’t what ruined our nation and slaughtered innocents in the middle east is a fool. Looking at the comments here, I can see why we are in the proverbial shitter as a country. Ignorance is rampant, worse yet it’s on parade and fueled by the plutocracy.

    • John says:

      Why is George Bush equivocated to Barack Obama? They are two completely different people. Get off your hatebox, nobody cares. Bush made mistakes, just like every other President before him, and every President will after him. I’m no fan of Bush, but it’s not like Obama is any better.

  15. Emgee says:

    Why? Because he believes all Americans have the right to affordable healthcare? Or because he cares about more Americans than just the top 1%.

    You’re the asshole.

    And Karen, you’re a bitch.

    • John says:

      Wait. So someone who disagrees with you is either an asshole or a bitch? Well that’s just rude. And I don’t know about affordable healthcare, I mean, I got a private plan because all the ACA plans were astronomically more expensive, with astronomically worse coverage. I went from paying $100 a month with no deductible, a $20 copay for everything but an ER visit, $15 copay for meds, to a $200 a month payment with a $3500 deductible, no copay, and less coverage than what I had. So, I got royally screwed. I’m all for affordable access and we should be like the rest of the developed world and offer healthcare to all citizens, but there’s more work needed to make the law actually helpful.

  16. Emgee says:

    You’re an idiot.

  17. karen says:

    True, dat’:))

    • DeeJaye says:

      Hi John, Just wondering what company was your $100 with no deductible was with? Was it recently? I have tried for years to find a plan with reasonable monthly premiums and deductible. I have worked for very large companies with a lot of barganing power within big group plans and tried to find private self pay plans for less with no results. The last time I had anything like the plan you had was in 1978 when my husband was a Teamster. Thanks.

  18. pot, meet kettle….
    btw, wtf does “fox news type f’n mean?
    oh, nm i forgot this was “lack of variety”

  19. The Saucheech says:

    I was Steve’s neighbor, and my father was a hard working middle class man. He and his parents had a very nice home but it was not the estate that you elude to in your rich “Jewish ” comment! We were not rich Itailians either, but had a modest home similar to the Wynns. Oh and I didn’t have a silver spoon in my mouth either. I also knew many middle class young men that attended that “very high class Military school” you mention. Get your facts straight, Clownys an actor and a bleeding heart liberal. How many jobs has he created for this tired economy!!!!

    • Luluinhollywood says:

      Um- I would love to know how many jobs you’ve created?? I was also unaware that that was the sole way one could genuinely make a difference or be of value as a human being in this world… How many jobs did Mother Theresa create? Ghandi? Bob Hope? Michael Jordan? What about if I create a lot of jobs but I simultaneously make everyone’s life around me miserable because I am the biggest douchebag on the planet..?

      But anyway, as a matter of fact- If you knew anything about the movie business & how they get greenlit, you would understand that every time Clooney agrees to star in or direct a picture, thousands of jobs get created, & tens of millions if not more gets flooded into the economy. EVERY TIME. So get off your high horse you jerk.

      One last point… Why is it I only ever see right wing nut jobs consistently disrespect people by turning their names into some ‘clever’ insult/ put down meant to belittle or otherwise bash someone?? Seriously- that’s what grade school bullies do.. It’s so childish & lame. And before I get pounced on by people on the right- I am sorry, my intelligent, logical republican friends are the 1st to admit there is a right wing contingent who acts like this on message boards. If I saw it happening on the left I would dislike it just as much if not more. Ok done ranting now.

    • John says:

      I was unaware that being a millionaire required one to create jobs….guess I better get on that, because I thought I could just hang out in my house with my wife and three kids and take our bikes for a ride, or maybe go fishing. I was completely unaware it was my responsibility to create jobs because I had the fortune/drive/timing to be successful.

      • The Saucheech says:

        Lu Lu in Hollywood, I think you’re name says it all !!! I’ve created hundreds of jobs for your information, and have never had to suck up to half baked Hollywood liberals you asshat !!! Im not a right or left wing supporter, so the person that exhibits the experience, empathy, and respect for this great country gets my vote, period!!! To address your comment on jobs created by actors, you are correct, but most don’t run around pontificating their political views by acting like spoiled adolescents on a bender. Have a nice day!!!

  20. ItsMeeee says:

    Ben Affleck is badass in this one. Im glad our new batman is inteligent dude who can win with casino.

    • Lisa says:

      Okay. For anyone who cares anymore, it should read, ‘I’M glad our new batman is AN INTELLIGENT dude….’ . And I won’t even finish the rest of the illegible comment. Sigh. Man, American’s are so illiterate. These posts are extremely painful to read. Coming from a ‘stupid’ Canadian.

  21. I believe you George Clooney

  22. Jason Hetz says:

    So wait they banned someone just because the person is smart enough to know what the next card MAY be? I don’t see how counting cards is cheating just because of using logic.

    • zoonsky says:

      The logic is that the player is no longer gambling if they count the cards well, as they can gain a slight advantage that way and should win over the long term. And before you say that the casino has an advantage in every game, that’s the idea, they are not the ones gambling, they just provide the opportunity for us to do it.

    • Bob says:

      Me either. Was he using any external means to do the counting? That’s like banning a pool player for having a stroke.

  23. Nick Lento says:

    Clooney shows high class…to a low ass, somehow I doubt that Mr Wynn will retreat an inch. I would love to be wrong, but he truly does come off as a hardcore Fox News type who will go to his grave never admitting any kind of error.

    As for the eight witnesses, it wouldn’t surprise me if they all do end up on Wyn’s payroll in one way or another.

    • Lisa says:

      Why does everyone and their grandmother think Clooney has ‘class’? He’s a low down womanizer, who is only famous because his aunt, Rosemary Clooney, gave him a break. Men with class don’t live with women for a couple years then dump them. Men with class KNOW what they want and don’t waffle around for thirty years. I think he’s a creep. And man, do something about that hair. You are not Sean Connery.

  24. Samantha P says:

    AWESOME! That Sh*t is hard to do! talent. Bravo

  25. Melissa says:

    I appreciate and respect George Clooney’s rebuttal. His statement is factual, tasteful and does not leave room for this to become a long, drawn out ordeal. I have had the opportunity to be in just a couple meetings with Steve Wynn and have seen more than one simple conversation become heated arguments when Mr. Wynn was challenged even slightly. As a man of money, power and influence in Vegas it is sad that he would fabricate a story like this. The fact that George Clooney has money, is surrounded by money or was / was not drinking is unimportant, using profanities in conjunction with our current president shows no taste or loyalty to our government.

    • John says:

      While I agree with 98% of your comment, I completely disagree with your idea of “loyalty to our government”. Why have loyalty to an entity that has no loyalty to you? One shouldn’t place their loyalties lightly. Keep them with your friends, your family, your God, but never your government. To blindly follow a government is as foolish a notion as any.

  26. liz says:

    Nice way to comment…Mr. Clooney did a nice job…..Facts, just fact,never continue to insult. …..and the rest of the country does have a lot to deal with each and every day. Mr. Wynn likely cares very little about any of us not spending lots of money in any of his business and not likely to ever do so.

  27. kelly says:

    And George says is so nicely.

  28. Travis Sadler says:

    You’d think that after Rounders, Matt Damon would have given Affleck the heads up… Good speech from Clooney.

  29. Vegas Dan says:

    The hard rock did the same to me, this while I was down $ 5,000. When I pointed out to them that fact they called up to the guys upstairs and confirmed that I wasn’t winning. To avoid admitting they were wrong they said that they still believe “I was too good a player” and escorted to the cashier to cash in the few chips I had. Then they told me that if I ever came back I would be charged with trespassing.
    Everyone knows surveillance are the lowest paid employees on the casino payroll, for good reason, they are unskilled at their job.

  30. nancy says:

    you go Ben! what is wrong with counting crds! they let 7ft basketball players on the court! what is the difference, if you are smart enough to count why not ?

  31. You can’t get caught counting cards. You can only be suspected of counting cards due to the way you vary your bets.

  32. It is not illegal to count cards.

  33. robert corkish says:


  34. Guesty McGuesterson says:

    Yes, George Clooney lives in a bubble. They ALL do. Rich celebrities can’t help it. The public is what creates that bubble. That said, if you are Steve Wynn, you’ve lived in a bubble your whole life so Pot, meet kettle lol. At least George Clooney wasn’t always rich.

  35. Good for you, George Clooney. A very solid and well thought out response from a very classy guy. I applaud you, sir.

  36. PETER says:

    What’s Clooney done for U.S. veterans?

  37. Lizette Munoz says:

    Good for both of them! I’m impressed with anyone who’s able to concentrate under pressure and keep his wits about him. Good for him for beating the house! As for Clooney and Wynn, I pick Clooney any day of the week and not because he’s a gorgeous hunk of a man, although he IS, but because he knows what’s up. People who live in bubbles shouldn’t throw…well, they just shouldn’t talk!

    • hanna says:

      I totally agree!! Casinos are totally fine with you playing there until someone smart comes along and gives them a run for their money. It’s discrimination and they should be ashamed.

  38. Geogre was right on. He has worked hard before he was famous unlike Wynn who was born a Silver Spoon

  39. robin stone says:

    Everyone in Las Vegas knows that to work at The Wynn is quite an accomplishment. Wynn properties are known for treating their employees well. Let Steve Wynn have his political opinions! Just keep up the good he’s doing for the employees of his company.

  40. Bill says:

    As if I needed another reason to admire Steve Wynn.

    Wynn is running a huge business where he needs to watch the bottom line with thousands of employees and sees first hand what effect on his people the President’s policies have rather than jetting around the world pontificating on politics and the economy and tax rates while his team of accountants works to minimize his payments.

    I’d like to know the last time Mr. Clooney had to deal with corporate taxes, the last time he had to make a payroll, the last time he saw what effect the government’s policies had on employees from minimum wage to seven figures throughout his organization.

    • michigan96 says:

      Running a casino is like owning a bank, you set the odds. How dumb are you?

    • Citizen Charles Foster Kane says:

      Why yes, I’m sure Steve Wynn is running the day-to-day of his business, sweating payroll. You don’t think Wynn has a team of accountants and attorneys and lobbyists doing the heavy lifting for him? Furthermore, I didn’t realize that direct personal experience was the only way to know about something. I’d love to know what you habitually opine upon that you have no personal experience of.

      • Luluinhollywood says:

        Ha. And I’d like to just add that Bill must be smokin something gooood if he thinks Mr. Wynn doesn’t have a team of accountants working round the clock to minimize HIS payments! He lives in Nevada! A state with no income tax! Compare that to California, LOL. God, it scares me how much people make sh*t up in their head.

      • John says:

        Couldn’t have said that any better. Well played, Mr. Kane

  41. bringmemycoffee says:

    Re Ben Affleck counting cards: Who doesn’t? If you sit there long enough (assuming you can afford to) most people start keeping track. It’s just too tempting. They only mind if you’re’ good at it. Go Ben!
    Re George et all: We’re all assholes sometimes. The president is not excluded. When I first saw his speech (DNC) I was impressed and excited to see a fresh new face who seemed to speak from the heart. By the time the first election rolled around he’d lost my vote and my respect. He’d become just another con artist playing a shell game. You, however, have earned my respect George. It’s not easy to take on bullies publicly and stand up for someone in whom you believe. Until now I’d have said “boy, it’s a good thing you’re pretty”. Not just a pretty face after all, George!

    • Arnie Aardvark says:

      Counting cards is not prohibited by the Rules and its done inside the human brain. Ergo, it’s incorrect and unfair to say Mr. Affleck was “caught” doing it. Casino blackjack is a game of skill – if you have the mental aptitude. He was banned because he’s too skillful.

  42. Bruce says:

    YOU HAD ICE??? So entitled.

  43. tk keller says:

    Phenomenal response. Thank you, George Clooney.

  44. Jim Locke says:

    About Clooney/Wynn? The Affleck story is actually interesting.

  45. Sandy Sand says:

    Yet..another reason I adore George and his honesty. Setting the record straight..just a classy thing to do.

  46. SAC says:

    Ben was probably winning and tipping the dealers HUGE and that’s one thing casinos hate, anytime you tip a dealer it’s money the casino can NEVER get back…… so ppl like Ben who take care of service employees aren’t well liked! Since the HR doesn’t want him playing blackjack anymore he should just go else where……. An BTW it’s not illegal to count cards, they (casino) just don’t like it

    • Bob says:

      I know, the whole thing is ridiculous. They’re gonna ban you for doing calculations in your head? Geez, that’s lame. So the blackjack revenues for the month will 10.3 million as opposed to 10.305 million for the month? Greedy corporations.

  47. Akka Fakka it is enjoyable and humorous to see anyone repetitively bring up Benghazi. Somehow they always forget the HUNDREDS of Americans killed at Embassies under Reagan and Bush, un-revenged. All our politicians are criminals. but because of this article I coin a new term for people like you and Dennis: Foxholes!

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