Benjamin Affleck is a multi-award winning actor and filmmaker. His accolades include two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards. But when the 50-year-old isn’t on set, he likes to let his hair down with a competitive game of poker. The star of Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, who recently married singer Jennifer Lopez, has impressed at both the blackjack and poker tables over the years.
Rumor has it that the Hollywood star improved his game thanks to lessons from professional players Annie Duke and Amir Vahedi. The one to one sessions helped him on his way to the 2004 triumph at the California State Poker Championship. In 2020, Affleck organized a celebrity poker tournament that raised $1.75 million for food banks. The likes of Adam Sandler and Bryan Cranston all played, buying their way into the tournament with a $10,000 contribution. Last year, Affleck embraced his love for gambling and starring in a new sports betting ad for the Wynn Las Vegas alongside Shaq and Melvin Gregg.
But with all his gambling success, lost $400,000 in an underground card game…
Ben Affleck Was Banned From Playing Blackjack In Vegas
Ben Affleck was reportedly banned for life from playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Café in Vegas. The incident allegedly took place after security officers busted him for counting cards, the The Hollywood Reporter claims. Affleck was in Sin City with his former wife, actress Jennifer Garner, before he began shooting the new Batman movie.
“Ben was told that he cannot ever play blackjack at the Hard Rock again,” the source said. “He was there with Jen on Tuesday night for a romantic break before he headed off to Detroit to shoot ‘Batman,'” the source said.
“He was playing blackjack at a high-rollers table on Tuesday and was doing pretty well. He is really smart and a great blackjack player.”
“Suddenly, managers approached Ben and told him. ‘You are playing too well. You are going to have to stop playing blackjack. You can play any other game at the Hard Rock, but you are banned from playing blackjack in our casino.” The source explained, “What he was doing isn’t illegal. He’s basically an ‘advantaged player’ because he knows what he’s doing.”
The hotel told him he’s welcome back at the casino any time — as long as he steers clear of the blackjack table.
Ben Affleck Lost $400,000 In A Game Of Poker
According to RadarOnline.com, the Argo director was involved in Hollywood’s top-secret poker ring that included A-lister actors like Tobey Maguire and sports stars like former Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez. Affleck, hosted his own game, which was referred to as “Ben’s Game,” at the Grand Havana Room in Beverly Hills, a high-end club.
“It was touted in the underground scene as ‘Ben’s Game,'” an insider told the magazine. “At the time, Ben wasn’t the most skillful player, it was almost like he was someone who felt they did not deserve the money they had.”
When “Ben’s Game” moved to a restaurant, the actor began gambling with Ron Meyer, president of Universal Studios. Despite the fact that Affleck and Meyer were buddies, the Hollywood mogul’s biggest winning hands came at the expense of the actor, who lost $400,000 on one hand. “Ben busted big,” one player at the table on the night in question told Radar. “He drummed up a giant tab, and then all of a sudden he disappeared from the game. He wasn’t seen for months.”
Ben Affleck Was Seen Gambling With Jennifer Lopez’s Mom
In an advertisement for WynnBet sport book, Affleck pokes fun at his lucrative hobby while walking through the casino floor past fellow gamblers, including his wife Jennifer Lopez’s mom, Guadalupe Lopez. As the Changing Lanes star arrives at the Wynn Las Vegas and takes a stroll through the casino floor, he is interrupted by fellow gamblers all ready to offer advice on his sports picks.
The Good Will Hunting actor soon spots a familiar face playing the slots, Lupe, the mom of his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez. “C’mon Lupe, you can do this girl,” JLo’s mom declares while hitting slot machine after slot machine. “Just like the slots in St. Louis.”