In a recent interview with the magazine Details, Academy Award winning Actor/Screenwriter Ben Affleck (Argo, Good Will Hunting) revealed he has a talent that involves something other than making movies, he can count cards while playing blackjack. Of course, he is not the only one who is aware of his hidden talent.
Many movies fans and gamblers will remember that Affleck was banned from playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Cafe Resort and Casino in Las Vegas back in May after casino officials noted gambling behavior consistent with card counting. At the time, Affleck was reluctant to discuss the matter.
In his interview, he was asked about the incident. He responded "That is a true story. I mean, that took place. I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player. And once I became decent, the casinos asked me not to play blackjack. I mean, the fact that being good at the game is against the rules at the casinos should tell you something about casinos."
Originally, it was reported he was kick out of the casino and that his gambling escapades were putting a strain on his high-profile marriage to Actress Jennifer Gardner. Affleck responded to idea he was booted by stating "No, I wish! That would be awesome. 'Get him outta here! He's a magician!' Unfortunately, they just came up and said, 'We can't let you play blackjack. But we have other table games! We have Chinese poker!'".
On his marriage, "That's tabloid s—. That's all b——. They completely lie. (Some) magazines feel totally comfortable absolutely fictionalizing every single element of the story. And there's nothing you can do about that. My only hope is that people with any common sense recognize that those stories are false."
Affleck and Actor friend Matt Damon (Oceans Thirteen, Rounders) have been spotted on many occasions playing in high-stakes poker events such as the World Series of Poker. The reality his that the actor loves to play cards and his recent revelation reveals they extent of his skill level. It is noteworthy that counting cards is not illegal, but casinos are not looking for patronage from customers who have the ability to do so.