Has Ben Affleck left the building?
Various media sources, led by TMZ.com, reported Friday that the actor, director and screen writer was punted from the off-Strip Hard Rock last week after he was caught counting cards while playing blackjack in the casino.
According to media sources, Affleck was at the blackjack tables while on a quick romantic getaway with his wife Jennifer Garner when security approached him. The report said security told him he was “too good at the game,” before asking him and Garner to leave.
TMZ reported that Affleck was banned for life from the Hard Rock, but the hotel late Friday disputed that claim.
“Mr. Affleck, a valued guest of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, is not banned from our property and is welcome back any time,” hotel spokeswoman Abigail Miller said in an e-mailed statement.
Card counting isn’t illegal in Nevada, but casinos can ask a player to leave the casino if they are caught.
Affleck, who will soon take on the role of Batman in the sequel to “Man of Steel,” won an Academy Award in 1997 for co-writing “Good Will Hunting” with Matt Damon. He has starred in such films as “Armageddon,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Pearl Harbor.” He directed and starred in the acclaimed “Argo.”
Last year, Affleck starred in the Internet poker movie, “Runner, Runner.”
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