Oscar-winner Ben Affleck has been banned from playing blackjack at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Casino after having been more successful at the game than the establishment allows.
TMZ.com over the weekend reported that actor-producer Affleck ("Argo") was at the Hard Rock with his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, playing blackjack at a high-stakes table Tuesday night when security informed him he had been labeled an "advantaged player" and could no longer play that card game at the casino.
Expert observers suggested the casino believed Affleck, 41, was counting cards, a method of mentally keeping track of what high cards and low cards have been played in order to better assess odds and, subsequently, one's wagers.
"Card counting is perfectly legal," Colin James of BlackjackApprenticeship.com told ABC News. "You're just using your brain. But the casinos don't like it because they know if you play long enough you'll take their money."
The Hard Rock said in a statement, "Mr. Affleck, a valued guest of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, is not banned from our property and is welcome back any time." The casino did not reference card-counting, and said it was the management's policy "not to comment" on players' gaming.
Affleck is an avid blackjack and poker player who in June 2004 won the California State Poker Championship, taking a $356,400 prize.
The actor is scheduled to be in Detroit soon to spend months shooting Warner Bros.' next Superman movie, in which he plays Batman opposite Henry Cavill's Man of Steel. The film, which also stars Gal Gadot ("Fast & Furious 6") as Wonder Woman, is set for release May 6, 2016.