One of Hollywood’s true A-listers, Ben Affleck has starred in, directed, and produced, some of the biggest movies of recent times. From Goodwill Hunting and Argo, to Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Affleck has had a hugely successful movie career, but he’s also known for his charity work and, yes, you’ve guessed it; his gambling!
In fact, before starring in the 2013 poker crime thriller Runner Runner, Affleck was frequently seen in top Vegas casinos, and enjoyed some impressive wins. But Affleck was no newbie to poker, having enlisted the services of poker professionals Amir Vahedi and Annie Duke, to tutor him in the early 2000’s – and having already won the 2004 California State Poker Championship, scooping a rather tidy $356,400 in the process.
But Affleck’s gaming skills aren’t limited to poker it seems. In 2014 he was playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, so well that he was asked to ‘refrain from playing.’ The casino suspected him of counting cards, which though perfectly legal, is obviously frowned upon by the house!
In just two trips to a single casino, Affleck is reported to have won over $1 million playing ’21,’ but this Hollywood megastar is no detached elitist. According to the New York Post, after one sitting when he won $140,000 whilst playing with fellow A-lister Matt Damon, he gave away every single chip as tips to his dealers, waitresses, door boys and other staff.
In another incredible win, a year later, Affleck is said to have won an astonishing $800,000, playing three simultaneous $20,000 hands – now that takes some nerve! So, Affleck has certainly earned his place among the top professional players, but it’s good to see he still likes nothing better than hanging out in Beverly Hills cigar bars, playing poker with his buddy’s like Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tobey Maguire – and it seems that he’s nothing if not generous with his winnings.
Now that’s how to play with style!