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Ben Affleck Banned For Counting Cards At Las Vegas Casino. Was This Batman Research?

I Am The Night

I can’t recall if it’s canon or not but I’m pretty sure counting cards is one of the zillion things Batman can do. So of course that’s what immediately came to mind when I heard our next Bruce Wayne, Ben Affleck had been caught counting cards in Las Vegas last week. Why, Ben? Why? 

I’m not even sure what to make of this whole thing. The New York Daily News reports:

Hard Rock Las Vegas officials aren’t bluffing as they have banned the forthcoming “Batman” star for life from playing blackjack at the casino after he was caught counting cards, a source close to Affleck told the Daily News.

“You are too good,” a security guard told the Oscar-winning star Monday night at the casino’s high-rollers’ blackjack table, the source said.

Translation: no more blackjack for Affleck. However, he’s welcome to try his hand at other games at the Hard Rock.

A few things to remember:

  1. Counting cards is not illegal.
  2. Affleck’s Runner Runner was a film about cheating at online poker.
  3. Affleck is rich.
  4. Affleck played Daredevil.
  5. Affleck is playing Batman.

Ok, we all caught up?

I just…sigh. Are you that bored with life? You are about to play Batman for goodness’ sake! It doesn’t get much more exciting than that. Whyyyyyyyy?

Meanwhile, Affleck’s longtime friend Matt Damon joked with CNBC about rumors of him having a role in the superhero films his buddy is starring in. “Since they made Ben Batman, I’ve been showing up at his house every day dressed as Robin, but my little campaign I don’t think has gone too well so far.”

We’ll be seeing Affleck as Bruce/Batman first in the Man of Steel sequel, and then in the recently announced Justice League film directed by Zack Snyder.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."