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Ben Affleck’s History of Gambling Addiction

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Gambling addiction is nothing new, and many Hollywood stars have been sucked into the world of fast money but also huge losses. Over the years, some of the American movie industry’s biggest stars have struggled with an uncontrollable addiction to casino games. Celebrities love spending their money and for some Hollywood stars, weekends at casinos are the only thing they need to have fun. Ben Affleck is one of the most famous Hollywood actors whose love for gambling turned into an addiction. 

While celebrities with gambling addiction are nothing new in the US, movie star Ben Affleck is arguably the most well known casino-loving celebrity. So how did Ben Affleck’s gambling problems begin?

The story of Affleck’s gambling problem began back in 2014 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. According to reports, Affleck was playing Blackjack so well that the casino management had to ask him to stop playing. He wasn’t kicked out of the casino but was simply too good at Blackjack that he was no longer allowed to play the game. When he was asked about that infamous night, Affleck called himself a perfectionist who always strived to learn something new in the best way possible. Since Blackjack was his favourite casino game, he decided to master it.

According to reports, he made nearly $1 million from two trips to Vegas. This, of course, took place one year after he played a role in the famous gambling movie “Runner Runner,” starring alongside close friend Justin Timberlake. However, his brilliant Blackjack skills didn’t apply to poker even though he was an adamant poker player. 

As his gambling problems became front-page news, it was discovered that his gambling addiction actually started long before his incident at Hard Rock Casino. Affleck often hosted poker tournaments with his Hollywood friends way back in 2000, and even though he wasn’t good at playing poker, his addiction meant he played it all the time and lost quite a bit of money. A well-documented incident in a series of mishaps was when he lost $400,000 to the president of Universal Studios Ronald Meyer. 

However, his non-professional career as a poker player wasn’t always doom and gloom, as he won the California State Poker Championship in 2004, winning $356,000, a victory which qualified him for the 2004 World Poker Tour Championship. He went on to participate in the tournament several times in the coming years, even hiring personal poker trainers to no avail. 

In addition to his gambling problems, Affleck also developed an alcohol addiction. Apparently, that was a deciding factor in his divorce from Daredevil co-star Jennifer Garner. Affleck has reportedly been in and out of both gambling and alcohol rehabs since 2001, with 2018 marking the year of his latest admission. According to reports, Affleck is doing much better these days and is now in full control of his gambling addiction. However, he is just one of the hundreds of celebrities who have struggled with it. 

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