Inside Ben Affleck’s High-Stakes World: Unraveling the Actor’s Passion for Gambling

Gambling can be treated in different ways. Some people are afraid of such leisure, someone finds a favorite relaxing hobby in gambling, and someone even tries to develop professional skills in it. And this applies not only to ordinary people, but also to famous celebrities. Let’s see what gambling is good for and how Ben Affleck manages to be a cool gambler!

Gambling as A Benefit

How can gambling be useful for players? Gambling improves cognitive skills and promotes brain development. Many scientific researches show that games such as poker, blackjack, and roulette can help improve logical thinking, concentration, and the ability to make quick decisions. When players are faced with difficult situations and forced to make quick decisions, their mental flexibility and creativity begin to improve.

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In this case, gambling is good because during the development of skills, players can receive good rewards in the form of money. However, there are great risks and losses.

Some people also find pleasure and entertainment in gambling, whether it’s a real casino or a gambling site. Gambling can help relieve stress and relax after a long day at work. Emotional release is extremely important for people with stressful jobs. Perhaps this is why many celebrities find gambling a suitable leisure activity.

Ben Affleck is a world–famous actor. It’s hard to find a person who hasn’t heard his name at least once. The Oscar-winning director and actor is known not only for his talent on screen, but also for playing blackjack. Affleck’s prowess at blackjack manifested itself during his visits to various casinos, where he used the card counting technique to gain an advantage over the casino. Affleck’s successes and strategy have attracted attention and caused controversy in the gambling world. However, this way is not approved by the rules of the casino.

On the one hand, the player is not officially prohibited from memorizing the cards played and building a strategy based on this. However, on the other hand, such a strategy is considered as a kind of deception. It can even lead to suspension. So in 2014, the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas forever denied him access due to the fact that Affleck got into the habit of counting cards in blackjack.

But in general, the actor really turned out to be a good player and even once he raised $800 thousand overnight. And in 2004 he even won the California Poker Championship.


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In 2020, he successfully hosted a charity online poker tournament. The event was attended by many celebrities: Matt Damon, Tobey Maguire, Adam Sandler and others. The proceeds of $1 million were transferred to Feeding America, an organization that fights hunger and provides food to about 46 million people.


Ben Affleck is not only a great player in life, but also a gambling character in his films. Ben Affleck has not the most outstanding adventurous film “Va-bank” on his account, where he got the role of a cunning casino owner. An interesting fact is that Affleck’s character named Ivan Block has been largely written off from Affleck himself, since the actor has always been a manic gambler.

When you look at high-end celebrity gambling, it may seem that gambling is easy, however it is not. Ben Affleck hired himself a professional poker player in order to learn the skills of composure and strategy. Not everyone can play without addiction. Avoiding gambling addiction is very important, as it can lead to serious financial and psychological problems.

How to Avoid Addiction if You Are a Beginner?

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  • Define your limits: Set yourself time and money limits for gambling. Never exceed these limits, and be prepared to stop when they are reached.
  • Be aware: Keep track of your emotions and reactions during the game. If you notice that the game is starting to have a negative impact on your emotional state, this may be a signal that you are starting to lose control.
  • Seek help: If you feel that you are losing control of your gaming behavior, seek professional help. There are special support groups and therapists who can help you overcome your gambling addiction.

Remember: gambling is about entertainment and honing skills, but not about earning money. Play for fun and win more! Good luck!

Ivan Hancko
Ivan Hancko

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