“He has been observed playing blackjack at multiple Las Vegas Strip properties, and is suspected of moving his wagers with the count,” the report notes. “He was reportedly backed off at one off-Strip casino,” referring to the Hard Rock incident.
But trouble had been brewing before that. An April 22 internal email from the Games Protection Manager at the Wynn and Encore casinos, Rob Olivetti warned recipients that “Ben Affleck (the actor) … Was informed that he was being way too obvious moving his money with the count. He was spreading $100 -10K on the double decks and $0-20K (2@10K) on the shoe games. As of now, he is still being allowed to play per casino management.”
For all you amateurs out there – card counting isn’t “cheating.” Casino owners bar it because it cuts into the built-in house advantage. Of course, having a built-in house advantage isn’t cheating.
A well-trained counter moves the advantage from the house to about one percent in favor of the player. The house can’t permit that.
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