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Actor Ben Affleck’s Poker Addiction Is Destroying His Marriage

Posted on April 12, 2014 by Kimberly Goshterson


Problem gambling has been in the news a lot lately. From Queensland, Australia to Toronto, Canada, there have been many public and heated debates over gambling in every aspect. Whether the topic was Fixed Odd Betting Machines in London or the widespread global incorporation of mobile app-like games turning ordinary housewives into online gaming addicts, the media at large has had no shortage of stories about gambling and betting to report. poker addiction

America has its own spotlight story about problem gambling right now. The big feature on everybody’s computers and newspapers is Ben Affleck’s seeming downward spiral in regards to his gambling addiction. As with most addicts, the actor – who is set to star in the upcoming 2016 blockbuster Batman film – has not copped to having a problem. It was his wife, the equally high profile actress Jennifer Garner, who blew the whistle.

It all started to unravel when Ben and Jennifer were supposed to be enjoying some alone time on a vacation in Vegas before he started filming for Batman. During their trip, he was caught card counting at Hard Rock Casino, and subsequently banned from playing blackjack there. He was, as the casino owner reported, allowed to continue playing other games at their establishment.

Now, it seems, the high profile case has taken an international turn. Not only has Affleck been booted from Vegas casinos for his card counting, but recently he was asked by security to leave a Canadian establishment for the same reasons. The movie star was reportedly undertaking his advantage betting tactics of morally questionable proportions at the Caesar Windsor Hotel in Ontario, Canada when he was asked to leave. It seems that his wife has had it with his gambling habit, and she has no problem with telling the media as much.

Since the allegations have begun to fly, Garner has been more vocal about her concerns over Affleck’s addiction. She sees that he needs help, and she doesn’t trust him when he gambles. In a statement that was picked up by celebrity gossip guru Perez Hilton, a friend of the couple said “Jen demanded to go to Vegas with Ben because she doesn’t trust him and he felt like he had no choice but to take her….. Once Ben starts gambling, he can’t stop.”

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