Should Ben Affleck Get Help for Gambling Addiction?
It’s no secret that Ben Affleck loves to gamble. He even qualified for the World Poker Tour in 2004, proving his card skills on a professional level.
Unfortunately for Affleck, what began as a taste for gambling quickly turned into a raging addiction.
Despite a previous stint in rehab for both gambling and alcoholism, Affleck has continued to play cards. In fact, earlier this month, the talented actor was “banned for life” from tables at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas and is once again being urged to seek help for his gambling addiction.
Busted for Counting Cards
While in Las Vegas on a family getaway, Affleck spent long hours at the Hard Rock Casino’s blackjack tables. He was subsequently confronted by security guards while playing at a high rollers’ table and accused of counting cards – a “frowned upon” method using probability to predict the next hand. He was then escorted out of the Hard Rock’s blackjack area and reportedly banned for life.
A Long History of Gambling
As with many addicts, Affleck’s disease runs in the family. His father, Tim Affleck, also suffered from a gambling addiction that frequently put the family’s finances in dire straits.Affleck has a long and storied past when it comes to gambling, winning and losing millions over the last decade. The NY Post previously reported Affleck “hit it big playing ’21’ at the very same casino, raking in a total of nearly $1 million in two trips.” What’s more, in 2011, he reportedly owed $400,000 to movie mogul Ron Meyer.
As with many addicts, Affleck’s disease runs in the family. His father, Tim Affleck, also suffered from a gambling addiction that frequently put the family’s finances in dire straits. Tim eventually sought help for his addiction, later taking a job as an addiction counselor.
Affleck’s Troubles Go Public
…the actor underwent alcohol detoxification, intensive counseling, and physical therapies.In 2001, Ben sought professional help for his addictions. Thanks to a friendship with Charlie Sheen, he was able to secure a bed at Promises in Malibu, where he received treatment for alcoholism and a gambling addiction. While there, the actor underwent alcohol detoxification, intensive counseling, and physical therapies.
Post-rehab, Affleck claimed he had given up both gambling and alcohol, although rumors circulated about his continued participation in both. Though it’s unclear if Affleck is currently consuming alcohol, he’s definitely suffering a gambling relapse. The recent incident at the Hard Rock is, no doubt, causing family and friends to encourage his return to rehab. Let’s hope he listens.