Let’s bet honest: when it comes to the A-list celebrities who love to frequent online casinos (or land-based ones, or private tables, for that matter!), some stories are more surprising than others.
After all, plenty of famous folks whose public image is already flamboyant, risk-loving, or glamorous enough that it’s easy to imagine them placing massive bets without batting an eyelash.
Is anyone really shocked to learn that Jay-Z once lost nearly $1 million on a single hand of poker in Las Vegas?
But sometimes, learning of a player’s gaming tendencies can come as a surprise. This often comes about when there is a gulf between a celebrity’s public image and the story that is told behind closed doors.
This was the case when the public learned about Tobey Maguire’s nasty behavior as part of Molly Bloom’s high-stakes poker ring in the early 2000s. It would be the case if you were to learn that Mister Rogers had lost millions playing baccarat!
And it is definitely the case when it comes to Ben Affleck!
The solid, masculine image projected by this director, producer, leading man, and overall Hollywood power player can border on a kind of stuffy elder statesman status at times… in other words, not the type of person you’d expect to see letting it rip on at the high-stakes blackjack tables. But as we’ll see, both can and do co-exist in the same man.