Is Ben Affleck’s gambling addiction ruining his marriage to Jennifer Garner?


A couple of weeks ago, Star Magazine and Radar had a pretty decent scoop on the hush-hush underground poker games going down with A-list Hollywood. Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio were all listed as attendees of these high-stakes, high-losses poker games, which might result in multiple lawsuits and perhaps even a federal investigation. From what I could see, Star and Radar had actually done some footwork and investigative journalism to get the story, but they exploited the fact that all of these A-list men were partaking, and there were a series of denials and such. Who knows how it’s going to turn out?

BUT! The gambling story still has legs, especially for Ben Affleck, who in 2001 was treated for his gambling addiction. After his rehab stay, he also claimed that he had given up alcohol, although there are persistent rumors that he‘s still boozing (with photo evidence). So Star Magazine’s cover story this week includes the Garner-Affleck marriage in its trilogy of marriage problems. According to Star, Jennifer Garner “had no idea” that Affleck was back to drinking and gambling away millions of dollars. An insider tells the mag, “Jennifer is terrified that his history of gambling, drinking and womanizing is catching up with him… If things get worse, Jen could be a single mom.” Star’s source also says that Ben is telling friends that Jennifer “busted his balls” when she found out, and a “card shark” who played with Affleck says: “As we gambled, [Ben] would joke with us that he’d told Jen he was going to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. He’d say, ‘I’ve got to get home to the wife before she figures out where I am.’”

Meanwhile, in the new issue of Star (according to Radar), sources also claim that at one point, Ben owed $400,000 to a “powerful movie mogul” – Ron Meyer, Tobey Maguire’s father-in-law. There are also claims that Ben even “hosted” his own underground poker game (referred to as “Ben’s Game”) at the Grand Havana Room in Beverly Hills, a high-end cigar club, back in 2003, and that Jennifer Lopez knew about it and wasn‘t happy about it. The games would later move to Prego Ristorante, and that’s where Ben lost $400K to Meyer: “Ben busted big. He drummed up a giant tab, and then all of a sudden he disappeared from the game. He wasn’t seen for months. He’d had a string of bad movies and didn’t have any big projects on the horizon, and everyone was wondering, ‘Is Ben broke?’ But we knew that he couldn’t stiff a businessman like Ron Meyer. That would be ‘career over’ in Hollywood. Suicide. Eventually, Ron got paid and Ben started turning up to the games again.”

For the record, Affleck’s rep went to Gossip Cop and “assured” them that the story is “false” and all “lies” and then the rep pointed to these photos of Ben and Jennifer’s Fourth of July, almost like those pics were a candid photo shoot designed specifically for damage control…? No, they would never! DIMPLES. Just look at the dimples.





Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. GoofPuff says:

    Not like they are a real family any more. It’s all fake now. I’m sure they hate each other but need to stay together for their demographics.

  2. NeNe says:

    Is it just me, but doesn’t he look like crap in those pics? I like Jen she seems like such a sweet person.

  3. brin says:

    I believe it. Hope she was the one who gave him the black eye.

  4. katnip says:

    I don’t by rag stories when they are about the celebs I like so I don’t rush and assume they are true about other couples. that would be hypocritical.

    Ben had gambling issues well before he and Jennifer G got together. I think he even acknowledged it. I think around the time he and JLO brokeup.

    He seems more settled now. Not running around like he use to.

    So I call BS (but I will say he never looks happy around his family much. I get he hates the paps, but a smile or two would not kill him) Jennifer seems way more comfortable. but she is papped on a daily basis so I guess you get used to it or learn to ignore them better

  5. kim says:

    That could be the reason Leonardo DiCaprio
    is in a paid fake relationship with Blake and also agreeing to be in a movie with beyonce he must have lost a lot of money to be in that mess of a movie.

  6. Dea says:

    Now is the time for Jenn to get pregnant again. It will work. She is obsessed with Ben so he will make it up for bad behavior.

  7. Sloane Wyatt says:

    The Big Story is Ben has a rug!

  8. Christine says:

    If she didn’t leave him over the gambling, affair with Blake Lively, or drinking, she should leave him over that mess of a rug on his head.

  9. Jazz says:

    I’m sure it was banging Blake Lively that ruined his marriage, not gambling.

  10. jocular says:

    @Kim what film is leo in with beyonce?!! Sounds odd!!

  11. baby says:

    i feel bad for the wife and kids..idk i think pple are way harsh on garner. its clear she suffers through a lot with him and she seems like a good mom to me. plus the girls are soooo cute. i hope everything all works out for them. i cant stand him!

  12. K-MAC says:

    that picture on the cover of STAR magazine looks like Ryan Renolds and not Ben Affleck

  13. the original bellaluna says:

    I like JG, I like BA, and like them together. (W-A-Y better than that whole mess w/J-Ho.) Their little family is cute, and JG really seems like a hands-on mom.

    I admit to enjoying gossip, but tabs really should tread lighter when children are involved.

    (I seem to recall someone who had worked with JG commenting on a previous thread awhile back that she was a very nice person, one of the nicest they’d worked with. It may have been Liana.)

  14. tar says:

    Ben looks like Beeelll from True Blood in these pics

  15. lolas says:

    umm…am I the only one who thinks Ben looks really hot here? Hate to admit it, but it’s true.

  16. kibbles says:

    I always thought Jen’s decision to marry Ben was to mainly improve her celebrity status. She was previously married to C-list television actor Scott Foley and briefly dated her co-star Michael Vartan. Being a B/C-list actress herself, being married to Affleck made both of them more interesting as celebrities to the general public, media outlets, and tabloids. It seems like whatever spark they had died out a long time ago. I don’t know if they will divorce or stay together for appearances and the kids, but they don’t seem very happy.

  17. Ren says:

    More importantly – what’s up with Ben’s hair??

  18. lucy2 says:

    I feel bad for the family if he’s back to big time gambling. It’s one thing when you’re rich and single, but there’s a wife and kids now to think about too.
    He looks like Vampire Beeeel! with that weird hair.
    Thanks for the Michael Vartan reminder, kibbles – hot!

  19. really says:

    Ben Affleck is a huge TWIT! I see single mom in Jenns cards, Ben is too wanting to be Bad Boy.

    On another note, Ben needs to majorly scrub up, what is with the funky-look … just the type of husband a woman needs. PATHETIC.

  20. Turtle Dove says:

    Ben already went through the Bennifer sh*tstorm in the early 00s, and his career suffered because of it, so it has to be a bone of contention that Garner is always pimping out her kids for pictures and giving gushy, personal statements.

    Ben likes to be in a relationship. He’s not a fella that gets on well without a lady by his side. Post Gwen and for a time after that he was very morose looking until he hooked up with Garner. He obviously loves her, but I’m sure that he’d love it if she kept her mouth shut too.

    Hope he hasn’t fallen off the wagon. He’s got a good career momentum and buzz right now and I’d hate to see that hit the skids…. again.

  21. CeeCee says:

    This sounds like a made up story. Ben never had a problem with gambling. As a matter of fact he won “The Commerce Casino California State Poker Championship” 7 years ago. If Ben wanted to he could have gone on to play in the World Poker Championship Tour for big money. He choose not to. According to a Poker Pro on ET.. who actually played in the games with Toby, Ben, Matt, and Leo…. He rated all of them on the show. Leo loss 50,000 got angry, stopped playing. Matt lost mostly. And Toby was average, and Ben was pretty good. He also said the games where not illegal.
    Ben went to Rehab for Alcohol Abuse. His father is an Alcoholic. Ben has said in many interviews he fears becoming like his father. I think he is keeping a good check on himself.
    There are intrusive pictures of Ben coming out of his Psychologist office awhile back. I think Ben has a better chance at controlling his Alcohol Addiction then most stars who are always in and out of rehab. At least Ben is willing to work at staying balanced getting help when needed.

    Jennifer Garner knew what she was getting when she married Ben. If anything I think she helps Ben and is a great support system for him.
    I don’t believe all the cheating stories about Ben. He has been to busy trying to get his career back on track. Ben doesn’t have time to gamble or cheat with 2 directing jobs line up the this year.

  22. mln76 says:

    Well since he did go to re-hab for gambling addiction and he was named in a lawsuit that involved gambling this story has legs. But if half of the rumors about his infidelities are true Jenn is going to stand-by him. And all the goodwill he’s earned with his adorable family would be down the shitter so he’s not going anywhere.

  23. Jenny says:

    Garner likes to portray herself as Miss Mary Sunshine, perfect mom. I am sure she is a wonderful mother, however, she was not always so sweet before her Affleck hook-up. I am sure they are both invested in the “perfect family” image and work to keep it. But I think the alleged cheating and gambling is not helping with the dimple parade. She probably did go upside his head, gave him a black eye and made him do the equivalent of a “perp walk” of shame and told him to straighten out or else.

  24. malachais says:

    He looks hungover in those pics, with the dark glasses and 5 O’clock shadow. Star has made some valid claims against celebrities so I don’t dismiss their claims immediately.

  25. Betsy says:

    Aw, poor Ben! He does not have a rug, he just has a bad case of hat head.

    I think he is very talented and I loved Gone Baby Gone and The Town.

    And as to Ben as a person, well, he is Matt Damon’s bff. If he is good enough for my Mattie then he is good enough for me! :)

  26. gobo says:

    Hmmm. Well he was definitely playing online poker in 2004ish. I’ve a friend who used to work for the credit control end of things who came across him.

  27. gabs says:

    He probably is gambling and cheating and drinking BUT I dont believe the part about “jens fury”. I have a hard time picturing her scolding him. They might have a look the other way agreement.

  28. gg says:

    If that’s a rug, then howcome it grows out along with the real hair every time?

    He looks like my sloppy stupid ex husband in these pics. bleah.

  29. Jana says:

    I never crave stars. They’re stars, not in my life. But there’s something about Ben that makes me just want one night with him.

  30. Esmom says:

    I think his scruffy look is hot in these pics. But then as soon as I remember the rug rumors I get turned off immediately. If it’s true, how does it work that it looks longer sometimes? Maybe he has a series of them, each a bit longer, to create the illusion of growth? Ick!

    P.S. Michael Vartan for HGF!

  31. Thea says:

    roflmao @ esmom. Isnt he the one that has a whole room of them and someone found them. I can totally see him having them in varying lengths and shades….OMG….he always has the same flat expression like he is heavily medicated or botoxed.

  32. Tara says:

    Ben looks like ten kinds of hel. Run, Jen, run (although she won’t). It makes me sad when people teach their kids that when they grow up they have to make someone else’s demons their own just because they LOVE them. Love doesn’t hurt and you can always love someone from a safe distance. Jen is a classic enabler :(

  33. danielle says:

    Did anyone else think the 4th of July pictures were odd? Again – they looked very mismatched – she had on a hideous outfit, complete with keds.

  34. Iggles says:

    @ CeeCee:
    “Ben doesn’t have time to gamble or cheat with 2 directing jobs line up the this year.”

    Wow? You actually believe that?

    How about… “Weiner doesn’t have time to chat up random women with working for Congress fulltime!”

    Yeah right! Men who want to cheat make time. They can have pregnant wife at home and three young kids, work a 60 hour week — and still find time to cheat!

    And with directors, come on! Haven’t you ever heard of the casting couch?

    I’m not saying he’s cheating but your excuse doesn’t pass the smell test!

  35. Eden says:

    Something about this rings true.
    If anyone was going to bleet to the tabloids for a chunk of change it would be a fellow gambling addict who needed the money and doesn’t have any real loyalty to Ben.
    Just because he went to rehab once and is in counseling it doesn’t mean Ben is “fixed”. I think his issues run deeper than a spot in rehab and some therapy and I have a feeling he’s got a whole other life going on behind the scenes. Gambling, women, booze or a combination of all three.
    He was looking hot for a while and now he looks like he smells.

  36. Anonymous says:


    Leo is said to be in the movie remake ‘A Star is Born’ with Beyonce directed by Clint Eastwood. Very Odd

  37. kim says:

    Leo is said to be in the movie remake ‘A Star is Born’ with Beyonce directed by Clint Eastwood. Very odd

  38. Kim says:

    Did Jennifer think he was going to change after married? This is a guy who slept w/ mulitple hookers, did alot of drugs/alcohol, gambled extensively and was doing it up until day of wedding. Tigers do not change their stripes.

  39. Elizabeth says:

    @ kibbles
    Her decision to marry Ben was mostly motivated by the fact that she was five months pregnant with Violet!

  40. Renee says:

    lol best argument ever: He doesn’t have a problem, he wins.

  41. ShellyMay says:

    Does anyone else find it strange that Jennifer managed not to get pregnant with her first husband and Michael Vartan, but some how one managed to slip by the goalie with Ben Affleck?

  42. Madison says:

    When I saw the 4th of July dimple parade I did wonder what story the tabloids were going to run on them because you hardly ever see Ben spending time with him family, yes those pictures now look like nothing but damage control. There have been stories for the past few years about his cheating, boozing and gambling. I don’t think Ben ever changed just got smart and bought Jen Garners girl next door best mother in the world image, it does seem fake now, more and more it looks like an agreement not a marriage.

  43. fannomore says:

    does he always have to look so constipated??????

  44. REALIST says:

    Gambling addiction-definitely more credibility than a “sex addiction”. His gambling has been in the news for years, since his JLo days, so I can imagine it had reach compulsion level by now.
    I always though Ben Affleck was too much of a sleazebag for marriage to anyone, especially to Jennifer Garner, who seems pretty much like The Girl Next Door.

  45. N.D. says:

    CB, you need some policy on fact checking before posting. This escapism is supposed to be smart after all.

    You linked to YOUR OWN post where you say he went to rehab for alcohol and now you’re saying it was for gambling. Well, it wasn’t. It was for alcohol like you said in that old post.

    Re his gambling addiction. It’s hard to say. He’s obviously a big fan of poker but so are many other celebrities – Tobey Maguire and Leo for example – who play a lot as well in various public tournaments and private game parties. As of yet it doesn’t look like his love for the game crippled him socially or professionally so either he’s “maintaining” too well or it’s not an addiction but a hobby. Which is actually a good thing.

    Still, he and Jennifer rarely look happy and into each other in candids. Of which there ain’t too many. Probably their union is way past romantic love phase but I don’t think they are seriously disfunctional, just your average “being realistic about life” married couple.

  46. Lena says:

    Bad reporting on this story and This story is a real “so What”. It was not an illegal poker club, the only one being sued is Tobey and that’s not because he was playing poker its because the money the dude that lost to him paid him with was with investor money. So the investors are suing Tobey to get the money back that the bad inveetment broker used. See, the truth is pretty boring. Ben said the story was made up about him losing money to the big studio guy, and even if he did who gives a **ck since it happened in 2003. That was 8 years ago honeys. Are we going to be gossiping about what happened this week in 2020? I hope we will have better lives by then.

  47. tg says:

    Every time I see these two together they look miserable. I want to know how he got the black eye. I remember seeing them on Dinner for Five on IFC before they were married and she was way into him. I don’t care if he plays poker or drinks, but I do want to know if she blacked his eye for nailing Blake Lively.

  48. Chris says:

    Hmmm. He’s got the “Baston” t-shirt on and he made The Town. Perhaps he’s going through a phase of romanticising the hard living Townie lifestyle.

  49. Shoe_Lover says:

    @ ShellyMay- I’m picking up what you are putting down and I totally agree. JG is not as sweet and innocent as she makes out she is. She cheated on her first hubby with Michael Vartan and then cheated on him with ben. She traded up and then got pregnant on purpose to make sure he didn’t get away. There are heaps of stories about how Reese Witherspoon is actually a mega b!tch and she and JG are close friends and you know what they say “birds of a feather flock together”.

    I usually save my genuine dislike for fame whores like the Karadashians, Paris Hilton and Speidi but JG really rubs me the wrong way and i just can’t stand her.

  50. MJ says:

    Looks like Ben just plopped a rug on top of his head, the hair in the back must be his own.

  51. Dana M says:

    Their 4th of July pics were such a planned photo opp. I just couldn’t figure out why. Now we know.

  52. Ben is poser! says:

    How the hell Ben became famous is a mystery. The guy can’t act to save his soul. He had a bad drinking problem so he replaced that with gambling! Jen can do much better. All of a sudden he wears a Bruins shirt? LMAO! Talk about jumping on the bandwagon to get some attention for yourself…….

  53. Hawk says:

    They are done. Do you ever see them photographed together? Next celeb divorce.

  54. Ally says:

    I don’t see J.Ga being furious. I see her, arms crossed, pouting sulkily with those puffy lips of hers.

    It’s too bad that Affleck hasn’t been able to shed this shallow, nervy side of his personality that needs the constant distraction of alcohol/strippers/gambling. ADD maybe.

  55. bugsy says:

    I find it odd that you’re so willing to believe the gossip and conspiracy theories of tabloids when it comes to most celebrities, but you tritely refuse to believe anything remotely salacious about a certain other couple, whilst promoting all sorts of terrible gossip about said couple’s ex, ie the one that won’t go away and make it all easier, etc. It’s interesting. This is a gossip site, you’d think all gossip would be treated equal.

  56. galaxy.girl says:

    Every time I see a photo of him I remember the photos of Him & Blake & how animated, alive, in-love, interested in something he appeared vs. the blank bland or angry type stare. Odd *_*

  57. Lisa says:

    Give me a effing break galaxy girl. “In love” my a**! Stop with your stupid photo assumptions and go with facts. Look at the photo (ONE!) and I see someone who is simply laughing at an animated story a co-worker (who he barely knew at the time) was telling. Not to do so would be rude after all. Interesting how you take one photo and blow it up into your own fantasy! Interesting how nobody EVER sees the real people who are ready to split. Who among you foretold the Arnold-Maria split, the Wenz(sp?)-Simpson split? Guess its the most popular and famous ones (Perry-Russell, Demi-Ashton, Ben-Jen) who are constantly given the gloom and doom reporting. That’s what sells folks. Those of you who follow this blog know its titled not to the facts but to the prejudices of the writer.

  58. Yanira says:

    So he married a woman he could easily manipulate and that would enable him?

    And of course, people her love her for being a doormat to him…not like that other “pushy” girl.

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