Dana White Banned From Gambling At Palms Casino In Vegas
Casinos have come under fire following the Ben Affleck card counting scandal. The Hollywood star is a keen blackjack player and apparently is capable of counting cards. Needless to say the Hard Rock Casino in Vegas was not too happy and banned the A-Lister from playing. This caused an uproar and resulted in celebrities like shock jock Howard Stern defending Affleck and blaming the casinos or doing everything to stack the odds in their favor.
Another incident has occurred with the UFC President Dana White that has” Ben Affleck scandal 2″ written all over it. We discussed in previous reports just how prolific a gambler Dana White is. In January at a UFC press conference White commented on his passion for gambling and said,” I have a lot of all-night blackjack sessions.” He went on to real that he has beat the casinos for over $5,000,000 in a night on blackjack and “it’s the rush and excitement of all rushes.”
Just like Affleck White confirmed that the Palms have banned him for the second time in a year after he beat them for more than $2 million and they asked him “not to play anymore.”
Management reportedly informed White that his limit was changed from $25,000 to $5,000.The Palms are well aware of the bad publicity they received from the Ben Affleck affair and apparently jokingly are planning to give white a trophy which says,” congrats you kicked our ass and made us tap out,”
White echoed Howard Stern’s twitter comments on the Affleck scandal and was not shy about lambasting the casinos,” Casinos don’t want to gamble anymore. They’re all owned by hedge funds and corporations. They want to stack the odds so much against you that won’t play. Realistically, there’s only one place to play left in town. That’s Caesars. They will let you play what you want to play. No messing around with limits.”
White has a history with the palms who routinely ban him from gambling at their casino but always try and woo him back. It got so personal that White refused to host any UFC events at the Palms due to the past president Joe Magliarditi reducing White’s credit in half. The UFC boss is reportedly worth hundreds of millions so he can afford to lose a few dollars.
White is adamant that his gambling passion does not affect his personal or professional life and nonchalantly said,” Has it affected my personal life? Has it affected my professional life? Have I lost all my money? There’s nothing negative about what I’ve been doing lately.”
It is always interesting to follow the colorful White both in and out the ring. The question is which celebrity will be the focus of the next card counting scandal.