Ben Affleck wins $1500 playing poker at casino where he nearly ‘fell out of his chair’ on night he suffered a ‘sobriety setback’
Ben Affleck was pictured hitting the poker table on the same night he suffered a ‘sobriety setback.’
The actor, 47, was seen Saturday night at a casino in Commerce at 1AM, where he was allegedly so inebriated he nearly fell out of his chair, eyewitnesses told TMZ.
Ben reportedly won $1500 after spending just twelve minutes at the table.
Playing poker: Ben Affleck was pictured hitting the poker table at a casino in Commerce Saturday, on the same night he suffered a ‘sobriety setback’
The table was already full by the time Ben arrived, but the pit boss still allowed the actor to join the game, pulling up a 10th chair for him.
The actor was pictured dividing his attention between both the game and his gal pal, who has been identified as musician Katie Cherry by Us Weekly.
At one point, Ben leaned towards his friend and appeared to whisper something in her ear.
Ben reportedly stumbled out of the casino with Katie before continuing on with his night.
Luck be a lady: The actor appeared to whisper something to Katie
A source told DailyMail.com of the relationship: ‘Ben has dated over the past year but this is nothing that serious at this time.’
Ben admitted the next day to having a ‘slip’ in his sobriety, but vowed not to let it derail him.
The star was seen arriving at ex-wife Jennifer Garner’s house in the Pacific Palisades, California, on Sunday afternoon, just hours after sparking new sobriety concerns following a night out in Hollywood.
He seemed to be in good spirits despite the tough circumstances as he told photographers outside the property: ‘Well you know it happens, it’s a slip but I’m not going to let it derail me.’
Hours before the visit at his ex’s home, Ben had trouble walking and appeared to stumble against a vehicle, suffering a ‘sobriety setback’ after leaving a Halloween party on Saturday night with Katie in Los Angeles.
Heading out: Affleck was pictured leaving La Peer Hotel on Saturday night
Ben wrapped his arms around his companion while the pair waited for a ride outside of the La Peer Hotel, which played host to the Unicef Masquerade ball.
He wore a white skeleton mask and a black suit and ‘seemed to have fallen off the wagon’ after he ‘nearly fell before catching himself on the vehicle,’ according to TMZ.
While promoting a homeless charity over the weekend – before attending the party – the star revealed that he was dating once again, while also talking about his sobriety.
He wrote: ‘HA, you got me. I’m dating. But let’s be serious for a moment and talk about something that is actually important.
Difficult: The actor had trouble walking and appeared to stumble against a vehicle while leaving the party
‘I have been in recovery for over a year and part of that is helping out others. @themidnightmission is an incredible organization that helps those in need with housing, training, development, and recovery.
‘I’m making a donation today because there are people battling addiction every day that don’t have the resources and need help. @raya, you in? Who else is with me? Click the link in my bio to donate.’
In a video from Saturday night, Affleck and his lady friend can be heard asking the driver: ‘We’re right here; Where are you?’
Speaking up: Affleck promoted a cause benefiting The Midnight Mission early Saturday morning
As the woman walks toward their vehicle, Ben stumbles and trips backward before grabbing on to the taillight of a waiting SUV.
After grabbing his footing, Ben made his way to the backseat of the vehicle where his gal pal was already sitting.
‘Sobriety is difficult and elusive for everyone struggling with addiction, and we’re told Ben has acknowledged he’s going to slip up from time to time,’ TMZ initially reported, with Ben’s representative also confirming to DailyMail.com.
‘It was never as if this was simply behind him.’
A source told DailyMail.com of his sobriety: ‘Yes, this was a stumble and he is working to get back on track.’
Last year Ben’s ex-wife Jennifer Garner staged an intervention at his home, before driving him to a rehab facility in Malibu.
‘This week I completed a forty-day stay at a treatment center for alcohol addiction and remain in outpatient care,’ Affleck wrote in a post in October 2018. ‘Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle.’
TMZ reported that Ben has been attending ‘wellness classes’ in LA which focus on ‘Buddhist ethics’ and health body, mind and spirit.
Doing his part: TMZ reported that Ben has been attending ‘wellness classes’ in LA which focus on ‘Buddhist ethics’ and health body, mind and spirit (pictured Monday in Los Angeles)