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Ben Affleck in casino blackjack ban for 'being too good'

Oscar-winning actor Ben Affleck was banned from playing blackjack at a Las Vegas casino because he was "too good," a source close to the 41-year-old Good Will Hunting star said.

Ben Affleck was banned from playing blackjack at a Las Vegas casino because he was 'too good,' a source said. Credit: Reuters

Affleck was on a short break in the city with his wife Jennifer Garner when he was stopped earlier this week by security guards at the Hard Rock Casino.

They told him he had to stop playing blackjack because "you are too good," the source said.

He was told he could play other games at the casino.

Celebrity news website TMZ reported Affleck had been banned for life from the casino for counting cards, a legal gambling strategy of using probability to predict the next hand.


Fitness wristband monitors heartbeat and calorie intake

LG Electronics has unveiled a fitness wristband to monitor the user's heartbeat, calorie consumption and movement, as well as incoming phone calls and music controls.

A visitor to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas tried on a Lifeband Touch Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

The Lifeband Touch measures performance via fitness apps and a touch screen.

It can also be combined with earphones that measure blood flow signals from the inner part of the ear to monitor heart rate and oxygen consumption.

Transformers director walks off stage at major launch

Film director Michael Bay walked out of a major product launch on the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas after appearing to be lost for words.

The director of the Transformers films and Pearl Harbour was speaking at the launch of Samsung's new curved TV when he stopped abruptly, saying: "The type is all off, sorry. I'll just wing this".

A Samsung executive then prompted him to ad lib with some questions, but the director apologised and walked off stage.

Michael Bay later explained on his website that he "got so excited to talk" that he skipped a line, causing the autocue to "get lost".

"I guess live shows aren't my thing," he added.

Consumer Electronics Show launches in Las Vegas

The Consumer Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas later today showcasing new technologies in areas as diverse as cars and gaming, smart phones and wearable technology.

A man tests a virtual reality gaming accessory which translates his movements into the video game Credit: REUTERS/Steve Marcus

The conference website says it is expecting more than 150,000 people to attend from more than 150 countries.

The four-day show is not open to the public and often provides a first glimpse of new products and emerging trends in technology.

Report: Cirque du Soleil acrobat dies in Las Vegas show

A performer with the circus group Cirque du Soleil has died during a performance at the MGM Grand venue in Las Vegas, NBC reports.

Sarah Guyard-Guillot, 31, was pronounced dead shortly before midnight on Saturday, but the cause of death has yet to be determined.

An audience member told the Las Vegas Sun that the performer fell almost 50 feet from a wire into a pit below the stage, and that he could hear "screaming" and "groaning".

Cirque du Soleil said in a statement that the group was "heartbroken" and that the tragedy was a reminder of "how extraordinary our artists are each and every night".


'Range Rover opened fire on Maserati' before Las Vegas crash

Sergeant John Sheahan has confirmed that a Black Range Rover sport and a Maserati had stopped at a red light on the Las Vegas strip when the Range Rover opened fire on the Maserati.

Both cars went through the intersection. The Maserati hit a taxi. The driver and passenger of the taxi were killed after the taxi caught fire.

The aftermath of the crash Credit: EBU

The driver of the Maserati died from gunshot wounds and the passenger was wounded. The Range Rover then fled the scene. Three other vehicles were involved.

Witness says burning taxi looked like a 'fireball'

At least a further three people were hospitalised, including a passenger from the Maserati.

A tourist who witnessed the aftermath of the crash told KLAS-TV that the burning taxi looked like a fireball.

More people may be hurt, Sergeant Sheahan said.

It is the latest in a series of violent actions on the tourist corridor since the beginning of the year. Two people were critically wounded in a shooting at a parking garage 6th February, and a tourist was stabbed in an elevator at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay ten days later.

Three killed after gun battle on the Las Vegas strip

Three people were killed and at least three injured in a gun battle between moving vehicles that ultimately crashed at a busy intersection on the Las Vegas Strip, police have said.

A section of the as Vegas strip has been closed Credit: EBU

A total of five vehicles were involved in the crash, including a taxi that burst into flames and killed two people around 4.30 am local time, at Flamingo and Las Vegas boulevards, said Sergeant John Sheahan.

Several cars can be seen burnt out on the Las Vegas strip Credit: EBU

People in a Maserati and an SUV were exchanging gunfire before the Maserati hit the taxi, he said.

The Maserati driver, the taxi driver and a taxi passenger were killed.

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