Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were spotted shopping together in Las Vegas on April 22, but their trip was no romantic, kids-free getaway. “Jen demanded to go to Vegas with Ben because she doesn’t trust him – and he felt like he had no choice but to take her,” a close insider says. “But after their dinners there each night, she would go back to their suite while Ben would stay out all night playing cards, betting thousands of dollars at a time. It makes Jen so mad, but once Ben starts gambling, he can’t stop…"
In fact, when the couple returned to Los Angeles, the actress was seen leaving her psychiatrist’s office, leading friends to wonder if she was there to vent about Ben. “Jen and Ben’s marriage has been extremely shaky in recent months,” the insider reveals. “He’s constantly working, leaving her alone with the children for days and weeks at a time. She feels like a single mother. It’s all really taking a toll on her,” the insider says. “She constantly checks in with Ben, texting and calling him multiple times a day when he is gone, but that frustrates him and leads to huge fights. He’s great with the kids when he’s around, but he and Jen barely talk at home – and when they do it always turns into an argument.”
Jen was with the actor when he was escorted out of a casino for counting cards on April 28, and although she didn’t make a scene in public, things got bad when the couple got back to the hotel room. “She screamed at him, telling him he needed to quit gambling for good,” the source explains. “But he told her that he’s a grown man and will do what he wants.” Gambling isn’t the only problem, either. Jennifer also keeps an eye on Ben’s drinking and reputation as a ladies’ man, and resents that her career has taken a backseat while he continues to book jobs. Friends fear it’s just a matter of time before this couple reaches a breaking point, which would mean high stakes for their $150 million fortune — they don’t have a prenup!