Molly's Game

Molly's Game

From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker

Book - 2014
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Soon to be a major motion picture, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, and Michael Cera--the true story of "Hollywood's poker princess" who gambled everything, won big, then lost it all.

Molly Bloom reveals how she built one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world--an insider's story of excess and danger, glamour and greed.

In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twentysomething petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen--she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play.

Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly's game became the game for those in the know--celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires. Molly staged her games in palatial suites with beautiful views and exquisite amenities. She flew privately, dined at exclusive restaurants, hobnobbed with the heads of Hollywood studios, was courted by handsome leading men, and was privy to the world's most delicious gossip, until it all came crashing down around her.

Molly's Game is a behind the scenes look at Molly's game, the life she created, the life she lost, and what she learned in the process.

Publisher: New York :, itbooks,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062213075
Branch Call Number: B Bloom 2014
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 18, 2017

The author, Molly, is not a card player herself but through working for some very rich gentleman in a restaurant job she is recruited to help organize their big money card games for the rich and famous. She eventually becomes the game runner for several games in LA and NY.

Most interesting were the game clients. Rich and entitled. Actor Toby McGuire is the most disliked character in the book. She paints him as a compulsive card player throwing his rich wife's money around and on the warpath if he should hit a losing streak. McGuire takes his losses personally and eventually chips away at Molly to the point where she loses her big LA game and she then starts another game on the east coast with even bigger players and an experience of being roughed- up by the mob.

I am not a card player and did not know what to expect from this book but I was pleasantly surprised!

Nov 09, 2014

This book kept my attention. A quick read. I am sure that it is kind of one-sided (perspective). Strange that she knew something was shady (her reason for paying a lawyer in the first place) yet the lawyer said it was legal, yet she was arrested in the end. Tobey McGuire sounds like a real creep.


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