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

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  19,685 ratings  ·  1,227 reviews
When Molly Bloom was a little girl growing up in a small Colorado town, she watched her brothers win medals, ace tests, and receive high praise from everyone they met. Molly wanted nothing more than to bask in that glow a little herself, so she pushed herself too—as a student, as an athlete. She was successful but felt like she was always coming from behind. She wanted to ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by It Books (first published March 11th 2014)
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Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Molly's Game is a memoir written by Molly Bloom about her time as the poker princess when she was responsible for organising high stakes poker games among Hollywood's elite, business tycoons and other stonkingly rich types and how she subsequently fell foul of the FBI. Molly's story only recently came to my attention because this book has been adapted into a biopic written and directed by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jessica Chastain.

Molly's story is couched as that of a small-town girl who has sp
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Books being made into Movies, non fiction
3 Had To Check This Out Stars
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I recently saw a trailer for a film that caught me by surprise. Aaron Sorkin was involved and it has an all-star cast. I was so impressed by what I had seen... I had to do some investigating.

When I dug a little into the person the story was about... I got a rush of recognition. In a past life, I lived in the area where this tale took place. I was involved with people/businesses filled with these types of personalities highlighted in this book. I rem
Dec 13, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Poker? I barely know her!

Molly's Game is a memoir written by a woman who went from being a cocktail waitress to running an exclusive, but illegal, high-stakes underground poker enterprise and coming into conflict with entitled celebrities, mob bosses, and the FBI. It's one of those off-kilter American dream stories where an outsider takes in
Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: haven-t-read-but
Hard to imagine a characterisation of The American Dream which is more repulsive than this. Not to mention a movie which preserves for posterity the repellent nature of the game of poker. As one who has played games in serious ways at high levels, to watch dicks and pigs sitting there swilling around, chucking away hundreds of millions of dollars in a real 'mine's bigger than yours' comp is embarrassing. To think I once thought of learning this game - one mistake I have avoided in life. I'm used ...more
Olive Fellows (abookolive)
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I discussed this book and its movie adaptation over on Booktube! ...more
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
Molly Bloom is an ultra-motivated young woman who is used to achieving personal goals by overcoming obstacles. A member of a seemingly wholesome and similarly motivated family, she left Colorado for the west coast where by indenturing and ingratiating herself to the right people, she became hostess of a high stakes poker game at which movie stars and business barons wagered the lifetime wages of a working stiff like me on the turn of a card.

I found her book nicely structured and remarkably well-
Michelle Curie
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, nonfiction
"I wanted a big life, a grand adventure, and no one was going to hand it to. I wasn't born with a way to get it. I was waiting for my opportunity, and somehow I knew it would come."

Molly Bloom has made headlines in 2013 when it came out that the Poker Princess has been running illegal poker games for celebrities like Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire in Los Angeles and New York City, making thousands of dollars every night. The story only came to my attention when it was made into a movie, but t
Jan 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoir
Molly’s Game walks a delicate tightrope between star fucking and drooling over rich people. This chick is just about the most materialistic idiot that you could ever imagine. Champagne, yachts, VIP lists, and everything and anything expensive dazzle her like a prehistoric fish to a shiny lure.

She tolerates her ex-boss, a guy who treats her worse than an animal. If ever there were a guy in need of an ass-kicking it was this creep yet she goes on to become actual friends with him. Then she branche
Mónica BQ
I committed a cardinal sin: I watched the movie before I read the book.

In my weak defence I had no idea what any of it was about. I vaguely remember reading about the Tobey Maguire and Leo DiCaprio poker scandal a few years ago, but I don't think I paid much attention to any of it.

So after I watched the movie, I was morbidly curious. And I was not disappointed.

Look, Molly's Game won't be winning any literary awards. It's very obviously written by someone who's not a writer. The whole thing gets
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Molly Bloom’s story is eerily familiar to Piper Kerman’s (Orange Is the New Black). The exception being Molly owns her misstep, nonetheless I’m confident Molly’s book deal, and I’m sure a movie or TV series of her story will be on the horizon all enabling her to erase her debts and manage a lucrative profit. Another convicted felon turning their misfortune into a windfall.

Molly a sheltered small town gal from Colorado, raised by loving parents, privileged, educated, ventures to LA and finds hers
Lisa  Carlson
Aug 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Lisa by: radio interview
Shelves: non-fiction
This is the story of an attractive, sheltered, spoiled young woman who grew up in Colorado in a family where success was expected not pursued. Even though she made the US national ski team she appeared to live in the shadow of her other siblings and it didn't seem good enough for her father. Arriving in Los Angeles with no goals it isn't surprising she began as a waitress and caught the eye of a pompous blowhard. What follows is a lucrative but demeaning job as his assistant and eventually leads ...more
When molly was little she just dreamed of a life without rules and where she didn’t have to do anything for anyone. She wanted to become anything she wanted. In Molly’s game she takes you through her private intense poker games and her catering to clients. Then she made millions and became brave enough too take on the Russian and Italian mobs but could not outsmart the united states government
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poker Princess, Wall Street poker players, Hollywood poker players, donkeys
You were workin' as a waitress in a cocktail bar
When I met you
I picked you out, I shook you up and turned you around
Turned you into someone new

Now five years later on you've got the world at your feet
Success has been so easy for you
But don't forget, it's me who put you where you are now
And I can put you back down too.

Molly Bloom

Molly Bloom moved to Los Angeles from Colorado, seeking fame and glory. Working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, she stumbled into a job as personal assistant to an abrasive guy nam
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
3.00 Stars — This memoir about a woman whom manages to organise and promote and grow a regular underground poker game, has no real surprises, but that manages to frame together an entertaining true story in which many have clearly come to enjoy. As an avid poker enthusiast and former amateur poker player, I read this because it came as a gift, not expecting much.

I was pleasantly surprised, the writing is solid and structure even better, altogether this is an engaging story that has some really f
Siobhan Brewer
Let me say, I loved the idea of this (somewhat illegal) story. The idea of a 26 woman running a badass poker game in a world of men made me think, "you know what, I can be a badass t0o!" And I've still got a few years to go to get there.

Now with the concept of the story out the way, let me get down to the writing of the piece. I feel that it lets the story down so much. It is such a unique thing to write about in the fact it is supposedly true. (I say supposed as we all know biographies tend to
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, crime
This was a great story. The Poker Princess totally has won me over. Her life makes for a very entertaining read. Between the action of the game and the celebrity names involved, Molly’s Game is one hell of a ride.

Molly starts off with a life of privilege. Her father pushes her and her siblings, so no wonder she ends up on the on the US Ski team and take a medal, even after back surgery. That isn’t even the main issue in this story, it just shows her drive and determination not to fail. Once Moll
Nicole Chinnici
I had no idea who Molly Bloom was until I went to see this movie with a friend when it arrived in theaters. But her story captivated me. When I discovered it was based on a book, of course I had to read that too!

The book presents a lot more detail on Molly herself, making her seem more well rounded even if the majority of the story is focused on poker. The movie, on the other hand, focuses more specifically on the poker parts, which makes sense given the different format. It also explores the en
Blech -- I feel like I need a shower.

The issue with memoirs or biographies, is that I find myself not only making assessments of the book, but also the person who is the subject of the book. In this case, the subject is Molly Bloom -- a Type-A among the Type As -- ambitious to the extreme. The book chronicles her rise from waitress to organizer of some of the world's most expensive private poker games (and then, eventual arrest and downfall).

Her chutzpuh and work ethic quickly give way to greed
Jun 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Barf. I really wanted to enjoy this but it was the same story chapter after chapter. Girl is determined. Girl gets what she wants. Girl stresses out. Girl gets knocked down. Girl finds her inner strength. Girl picks herself up. Repeat. Stories and writing are sophomoric. Zero substance. Feels like the book version of Entourage. I'm certain I will never get to pick for book club again after this monumental turd. ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-to-movies
Read this as part of my books to film 2018 challenge. Amazing and sad. What a situation this young girl found herself in. Amazing and very smart! I really loved the film and felt it was close to the book
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Incredible story, and I can't wait to watch Jessica Chastain's portrayal of Molly Bloom.

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David Carraturo
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun and interesting book, I was engaged the entire read and could not wait to pick it up again...I love this underground world, so I overlooked any shortcomings in literary prowess, and took it for what it was...a story that will make a great adaption to a movie (Nov 2017 release). I hope the movie stays true to the book, as the minutia was very interesting and the cast of characters was great.
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book by a fellow Colorado girl and how she ended up running a high stakes, celebrity, underground poker game. I think she was a nice girl who got caught up in trying to make her mark in the world, be a success on her own, and then in the thrall of it all. I didn't find the story to be indulgent, and I appreciated many of the insights. Her father is a psychologist, and I believe she learned a lot from him about understanding human behavior. She came to the conclusion ...more
Philip Cosand
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
The enjoyment of this book will depend greatly on how much the reader desires an opulent lifestyle. The more one thirsts after $1,000 bottles of drink and mansions, the more enticing the read.

It is easy to see why this book is Hollywood-bound. It's a "thrust into the underground" story with 6 and 7 figure numbers flying by. Billionaires, hedge funds, actors, athletes; they are all there. Though you will probably never look at Tobey Maguire the same way.

The story is interesting and a quick read,
Nurul Badriah
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Molly Bloom really presents a compelling narrative detailing her decade long ascent to the top of the underground poker world. Starting in Los Angeles, she encounters a hidden wonderland of high-stakes gambling and makes her entrance into and mark upon it. She glides over a lot of details, for the sake of preserving relevant identities, that her wealthy clients who have yet to be exposed. I️ thoroughly enjoyed it, even if her vicious shark like nature leaves much to be desired in the role-model ...more
Rod Brown
I started reading this about an hour after I finished watching the movie, which I would rate 4 stars as Aaron Sorkin wisely excised all of Bloom's romantic relationships and put a Hollywood gloss on her story that downplayed her greed and shallowness. The book starts well and names the celebrity names that Sorkin left out of his movie, which was really probably the main reason I read it. By the end of the book, I was a little tired of Bloom's thoughts on life and was starting to question the cre ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
I can’t believe this is real!!
Feb 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
A quick and fun read. I picked up on the day it came out and blew through it in two days. I just kept turning pages as Molly's journey into the world of underground poker spun out of control. When deep-seeded insecurities meet high-level overachieving meets a town where you make your own opportunities, it's easy to see how Molly ended up with the Feds on her tail. An entertaining true-life story that reads almost like fiction, I wouldn't be surprised to see this one come to the big screen in the ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got this book after reading an excerpt in Vanity Fair and seeing that Toby Maguire is actually as annoying as I always shallowly and unreasonably assumed he was! I just had to read more. It was very entertaining and interesting, even beyond the parts involving Toby sucking(those WERE the best parts though- like he just was never qualified to be Spider-Man to me..and now it all comes full circle)
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