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...more
Molly's story is couched as that of a small-town girl who has sp ...more
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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 ...more
FURTHER READING FOR FANS OF MOLLY'S GAME
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 ...more
I found her book nicely structured and remarkably well- ...more
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 the ...more
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 ...more
Molly a sheltered small town gal from Colorado, raised by loving parents, privileged, educated, ventures to LA and finds hers ...more
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 ...more
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 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(view spoiler)[The reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because the reader is left not knowing how it all ultimately ends up for Molly. At the end of the book, Molly became a convicted felon and is awaiting her sentencing. Considering this happened on December 12, 2013 and the book was originally published in 2014, that makes sense. But the edition of the book I read was the movie-tie in version, s ...more
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, ...more
The writing itself at times dips into scattered or excessively self-congratu ...more
BookTube-A-Thon July 30, 2018 - August 5, 2018
Challenge #3 - Read and watch a book to movie adaptation
I watched the movie when it came out. I found myself bored with this and skimming a lot of the pages. This is the rare instance where I liked the movie better.
Molly's Game by Molly Bloom tells the true story of a small town Colorado girl who moves to Los Angeles to make it big. She ends up working as an assistant for an abusive and mean boss. Eventually this boss offers her the chance to start working hush-hush poker games, and Molly jumps right in, moving her way up the "poker ladder." Pretty soon, she is running the biggest game in L.A.
The story itself is interesting. However, I coul ...more
I think, overall, this book has a lot to recommend it. It's gripping. Author and protagonist Molly Bloom might not be the person you'd most like to emulate, but you can't help but root for her as she figures out ways to to make herself indispensable -- and profitable -- to the rich and famous.
The book drops off very suddenly towards the end. (Honestly, the book might be more fun if you stop reading while she's still a risin ...more