Molly's Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World

Molly's Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World

by Molly Bloom


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Now 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062213082
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/20/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 58,651
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Molly Bloom grew up in Loveland, Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, majoring in political science. For several years Molly organized one of the largest high-stakes poker games in the country. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Author Note ix

Prologue 1

Part 1 Beginner's Luck 3

Part 2 Hollywooding 51

Part 3 Playing the Rush 99

Part 4 Cooler 145

Part 5 A Chip and a Chair 183

Part 6 Cold Deck 227

Epilogue 255

Acknowledgment 261

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Molly's Game [Movie Tie-in]: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed getting more in depth information after seeing the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Enjoyed it very much.
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Candice_S More than 1 year ago
Things I've Learned As A Reader: Sometimes the book IS as good as the movie. I vaguely remember this story when it was in the headlines, but the movie trailer caught my eye, and I actually really loved the film. Which of course, meant I needed to backtrack and read the book. Which - HELL YES - I'm glad I did. First, major kudos to Aaron Sorkin for staying true to the source material and making an awesome movie. I almost NEVER like a movie based off of a book, but this is a rare occasion where I not only loved both, but they ended up being the perfect compliment to each other. Second, Molly Bloom has done an amazing job with writing her story - it feels like having the most delicious gossip session with your best girlfriend. Which brings me to a double recommendation for you today - if you want to see a great movie, check this one out. And if you want an absolutely delicious memoir read, that gives you all the salacious details and names (some of) the big, juicy names, THIS is your book. This deserves 5 HOT stars - grab a glass of wine and jump on this rollercoaster ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was enthralled by Mr Sorkins movie from opening moments to closing credits So I was compelled to read the book It was excellent!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fascinating look behind the curtain of the high stakes poker world. It's an easy yet informative read that kept me up too late each night. I'm going to go get some rest!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A plus writing and story!
bluekaren More than 1 year ago
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 Molly hits LA for a year off of college she lands a job working for a hot headed hustler who gives her an education that takes her to the top of her game. Running games for him, she learns how to network and make the right contacts to eventually take over the game. What follows is a woman in her element and makes for one hell of an entertaining read. Right from the start I was turning pages. This was a quick read but definitely worth it. I am sure there was a lot left out of this story. There was quite a bit of insider information and loads of celebrities in these games. To think Spider-Man Tobey Maguire was such a jerk. Now the truth is out. Ben Afflack seemed like a pretty cool guy, but her old boss Reardon has some issues. Of course, we are only getting her side of the story, and the fact that she didn’t disclose in her book exactly what made her a felon was suspicious. Especially since she tried to follow the law throughout most of the story. It was a good read anyways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book alot...well written and fun to read. Not sure she revels everything because she was still awaiting trial at the time of printing. Great window into the world of nose bleed stakes in an underground setting. Celebrity players, high finance palyers, huge real estate magnets..she names names. Very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the movie portrayed better how smart she was.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was lame as i dont know what dont buy this book # beware