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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 Paperback – October 24, 2017
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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.
When Molly Bloom was a little girl in a small Colorado town, she dreamed of a life without rules and limits, a life where she didn’t have to measure up to anyone or anything—where she could become whatever she wanted.
She ultimately got more than she could have ever bargained for.
In Molly’s Game, she takes you through her adventures running an exclusive high-stakes private poker game catering to such clients as Hollywood royalty like Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck, athletes, billionaires, politicians, and financial titans. With rich detail, Molly describes a world of glamour, privilege, and secrecy in which she made millions, lived the high life, and fearlessly took on the Russian and Italian mobs—until she met the one adversary she could not outsmart: the United States government.
It’s the story of how a determined woman gained—and then lost—her place at the table, and of everything she learned about poker, love, and life in the process.
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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.
- Publisher : Dey Street Books; Media tie-in edition (October 24, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006283858X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062838582
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.61 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #90,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Molly comes from a family of high achievers. She is no slouch. A champion skier, brains to match, fresh out of college with plans to attend law school. She has been on the go since she was a little girl and wants a break in between. Her parents don’t agree. She heads to LA, on her own, and lands jobs to pay the bills that lead to her first poker game with the big boys and she likes what she sees. Molly is not a gambler, nor does she have any interest in the game. It is all about the connections and she knows an opportunity for a legitimate business is looking right at her.
With equal parts passion and drive, Molly achieves more than she imagined. Then things came to a crashing halt. Find out what happens after that. I have much respect for her. She is protective of people, to a fault, and most likely you will come away from the book, with a very, very bad taste for some people, who are named. As Molly tells her story, you will be turning pages as fast as a dealer pitches cards in the air.
Why should she be telling the truth in this novel? We don’t completely know that she is but we have indications that lead one to believe what she has said/written is the truth. Without an independent investigation, we might never know if some things were left out. Lying by omission is still lying. This is a work of non-fiction. There are names of high-profile celebrities, sports figures, and wealthy businessmen which can aid those who want to investigate further to corroborate or refute information Bloom claims. For me, Bloom’s credibility rings true after a look at the final plea agreement and sentence imposed. Some in the judicial system believed her because the only jail time Bloom served after initial arrest was while she was waiting for bail to be posted.
Many people do not realize that in a nation with fifty states and a federal system there are at least fifty-one systems of law that cover different activities, in this case, gambling. Violation of federal rules brings a suspect into a federal court anywhere in the United States. A person can violate State law and be brought into State court but there are fifty different standards which are why lawyers pass State licensing requirements. Bloom consulted lawyers and was careful not to violate laws against illegal gambling. She did not take a portion of winnings (gambling term: “the rake”). She did not charge management fees. Those kinds of things might be illegal. She did, however, accept gifts or tips. Essentially, Molly Bloom was an event organizer.
Bloom does not write of her plea bargain as far as probation, community service, or fines. For that, go to Wikipedia and the sources listed at the bottom of the Wikipedia page. As with others who deal in vast sums of cash money (millions) Bloom seems to have attracted the notice of the IRS. The fine levied against her was small compared to the cash flow she indicates took place during her event organizing. Any account of dealing with the IRS belongs in my favorite genre: Horror.
Bloom recounts her childhood in a family of superstars, super performers, and a controlling, demanding father. Molly claims that she just wanted to be acknowledged as being good in her own right. Placing on an Olympic Ski team might seem worthy of accolades. This memoir reveals that her accomplishment, after recovering from serious disabling surgery such that doctors said she could not do what she in fact accomplished, did not garner the positive reinforcement she desired. She decided to listen to a different drummer.
I found her story amazing. There is no course or set of instructions she could follow to accomplish what she did. It was personal bravado, persistence, and chutzpah that allowed her to succeed. What brought her down was a combination of petty jealousy and true criminal activity on the part of some of her acquaintances. She was truly judged on the basis of the company she kept. I gave this four Amazon stars.
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I was wrong on both counts. The story is expertly told and covers much more than the film. It is interesting, thrilling and heartbreaking.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the movie... I couldn’t put it down.
I enjoyed the film but I'm firmly from the school of thought that 99 times out of 100 the book is better than the film right? So I bought the book and was surprised by just how much I enjoyed it. I'm not a poker player (I haven't played poker in about 15 years and can barely remember how to play it) but I reveled in hearing the author's exploits. I admired having a female character that wasn't dependent on others, refused to be treated as garbage, created her own luck and mini empire. It's worth a read to follow the journey of growth and the rise and fall that she went along throughout this time in her life ( and even just to get the dirt on which of those Hollywood actors aren't as nice as they'd have you believe. )