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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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 break free, to find 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. Molly wanted more, and she got more than she could have ever bargained for. In Molly's Game, Molly Bloom takes the reader through her adventures running an exclusive high-stakes private poker game. Her clients ranged from iconic stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck to politicians and financial titans so powerful they moved markets and changed the course of history. With rich detail, Molly describes a world that until now has been shrouded in glamour, privilege, and secrecy, one where she fearlessly took on the Russian and Italian mobs--until she met the one adversary she could not outsmart, even though she had justice on her side: the United States government.
Published: New York :, itbooks,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062213075
0062213075
Branch Call Number: 795.412 BLO
Characteristics: 262 pages ;,24 cm

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shawn_1977
Aug 16, 2018

A very entertaining book that I thought drew me into the world it created. I did find it a little lite on detail, lacking a certain vibrancy that I otherwise would have expected in a memoir. I'd say, likely also lacking any real introspection.

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MikeHanafin
Jul 20, 2018

Never saw the movie, and now certainly don't need to. Amazing story of people with more money than brains. And even the ones with brains (including Molly) get addicted to the seemingly endless supply of money. No role models in this story.

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BlueHippo
Jun 15, 2018

Great book. The author does not spend a lot of time moaning and groaning about what she did-she is really very honest about her activities and motivations. It is an amazing story and the book is MUCH better than the movie-which was too long and yet left out many important (or so I thought) things in favor of trying to present a psycho-therapy version that went back and forth in time. The onnly good thing about the movie is that you get to see what happens to her after her arrest (which was where this book stops).

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cannotbeheard
Feb 22, 2018

Molly Bloom has led an incredible life and this book is a new adventure on every page. I highly recommend this book and the movie. Both are wonderful. Molly seems like she is a very likable person and an incredible business woman. She is creative and innovative and can fit into any social situation. She describes how this benefited her and how detrimental it could be when taken advantage of. This book is a detailed look into a lifestyle I've never dreamed of. A luxury lifestyle full of experiences and relationships. This is definitely one of my new favorite books.

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Stresstested
Jan 22, 2018

Good pace, captivating until the end when it just stopped.

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soundspace
Nov 20, 2017

Decided to give the book a read after hearing about the movie coming soon with Jessica Chastain and directed by Aaron Sorkin. I liked it, very interesting story, but it does linger in a couple areas. I certainly am more curious to see the film now though. Glad I read the book first.

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smichal
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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