Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Pokerby Published 24 Jun 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.
Molly's Game is an incredible coming-of-age story about a young girl who rejected convention in pursuit of her version of the American dream. It's the story of how she gained—and then lost—her place at the table, and of everything she learned about poker, love, and life in the process.
"Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker" Reviews
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 branches off on her own, watching filthy rich assholes throw away fortunes on poker games. When the next revolution comes around, this gal’s address book will provide the list of names to be first in line for the guillotines.
I realize that this book belongs on the crap pile but I liked the movie, which was a huge surprise for me. I hate gambling of any sort. It’s a pastime for morons and hucksters. Aaron Sorkin did a great job of pulling a gem out of this turd of a book.
If Toby McGuire is half the asshole she makes him out to be in this book then someone should throw him down a long flight of concrete stairs.
If I had been in a room where he demanded a woman get up on a desk and bark like a seal to get a $1,000 poker chip I would have beaten the living shit out of Spiderman. What a creep! Whatever, she put up with it instead of packing up and leaving. Instead of lumping her in with the #MeToo she needs to be in the “me total coward” group. Believe it or not, men often find themselves in situations in which they are the weak party. If they tolerate their situation without standing up for themselves they have no one to blame but themselves.
There is nothing glamorous about gambling. It's a pathetic addiction like smoking meth and every bit as destructive. The very idea that you can somehow get something for nothing is moronic and goes against every principle of what forms an adult human being. I never understood those Bond movies where he is wearing a tux and playing in a casino which is no different than rolling dice in a filthy alley. Would it be glamorous if instead of handing over a stack of chips the loser had to suck the other dude's cock? Maybe that's your thing, I'm not being judgmental. Your move, Mr. Bond.
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, though rather predictable. (All good things coming to an end, and all that.) I can't say that I loved it because I found it hard to take her side. I think the quest for money and luxury is not the finest of pursuits to base a book around. Still, one has to admit that for all the "tell-all" territory that she bumps up against, Bloom keeps things in perspective. Drugs, sex, and quite the beating, but none are over done for shock value.
Entertaining, sometimes fascinating, and ultimately "fine".
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 credibility of some of the stories being told, but I still enjoyed it overall as the basis of (or supplement to) a darn good movie.
guess who made a list of molly's game readalikes that Ben Mezrich retweeted?
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 initiative and enjoys success in a big glitzy celebrity-gossip-filled way and the criminal aspect just makes them that much more appealing. We do romanticize our outlaw figures.
Nonfiction book lists, even for highly narrative nonfiction like memoirs, tend to be closer to readarounds than readalikes, and this list is no different. It identifies some of the most prominent elements of the book: poker, gambling, crime, secrecy, fringe people, etc., and provides thematic matches for readers interested in exploring these topics from different angles or perspectives.
This is my hand, you tell me if I won.
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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 dick. 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.