Molly's Game

Molly's Game

The True Story of the 26-year-old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-stakes Underground Poker Game in the World

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York : iDey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9780062213082
Characteristics: 262 pages ;,21 cm.

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SFPL_ReadersAdvisory Jul 20, 2018

Film based on this book, Golden Globe Awards 2018 nominatee: Jessica Chastain, Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama; Best Director, Aaron Sorkin

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Apr 18, 2017

The author, Molly, is not a card player herself but through working for some very rich gentleman in a restaurant job she is recruited to help organize their big money card games for the rich and famous. She eventually becomes the game runner for several games in LA and NY.

Most interesting were the game clients. Rich and entitled. Actor Toby McGuire is the most disliked character in the book. She paints him as a compulsive card player throwing his rich wife's money around and on the warpath if he should hit a losing streak. McGuire takes his losses personally and eventually chips away at Molly to the point where she loses her big LA game and she then starts another game on the east coast with even bigger players and an experience of being roughed- up by the mob.

I am not a card player and did not know what to expect from this book but I was pleasantly surprised!

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