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

by Molly Bloom

Paperback, 2017




Dey Street Books (2017), Edition: Media Tie In, 272 pages


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.… (more)


(61 ratings; 3.3)

User reviews

LibraryThing member highlander6022
Very good story. Movie version sticks close to the book, however reveals some of the "hollywood-ized" parts that did not exist in her book. But, the book also provides many, many more of the details that make her story fascinating. Plus, she dishes on the real movie star "JERKS" who were asses in
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the way they treated her...
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LibraryThing member KatherineGregg
I could not stop listening to this book and can not wait to see the movie. Molly Bloom, a savvy, young woman, describes her life in the fast lane as a successful player in the high stakes world of poker. Molly lands in LA after college and ends up working for the owner of the famed Viper Room where
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she learns the ropes about organizing and running poker tables.
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LibraryThing member KatKealy
I really liked the movie and just had to read the book, even though I'd seen the movie, the book was still very interesting and shed light on some things that had been changed in the movie version. Fascinating story. I'm surprised they took all of her personal relationships out of the movie.
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Normally Hollywood adds love stories.
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LibraryThing member knightlight777
A friend of mine recommended the movie so I thought I would read the book first to see how close they paralleled. Though the story is somewhat intriguing I was not on the edge of my seat reading this book. The scenario of her rising up through the male dominated scene of power poker was just not as
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interesting to me and predictable where it would all lead to her downfall.

I was a bit surprised that a number of movie stars were named as she led off with using a fictitious disclaimer to protect others. But then again those names were important to give the story some notoriety and they are known as big players.

So now onto the movie itself and will see if I come away with a different impression, but to me the book was nothing special.
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LibraryThing member martinhughharvey
I recently watched the excellent movie of this book so decided to read Molly's book. Without giving anything away Molly earned her fame by running some of the top poker games in LA, later NYC, and occasionally NYC. Stars such as De Caprio, MacGuire, and Affleck were players. BTW there is no
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personal information divulged on these players.This is a well-written book and a very quick read which is not to say it is shy on detail. The book does not cover the same time span that the movie does as it was written before her trial. The movie is fairly accurate to the book with a couple of major exceptions that I won't divulge. I found Molly's character in the film engaging and certainly so in the book too.

Molly felt she followed the law in her games which she likely did and was careful not to engage in peripheral dodgy activities but still got shafted by the “justice” system as she was a pawn to get at some of her players. She seems to be in a good place now.

Excellent quick read.
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LibraryThing member villemezbrown
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member MikeLogan1971
Meh. We listened to it as an audiobook, the premise seemed exciting, but it droned on to the point we lost interest and forced ourselves to finish it. The premise (I did not know it was also a movie until I found the book) for the movie makes the post-arrest and the mob seem more central than it
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was, so the drama was weak.
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272 p.; 5.31 inches


006283858X / 9780062838582
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