Molly's Game by Molly Bloom

Molly's Game

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 did...

Details Molly's Game

TitleMolly's Game
Release DateJun 24th, 2014
PublisherIt Books
Number of pages272 pages
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Audiobook

Reviews Molly's Game

  • Jim
    Molly Bloom is an ultra-motivated young woman who is used to achieving personal goals by overcoming obstacles. A member of a seemingly wholesome and similarly motivated family, she left Colorado for the west coast where by indenturing and ingratiating herself to the right people, she became hostess of a high stakes poker game at which movie stars and business barons wagered the lifetime wages of a working stiff like me on the turn of a card.I fou...
  • Melinda
    Molly Bloom’s story is eerily familiar to Piper Kerman’s (Orange Is the New Black). The exception being Molly owns her misstep, nonetheless I’m confident Molly’s book deal, and I’m sure a movie or TV series of her story will be on the horizon all enabling her to erase her debts and manage a lucrative profit. Another convicted felon turning their misfortune into a windfall.Molly a sheltered small town gal from Colorado, raised by loving ...
  • David
    You were workin' as a waitress in a cocktail barWhen I met youI picked you out, I shook you up and turned you aroundTurned you into someone newNow five years later on you've got the world at your feetSuccess has been so easy for youBut don't forget, it's me who put you where you are nowAnd I can put you back down too.Molly Bloom moved to Los Angeles from Colorado, seeking fame and glory. Working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, she stumbled into ...
  • Ozma
    I really enjoyed reading this book by a fellow Colorado girl and how she ended up running a high stakes, celebrity, underground poker game. I think she was a nice girl who got caught up in trying to make her mark in the world, be a success on her own, and then in the thrall of it all. I didn't find the story to be indulgent, and I appreciated many of the insights. Her father is a psychologist, and I believe she learned a lot from him about unders...
  • Lisa A. Carlson
    This is the story of an attractive, sheltered, spoiled young woman who grew up in Colorado in a family where success was expected not pursued. Even though she made the US national ski team she appeared to live in the shadow of her other siblings and it didn't seem good enough for her father. Arriving in Los Angeles with no goals it isn't surprising she began as a waitress and caught the eye of a pompous blowhard. What follows is a lucrative but d...
  • Erica
    A quick and fun read. I picked up on the day it came out and blew through it in two days. I just kept turning pages as Molly's journey into the world of underground poker spun out of control. When deep-seeded insecurities meet high-level overachieving meets a town where you make your own opportunities, it's easy to see how Molly ended up with the Feds on her tail. An entertaining true-life story that reads almost like fiction, I wouldn't be surpr...
  • Karen
    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 sh...
  • Lesley
    I received this book for free through Goodreads' giveaways program.Molly's Game by Molly Bloom tells the true story of a small town Colorado girl who moves to Los Angeles to make it big. She ends up working as an assistant for an abusive and mean boss. Eventually this boss offers her the chance to start working hush-hush poker games, and Molly jumps right in, moving her way up the "poker ladder." Pretty soon, she is running the biggest game in L....
  • Amy Lawton
    I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads' First Reads. I think, overall, this book has a lot to recommend it. It's gripping. Author and protagonist Molly Bloom might not be the person you'd most like to emulate, but you can't help but root for her as she figures out ways to to make herself indispensable -- and profitable -- to the rich and famous. The book drops off very suddenly towards the end. (Honestly, the book might be more...
  • Darin
    Barf. I really wanted to enjoy this but it was the same story chapter after chapter. Girl is determined. Girl gets what she wants. Girl stresses out. Girl gets knocked down. Girl finds her inner strength. Girl picks herself up. Repeat. Stories and writing are sophomoric. Zero substance. Feels like the book version of Entourage. I'm certain I will never get to pick for book club again after this monumental turd.
  • Sarah
    I got this book after reading an excerpt in Vanity Fair and seeing that Toby Maguire is actually as annoying as I always shallowly and unreasonably assumed he was! I just had to read more. It was very entertaining and interesting, even beyond the parts involving Toby sucking(those WERE the best parts though- like he just was never qualified to be Spider-Man to me..and now it all comes full circle)
  • Jim Davis
    Quick and easy read. Little depth provided and essentially was a gossip book.
  • Samantha (Where's My Bookmark?)
    Find this review and others on Where's My Bookmark? Book received in exchange for an honest reviewMolly Bloom delivers a tell-all memoir on her life in Los Angeles and New York, leading one of the “most exclusive” and “high stakes” underground poker games.The memoir begins with a brief overview of her early life and her formative years. The reader gets a good feel of her personality and attitude toward her family’s expectations.Molly...
  • Denver Peterson
    This book is a well-written first person narrative chronicling Molly Bloom's dealings in the high stakes poker world. It's an easy read that took me two sittings to finish (~ 3.5 hours). I've always liked poker, specifically Texas Hold 'Em, so, for me that was the draw of the book. I was rewarded with a fast-paced story of Molly's life starting with her move to LA from Colorado, trying to 'make it', to her taking over and running some of the high...
  • Philip Cosand
    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 sa...
  • Betty
    A great insider look into the world of high stakes gambling. Molly Bloom was always competitive and yearned for recognition. She never felt that her achievements were ever enough even when she was rated third in the U.S. in skiing, despite a back injury and subsequent surgery. Molly wanted a life that was different and where she could succeed in her own way. So, she started to work as a waitress and eventually became the overseer of such high sta...
  • Downward
    Molly Bloom here writes a trashy memoir about her time running high stakes underground poker games for the megarich; it's a story about the rise of an underdog, chronicling her growth as she goes from small town frumpy colorado girl to glamorous big city private jet renting playgirl. it's a compulsively readable loveletter to indulgence, with only glancing nods at how scummy everything is - you get the sense that Molly herself didn't realize how ...
  • Eddy
    Have to say that I really enjoyed this book. Almost gave it five stars. It started off a bit slow with all of Molly's background and youth, but picked up the pace the more I got into it. I'm sure there was a lot left out of the book, it's hard to believe that the Poker Princess was as much of an angel as she puts out to be, but that doesn't detract from the read. It's really amazing and interesting to read about what went/goes on behind the scene...
  • Julie
    I read a review about local (Loveland, CO) author Molly Bloom and her rise to "Poker Princess" and was intrigued. This book was fascinating and at times, hard to fathom. Think Tobey Maguire, other celebrities, investment bankers and more in home or underground poker games. Enter Molly Bloom and her desire to make-it-big in a competitive family (brother is Jeremy Bloom). She quickly developed high-stakes games with pots in the millions. The book w...
  • Donni
    True story of woman who leaves her over-achieving family in Colorado to start new life in L.A. She starts as a waitress, then becomes a personal assistant, and eventually starts running the biggest poker games in the world. Lots of name dropping -- hard to know if it was a good life. Curious to know how she will end up!
  • RiskingTime
    This book is a pretty light read. The author recounts her experience running poker games. She seems very naive about the legal aspects of running a poker game in NYC and LA. Poker players will likely find this book to be fun to read because it let's readers into a type of poker game they probably don't play very often (or at all).
  • Dani
    Saw an interview with Molly Bloom on the news and I had to down load her book right away. I couldn't put it down. Her story telling is as good as her ability to plan the perfect poker game! I'll continue to follow her story - I'm interested to see what she does next.
  • Daniel
    Starts off strong, but about half way through, I started realizing that there were parts of the story that were missing, and it felt like the author was purposefully misleading the reader. I finished it, but was extremely skeptical by the end.
  • W. Whalin
    I learned about this book in my local newspaper. I started it and found the story fascinating. The writing is excellent and it is a page-turner that I was compelled to keep reading until the last page. Recommended.
  • Justin
    I received this book for free through Goodreads' giveaways program.Fun quick read. Reads more like a long magazine article than a memoir. That being said, it would be comparable to a Hollywood tabloid just like the title alludes too.
  • Steve Gupta
    Fun read about the glitz and seedier side of high stakes poker. The characters and manipulations are kind of fun with some perspective. The poker is really an aside to the lifestyle and trappings of straying away from your true nature.
  • George Morrissey
    This was what I thought it was going to be. A true story of "private games" in the poker world and how they worked. Who won, who lost, and those players always looking for an edge! Explaining how she got into it, how she ran the business, and how the money worked was interesting. An easy read.
  • Donna Wetzel
    Thanks Goodreads for a great book. Very interesting. Molly shows the readers a side of gambling that we previously have not been exposed to. She dishes about Tobey Maguire (lousy tipper as well as the one responsible for her eventual downfall. This is a great read that I had trouble putting down.
  • Gavin
    Tobey Maguire is a real doosh.
  • Courtney Sieloff
    Really fast read. Found an excerpt in Vanity Fair and I wanted to read the whole story.