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
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Audiobook

Reviews Molly's Game

  • Emer
    Molly's Game is a memoir written by Molly Bloom about her time as the poker princess when she was responsible for organising high stakes poker games among Hollywood's elite, business tycoons and other stonkingly rich types and how she subsequently fell foul of the FBI. Molly's story only recently came to my attention because this book has been adapted into a biopic written and directed by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jessica Chastain. Molly's story ...
  • Wendy'sThoughts
    3 Had To Check This Out Stars* * * Spoiler Free- Sale $1.99I recently saw a trailer for a film that caught me by surprise. Aaron Sorkin was involved and it has an all-star cast. I was so impressed by what I had seen... I had to do some investigating.When I dug a little into the person the story was about... I got a rush of recognition. In a past life, I lived in the area where this tale took place. I was involved with people/businesses filled wit...
  • notgettingenough
    Hard to imagine a characterisation of The American Dream which is more repulsive than this. Not to mention a movie which preserves for posterity the repellent nature of the game of poker. As one who has played games in serious ways at high levels, to watch dicks and pigs sitting there swilling around, chucking away hundreds of millions of dollars in a real 'mine's bigger than yours' comp is embarrassing. To think I once thought of learning this g...
  • 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...
  • Michelle Curie
    "I wanted a big life, a grand adventure, and no one was going to hand it to. I wasn't born with a way to get it. I was waiting for my opportunity, and somehow I knew it would come." Molly Bloom has made headlines in 2013 when it came out that the Poker Princess has been running illegal poker games for celebrities like Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire in Los Angeles and New York City, making thousands of dollars every night. The story only came to my...
  • Leftbanker
    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...
  • 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 ...
  • Mónica BQ
    I committed a cardinal sin: I watched the movie before I read the book.In my weak defence I had no idea what any of it was about. I vaguely remember reading about the Tobey Maguire and Leo DiCaprio poker scandal a few years ago, but I don't think I paid much attention to any of it.So after I watched the movie, I was morbidly curious. And I was not disappointed.Look, Molly's Game won't be winning any literary awards. It's very obviously written by...
  • 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 ...
  • Lisa 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...
  • 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...
  • Jennifer
    Blech -- I feel like I need a shower.The issue with memoirs or biographies, is that I find myself not only making assessments of the book, but also the person who is the subject of the book. In this case, the subject is Molly Bloom -- a Type-A among the Type As -- ambitious to the extreme. The book chronicles her rise from waitress to organizer of some of the world's most expensive private poker games (and then, eventual arrest and downfall). Her...
  • BookGypsy
    Read this as part of my books to film 2018 challenge. Amazing and sad. What a situation this young girl found herself in. Amazing and very smart! I really loved the film and felt it was close to the book
  • Brianna (The Book Vixen)
    Incredible story, and I can't wait to watch Jessica Chastain's portrayal of Molly Bloom.(view spoiler)[The reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because the reader is left not knowing how it all ultimately ends up for Molly. At the end of the book, Molly became a convicted felon and is awaiting her sentencing. Considering this happened on December 12, 2013 and the book was originally published in 2014, that makes sense. But the edition ...
  • 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.
  • David Carraturo
    Fun and interesting book, I was engaged the entire read and could not wait to pick it up again...I love this underground world, so I overlooked any shortcomings in literary prowess, and took it for what it was...a story that will make a great adaption to a movie (Nov 2017 release). I hope the movie stays true to the book, as the minutia was very interesting and the cast of characters was great.
  • 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...
  • Rod Brown
    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 tho...
  • 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...
  • Ailin Skye
    Molly me ha caído bien, pese a todo, tengo que decir que es una mujer con mucha visión. Simplemente todo lo que logró lo hizo observando, haciéndose imprecindible y estudiando a cada persona que estaba a su lado. Dentro de todo es una mujer que tuvo principios y procuró mantenerse fiel a ellos, aunque la ambicion o la necesidad de adrenalina la llevaron a equivocarse. También es cierto que estaba en un mundo de hombres y eso la llevó a est...
  • 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...
  • 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)
  • Lauren
    I genuinely wasn’t expecting to like this book, but I found myself caught up in the highlife along with her. I took away one star because, at times, she reminded of that long-winded friend who gives far too many details while sharing the latest drama in her life...THAT friend. I thoroughly enjoy a good gossip session, so this was perfect. I can’t wait to see the movie!
  • Nick Guzan
    A fun, fast-paced, and engaging page-turner! For all of her multiple talents from Olympic skiing to running underground poker tournaments, Molly herself may not be the greatest writer, but that takes a backseat with an account as exciting as her tumultuous, name-dropping real-life journey hosting card games for the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and countless moguls across all industries... including the mob.The writing itself at time...
  • Selene
    2.5 StarsBookTube-A-Thon July 30, 2018 - August 5, 2018Challenge #3 - Read and watch a book to movie adaptationI watched the movie when it came out. I found myself bored with this and skimming a lot of the pages. This is the rare instance where I liked the movie better.
  • Pam Tickner
    Somewhere between 2-3 stars. I chose to listen to this as I'd seen ads for the movie and wasn't expecting a literary read, and it is pretty much what you expect from the title. It was reasonably entertaining as you got a glimpse into the life of people with way too much money who gamble for thrills. Lots of name dropping, beautiful people and locations and outrageous excess. I would have liked the story better if, at the end when everything is cr...
  • 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...
  • Robin Kirk
    A quick and very dirty read. This is definitely a voyeur's book, an invitation to peeks behind some luxurious-looking curtains that in fact are dripping with filth. Horrible people, horrible wastes -- I get the "fun" but I literally took a shower after finishing (I skipped a lot). They one take-away is that our current economics, where a very few are able to piss away millions while so many struggle -- needs a dramatic change.