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Molly's Game Audiobook

Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite, to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker

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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 twenty something 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.

©2014 Molly Bloom (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Ross UK 25/07/2017
    Ross UK 25/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting insight into the high stakes world"
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    The book provided an interesting insight into the high stakes world, as told by Molly Bloom through her autobiography. I was drawn in by the recognisable names such as Toby Maguire and Ben Affleck as well as the eye-watering stakes that were in play.

    The book fell short in 2 areas for me, which is why I have given it 4 rather than 5 stars. Firstly, the narration could be annoying at times, with the female narrator impersonating Bloom's squealing friends by squealing through the dialogue. Secondly, I would have preferred for there to be more focus on the poker content than on Bloom's personal life - I think it is the poker that draws most people to this book and at times Bloom is vague on detail in this area.

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    James H 23/09/2016
    James H 23/09/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Exciting, Adventure, Great True Story"

    Absolutely loved it. Molly is an incredible girl, very smart and switched on. Her drive and passion gave her such an interesting career and it was so brilliant to hear about it in her own words. Great adventure and no dull moments. I think this is going to be a film next year, so excited to see what they do with it.

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    Fraser 19/04/2016
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    "great book"

    i knew nothing about this book and bought it anyway as it was recommended by audible. i like to play poker and like reading players biographies and this book turned out to be excellent. finding out about high stakes private games and the authors story of making it to the top of hosting games was great. highly recommend.

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    Amazon Customer UK 26/07/2015
    Amazon Customer UK 26/07/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Worth a listen"

    Interesting story, especially if interested in poker or even if not interested in poker. Worth a listen although narrator somewhat annoying.

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    Trebor 04/10/2014
    Trebor 04/10/2014
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    "Great Story"

    Very enjoyable. If only half of it is true then she has had a wondeful lfe.
    Some of the Hollywood characters do not come out of it in a favourable light.
    Interesting to know who they are. I googled her name after listening to the book to find out what happened to her.

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  • David
    Halethorpe, MD, United States
    09/12/16
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    "You were workin' as a waitress in a cocktail bar.."

    Molly Bloom moved to Los Angeles from Colorado, seeking fame and glory. Working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, she stumbled into a job as personal assistant to an abrasive guy named "Reardon" with nebulous business dealings and connections to all sorts of rich and famous people. This leads to Molly running poker games attended by Hollywood A-listers and billionaires. At first working for tips alone (which could total tens of thousands of dollars a night in games where celebrities are dumping half a million dollars on the table), Molly climbs her way up until she is running the games herself, with an exclusive invitee list in LA and New York. This ultimately proves to be her undoing - when she is merely collecting tips, her job is in a legal gray area, but basically she's safe (she actually retains a lawyer, makes sure to pay taxes on her earnings, and so on). But as she became more ambitious, and greedier, once she's actually organizing the games and collecting a "rake" (the house's share of any money bet), she has become the operator of an illegal gambling enterprise. And that's how the book ends, with Bloom given the full FBI home-invasion treatment and then awaiting trial.

    I found this book very interesting as a rags-to-riches-to-convicted-felon story of a former cocktail waitress, but Molly's Game is not really very much about poker. (Molly herself was never really a player, and I think her knowledge of the game never extended beyond what she needed to run it.) Instead, it's really a glimpse at celebrity culture and the world of the 1%-ers at play, and also a story about Molly herself, whom I found to be an interesting and somewhat sympathetic character, yet rather lacking in self-awareness for all that she writes a tell-all about herself.

    One of the interesting things about her memoir is that she freely names names - big names. A few people she keeps obscured (like her original boss, the mysterious "Reardon"), but she talks openly about games involving Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, A-rod, and numerous Hollywood executives and billionaires who also came to her games. Surprisingly enough, there really isn't a lot of "dirt" on any of them, since all she has to say is that they liked to play poker and play at being alpha males, as you'd expect.

    Except Tobey Maguire, who really comes off as a jerk in this book. According to Bloom, Tobey actually organized the games (using Bloom as his intermediary) for his own profit. His not-so-secret scheme was basically to go "whale fishing," luring very rich, very bad players to his game with his buddies like Leonardo DiCaprio, whose buy-ins he was actually paying for. It worked very well for Maguire, who has actually won poker championships, but as Bloom tells it, Maguire was cheap, a bad tipper, a sore loser, and eventually he squeezed Bloom out of the game because he resented the relatively small amount she was making for her work to keep it running. She tells about one night when he tried to make her "bark like a seal" for her tip after a game, and when she refuses, this seems to be the point where he starts moving to get rid of her.

    All of that is interesting if you like celebrity gossip and poker stories, but I was also interested in Bloom's own development. She's never exactly bad, but it's clear that she went swimming with sharks, knowing what she was doing, and wanting to be involved in that world of money and glamour, but thinking she could somehow avoid becoming either a shark or shark-bait herself. The breakdown in her personal relationships, as she loses one rich boyfriend after another to her career ambitions, does not make her reconsider her life choices.

    Eventually, having been essentially run out of Los Angeles (by Tobey Maguire, if her account of his behind the scenes machinations is correct), Bloom succeeds in starting up in New York City, running games for super-rich Wall Street types on a level above even what she was running in LA. Suddenly she is collecting a rake from games with $250K buy-ins, and making millions.

    This is the point where she runs into organized crime. What struck me was her naivete - did she really think she could be running games like this in New York City and not attract the attention of the big boys? Apparently she did. Even when a couple of goons corner her and explain to her that she's just acquired some partners and how things are going to be, she thinks she can just say no thanks.

    This works about as well as you'd expect, though she is saved from her own stupidity by a fortuitous major FBI operation that rounds up all the guys who were about to continue her education the following week. She flees back to Colorado, but in the aftermath of the FBI operation, her name gets dropped and eventually the FBI comes after her too.

    My impression of Bloom, reading her own memoir, is that she was hungry for money and glory, but neither ruthless enough for that world nor scrupled enough to maintain boundaries. So it was no surprise that everything came crashing down. Still, it's clear she wasn't a hardened criminal, and the super-rich, entitled men she was organizing games for would certainly never face any consequences.

    I'll be interested to see if Bloom is actually able to parlay this into any sort of meaningful future. According to her post-publication interviews, her current angle is trying to get it turned into a movie or TV deal... naturally.

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  • Anthony Faherty
    Boston MA
    10/01/15
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    "Insiders tale"

    Molly holds little back, and she names names (in most cases). Entertaining story of an unusual life told first-hand. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edward Evans
    05/01/15
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    "Inside look at the elite poker world"

    A very entertaining read for anyone in the poker world or anyone who dreams of being apart of this lifestyle.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skipsta
    22/11/17
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    "Impressive Quick Read"

    If you like poker and are a poker player of any sort then I would highly reccomend this book.

    If you like a good story about Hollywood and the lifestyle of make believe then I would highly reccomend this book.

    If you like a story about a person who came from a small town and made it big and lost it all and still landing on their feet then I would highly reccomend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ITPro33
    17/11/17
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    "Over the top"

    What a story! So hard to remember that this is a true story. You really feel like you were right there with Molly every step of the way. and then when the story ends... you are just shocked and can't believe what you just read... or listened to. great narration of an incredible story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    NY USA
    29/10/17
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    "Well done!"

    Book is written very well. I really enjoyed the narriato6as well. She did an amazing job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    06/10/17
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    "Shallow"

    No real surprises. Jaded worldview. Contradictory themes. This girl thinks the world of herself and thinks she’s a genius but all she really does is be pretty and wait tables at poker games. She pretends she’s built an empire but all it really is is tips from extraordinarily wealthy people. She doesn’t understand the law and honestly doesn’t care. Truth is secondary. It’ll hold your attention the first few hours but then you want to understand the court case and everything starts to sound fishy and nonsensical. She wants to appear innocent and that her guilty plea was just out of laziness because she didn’t want to go through being in trial. That much money for a no skilled woman that late after her looks have faded and one can only say: I don’t believe your self absorbed statement. And neither did the courts

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Josh Uldricks
    04/10/17
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    "Enjoyable"

    Great book quite riveting. It does seem a lot is overlooked in terms of the mafia and the russians. But its interesting to learn that so much of hollywoods elite are either super generous or completely arrogant controlling ingrates such as Tobey Maguire. The high stakes world is pretty crazy, wouldve been good to hear what happened with Reardon since after she took the game over we dont hear about him again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Austin Diesel
    Texas
    11/09/17
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    "Great Story"

    Narration was awesome, she did a great job of giving this story justice. Molly Bloom is an excellent writer, her story is unbelievable and a great read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • F. J. Deyeso
    New York, NY
    31/08/17
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    "An interesting tale from a time gone by"
    What did you love best about Molly's Game?

    I liked the tale that she told. Spoke of a different time, and a different place than today. The Financial Crisis, while not mentioned directly, was a small part of her undoing. This is also a cautionary tale, Molly was smart and hard working, but she didn't really know what she wanted, or where she was going. Everything ends, if you do not know where, then someone else will decide your fate.


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