Molly's Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game - Molly Bloom
Molly’s Game, is the enthralling true story of Molly “Poker Princess” Bloom who ran one of the most exclusive and lucrative underground poker games in the United States. So, captivating is Molly’s story it has now been made in a film directed by Aaron Sorkin and starring an academy award winning and nominated cast comprising of Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, and Michael Cera.
Molly’s game is a fascinating read that will hold your attention all the way through. Bloom provides the reader with a glimpse of her life before she found herself in the murky world of underground poker, recounting how she was raised in the little town of Loveland in Colorado and how she had some success at Olympic level skiing before an injury cut her career short.
The highlight of Bloom’s tale is when she takes you through the journey that landed her running high stakes poker games with athletes, billionaires and celebrities. Bloom, details her interactions with some of Hollywood’s biggest names such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Toby McGuire. Particularly fascinating is her relationship with Toby McGuire, and his reported growing distain from Bloom over time, with the most notable example when he demanded Bloom bark like a seal for a poker chip worth $1,000.
From the highlights of Bloom’s time in Los Angeles, Bloom’s journey then shifts to her time in New York which saw her target her game to the high-end investment bankers of Wall St. From here Bloom’s journey takes a darker turn with the book detailed her eventual downfall and investigation by the FBI.
What sets Molly's Game apart from any other poker biography, is that Bloom herself is not a professional poker player. Bloom just orchestrated some of the highest stakes underground games in town which intern lies the general mass appeal of Bloom’s story. This is a tale that should be read by all, poker player or not.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5