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What Is Molly Bloom Doing Now?
Molly Bloom instrumental in creation of 'Molly's Game'
Molly Bloom first rose to prominence as a member of the U.S national ski team. Vice described her "debilitating back injury thanks to a lone stick in some snow." The publication contrasted her presence on the slopes with her management of a high-stakes poker game for celebrities, years later, the subject of both her book, Molly's Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World, and the movie based upon it, Molly's Game.
In May 2014, Bloom received a year of probation for her time as a poker game operator. Celebrities like Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ben Affleck are said to have attended the former skier's games. Her criminal defense and the forfeiture of $125,000, as reported by the New York Post, left Bloom struggling financially.
"Huge sums of money were wagered at these games,” the Post reported. “For a time, her games were likely the biggest games in New York." The games were first run in Los Angeles and later moved to the east coast, in 2009.
"So here I was after writing this book," Molly Bloom stated, "going around Hollywood asking anyone if they could get me a meeting with Aaron [Sorkin] and they’re just laughing at me. I just wanted to try, so once we met, everything changed once he was on board. He fought hard ... no one wanted to touch this because of the famous people involved. There was a fear in Hollywood."
"I remember during field days at school most kids were excited to have the day off and be outside,” the ambitious Bloom was quoted by the Denver Post. “But I’d be sick to my stomach and puking the night before because I wanted to win the races.”
The author described being rejected by publishers when pitching her book, with them telling her that she was holding back on information about famous players at her poker tables.
"Of course I did," Molly Bloom told Vice.
'Molly's Game' documents young woman's celebrity poker enterpise
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When asked if her view on wealth and fame had changed as a result of her experience, Molly Bloom was unequivocal, "Oh my god, absolutely."
She remembered feeling "existentially empty" when she was at the height of her illegal career, making the most money.
Similarly, with regard to ultra-famous celebrities, in whose fame Molly Bloom built a business dealing, she stated that "seeing very famous people in the flesh, it’s jarring. It just feels weird. But it normalizes really quickly when you see that people are just people."
With regard to what Molly Bloom would like people who see Molly's Game, read her book, and learn of her story, to know most is "when your life falls apart, or it feels like you’re never going to get where you need to go that it’s not over. It’s not even close to being over."
"Failures teach you so much," she emphasized.
One incident that Bloom has recounted from her poker days, which was included in her book, included actor Tobey Maguire offering the gambling figure $1,000 to "bark like a seal."
"He was bullying me a little bit," Bloom recalled. "It was humiliating. I didn't do it."
Molly Bloom was quick to respond when posed the question of who the best celebrity tipper to sit at her games was.
"Ben Affleck was the most generous," the former "Poker Princess" revealed. "Super nice guy."
Looking forward, Molly Bloom states that she plans on putting the transferable business skills she has acquired to use toward a project that has an "actual meaning."
"Building a community and collaborating with other ambitious women is a really interesting area to me," she offered. "I was always able to network and build environments, and a co-working space for women with a digital layer on top is really interesting."
Molly's Game has received 7.5 out of 10 stars with IMDb users. The film had a budget of $30 million, as reported by Deadline. IMDb reports gross box office receipts of $1.0 million in the two days since its December 25 release.
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