Posts Tagged ‘Molly Bloom’

China’s Poker Princess Guo Meimei busted

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

By now, many people have heard about the wild story of Molly Bloom (a.k.a. the Poker Princess), who organized high stakes poker games in Los Angeles and New York. Some of those who attended Bloom’s games include Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Alex Rodriguez and Tobey Maguire. You can read all about the story in her new book, Molly’s Game.

Interestingly enough, though, Bloom isn’t the world’s only Poker Princess. Guo Meimei has carved out a big name for herself in China by hosting an exclusive, private poker game for the Chinese elite. She’s also quite popular through social media, having amassed over 2 million followers on Sina Weibo – the Twitter of the Far East. So essentially, she’s Molly Bloom and Dan Bilzerian rolled into one.

But there’s one part to Meimei’s story that’s not so much like the other two. She also worked as a high-end escort, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars through this side activity. However, as the Sydney Morning Herald story below explains, she has standards and never slept with anybody for less than $17,000.

The 23-year-old earned far more from her illegal poker operation, though, once posting of picture of her 10-figure bank account online. She also flaunted her extravagant purchases such as luxury cars, designer clothes and lavish vacations. Meimei was so open about her wealth and success that many followers started to resent her.

Some of these people might be happy to now know that Meimei was recently arrested for her illegal online gambling operation. She confessed to her crimes and now faces several charges stemming from the matter.

As for the poker games, she claims to have started running them after meeting a famous high stakes player. Could it be Phil Ivey? Tom Dwan? Perhaps the details will come out slowly just like with Bloom’s story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVGLqP5VJIk

Is Molly Bloom Finally done being the “Poker Princess”

Monday, December 16th, 2013

She hasn’t won a major tournament, been a high stakes player or done anything else significant in poker. Still, Molly Bloom has found a way to grace poker headlines off and on for the past few years.

Known to many as the “Poker Princess,” Bloom has been running some of poker’s most high-profile games. But she took things way too far in helping the Russian mob organize underground poker outings at New York’s Plaza hotel. Seeing as how the ring raked over $100 million, Bloom and the other 33 inductees were facing some serious charges.

You might say that Bloom got off with a pretty light sentence because she recently pleaded guilty to the charges against her. The 35-year-old will now face up to six months in jail, and must pay $125,000 in fines. Given that she was facing decades in prison, this is a much more favorable deal.

So now the question must be asked, is Molly Boom finally done with this whole Poker Princess thing? She first burst into the limelight after a major celebrity poker ring was uncovered. Bloom had been organizing games for such A-Listers as Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio. Prestige and millions were a plenty at these glamorous poker nights.

However, this got busted up when a hedge fund manager named Brad Ruderman was found to have lost $5.2 million in the poker ring. Ruderman was guilty of running a Ponzi scheme, and he used a good portion of his clients’ money to play poker with. That said, the investors leveled a lawsuit at members of the poker ring so they could recoup the losses.

The Hollywood operation earned Molly Bloom fame. But the Russian mob gambling ring put her through a lot of legal trouble. Given the myriad of legal troubles she recently dealt with, we can only hope that Bloom has put the poker world behind her.

Molly Bloom looking to rat out Hollywood High Stakes Poker Games

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Molly Bloom became well known for her involvement in underground high stakes poker games that featured Hollywood’s elite and famous. But now that she’s had time to gather incriminating and/or embarrassing information on these stars, they are sweating bullets. Bloom is currently working on a memoir that is sure to reveal some dirty little secrets.

The “Poker Princess” hosted card parties in the past for celebrities like Toby Maguire, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck. She was also involved in a completely different poker ring that was run by the Russian mob. And while Bloom faces charges for her involvement in this ring, her focus appears to be on ratting out celebrities like Maguire and Damon.

The 33-year-old plans to reveal game-changers like what certain celebrities do when they’re holding good or bad cards. Maguire is said to be a top celebrity poker player, so it’s likely that he doesn’t want Bloom explaining his tells to the world.

Other aspects that Bloom wants to squeal on include Matt Damon once losing $25,000 in a single night (not bad for high stakes standards), how the buy-in for some cash games was as high as $100,000, and some of the locations where the games were held, including Tobey Maguire’s L.A. mansion.

Taking everything into account, it’s doubtful that Molly Bloom really has enough insight into poker to accurately pin Maguire and others’ tells. However, it’s a guarantee that she’s got some interesting stories to tell from games that involved many of Hollywood’s elite. The only question is how long it will take for Bloom to release her memoirs, seeing as how she’s currently struggling with charges stemming from the Russian-run gambling ring.