Posts Tagged ‘Poker Princess’

Aaron Sorkin to begin work on Molly’s Game Poker Movie

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

aaron-sorkin-mollys-gameLast year, it was revealed just how badly famed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin wanted to do a movie adaptation based on the book Molly’s Game. In fact, the Sony hack released emails from Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal, who was irked that Sorkin wanted to do the Molly’s Game movie above all.

It looks like Sorkin will get his way, though, since he’s set to begin work on the film centering on Molly Bloom’s high stakes poker ring. The 54-year-old, who won an Oscar for his Social Network screenplay and is favored to win another through his Steve Jobs script, will also make his directorial debut with this movie.

“It seems hard to imagine that for all his success in movies, TV series creations including The West Wing and The Newsroom, and stage work including A Few Good Men that Sorkin has never gotten behind the camera before,” wrote Deadline.

The subject matter surrounding Molly Bloom’s life is certainly worthy of Hollywood. She was a world-class skier who also maintained a 3.9 GPA in college. After failing to make the U.S. Winter Olympic team, she took a job as a waitress before law school. Then, through a number of events that will hopefully be revealed in the movie, Bloom ended up hosting some of the biggest high stakes poker games ever.

As you may already know, these games featured celebrities like Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon along with famous athletes like Alex Rodriguez. Thanks to a crooked hedge fund manager who lost a large amount of his clients’ money in these games, the poker ring came crashing down when the clients sued various players.

Definitely an exciting story, but one that may be difficult to play out when considering that Affleck, DiCaprio and Damon are unlikely to play themselves.

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.