Based on the life of Molly Bloom, an Olympic level skier who used to run the most exclusive high-stakes underground poker game at one point of time, and then became an FBI target, Molly’s Game was released in 2017 and got fairly good response at the box office as well.
Getting into a high-stakes game
If watching the high-stake poker games in this thrilling film makes you want to get in on the action yourself, there are ways to do so without losing untold amounts of money like many of the players in the film do. Online casinos in Canada aren’t just legal but are a great place to start, as unlike real games or real casinos, you can avail yourself of a free bet to get you started as you play with some free money before you learn the ropes and deposit your own funds. Even online it can be quite an all-consuming game, though, so make sure you play responsibly, not least by knowing the ins and outs of how the game is played.
Regardless, back to the film, let’s acquaint you with some not-so-commonly-known facts about Aaron Sorkin’s latest.
Was Molly Bloom actually a pro-level skier?
Yes. As also revealed in the story, Molly failed to make it to the Olympics, mainly because of an injury. She came third in North America and crashed badly during her Olympic qualifying run. As skiing was out of question post that accident, she desperately needed something to succeed at. Her two brothers had excelled in their respective careers, with one having graduated as a surgeon from Harvard Med School and the other being a two-time Olympian and a pro level football player. She felt pressured to excel at something herself too.
How she got involved with high-stakes poker and why not blackjack?
During her one year break between undergrad and law school in 2003, Molly went to LA and started working different jobs. Around that time she met Darin Feinstein, the real estate entrepreneur and became her executive assistant. Darin was one of the co-owners at The Viper Room (The Cobra Lounge in the film), a popular Hollywood nightclub.
One day he asked her to help him out a poker game. Molly came back home and googled what kind of music poker players enjoyed, what they liked to eat and so on. Next day she walked into the club with a mix-CD consisting of some very cliched songs. There were billionaires, Wall Street moguls, politicians and Hollywood celebrities at the tables. She instantly recognized that it was an opportunity that no other small town girl normally gets.
Was Darin Feinstein really that bad to her?
As per what she has stated in her book Molly’s Game, yes, he wasn’t the most pleasant person to be around. Darin Feinstein has been portrayed by Jeremy Strong in the movie, and has been referred to as Reardon Green in her book. There’s a scene in the film where Darin shouts at Molly for buying ‘poor people bagels.’ As per Molly, that actually happened.
Did Molly really get $3,000 in tips the first night she helped out her boss?
Yes, it’s true that she earned $3,000 in tips that night. The quick money inspired her to entirely embrace the underground poker world. She tried learning as much as she could about the game and got fully involved in her job.