How Molly Bloom Ran Multimillion Dollar Underground Poker Games

Molly Bloom, the author of “Molly’s Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World,”  became famous in celebrity circles for running the most exclusive underground poker game. The stakes were so high she witnessed one man lose $100 million in one night. Following is a transcript of the video.

This game was populated by some of the world’s most famous, wealthiest, and most powerful men. My regular game in New York City was a $250,000 buy in — no limit. So people were burning through that, a lot of times in the first 30 minutes. I saw someone lose $100 million in one night.

Hi, I’m Molly Bloom. I am the author of “Molly’s Game.” And, I’m here to talk about, I guess, why my life got made into a movie.

So I moved to Los Angeles. My parents were not on board with that and so I had to get a lot of different jobs. One of them was working for a man in Hollywood who had a weekly poker game. And he said that he was going to — it was going to be part of my responsibilities to help him out at the game. And the first night I was there I recognized a really interesting opportunity to build a network and access to incredible information because this game was populated by some of the world’s most famous, wealthiest, and most powerful men.

I think what set this game apart was, I wasn’t a gambler and I wasn’t running a game because I wanted to play in it. I looked at it as a business. I looked at it as a startup and I wanted to be able to expand my business and so I started seeking out players. I started kind of looking in different corners of the country, of the world, and finding these whales, finding these big gamblers, that would contribute to this very compelling, larger-than-life environment.

You know, I recognize that these men had massive privilege. They weren’t interested in acquiring things. They wanted experiences and I think I was able to create an experience that was very exciting, there was an adrenaline component to it, there was a bloodsport component to it. Ultimately, I recognize that there was certainly an addiction component to it.

I saw someone lose $100 million in one night. When you watch that, as an owner-operator of a game, you realize that these numbers are incredibly unsustainable, incredibly unhealthy. So, I was not happy about this loss. It brought me no joy or adrenaline. I recognized it as really unhealthy and unsustainable.

There were millions and millions and millions of dollars changing hands sometimes in a night. It just kept growing bigger.

I kept these games pretty intimate. You know, with this much money on the table, with this much risk, you wanted to make people feel safe. They don’t want to feel like they’re part of a spectator’s sport — well the winners do, but the losers do not.

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Data 3 – Caught In The Moment (ft. BLAKE)

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Soul Trader continue to come up with the goods. Their string of recent releases has seen the West London-based label drop some heavy, deep beats on their fans and new listeners alike. Now on to their 15th release, DJ Surplus’ imprint presents the Molly EP from Data 3.

Data 3’s twisted, rolling music has previously seen the light of day on Skanknbass, Most Addictive, Soulvent and GTA Records, and support has been swift from both Radio 1 and 1Xtra. The quality of their music, as evidenced on the new EP, allows them to fit seamlessly into the vision and ethos of a label like Soul Trader. .

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Data 3 – Molly

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Soul Trader continue to come up with the goods. Their string of recent releases has seen the West London-based label drop some heavy, deep beats on their fans and new listeners alike. Now on to their 15th release, DJ Surplus’ imprint presents the Molly EP from Data 3.

Data 3’s twisted, rolling music has previously seen the light of day on Skanknbass, Most Addictive, Soulvent and GTA Records, and support has been swift from both Radio 1 and 1Xtra. The quality of their music, as evidenced on the new EP, allows them to fit seamlessly into the vision and ethos of a label like Soul Trader.

The title track floats into view, raising on a bed of emotional piano and some ticking intro beats. Electronic noises breathe their way in, before a vocal sample gets repeated. All this builds up slowly into an almighty drop, where the bass comes to the fore and establishes itself well. Things grind along on a level, with the producers dropping in sounds and melodies to create a sweeping, multi-layered tune with both feeling and power. They don’t forget the core elements of some heavy drums and well-worked low end, which are there in abundance. Let Molly take you away, far into the distance, far into the future.

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MOTF – Phosphenes [Koldfront Recordings]

Molly on the Floor is a collective of friends and musicians from the state of Texas who were drawn together by their love of beats and bass. Long time friends arQer and Realtime first made a name for themselves when their tune Exhaust was signed to DSCI4 making them one of the first producers from the States to break into the UK dnb scene. Having had their tunes played and supported by the likes of Konflict, Ed Rush and Optical, Trace, Hospital, Andy C, Deep Dish, Source Direct, Dylan, Skynet, and many others, they have since gone on to release on Gain, Nerve, Hardedged, Outbreak, Renegade Hardware, Architecture, as well as running their own label Monkey Bizness which was also one of the first labels to release music from the global phenomenon that is known as NOISIA. Divil, a former student of arQer and Realtime’s, now completes the core of the collective now known as Molly on the Floor. Cagey Bee is the final member of MOTF and has lent his virtousic musicianship on harmonica to several MOTF tunes, and live show. In 2012 MOTF were nominated as one of Houston’s best electronic acts. Recently MOTF was featured on Dubkraft’s Various Artist Compilation celebrating it’s 3rd year anniversary with their tune “New Cage”

This track is forthcoming on Koldfront Recordings.



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