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The title is actually a line spoken by entrepreneur Molly Bloom, played by Jessica Chastain in the upcoming poker thriller, “Molly’s Game.” I’ve written two previous blogs about this film as I eagerly awaited its release. The reasons are simple:

  1. What could possibly intrigue a poker blogger more than a movie about high-stakes poker, especially one written by one of my all-time favorite screenwriters, Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin, also making his directorial debut
  2. In the late 2000s, Bloom ran the most exclusive high-stakes star-studded underground poker game ever seen in Hollywood;
  3. Poker-themed movies are generally filled with tension, humor, paranoia, excitement suspense and lots of poker chips;
  4. Idris Elba

So, if you’re ready to see the next great poker movie, you’re in luck. The movie has already received great reviews from film critics and was recently honored by the American Film Institute to run as its closing night gala.

Bloom, a world-class skier headed for the Olympics before a freak accident kept her out of the Salt Lake City games, went instead to Los Angeles where, as Sorkin states, she “ended up running for 12 years the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game, a game where there were movie stars (like Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Toby McGuire) and hedge fund managers, big name athletes, Saudi princes and millions of dollars changing hands in the course of a night. She became known as the biggest game-runner in the world.”

To find out more about the woman who’d been on her way to Harvard Law School and wound up running a poker room, you’ll have to see the film. And I can finally say, we won’t have to wait much longer. “Molly’s Game” is opening on Christmas Day!

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Some time ago I wrote a blog titled “The Next Great Poker Movie.”  In which I talked about some of my favorite poker-related films. The actual point of my blog, however, was to write about what I anticipated would be the next great poker movie, with a release date scheduled for 2017. Its title was “Molly’s Game” and its director was one of my absolute favorite writers, Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, who was choosing this movie to make his directorial debut.

Since then, I haven’t really heard anything about it, but that’s probably because I search through poker news when trying to write a blog rather than entertainment news. Turns out, if I’d been reading “The Hollywood Reporter” I would have noticed this headline on 3/28/17: ‘Molly’s Game’: Aaron Sorkin Brings Stylish First Look to CinemaCon.

For those of you who don’t know anything about Molly Bloom, she was an avid skier who became a successful entrepreneur when she established a high-stakes, international poker game. She made millions of dollars before everything came crashing down when 17 FBI agents armed with automatic weapons rang her doorbell. Turns out they had been investigating her for eight years.

The movie stars Jessica Chastain (Now starring in “The Zookeeper’s Wife”), the hot and handsome Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Michael Sera (an actor/ real-life poker player). That’s one heckuva cast! And if you don’t know Sorkin, his writing credits include “A Few Good Men, “The Social Network,” and “Steve Jobs,” as well as the renowned television show, “The West Wing.” Now he can add “Molly’s Game” to his credits since he coauthored the movie based on Bloom’s eponymous book.

“It isn’t often you come across a story that is both cool and has a lot of heart, and this one does,” Sorkin said after the first trailer for his directorial debut screened.

Poker players will more than likely judge the film based on its authenticity in the scenes shot at the poker tables, but I also expect it to be a typical Sorkin screenplay with lots of interaction and fast-paced dialog between the characters.

There’s nothing like combining my love of good movies and my fascination with poker. I am eagerly awaiting its opening later this summer.

Hey, poker fans; it’s definitely time for another great poker movie!

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I have always loved poker-themed movies, even before I became a real poker enthusiast through watching and blogging about the Global Poker League throughout the year.  Let’s face it; there’s usually some suspense, some thrills, some humor, some paranoia and at least a few fascinating and/or dubious characters – you know, just like a high-stakes poker game.  The “Cincinnati Kid,” “High Roller,” “Rounders,” “Runner Runner,” and who can forget “Casino Royal”  when James Bond sits at the final table and defeats his arch enemy, LeChiffre,  are among the many films that come to mind as poker-based and fun to watch. Not to mention Negreanu’s documentary, “KidPoker,” which we have written about several times in this blog.

Molly "Princess of Poker" BloomSo it’s no wonder that I’m eagerly awaiting a movie on the horizon titled, “Molly’s Game.” First of all, one of my all-time favorite wordsmiths, Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, will be making his debut as the director of the film. He’s brilliant, and his dialogue is always spot on, so I know he’ll capture all the action at the poker tables with perfection.

The movie is based on former high-stakes “Poker Princess” Molly Bloom.  Never heard of her? Well, she came to L.A. at the age of 26 and rose from cocktail waitress to running the most exclusive, star-studded underground poker game ever seen in Hollywood, with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, during the late 2000s. Her private games attracted a who’s who list of pro athletes, financiers, billionaires and A-list actors, including Ben Affleck, Tobey Maguire, Leo and Matt. Eventually, the game moved to NY and was ultimately shut down by the FBI (but you can see all about that in the movie.)

Jessica ChastainIdris ElbaAs if that weren’t enough, the super-talented, two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Martian) has signed on to play Molly Bloom and the sexy, charismatic British actor, Idris Elba, (The Wire, Luther, Star Trek:Beyond, Beasts of No Nation) will play Bloom’s attorney.

As Sorkin stated, “They’re two of the greatest actors of their generation, paired for the first time, and their chemistry will be electric.”

Others in serious talks to join the cast are Kevin Costner and Michael Cera.

It’s scheduled for release in 2017 and I can’t wait. In my mind, this promises to be the next great poker movie.

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