Molly’s Game: The Real Story Behind The Movie


Since it was made available to stream on Netflix in 2017, Molly’s Game has received many reviews and speculations in the industry.

Following this overall buzz and excitement, many queries still hit the internet about this project today.

Aaron Sorkin directed this masterpiece, and he featured major casts like Jeremy Strong and many others.

Though there are a lot of different views on the origin of the series, one reality remains that the movie is based on true events, as Molly Bloom – the author – wrote about it herself.

Molly’s Game bagged an Oscar nomination and several other awards as a masterpiece of creativity.

Today’s article will take you through the story behind this film and the main reason why the makers put it out for us.

Molly’s Game Gave Us An Introduction To The Poker Tables

Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom in Molly's Game

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At the beginning of Molly’s story movie, she starts as a regular individual working to make ends meet.

Though she had all the passion for becoming an Olympic Skier on a Ski team, she severely injured herself along the line and shattered her dreams of a career in sports.

Molly’s Game is an Academy-nominated biopic that focuses on Molly Bloom’s life, who happened to be a game host.

In the film, she has a well-known personality for captivating viewers.

The piece generally centres on a memoir about the struggles of a young and naive lady with huge dreams.

In a bid to move on, Molly then begins working in a completely different environment in Los Angeles, where she becomes a host of an underground poker games tournament in the basement of Viper Room Club.

After a few years as a casino host, she established her own company ‘Molly Bloom Inc’ shortly after 2007, which was the era when Real-Time Gaming was one of the major software in all bet hubs in the US.

Though many software companies didn’t operate in the United States, RTG did, mainly owing to their American roots.

To date, RTG remains one of the most trusted companies in the betting industry in the US and other regions.

Most bet centres in the world are RTG-based, especially in regions like Australia, where there are a lot of RTG Australian Casinos, and other areas of Europe and the world at large.

With the old-school system in RTG-powered bet hubs, bettors could download and install their favourite casino titles and host tournaments amongst players.

In the series, Bloom’s company hosted major tournaments and attracted a wide range of famous gamblers like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

A while later, Molly’s business began to experience some setbacks, as she faced some charges relating to underpayments of estimated taxes and then received huge fines.

Following these issues, the police arrested her, and she received further charges for money laundering and illegal casino operations.

Though she didn’t plead guilty to these major charges, she received a one-year prison term with fines for a lesser charge.

The Players

Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom in Molly's Game

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Molly worked alongside the filmmakers to make this masterpiece a success, and she spent a lot of time with the actress chosen to play her part.

Playing it was relatively easy for Jessica Chastain, as she had first-hand information from the character.

The project shuttles through the troubles of operating in the illegal casino world.

Though the cause of the events was tied to some setups, the character had to face a lot of tax issues, as well as payout controversies, as typical of most old-school casinos.

Without any doubt, payout is one of the most crucial aspects of running any bet hub business.

In most cases, a firm’s partnership with game providers affects the available options for payment and even their deposits or wagers.

However, with the advent of online-casino hubs, payout is easier today, as numerous instant payout casino platforms are available online.

With this system, individuals can receive their earnings immediately after winning, which is why there are fewer issues with payment in bet hubs today.

The poker game movie is an embodiment of awareness about the gambling industry.

From the overall storyline to the production, all the cast performed excellently, and the film became a masterpiece owing to its incredible storyline and exposing nature.

The Russian Mob In Molly’s Game

Jessica Chastain and Chris O'Dowd in Molly's Game

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The principal character and Player X have a perfect relationship in the screenplay.

However, when things went rocky, X, who happened to be Michael Cera, left with his host of friends.

This move left Jessy in the hands of the Russian Mobs, who perpetuated nothing but organized crimes in the gambling industry, as seen in most casino movies with action-packed storylines.

Following the overall success and captivating story, many casino fans have already proposed using this series in a themed slot title.

This move, of course, is just a plea from a small group of fans, so we doubt it would reach the table of any major game providers.

Charles Jaffey (played by Idris Elba)

Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba in Molly's Game

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Idris Elba played Charles Jaffey, who happened to be Bloom’s attorney.

Charles did an excellent job on the overall project and received many positive reviews from critics worldwide.

When asked in an interview, the actor attested that they got no insight from the actual attorney, so it was a fictitious character.

According to the Hollywood star, there were some real-life moments in the lawyer’s character, but a large part of it was fictitious.

Thus, most scripts were to increase the overall fun of the storyline.

Though there are slight differences between the attorney’s play in the flick and reality, the general setting focuses on the actual event.

As a result, it all boils to the central point of the series event.

Molly’s Father’s Role (played by Kevin Costner)

Kevin Costner and Jessica Chastain in Molly's Game

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Before the project’s release, there were a lot of speculations regarding Larry Bloom.

Though most rumours already had links with other actors, Costner was the featured act.

Chosen by Aaron, Kevin Costner perfectly played the part of Mr. Bloom in the flick.

In the film, the main character’s father (Larry Bloom) is a disciplined parent with strict rules.

With a controlling nature, he demands only the best from his children and is ready to accept nothing less.

After his daughter’s injury, which ruined her dreams in the sports industry, his next move for her was to enrol in a Law school to maintain a good legacy for the Bloom family.

During this period, his daughter gained freedom and ventured into other aspects of living.

From the overall portrayal of the flick, it was a setting of a daughter rebelling against her father from the family setting because he cheated on her mum and caused their separation.

However, as the years passed, she grew into a better woman around the wrong set of people.


What did we learn from Molly's Game?

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You can confirm that the project is a true masterpiece from Bloom and Sorkin from the piles of text above.

Owing to the overall storyline and quality production, it featured in many awards and even a prestigious Academy Awards nomination.

This project is one of the best all-around gambling movies, and it features a lot of lessons and experiences for all gamblers worldwide.


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