Her House of Cards: Molly Bloom, on Running a Private, Weekly Poker Game for Hollywood’s Elite
At only 26, Molly Bloom found herself organizing a private, weekly poker game for some of Hollywood’s top celebrities. In the course of an evening, millions of dollars crossed her tables, and it was her job to ensure everyone at her games was comfortable and happy.
And for good reason, too. On a successful night, she and her other coworkers could earn up to $50,000 in tips.
Of course, big-name movie stars like to play poker too. And this article provides an interesting insight into how one goes about running such a game, keeping things discreet, and catering to the various egos and personalities at the table.
Part of me wonders if the game is something that’s still going on. In the article, Bloom recounts a moment where she “realized that it could end.” Perhaps it did. Or perhaps, having figured out a successful formula for running such games, she went on to do the natural next thing – and started hosting multiple games each week.
// Edit: Doing a quick scan from her memoir, it appears that her heady days of poker organization are over. Her story seems like it has a very interesting arc, but man… what a terrible book cover.