Molly Bloom was a world-class skier with aspirations of competing at the 2002 Winter Olympics, but in a qualifying event, Molly suffered a severe injury which ended her career.
Instead of going to law school, Molly decided to take a gap year and moved to Los Angeles. Upon arrival in LA, Molly took a job as a waitress in a club where she meets Dean Keith, who is an unsuccessful real estate developer. She becomes his office manager, and he starts involving her in his underground poker games. Many famous individuals are involved in these games, and Molly benefits from some hefty tips.
Molly quickly gets up to speed pretty quickly on how poker is played and how it works. Molly is starting to become more independent when it comes to running the games, and this angers Dean, who then fires Molly.
Thanks to the contacts gained through these games, Molly decides to set up her own game. She rents a penthouse at a hotel and hires some staff to aid her in setting up her poker games. As time goes on, more and more players join Molly’s game, even players from Dean’s game.
After a while, a player in Molly’s game called Player X decided to move the venue of the game which led to others following him.
Molly then decides to move to New York to set up a new underground Poker game. She reaches out to lots of wealthy New Yorkers, and she is able to set up a consistent run of games. This success though came at a cost. The Italian and Russian mafias try and convince Molly to extort money from players. The FBI come knocking though when one of Molly’s former players is indicted for running a Ponzi scheme. She is questioned, but it takes an informant within Molly’s poker games before her assets get seized by the FBI. Molly returns to live with her mother.
Two years later, Molly decided to write a book based on her games. This leads to her getting arrested for being involved in illegal gambling with the mafia. Molly hires Charlie Jaffey to help with her case. It is decided though that Molly committed no serious crime and was given 200 hours community service, one-year probation and a $200,000 fine.