Line(s) of the Day #MollysGame

But even better than the money was the knowledge that I now knew why I had come to L.A. I knew why I had withstood Reardon’s temper tantrums, his contant insults, the degrading cocktail-waitress uniforms, the sleazy, ass-grabby guys.

I wanted a big life, a grand adventure, and no one was going to hand it to me. I wasn’t born with a way to get it, like my brothers. I was waiting for my opportunity, and somehow I knew it would come. Again I thought of Lewis Carroll’s Alice saying, “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” I understood the profound simplicity of that statement – because after tonight I knew I could never, ever go back. 

Molly’s Game (2014), based upon the adventures of Molly Bloom, who ran poker games worth millions for some of the world’s wealthiest men. I’ve also quoted the film adapation here and some useful poker quotes here.

Line(s) of the Day #MollysGame

There was a track star from Pasadena in the 1930s named Matthew Robinson. Matthew Robinson shattered the Olympic record in the two-hundred at the Berlin Games in 1936. Absolutely shattered the Olympic record…and came in second. The man who came in first was Jesse Owens. Owens went on to be a legend. Matthew Robinson went on to be a janitor at a whites-only school in Pasadena. The difference was two-hundreths of a second. As if that wasn’t enough, Matthew Robinson had a little brother who was also an athlete. His name was Jack but everyone called him Jackie

Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) in the poker-based film Molly’s Game (2017). Based on the book of the same name, it tells of an elite skier from a high-achieving family who ends up running a high-stakes poker game before inevitable complications arise.

Line(s) of the Day #MollysGame

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In this room you couldn’t buy your win, you couldn’t buy me and you couldn’t buy a seat at the table.

Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) in Molly’s Game (2017), based on the true story of a former Olympic-level skier who went on to run the most exclusive of high-stakes poker games.