Ski champ Jeremy Bloom’s sister hit it big in leading private poker game for boldface names

June 23, 2014

Coloradans are familiar with the impressive sports career of Jeremy Bloom, the three-time World Champion, two-time Olympian, 11-time World Cup Gold Medalist and member of the United States Skiing Hall of Fame. And when he wasn’t tearing up the slopes, Bloom was burning up the gridiron as a CU Buff and briefly as an NFL player.

But despite all of Jeremy’s sports accolades, his sister, Molly, was leading a quieter yet more colorful life as the owner/organizer of a high-stakes poker game for the rich and famous, including actors Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and billionaire Guy Laliberté, CEO of Cirque du Soleil.

“Molly ran her exclusive, top-secret, bicoastal poker ring for several years, keeping the ­details secret from even her closest friends and family — but now she’s ­finally showing her hand in her memoir, ‘Molly’s Game,’ out Tuesday,” according to a story in The New York Post.

The Post story says, “Bloom grew up in Loveland, with her dad, a Colorado State University professor, mom and two brothers.

“I had grand ambitions that fell far outside my father’s pragmatism,” she writes. “But I still desperately craved his approval.”

“Months later, Bloom was heading to one of her games when a player texted her that the feds had crashed it looking for her,” ‘The Post’ story says. “Bloom fled to Colorado, where she refused to talk to investigators, which resulted in her assets ­being frozen.

“The former high-roller lived a quiet life in Colorado until two years later, in 2013, when she moved back to LA and shortly after got a knock on her door from the FBI.

“She was charged, along with 30 others, with participating in two Russian-American organized-crime enterprises engaged in gambling and money laundering. (She says she had no idea about her players’ illicit dealings.)

Molly, who was dubbed “the Poker Princess” by news outlets during the trial, avoided prison and was sentenced to one year of probation earlier this year.

“If I had to do it all over, would I choose the same path?” she writes. “My answer is yes, a thousand times yes. I had a grand adventure.”

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