When Molly Bloom, a former member of the U.S. Ski Team, graduated college, she moved to Los Angeles to take a gap year before heading to law school. After getting fired from a brief stint of waitressing, her life took a surprise detour when she began working for a real estate developer who introduced her to the world of exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games.

She made $3,000 in tips the first night and was hooked. She built a business bringing in millions every year from the deep pockets of the celebrities, business moguls and dubious characters who gathered at her table. The FBI eventually caught up with her, and she was convicted of running an illegal gambling operation, losing everything but keeping her freedom.

Her story appears in her 2014 memoirMolly’s Game, and a 2017 movie of the same name written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.

In her talk on the main stage at Inman Connect Las Vegas, she recounted her involvement in the largest high-stakes poker game in the world, as well as her fall from grace. Many of the lessons she learned apply to every agent’s careers.

Watch her full talk above, and for distinct takeaways for real estate pros, click here to read the full article.

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