On Tuesday, June 24, Vanity Fair published an excerpt from high-stakes poker game host Molly Bloom's new memoir, Molly's Game, where she gave insight on frequent celebrity participants like Affleck, Tobey Maguire, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Bloom, now 36, was only 27 when Affleck first joined her poker ring at the Viper Room in Hollywood. "Ben showing up for my poker game was undeniably monumental," Bloom wrote, "but the butterflies I was feeling now were excitement that he was playing at my table, that he was a part of my game… He was tall and handsome, with a relaxed charisma that not all icons have in person."
When another participant, Rick Salomon—a "videographer, director, and co-star of an infamous sex tape"—joined the table, Bloom hoped he wouldn't say anything embarrassing to his fellow celebrity poker players. "As Rick took a seat, I saw him focus on Ben. I saw the wheels turning," wrote Bloom. "He had no filter."
Salomon asked Affleck outright, "Hey, yo, did Jennifer’s ass have cellulite on it, or was it nice?"
"The table went silent," Bloom recalled. "Ben looked at Rick."
Affleck's response? "It was nice," he said about his former fiancee's famous assets. (Affleck and Lopez, famously known as "Bennifer" while they were together nearly a decade ago, were briefly engaged during their time together from 2002 to 2004.)
"The table laughed and the ice was broken," wrote Bloom. "These may have been larger-than-life characters playing with larger-than-life numbers, but at the end of the day, guys are guys—and strangers quickly became familiar friends at a poker table."
Along with that revelation, Bloom also shared that DiCaprio had his own unique mannerisms at the table. "He had a strange style at the table, though; it was almost as if he wasn't trying to win or lose. He folded most hands and listened to music on huge headphones."
His Great Gatsby costar Maguire, though, had an alter ego while playing the game, Bloom claimed. "Tobey was the worst tipper, the biggest winner, and the absolute worst loser," she wrote, "but I had to worry about my job security if he lost."
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