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Know when to hold ’em: meet the poker-playing priest

Just when you thought you’d seen it all…along comes this:

A South Carolina priest made headlines this week when he starred in a new poker competition on US television this week.

Father Andrew Trapp, an assistant pastor at Garden City Beach’s St. Michael Catholic Church, has so far won $25,000 in Fox TV’s Million Dollar Challenge, which was set to air for the first time on Sunday night.

Trapp, who reportedly also goes by the nickname “Father Rambo” for his paintball skills, says the funds will go toward helping build a new church for his congregation.
He is competing against such celebrities as American football champion Jerome Bettis, NBA champion John Salley and four-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu for the $1 million prize, which will no doubt give a substantial boost to St Michael´s rebuilding plans.


Trapp said his participation in the tournament would be positive because “Even if I didn’t win any money, it would be an opportunity for people across the country to see that there are still young men choosing to be priests, and that one can be joy-filled and have fun as one serves God.”

You can watch the good padre’s audition video below.

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posted October 12, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Any chance he can transfer to our archdiocese and be our associate pastor? GO GET ‘EM FR. RAMBO!

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