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Priest vies for $1 million prize Saturday

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LOS ANGELES (WMBF) - A rosary may or may not have helped the Grand Strand's favorite poker-playing priest win big money in October, but will it help him take the big money?

Father Andrew Trapp is on the West Coast Saturday hoping to increase winning from $100,000 to $1 million in the PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge.

Friday was a busy one for Trapp, full of excitement. But the priest at St. Michael Catholic Church in Garden City did not actually play a round of poker. He spent the day in the glitz and glamour, the guy everyone wanted to meet in a room full of celebrities.

"It's been really neat to meet the people and even some of these celebrities, you know," Trapp said. "I am definitely thankful I'm a priest; this is definitely not the lifestyle I want to live for a living or anything, but it's been a lot of fun to see all these people. They've all been very kind and very nice."

Trapp's moniker, the Poker-Playing Priest, is not the only thing that is catching everyone's attention - the Father knows his stuff.

"I figured I should observe how they play, what they do and try to figure out something that might help me for [Saturday] for the big game," he explained.

Just like the strategy behind his game, Trapp says he knows his mission. His church is about $1.5 million shy of its goal to begin construction on a new building.

"So if I win $1 million, that means we're going to be able to start almost right away building the new church," Trapp said.

Trapp says to accomplish the feat, he needed a support system in place. He prayed for guidance, but also talked with his poker buddies, Father Marty Bachman and Seminarian Terry McGowan.

The two spent Friday with Trapp strategizing. On Saturday, they will sit back and watch as he makes each calculated move in hopes of carving out a win of Biblical proportions.

"People have been praying for me, supporting me, rooting me on," Trapp said. "So I hope I can pull off a David versus Goliath upset and win the million."

Trapp has two rounds to go, and if he wins both he will take home the top prize.

He entered the contest in hopes of showing people there are young priests with normal hobbies. Almost as an afterthought, he realized he may actually be selected for the show and win some money. So he decided to donate any winnings to his parish's building fund.

WMBF News is in LA - Chief Photographer Drew Hansen and morning anchor Paula Caruso are following Trapp in his quest to win the big jackpot. We'll keep you updated on all the developments on wmbfnews.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

 


 

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