This weekend will see the first competitor take the stage for the Pokerstars.net Million Dollar Poker Challenge as South Carolina priest Father Andrew Trapp tries to win the $1 million first-place prize. A 28-year-old priest from South Carolina, Trapp, who is referred to by friends as "Father Rambo" because of his love of paintball, seems to have no problem mixing it up with the Challenge's celebrity and poker pro opponents.
According to Trapp, he will use his winnings to help build a new church for the parishioners at St. Michael Catholic Church in Garden City, S.C. "Poker is one of my hobbies. I play it with family and friends. It’s a way for people to come together, have fun and enjoy each other’s company. There’s no moral issue. 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,” Trapp said in a recent press release.
Although the road won't be easy for Trapp, he feels confident that he can muster the goods to take down the $1 million. Before collecting the million, Trapp has to beat out a celebrity in the first round of action. If he is successful, he will then move to the second round in which he will have to face a Team Pokerstars Pro such as Chris Moneymaker, Barry Greenstein or Vanessa Rousso.
If Trapp scores a victory against one of the Pros, he will then go on to play a third-round match with Daniel Negreanu. If he wins that, he will play in a sit-n-go against other Million Dollar Challenge winners to see who will face Negreanu in the show's final round of play (for the $1 million) in December.
Tune in after football on FOX to find out if "Father Rambo" has what it takes to claim the $1 million.
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