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Church Gains $100,000 From Poker Game Played By Gambling Priest

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A priest in South Carolina knew that his church was getting near their goal of $5.5 million raised in order to build a new facility. That is why he sought, and received, clearance to gamble in a poker tournament.

The PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge was one in which many poker players took their shot at the top prize. Reverend Andrew Trapp, however, was the only priest that entered the tournament.

Trapp received permission from his pastor at St. Michael Catholic Church and also from the Charleston bishop. Even though he was playing in a poker tournament, Trapp believes he was not gambling.

The tournament was free to enter, and to gain access to the final round, a player had to finish in the top ten in the free tournament, and also submit an audition video. Once he placed, the rest was easy. Who would not want a priest in their tournament?

The priest then used his entry into the finals to show that priests can have fun. He stressed that playing cards, and even drinking, are not frowned upon by the church. Trapp just pressed the point that these activities must be done in moderation.

In the end, Trapp did not win the big prize, but he did take $100,000 back to his church. They are now less than $1 million away from their goal.

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