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October 12, 2009 15:33 ET

Poker Playing Priest Wins $100,000 Seat at $1,000,000 Qualifying Table

Father Andrew Trapp Becomes First Big Winner on PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge Airing on FOX -- Go to PokerStars.Net to Win Seat on Hit Poker Game Show

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 12, 2009) - PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge, the hottest new poker game show on television, left audiences stunned on Sunday when South Carolina priest Father Andrew Trapp knocked off NBA Champion John Salley, Team PokerStars.net Pro Vanessa Rousso and Team PokerStars.net Pro and four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu to win $100,000 and a chance to come back in December for a crack at the $1,000,000 grand prize.

Known as "Father Rambo" for his passionate paintball play, the poker priest pulled out all the stops, at one point holding rosary beads while in a big hand against Salley. Then after dispensing of the former Detroit Pistons Bad Boy, Trapp then shocked Rousso, before taking home the six-figure prize when poker star Negreanu misread the strength of Trapp's cards.

Trapp immediately donated all of his winnings to the St. Michael's Church in Garden City, SC, where he serves as associate pastor. His goal is to win the million dollar grand prize to help St. Michael's build a new church, which is currently $1.5 million dollars short of its goal. (See Trapp's entry video Here; footage of Trapp's $100,000 victory can be seen Here).

The second episode of PokerStars.Net Million Dollar Challenge airs on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 4:30 ET/1:30 PT after NFL on FOX coverage.* Tune in as more online qualifiers from around the U.S. take aim at $1,000,000.

To qualify for the show, go to PokerStars.net and enter specially designated free tournaments. Then submit a two-minute youtube.com video showcasing why you'd be a great contestant. Then you're just four short steps away from winning $1,000,000:

--  Step 1: Take on a celebrity defender such as reigning Playboy Playmate
    of the Year Jayde Nicole, Super Bowl Champion, four-time NBA champion John
    Salley, six-time Pro Bowl selection Jerome "The Bus" Bettis or MMA champion
    Tito Ortiz.
--  Step 2: Face a top Team PokerStars.Net Pro 2003 World Series of Poker
    Main Event Champion Chris Moneymaker, three-time WSOP bracelet winner Barry
    Greenstein, rising poker star and newest Go Daddy girl, Vanessa "Lady
    Maverick" Rousso
--  Steps 3 and 4: Win back-to-back heads up matches against four-time
    WSOP bracelet winner Negreanu.
    

Hosted by FOX Sports announcer Chris Rose, there are four more episodes left, airing Sundays after NFL on FOX coverage* on October 18, November 22, December 13 and concluding with the heads up finale against Negreanu for $1,000,000 on December 27.

Plus, the PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge offers viewers at home a chance to enter a freeroll tournament on PokerStars.net as part of the PokerStars.net $100,000 giveaway. Twice during each show, PokerStars.net will announce a special contest that will give viewers a chance to win easy money.**

*Check local listings. PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge will air before NFL action in some markets.

**Go to Pokerstars.net for a full list of contest rules and qualifications.

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--  Has dealt over 32 billion hands
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