I'm Rooting for the Poker Playing Priest!


Father Andrew TrappHere’s a little secret about me – one of my favorite evening pastimes is watching Poker on television with my wonderful husband – romantic, I know…

That’s why this wonderful story about Poker Playing Priest Fr. Andrew Trapp caught my attention.  I had heard Fr. Trapp on The Catholic Guy show last week, and am so happy to hear that he has already earned $100,000 towards the building fund for St. Michael Church in Garden City, South Carolina.  During this Year for Priests, I think Fr. Trapp’s story is refreshing and inspiring.  Our young men need positive role models of priests who are real people doing real things, and enjoying happy lives.  Please take a few minutes and watch this hilarious video Fr. Trapp put together for his Poker Stars Challenge audition – his Bishop approved both the video and his appearance.  Come December, I’ll be rooting for Fr. Trapp and his parishioners, and in the mean time I’ll be praying for his priestly vocation.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder of CatholicMom.com, a bestselling author and an international speaker. A frequent radio and television guest, Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and communications. Visit Lisa at LisaHendey.com or on social media @LisaHendey for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish, school or organization. Find Lisa’s books on her Amazon author page.


  1. Lisa,
    My husband and I saw this guy on tv! He seemed so humble! I was happy he won and I too think it’s a great story. Priests are people, cool people! Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Now THAT is a secret I would not have guessed. How well do you play (I am terrible so I never play for anything other than Doritos)?

  3. Mark – funny that we don’t actually PLAY much – Greg does a bit with colleagues from the hospital but I don’t. I actually just really like watching the strategies and all of the side stories… maybe when I retire!! LOL!

  4. Lisa, Fr. Trapp is a friend of mine. His parents played in a liturgical ensemble with me and his Sister was in my youth group my first year in ministry!

Leave A Reply

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.