The long awaited PokerStars Final has taken place and the winner certainly earned every cent of his winnings, although it was a tough choice on who to root for. There was the poker playing priest who had already said he would be donating all his winnings to the church in order to get a new roof built. Then his opponent was a severely injured 9/11 veteran policeman who due to his heroic efforts rescuing people trapped in the towers, has been left unable to work.
Father Andrew Trapp was playing for his local parish as they had recently been given a quote for the church roof of over 1 million Dollars. Already 100,000 Dollars closer to their target with Father Trapp’s first round winnings, the final held the potential to pay most of the new roof costs. During round one, he relied quite a bit on a spot of divine help to assist him with winning the much coverted first prized.
Unfortunately it would seem on the night, the big guy upstairs was not smiling down on the church, as a retired New York Police Detective by the name of Mike Kosowsk was lucky.
It would be hard to imagine how the prize could be more deserved than for Father Trapp, but we think that it certainly comes close with Mike Kosowsk. Detective Kosowsk was actually close to the World Trade Centre when terrorists attacked it back in September 2001. He hurried into the crumbling buildings to help rescue those who had become trapped and consequently suffered serious injury. His injuries included three herniated discs in his neck and two herniated discs in back after he found himself under the collapsing South tower.
With no thought to the pain he was in, he was able to escape into the nearby World Financial Center, where he assisted a few others to safety. He says it was undoubtedly the worst day of his life. He was awarded the Medal of Valor for his heroic efforts to save members of the public and the forces.
Unfortunately, the toll of his injuries was felt and a few years later he was forced to take early retirement. Being house bound due to the pain in his back, Mike took to learning poker to distract himself. After seeing an advert for the tournament, he decided to try for a place and it proved to be the best decision he ever made. The final turned out to be a real hum dinger with him scooping the jackpot prize of 1 million US Dollars. As well as taking care of his family, Mike plans to set up a fund to help children of the parents who lost their lives in 9/11 to attend college and also to give to CityHarvest, which helps in feeding the homeless.