AN ABERDEEN man is hoping to be in the money after winning the chance of a lifetime to play poker in Las Vegas.
Little did Richy Mackie know when he started playing poker on social media that the game would take him Stateside.
Now the 26-year-old Aberdonian, who is profoundly deaf, is setting his sights on the jackpot.
A total of 160,000 people competed in Redtooth Poker Leagues across the country – and Richy proved he had talent in spades when he became one of only 100 UK players selected for the tournament in the US.
He will now battle it out at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in May.
Richy, who plays at the city’s Scotia Bar, secured his spot in Vegas after fighting off more than 80 players at the North of Scotland Championships at Aberdeen’s G Casino.
He today said it’s a dream to represent Aberdeen in Las Vegas having only taken up the game six years ago.
He said: “I started on Facebook just learning because my friend recommended it to me and I had no clue how to play.
“I started to go to bars in Aberdeen and went to them every week.
“It really still hasn’t sunk in yet.
“I felt confident and I had to play aggressively and I’m delighted to be going to Las Vegas.”