An Aberdeen care assistant will head to Las Vegas for the third time in four years as a result of his poker playing talents.
Richy Mackie, 29, will represent Great Britain at the World League Poker Championships at the Orleans Hotel and Casino.
On November 5, he will compete alongside 1,000 others for a slice of the $25,000 main event purse.
The winner receives $5,000, plus the WLPC trophy and a place in their hall of fame.
Mackie reached the event via a Redtooth Poker online qualifier for the second year running, beating Andy Moores in their heads-up encounter.
He said: “From last year it was pretty amazing to meet Americans, Canadians and others from around the globe.
“It was a tough ride, but enjoyable.
“I have been playing poker for around eight or nine years.
“Never in my mind did I think I would win one trip to Las Vegas, let alone three.
“Poker has become somewhat more than a hobby.
“It’s fun, a great way to meet people and learn more about the game.
“Every poker hand is a lesson, something you reflect on in that moment and in the future.”
Mackie made his Vegas debut in 2015 after he won the North of Scotland Championships at the city’s G Casino.
The ex-Portlethen Academy student is profoundly deaf and needs a cochlear implant to hear.
He plays most of his poker at the city’s Mither Tap pub, but has also played in Redtooth Poker Tour events in Dundee and Dublin of late.
Mackie thinks his journey in the game, which has taken him from “knowing nothing” to seeing different parts of the world through poker, is a lesson to other would-be players.
He said: “Never give up.
“You can never get worse, you can only get better if you truly want to learn.
“I went from knowing nothing about the game to winning three vegas trips in the space of eight years.”