A Dundee chef hopes lady luck will be on his side when he competes for up to €5 million in a major tournament.
Blair Armstrong-Payne will be jetting off to the Bahamas to battle it out with some of the top players in the world at the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’Em Championship in January next year.
The 27-year-old secured his place in the tournament after scooping €21,000 and a Platinum Pass at an event in Belgium.
But the Broughty Ferry man almost passed up on the opportunity of a lifetime after believing he was the victim of a scam email.
Blair said: “I do a lot of travelling and I got the Platinum Pass and the money for the tournament while I was in Belgium.
“I remember I was just sitting in a bar in Naples and received an email from PokerStars saying that I had got the Platinum Pass to go over and compete.
“I genuinely thought it was a spam email. I just left it initially but I got my mate to check it out and he said it was legitimate.
“I’m absolutely buzzing, and the organisers have said that I could win between €4-€5m for the top prize.”
Blair worked in several kitchens before opting to pursue more poker competitions three years ago.
His success in local tournaments encouraged him to try his hand across the continent.
The Platinum Pass is worth €26,000 and Blair will enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to a five-star Bahamas hotel for the competition.
And he says he can’t wait to face off against some of the world’s best.
Blair added: “I’ve been playing since I was 16 and that was just for fun, but then I started to get really good at it and I ended up in the more competitive games.
“I think more people used to play poker but there are certainly more serious competitions out there.
“I was honestly so excited when I got that confirmation through and now I’ve got a huge opportunity.
“My mum and dad are quite happy for me, although I think my mum would rather that I went and got a job instead of doing this.”