YOUNG widower Vinny Dingle has turned to gambling to cope with the death of his wife Liv Flaherty.
But things get out of hand for the Emmerdale scrap dealer when he is spotted battered and bruised.
Following the traumatic and brutal passing of his other half, Vinny became closed off from other residents in the Dales.
This led to his mother Mandy (portrayed by Lisa Riley) asking fellow villagers to take Vinny’s mind off of Liv.
Jimmy King and Mackenzie Boyd obliged by getting Vinny into poker which left Mandy fuming and worried.
However, things go from bad to worse next week on ITV as the PampaManda owner realises Vinny’s new gambling addiction lands him into severe trouble.
Coming up, Mandy is horrified when she finds him bruised and beaten.
In previous scenes, Mandy let Vinny know she didn’t want him to follow in his gambling father’s footsteps.
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Vinny becomes aware of how badly he’s spiralled and apologises to Mandy for his recent behaviour.
But Mandy doesn’t hold it against him and, instead, offers him a room at the Dingles’.
While Vinny moves into the home, Mandy comes up with an idea which could considerably help him financially.
She suggests renting Mill Cottage rather than selling it.
How will Vinny react?
Who is responsible for his beating?
As soap fans may remember, Vinny didn’t have a good relationship with his father Paul Ashdale, whom he finally met in 2020.
While eager to get to know Vinny, Paul’s gambling nature caused him to become physically and emotionally abusive towards the lad.
He even encouraged Vinny to break up with his then-girlfriend Liv.
Paul died in a barn explosion in April, 2021, the day he was supposed to marry Mandy.
As mentioned above, Vinny turned to gambling but was scolded by his mother who was terrified of seeing him turn out like Paul.
Will Vinny’s attack help him stop gambling?
Emmerdale airs weeknights on ITV.