Casino Gambling

Florida man surprises mom with Scarlet Pearl poker winnings

Scarlet Pearl casino in D'Iberville
Scarlet Pearl casino in D'Iberville File

A Florida man who won the Card Player Poker Tour at Scarlet Pearl Casino in D’Iberville on Aug. 13 doesn’t plan to celebrate at Disney World. Instead he tells the Pensacola News Journal he’ll use his winnings to pay his mom’s medical bills.

John Langevin, 30, of Pensacola, won the first-place trophy and $23,000, which was his share after he made a deal with two other players at the final table to split the prize.

His mother, Josephine Langevin, has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and large medical bills. He didn’t tell her he was entering the poker tournament in case he returned without any winnings.

Langevin deals poker professionally and studies international business at Pensacola State College. He quickly jumped from 92 chips to 320,000 in the first round of the two-day tournament and started the second day of play in the middle of the pack.

Two other players were tough opponents, he said, and rather than playing for several more hours they agreed to divide the winnings.