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Homeless Poker Player On Twitch

September 7th, 2015 by Carlos Welch
Carlos Welch playing poker in his bedroom/minivan aka ″The Nitmobile.″

Carlos Welch playing poker in his bedroom/minivan aka ″The Nitmobile.″

Thanks to poker, so far this year I’ve made more money than I ever have in my life. Being the nit that I am, my first thought was ″How can I hold on to this money for as long as possible?″ This question led me to the bright idea of moving into a van. Not only has this kept me from blowing the money, it has given me one helluva story to share with the world on Twitch.

My Story

I started playing poker recreationally in 2004. Since those early years, I’ve always had regular jobs including being a programmer for the University of Georgia, a real estate agent, and a middle school math teacher.

After my 5th year of teaching in 2012, I decided to try my hand at playing poker for a living. At the time, I owned a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom house and was making roughly $40K a year. After my girlfriend left me, I realized that I was spending around $1000 a month for a house that I no longer wanted or needed.

When I wasn’t traveling to play poker, which I did frequently, I spent all day playing poker in just one of the rooms while the others sat empty. I decided I could save a lot of money if I moved into an extended stay hotel, so I did.

I moved into a one room studio efficiency that cost me $160 a week and included all the utilities. I was saving a ton! Not only that, I did not have to pay for the place whenever I traveled to play poker for weeks on end.

When I first joined Twitch, I thought, ″Why would anybody watch me when they could watch Jason Somerville?″

When I first joined Twitch, I thought, ″Why would anybody watch me when they could watch Jason Somerville?″

This was the perfect set up for me so I lived this way for three years. Earlier this year, I was in my room playing a tournament that I was fortunate enough to win for $27K. This was the crown jewel that topped off some amazing winter rungood that I’d been experiencing since January. I set about half of that money aside for my liferoll and took the rest to Vegas for the World Series of Poker.

In Vegas, I continued to play the smaller games just as I had in previous years. I had success in those, but began to grow tired of live poker. You can probably understand why I would prefer to play online after my big score.

I was over live tournaments until my friends talked me into selling action and playing the main event. I did and was lucky enough to survive the money bubble and cash for $15K. Thinking that I had a pretty compelling story, many of my friends suggested I stream my poker sessions on Twitch.

I thought, ″Why would anybody watch me when they could watch Jason Somerville?″ I’m not a professional poker player. Compared to that guy, I’m basically just a fish on a heater. If I was going to do it, I needed an angle.

My Plan

After Vegas, I got off the plane in Atlanta and went back home to the hotel that I lived in. Over the past three years, the rates had crept up to $200 a week. Most of my time in this room was spent laying on the bed playing, studying, and writing about poker.

The thought crossed my mind, ″Hell, I can do this in the back of a van.″ At that moment, the Nitmobile was born. I spent $3000 and bought a minivan to live in and Twitch from. My new address is 2005 Chrysler Town & Country Dr.

This was one thing that even Jason Somerville couldn’t bring to the Twitch audience. I’d found my nit niche. Since that time, I have been Twitching some short poker sessions and talking about my new life in the van. I did not want to be distracted by Twitch or suspicious police officers during my longer poker sessions so I rented a small office, which I affectionately call the Nitcave, for $200 a month.

My plan is to stream three days a week from the parking lot of the Planet Fitness where I take my showers. Luckily for me, they have locations in lots of places because I also plan to drive the van to live poker series all around the country.

You can catch Carlos at WSOP Circuit stops and other live poker events near you.

You can catch Carlos at WSOP Circuit stops and other live poker events near you.

From September 17-28, you can find me Twitching from the beach during my trip to the WSOP Circuit stop in West Palm Beach, Florida.

From there, I will bounce around to wherever the wind blows, enjoying life and dumping all the money I used to give to mortgage lenders and hotel owners into my mutual fund accounts. How many other homeless guys, or poker players for that matter, can say that? If you want to see this train wreck, you can follow me at

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27 Responses to “Homeless Poker Player On Twitch”

  1. steveeeee Says:

    good luck have a blast

  2. suzysbad Says:

    Great story! Now following on twitch. Is Carlos on twitter?

  3. cat24550 Says:

    Well, I enjoyed reading your blog and I do watch twitch on a daily basis, but have not heard of yours til now. i will try to catch you playing a game to see how good you are. I always like to learn and it makes no different to me if you are homeless or a billionaire player. Wherever I can learn something new I am there. Congrats on your winning streak and hope it continues for you.

  4. dakota-xx Says:

    Awesome story – look forward to hearing more! Hope you make it to the WSOP Circuit event at Planet Hollywood in Nov – would love to say hi to you!

  5. rifflemao Says:

    Carlos, do you follow Glenn Morrissette? He’s a musician and composer who has a blog entitled “To Simplify.” Thought you would enjoy some of his adventures, since you’re doing a similar thing.

    I envy you, dude. You seem to be living somewhat like Faraz Jaka (mostly free of life’s trappings), just on a smaller scale. I wish you a ton of success out there. Play dangerous, and travel safe!

  6. Pococurante Says:

    Great take on the beautiful poker life.. Original idea with story value of its own.

  7. Hubertus Krone Says:

    this guy is an inspiriation! 🙂

  8. bogdan_birel Says:

    good read….Carlos Welch: The Twitch Beginning 😀 …..good luck at the wsop circuit !

  9. Zorba Says:

    Good luck to him, I couldn’t do it, I love the family life too much.

  10. duggs Says:

    Weeeeee Carlos!

  11. 10058765 Says:

    Great story….

    I guess the moral of the story is, we finally meet a guy who has the guts to say “goodbye boring job, goodbye house which I’m a slave of……I cut the chains and will live a life of as much freedom as I can get”.

    Best of luck doing so Carlos……for sure gonna look you up on twitch

  12. dylann Says:

    Thanks dude, great article, would definitely read again.

  13. zarrmonster Says:

    Wow, what a story. Wish you every success.

  14. catchitfool Says:

    I am going follow carlos this is similar to my story of being homeless playing online. makes one wonder how many players have no home?

  15. melinreno Says:

    homeless …. bah humbug
    poker nomad !!!!
    might i suggest investing in other players …… for me it’s way more satisfying than ‘funds’ or ‘stuff’ imho (and there’s always silver or some such 😉

  16. shanest Says:

    I applaud you on your decision to give poker a go and leave a good job and comfortable living situation. Certainly is an interesting take on things. I shall be following your progress on twitch. Best of luck 🙂

  17. barovenci Says:

    nice story best of luck for you

  18. kolecgoclaw Says:

    im with u 🙂 Good Luck !

  19. RichL Says:

    So the van doesn’t have a shower, does it have a toilet? Where does he go for a comfortable dump while reading the paper? Does it have a fridge with cold beers all ready to go? I play a lot of poker too but wouldn’t give up my home just to save some money. For ‘Homeless Poker Player’ read ‘Intentionally homeless tight git of a Poker Player’ 😉

  20. nastena2992 Says:

    The most important thing a good mood, and no one bothers to play poker!

  21. gago980 Says:

    very interesting story and thrilling life… I wish him all the luck, I think he deserved after all…

  22. RandyMarsh Says:

    Great Story!

    I love the moment of pure clarity: ″Hell, I can do this in the back of a van.″ At that moment, the Nitmobile was born.

    Find myself jealous of a man living in a van! haha!! Best of luck in your journey!!

  23. Mike Gano Says:

    Livin’ the dream my friend.
    Welcome to the twitch party!!!


  24. id Says:

    Love your articles, good luck.

  25. Sue Bee Says:

    I have been following you on Twitch and I must say, you are more interesting to watch than most. I hope the heater continues.

  26. AlyLauren Says:

    Cool, living in a van, saving money so that you can play poker. You surely are genius.

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