Melanie Weisner, or “Callisto5” as she is notoriously recognized by fellow members of PokerStars, is an impressive case study. Born in Houston, Texas, she has been playing poker professionally on the live tournament circuit since 2009, amassing just over $400k in a little more than 2 years. Interestingly enough, Weisner’s success on the tangible felt is paralleled by her cybernetic poker prowess.
Melanie Weisner Interview
Poker was not on the roster of career opportunities when Melanie Weisner entered college. Her eyes were set on a choral profession as she studied vocal performances at New York University. Her brother was an avid and prosperous online card player who introduced Melanie to the world of internet poker. She took to it immediately, but only participated part-time so as not to interrupt her studies, and in doing so managed to rack up about $400k in online tournament cashes.
In March of 2009, “Callisto5”, along with 10,613 other entrants, spent nothing more than procured ‘frequent player points’ to buy into a PokerStars Turbo Takedown. The young American battled it out and emerged in 3rd place to earn $40,000 of the $1m prize pool.
Realizing far more success than her brother had ever attained in online poker, Weisner took her tournament play to persistently higher levels. In May of 2009, Weisner finished 2nd in a Double Deuce $200k GTD at Full Tilt Poker for another $24,000. In August of the same year, she upped the ante with a 3rd place exit in the PokerStars Sunday $500k GTD for $50,398. Over the period of half a year, she had collected over $100k, and that was just the beginning. Melanie’s online poker tournament winnings have already surpassed the $400k mark.
Once Melanie completed college, she turned her attention to a full-time poker career. Suitcase and pocket book in hand, she began traveling the country in search of the most lucrative live poker tournaments. Her first cash came in a NLH Deepstack competition at the U.S. Poker Championship where she finished 4th for $7,140 in November of 2009. One month later, she took 1st place in the Ladies Event at EPT Prague for another $4,447.
In 2010, Weisner was rapt by the live tournament scene. She took another 10 cashes worth nearly $200k overall. Her biggest accomplishments of the year were her 1st place triumph in the EPT Monte Carlo NLH Ladies event ($32,994), a 71st place finish in the EPT Monte Carlo NLH Championship the very next day worth $35,863, and a 2nd place routing on the Partouche Poker Tour playing Heads-Up NLH for $32,994.
Melanie’s success was analogous in 2011 with another $187k in winnings spread over 10 live tournament cashes, half of which came from World Series of Poker events. Her closest grasp on a bracelet was a 14th place finish in a NLH event that awarded $24,679. Weisner’s largest cashes in 2011 were derived from a 12th place exit from the EPT Prague NLH Championship ($43,035) and a $39,449 take for ranking 33rd in the WSOP Europe Main Event.
Melanie Weisner continues to see consistent success in both virtual felt and live tournament action. Though prominent in multi-table tournaments, she also specializes in heads-up SNG tourneys. At the ripe age of 25, she has already ranked as the 42nd all-time money winner among professional female poker players and is ranked among the top 300 live tournament players in the world.