2017 Predator Pro-Am Tour Stop #2

Posted 2/7/2017 in Events & Features, Tips & Tutorials


By Skip Maloney – AzB Staff

Fracasso-Verner comes from deep on the loss side to win Predator stop at Steinway


John Cullen (3rd), Lukas Fracasso-Verner (1st), and Atif Khan (2nd)


Predator Tour Director Tony Robles had to scour his tour archives to determine whether 15-year-old Lukas Fracasso-Verner had become the youngest competitor to ever win a stop on the tour. He was not. As Robles discovered, Fracasso-Verner was the second oldest competitor to win a stop on the tour; the youngest being Thomas Rice, who at the age of 14, won a Predator stop in September, 2013. Fracasso-Verner’s victory, which came at a Predator Tour stop on the weekend of January 28-29, was made all that more dramatic by the teenager’s 13-match winning streak on the losers’ side of the bracket. The $1,000-added event drew 80 entrants to Steinway Billiards, in Astoria (Queens), NY.


With Fracasso-Verner already at work on the loss side (he’d lost his opening match in a double hill fight against Eugene Ok), his eventual finals’ opponent – Atif Khan – advanced to a winners’ side semifinal match against Nick Liberatos. John Cullen faced Kanami Chau in the other winners’ side semifinal. Cullen and Khan moved into the hot seat match, following Cullen’s 8-6 win over Chau and Khan’s 7-5 victory over Liberatos. Khan claimed the hot seat, double hill, over Cullen.


On the loss side, Fracasso-Verner edged past the halfway mark in his 13-match, loss-side odyssey and into the money rounds. He then got by Kevin Shin 7-3, and Junior Singh 7-1, to pick up Chau. Liberatos drew Duc Lam, who’d defeated Matthew Harricharan and Tom Hagan, both 7-4. Two double hill fights advanced Fracasso-Verner and Lam over Chau and Liberatos to the quarterfinals.


Fracasso-Verner eliminated Lam 8-5 in those quarterfinals, and then finished Cullen’s weekend 7-3 in the semifinals. Khan and Fracasso-Verner were each looking for their first win on the Predator Tour, though Khan had two wins on the Tri-State Tour in his resume. Khan completed his unlikely, but strong loss-side run with a 9-6 win in the finals.


Top Finishers and Payouts

1st – Lukas Fracasso-Verner – $1,750

2nd – Atif Khan – $1,000

3rd – John Cullen – $700

4th – Duc Lam – $500

5th/6th – Kanami Chau, Nick Liberatos – $300

7th/8th – Tommy Hagan, Junior Singh – $200

9th-12th – Matthias Gutzmann, Kevin Shin, Matthew Harricharan, Tim Fitzsimmon – $140

13th-16th – Shawn Sookhai, Max Watanabe, Abel Rosario, Troy Deocharran – $80


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2nd Chance: Elvis Rodriguez (3rd/4th), Shawn Sookhai (2nd), Dave Callaghan (1st), and Jerry Almodovar (3rd/4th)

2nd Chance Finishers

1st: Dave Callaghan

2nd: Shawn Sookhai

3rd/4th: Elvis Rodriguez, Jerry Almodovar



3rd Chance: Dwight Dixon (2nd) and Jud Parker (1st)

3rd Chance Finishers
1st: Jud Parker

2nd: Dwight Dixon

Tour Sponsors:

Predator Cues

Ozone Billiards

Delta-13 Racks

The National Amateur Pool League

The DeVito Team


Gotham City Technologies

Billiards Press


Media Sponsors:


Billiards Digest

Inside Pool Magazine

Pool & Billiard Magazine

Room Sponsors:

Gotham City Billiard Club

Steinway Billiards

Cue Bar

Raxx Pool Room

Murphy’s Cue Club

Amsterdam Billiards


Tour Staff:

Gail Robles

William Finnegan

Mandy Wu

Irene Kim

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