If you play pool competitively in the Northeast area there is a good chance that you have seen the 14- year-old B player Lukas Fracasso-Verner. The kid is everywhere; The New England 9-Ball Series, The Predator Tour, the Tri-State Tour, the USAPL pool league, the BCA Jack and Jill, and numerous other events.
Someone once asked how I felt about competing against him and I replied that I thought it was great. Not only is it nice to see young people taking up the game but Lukas is so energetic, enthusiastic, genuine, full of potential, and friendly that it is difficult to not also get excited about pool.
He might get frustrated at times during a match, but he shoots every shot with absolute confidence.
People often look on in amazement when he appears to not give a second thought to shooting in an extremely difficult shot with a hard stroke and the ball goes right in. Frequently this is followed by someone commenting that he can do that because he’s so young and young people don’t suffer from the same fears and hesitations that adults do.
One time an A player in a match with Lukas failed to make a jump shot and immediately after the game Lukas set the shot back up, whipped out his jump cue, and said, “I can show you how to make that shot.”
I laugh whenever I think about a 14-year-old sincerely offering to show an A player how to make a jump shot, but it shows that fearless confidence and that is part of what makes Lukas so memorable.
Lukas first started playing pool when he was eight years old. His father Dave, an APA skill level five, would take Lukas to Yale Billiards in Wallingford, CT with him. His parents bought him his first cue in 2010 when they were in Las Vegas attending the APA National Team Championships.