CRAZY JOE ESPOSITO
Date: 12th August, 2010
This pinball event replaced the previous mid-week pinball tournament. Due to a change in my schedule, I was able to attend and even compete in the entire event. I share my experience to you, faithful readers of Pinball News.By tournament time, although a dark storm was brewing outside the arcade, no one seemed to care. Because everyone was inside bright with food and fun.
Even though a few ToPS tournaments were running and a few pinball machines were for sale during the “Crazy Joe” Pinball Event, this review will mainly cover the food and fun of the newly-formatted pinball tournament.
However, I think the new LEDs in Lloyd’s Attack from Mars are worth mentioning.
Because Lloyd waited for one attendee who had to drive over an hour one-way, Lloyd arrange for the pre-event pizza to arrived at about 7:30pm from Pizza LUCÉ. Lloyd ordered a large “Classic” and a large “Maximus” pizza. Jim donated a large “Bear”. Diane brought in rice crispy bars. And PinRen brought in cookies.
The pinball tournament started at about 8pm. The tournament was single elimination, luck-of-the-draw for both competing players and their games. With thirteen contestants, most rounds were held between two people, but some of the rounds were held among three people.
Due to a scheduling conflict, Joe Esposito could not attend the first of the new pinball tournaments in his name. So, Jim offered to be the designated Esposito.
Because games were to be luck-of-the-draw, some took the pre-event opportunity to polish their playing skills.
But not everyone came to compete. Some attended just for food and fun!
Because the tournament was player-run, Lloyd was able to take the rare opportunity to visit and joke along with the players.
Competition was always fun, but sometimes it was somewhat serious.
Play continued until about 10:30pm.
The final round came down to: Jim (below, on the left), Dave (in the center), and Brian (on the right). Dave won first place and the majority of the collected entry fees while Jim and Brian both tied for and shared second place, along with the rest of the collected prize money.
Dates for Lloyd’s next big pinball event are in the Diary section, so start making your plans to visit him now.
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