Date: 16th - 18th October, 2013
Report by Franck Bona
Held as part of the Enada show, this was the 4th annual Rome Pinball Tournament, and like its international trade show host it was held at the Fiera Roma (Rome Expo Centre) in the Italian capital's south-west outskirts.
There are two Enada shows in Italy; the spring (or Primavera) version takes place in Rimini and will be the venue for 2014's European Pinball Championship, while Rome hosts the autumn edition.
Inside, six of the latest Stern Pinball machines were set up, supplied by the Italian Stern distributor Tecnoplay.
The games were: Avengers (Avengers LE), AC/DC (Premium), X-Men (Magneto LE), Avatar (Pro), Star Trek (Pro) and Metallica (Pro).
The tournaments were overseen by IFPA Italia in the guise of Country Director Alessio Crisantemi.
Alongside the main tournament, there was a side tournament held on the Wednesday Thursday 17th October and played entirely on the newest game of the selection - Star Trek.
Between 11am and 5pm, competitors in the side tournament could play on the Star Trek machine as many times as they wanted, as long as they only played one game at a time and then rejoined the queue when they had finished their game. Whoever had the highest score at the end of the competition was the winner.
That proved to be Giacomo Sorcecchi, who like all 24 entrants was from Italy. Giorgione Nicola was second, and Daniele Celestino Acciari third.
With the side tournament decided, all eyes turned to the main Rome Pinball Tournament.
Qualifying for the main tournament also began on Wednesday. With Star Trek used in the side tournament, the remaining five were used to qualify. Twenty players took part, and they were all from Italy with one exception.
Competitors played in groups on the five machines and their scores on the machines were ranked alongside everyone else, with 100 points for the top score, 85 for second, 70 for third and so on.
Initial entry to the tournament cost €10 which provided entry to Enada for all three days and 5 tokens to play each of the qualifying machines once. However, players could then buy as many further entries as they wanted before qualifying closed for an extra €5 each.
At 1:30pm on Friday, the top eight players had qualified for the quarter-finals. They were:
The quarter-finals were head-to-head best-of-three matches all on the same pre-selected machines. These were played in a single-elimination format with the losers taking part in a single game to decide 5th to 8th place.
The four winners went into the two semi-finals where the winners and Rome Pinball Tournament finalists were Franck Bona and Daniele Celestino Acciari. Losing semi-finalists Cesare Datri and Alessandro Cacialli played for third place, with Cesare winning.
The final was again best-of-three, but each game was played on a different machine.
The first game was played on Metallica, and it was first blood to Daniele who made a grand champion score of 118M to Franck's 53M.
The second game was on Star Trek with Franck needing a win to tie the score. But it was not to be, as he had three house balls and ended on just 4M to Daniele's score of 99M - another high score.
So Daniele Celestino Acciari won the Rome Pinball Tournament 2013, with Franck second.
Here are the final positions for all twenty players:
Next year's Enada Roma show will take place on the 15th - 17th October 2014, when the Rome Pinball Tournament is expected to return for its fifth edition.
© Pinball News 2013