OPEN 2008

Date: June 6th - 8th 2008
Location: Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

Report by Mats Runsten

The fifth Stockholm Open opened the gates on Friday 6/6 - the Swedish National Day.

As usual it was held in the light and airy halls of the Royal Institute of Technology in the centre of Stockholm. This year it attracted  around a 100 players from four different countries: Sweden, the Netherlands, USA and Finland.

Stockholm Open is known to focus heavily on tournaments, and indeed it has a lot of them!

A few of the tournament machines

The cups and medals to be granted to the victorious

Ole from Parts4Pinballs brought in a Shrek from Norway

Mini tournaments

What is Trent doing? Playing one-handed on the reversed flippers Dr Who?

There were a total of five mini tournaments open for anyone to participate in.

Set the Highscore on Tales of the Arabian Nights was won by Per Holknekt with 113 million.

Set the Highscore on Who Dunnit was won by Fredrik Lindberg with 12 billion.

The Onehanded was played on Junk Yard and saw Mats Runsten as the winner with 15 million.

The Reversed Flippers was played on Dr Who and was won by Jörgen Holm with 1.1 billion.

Jörgen Holm apparently needs all his concentration to handle the reversed flippers, but at least he’s using both hands

The fifth and oddest game was the Delirium Pinball. It was a Fish Tales game with Theatre of Magic backglass and T2 sound ROMs. The flippers were one upside down banana flipper and one small Addams “Thing” flipper, and just to make sure it wasn´t too easy, the flippers were reversed. The winner of this strange sport was Reidar Spets with 80 million.

There was also the Parallel Pinball - two linked NBA Fastbreaks - and a single elimination cup tree with head-to-head matches. Victorious was Linus Jorenbo who beat Trent Augenstein in the final, 44-32.


Behold, a lot of young kids playing pinball!

A bunch of youngsters showed up to play in the newly introduced juniors division. The juniors had only one entry each, but on the other hand the entries included eight games. Jacob Steggers and Hoda Lamari both managed to be the best on two games, but Jacob had more second places, making him the qualifications winner.

Eight players made it to the finals and here’s the full list:

  1. Jacob Steggers, 641p
  2. Hoda Lamari, 609p
  3. Fardowsa Abdiali, 576p
  4. Pinar Yildiz, 538p
  5. Ibrahim El Chammas, 536p
  6. Selatin Yildiz, 532p
  7. Frederick Wennborg, 512p
  8. Farhiya Abdiali, 479p

  1. Adam Högman, 478p
  2. Brahim Somi, 474p
  3. Rim Lamari, 457p

Playing pinball makes you this happy...

…and this concentrated!

The players entered two four-player semi-finals with the two best of each advancing. The four who managed to reach the final were Jacob Steggers, Ibrahim El Chammas, Hoda Lamari and Selatin Yildiz.

The final was very exciting, and when the dust settled Selatin Yildiz was on top. Second place came Hodar Lamari and third was Ibrahim El Chammas. The qualifications winner Jacob Steggers came fourth.

The winner Selatin Yildiz had one battle left to fight though. One of the World Champions, Jorian Engelbrektsson, stepped up at World Cup Soccer. Selatin was quite close to victory, but in the end, Jorian won the game.

A World Champion in action and a somewhat young audience


This year the classic tournament followed the same pattern as the main tournament. That is, each player composed an entry with three games of his choice from a bank of 12 games.

The player could play as many as 12 entries and when the qualification closed the top-24 made the play-offs. The top 8 qualifiers also got a bye for the first round.

Due to the somewhat more random nature of classic games they were all set to 5 balls/game throughout the tournament. The extra balls were switched off though.

The machines were: Capersville, Cleopatra, Eight Ball, Fireball, Hotdoggin´, Joust, Jungle Lord, Mata Hari, Nip-It, Olympic Hockey, OXO and Sea Ray.

Mats Runsten playing OXO.

There were 53 participants and the following 24 players made the play-offs:

1. Per Holknekt, 216p
2. Leif Spångberg, 212p
3. Dan Hagman, 212p
4. Jory Rabinovitz, USA, 198p
5. Matti Kinninen, Finland, 189p
6. Morgan Dungmark, 188p
7. Mikael Tillander, 188p
8. Magnus Rostö, 172p



9. Mats Runsten, 167p
10. Patrik Bodin, 164p
11. Linus Jorenbo, 160p
12. David Kjellberg, 159p
13. Fredrik Malmqvist, 158p
14. Antti Peltonen, Finland, 149p
15. Jörgen Holm, 135p
16. Jorian Engelbrektsson, 132p
17. Fredrik Lindberg, 126p
18. Martin Tiljander, 126p
19. Sampo Simonen, Finland, 125p
20. Per Ahlenius, 124p
21. Johan Småros, 121p
22. Henrik Björk, 121p
23. Karl Broström, 121p
24. Trent Augenstein, USA, 120p


Four players made it all the way to the final which was played on OXO, Mata Hari and Capersville.

When it was time for the last game - Capersville - all four players still had the chance to win.

Games collector and co-arranger (for classics)  Leif Spångberg drew the longest straw and won the last game with his 4,400 points and thus also won the tournament.

Trent Augenstein finished second, Fredrik Lindberg third and Morgan Dungmark ended in forth place.

Classics winner Leif Spångberg

Split flipper

Qualifications winners this year and final winners last year: JFK.

This year the split flipper tournament was the biggest ever, with no less than 22 teams competing for the title. Each team could play as many as 12 entries, all composed of three machines of their choice from the bank. The top 8 teams in the qualifications made the play-offs, and they were:

1) JFK (Jorian Engelbrektsson/Jörgen Holm), 247p

2) Kuttlans Fina (Mats Runsten/Mikael Telerud), 234p

3) Unibetandwin (Patrik Bodin/Stefan Andersson), 205p

4) The Dutch Pinball Elite (Paul Jongma/Albert Nomden), 198p

5) Chicks with Dicks (Magnus Rostö/Jörgen Boström), 194p

6) Lag Peja (Per Holknekt/Linus Jorenbo), 183p

7) No talent (Christian Balac/Henrik Tomson), 170p

8) CCCP (Alvar Palm/Karl Broström), 166p

Either you can do as Patrik Bodin and move your hands fast,
or you could try to just keep them at the buttons...

The play-off was a single elimination cup where each match was best two out of three.

Lag Peja beat CCCP in the final to grab the gold.

In the match for the bronze Chicks with Dicks beat Kuttlans Fina.


1) Lag Peja (Per Holknekt/Linus Jorenbo)

2) CCCP (Alvar Palm/Karl Broström)

3) Chicks with Dicks (Magnus Rostö/Jörgen Boström),

4) Kuttlans Fina (Mats Runsten/Mikael Telerud)

Lag Peja waiting for their turn and expressing their feelings,
as Unibetandwin are playing their last game before getting kicked out


Main tournament

Magnus Rostö playing ToM and Trent Augenstein playing CC

The main tournament was played using the same format as always. Each participant may play as many as 12 entries, each consisting of three different machines of his choice. There were 28 machines to pick from:

Attack from Mars

Cactus Canyon

Cirqus Voltaire



Creature from the Black Lagoon

Dirty Harry

Doctor Who

Fish Tales

Guns N Roses

Indianapolis 500

Judge Dredd

Medieval Madness

Monster Bash

Mousin Around

No Good Gofers

Pinball Magic

Revenge from Mars

Road Show


Terminator 3

The Addams Family

The Simpsons Pinball Party

The Shadow

Theatre of Magic

Twilight Zone


World Cup Soccer

2006 year’s winner Fredrik Lindberg in action.

The top 32 players would make the play-offs. Going for a really good qualification spot wasn´t without merits however, since the top 8 got a bye for two rounds in the playoffs and players 9-16 got a bye for one round.

Jory Rabinovitz playing with guns

The following players qualified:

1) Jörgen Holm, 246p
2) Trent Augenstein (USA), 244p
3) Karl Broström, 238p
4) Mats Runsten, 232p
5) Paul Jongma (Netherlands), 224p
6) Jorian Engelbrektsson, 222p
7) Mark van der Gugten (Netherlands), 220p

8) Victor Håkansson, 209



9) Linus jorenbo, 200p
10) Reidar Spets, 198p
11) Magnus Rostö, 198p
12) Alvar Palm, 196p
13) Albert Nomden (Netherlands), 194p
14) Stefan Andersson, 191p
15) Per Ahlenius, 189p
16) Tobias Lund, 188p



17) Per-Olof Romell, 188p
18) Jory Rabinowitz (USA), 184p
19) Fredrik Lindberg, 183p
20) Patrik Bodin, 180p
21) Ulrika Telerud, 172p
22) David kjellberg, 170p
23) Jörgen Boström, 166p
24) Mikke Norlin, 165p
25) Helena Walter, 164p
26) Christian Balac, 162p
27) Timo Raita, 162
28) Olli-Mikko Ojames (Finland), 161p
29) Henrik Tomson, 159
30) Rolph Ericson, 156p
31) Fredrik Malmqvist, 151p
32) Michael Lindström, 150p


Ulrika Telerud, Mikke Norlin and Michael Lindström

The play-off was a single elimination tree where matches were best 2 of 3 on random games.

Of course lots of exciting events took place during the playoffs, but we may point out a few?

Two times Stockholm Open Champion Fredrik Lindberg won his first two games but was defeated by Karl Broström in the 1/8-final. Karl kept his momentum and beat the reigning world champion Jorian Engelbrektsson on WCS and AFM in the quarter-finals.

Last year´s champion Mats Runsten got an immediate “bye-bye” against Alvar Palm, a young, up-and-coming player from Gothenburg. Trent Augenstein, who already had two silver medals in his collection (Classics and Parallel Pinball), was defeated by Per Ahlenius in the quarter-finals.

After five hours of intense playing, the last two remaining players were Karl Broström from Sweden and Paul Jongma from the Netherlands. In the final they got to pick one game each and the third (should it be needed) was randomly drawn.

Paul chose Guns N Roses and Karl picked Pinball Magic. Third game was Dirty Harry.

On GnR Paul played for multiballs and did it well, scoring about 2.3B. Karl was chasing, but drained with about 1.1B when he tried to start his second multiball.

Paul playing with guns

On Pinball Magic, Karl was player one. He didn´t play it as well as he usually does and ended with 350M after his third ball, which was less than Paul already had. So, Paul Jongma became the Stockholm Open champion 2008 after playing strongly throughout the whole tournament.

Paul performing his magic skills

In the match for third place Per Ahlenius beat Jörgen Holm on CFTBL and DW.

So, the top four were:

1) Paul Jongma, the Netherlands

2) Karl Broström, Sweden

3) Per Ahlenius, Sweden

4) Jörgen Holm, Sweden

Gold winner Paul Jongma

Silver winner Karl Broström

Bronze winner Per Ahlenius

All in all this year´s tournament was very well executed and spectators got to see a lot of exciting matches and nice scores.

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