Date: 13th - 15th November, 2015
Location: Pbal Gallery, Radnóti Miklós utca 18., Budapest 1137, Hungary

We’ve previously reported on the opening, the temporary closure, the threat of confiscation, and the success of the appeal by the Pbal Gallery pinball museum in Budapest. So when we heard there was a pinball tournament planned there in November, we just had to visit and show our support.

This was our first visit, not just to the museum, but to Budapest and also to Hungary. Our two hour Ryanair flight from London landed at Ferenc Liszt Airport mid-afternoon on Friday. Twenty-five minutes and 7,000 Forints ($25/€22.50/£16) later, and our taxi dropped us off outside the Hilton.

From there it was a five-minute walk across Váci út and down Radnóti Miklós utca for three blocks to the Museum, which was easily spotted thanks to the neon sign outside.

Pbal Gallery, venue for the Hungarian Pinball Open
Pbal Gallery, venue for the Hungarian Pinball Open

A pair of notice-covered doors opens out onto the street which, with smoking banned inside, became the gathering point for smokers attending the tournament.

Only tournament players from Wednesday until Sunday
Only tournament players from Wednesday until Sunday

Go through the doors and you have a few steps down before you reach the front desk.

The entrance to the museum
The entrance to the museum
Down to the reception area
Down to the reception area

Registered players signed in at the reception desk, and collected their player badge and Classics Tournament score card.

The registration desk
The registration desk

They were also asked to sign the tournament poster situated at the bottom of the stairs.

Everyone signed the tournament poster
Everyone signed the tournament poster

The Museum is made up of a series of cave-like rooms of varying size. Some feature bare stonework, while others have a much more contemporary look with plastered walls and suspended ceilings.

The central hub of social interaction, a.k.a. the bar
The central hub of social interaction, a.k.a. the bar
The (mostly) non-pinball room
The (mostly) non-pinball room
Video, rifle and video/pinball combo games in the corridor
Video, gun and video/pinball combo games in the corridor
This unusual 4-player Hearts & Spades cocktail pin was also in the corridor
This unusual 4-player Hearts & Spades cocktail pin was also in the corridor
The main Museum room
The main Museum room
The EM room
The EM room
Woodrails in the EM room
Woodrails in the EM room
Humpty Dumpty - the first game with flippers
Humpty Dumpty – the first game with flippers
Humpty Dumpty's six flippers
Humpty Dumpty’s six flippers
1, 2 and 4 player EMs
1, 2 and 4 player EMs
The biggest-selling pinball ever, Ballyhoo
The biggest-selling pinball ever, Ballyhoo

We would be competing in three tournaments over the weekend. The main Hungarian Pinball Open had a qualifying round which could be played on either Friday evening at 7pm, or Saturday morning at 9am. The Classics Tournament qualifying could be played at any time on Friday or Saturday, but in practical terms couldn’t be played while you were playing in the Open. Then there was a Pingolf Tournament on Sunday, and a Team Tournament which was also held on Sunday.

Entry to the event cost 12,000 Forints ($41/€38/£27) which included all tournaments and a Goulash lunch on Saturday. The prize for the winner of the Open was a restored and clearcoated F-14 Tomcat machine.

The main prize
The main prize

Two guests were celebrating their birthdays on Friday, so in the evening several boxes of delicious cakes were delivered to the upstairs chill-out area so everyone could help them celebrate.

Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday!

Our Open qualifying was on Saturday, so we played our Classics games on Friday.

Classics qualifying ran from 4pm until midnight on Friday, and continued at 9am on Saturday until 5pm. Competitors could choose to play any six from the fifteen machines available. The machines were:

Classic Tournament Machines
  • Capt. Fantastic
  • Centaur
  • Circus
  • Eight Ball Deluxe
  • Elektra
  • Fathom
  • Kiss
  • Medusa
  • Pink Panther
  • Rocky
  • Sexy Girl
  • Space Invaders
  • Space Riders
  • Spider-Man, The Amazing
  • Wizard!

 

Play in the Classics Tournament
Play in the Classics Tournament

However, instead of just playing a single game on each, a three-player game was started with the same player playing all three. The scores from the three games were added together to give an overall score for that machine.

Scores on each machine were ranked, the total ranking points for the six machines were added up and the top sixteen players qualified for the play-offs which took place on Saturday evening.

The Classic Tournament play-offs and final were held on Saturday evening
The Classic Tournament play-offs and final were held on Saturday evening

Those sixteen qualifiers were:

Classic Tournament Qualifiers
1 John van der Wulp
2 Sághy Kálmán
3 Zsolt Szabo
4 Gabriel Ortiz Llonis
5 Tamas Odler
6 Mathias Leurs
7 Rich Mallett
8 David Deturck
9 György Kovács
10 Péter András Simon
11 Berecz Istvan
12 János Dakos
13 Cezary Glowala
14 Rafael Masedo Rodríguez
15 Zoltán Dósa
16 Laszlo Horn

 

Both of the qualification sessions for the main Hungarian Pinball Open tournament divided players into four groups of 18 (72 players per session) and created 17 matches where everyone in the group played a single 2-player, 3-ball game against every other player in that group.

Each group had their own area of the Museum in which to play
Each group had their own area of the Museum in which to play

When all seventeen matches in the group were completed, the seven players with the most wins progressed to the play-offs on Saturday evening. In most cases 10 or more wins would be enough to guarantee progression, while 9 wins was more precarious and could lead to a tie-break.

Another group plays on a different set of machines
Another group plays on a different set of machines

If a tie was created, it would be broken by creating a mini-league between the affected players to see who beat who in the head-to-head matches, with the player or players with the most wins progressing. If that still failed to break the tie, a play-off game would be used to decide.

The Friday night session finished around midnight, after which players and spectators were invited to take a coach on a short sightseeing tour which ended at the Gozdu Sky Terrace rooftop bar.

We opted for the covered section
We opted for the covered section

With the start of our qualifying session only a few hours away, we grabbed a taxi and returned to the Hilton for a few hours’ sleep and a hearty breakfast before returning to the Museum for our qualifying sessions.

Saturday morning qualifying
Saturday morning qualifying

The machines used in qualifying in the four areas were:

Hungarian Open Tournament Machines
  • Addams Family, The
  • Star Wars Episode 1
  • Revenge from Mars
  • Pinball Magic
  • Party Zone, The
  • Shrek
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Funhouse
  • Scared Stiff
  • Attack from Mars
  • Cactus Jack
  • Avatar
  • Fish Tales
  • Cirqus Voltaire
  • Guns ‘N Roses
  • Family Guy
  • Medieval Madness
  • Space Station
  • Freddy: A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Dr. Dude
  • Twilight Zone
  • Banzai Run
  • Iron Man
  • Congo
  • Elvira & the Party Monsters
  • Godzilla
  • Star Wars (DE)
  • Scared Stiff
  • Getaway, The: High Speed 2
  • Indiana Jones (WMS)
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
  • Time Machine (DE)
  • Diner
  • Sopranos, The
  • Star Trek (Stern)
  • Baywatch
  • Tommy, The Who’s
  • Lost in Space
  • Simpsons Pinball Party, The
  • World Cup Soccer
  • Earthshaker!
  • Jackbot
  • Monster Bash
  • Hurricane
  • Tales of the Arabian Nights

 

As results were reported they were recorded on paper on the wall and an overall tally of wins for each player was updated.

Another result is recorded
Another result is recorded

There was a break for lunch where all players were provided with a bowl of traditional Hungarian Goulash and slices of bread to help mop up the sauce.

Goulash is served
Goulash is served
Beef Goulash - vegetarian noodles were also available for the non-carnivores
Beef Goulash – vegetarian noodles were also available for the non-carnivores

Soon after the last game of the second session had been recorded at around 3pm, the list of the 48 qualifiers was announced.

Hungarian Pinball Open Qualifiers
Daniele Acciari
Albert Medaillon
Alberto Olivero
Balázs Pálfi
Bart Vyvey
Berecz Istvan
Carlos Javier Parra
Cezary Glowala
Csapó dr Imre
Daniel Nowak POL
David Deturck
David Mainwaring
Dennis Verleyen
Didier Dujardin
Ernö Rotter
Evert Brochez
Florian Horvath
Fred Van Den Bosch
Füredi Sándor
Gábor Fekécs
Glenn Verhoosele
Jakub Cieplinski
János Sándor
John van der Wulp
Jörg Buchacher
Kim G. Hansen
Krisztián Szalai
Laszlo Horn
Marcin Kisiel
Markus Stix
Mathias Leurs
Miklós Szebenyi
Odler Tamas
Olivier Leurs
Olivier Renders
Ollivier Francq
Peter Andersen
Peter Boncza
Pier Villa
Piller Zsolt
Rafael Masedo Rodríguez
Rich Mallett
Roland Schwartz
Sandor Varga
Stefan Karlhuber
Szabo Istvan
Tibor Járosi
Zsolt Mészáros

 

They would shortly begin the play-offs to reduce the numbers from 48 to 24.

In this round the seven qualifiers from one of Friday’s groups were pitted against seven from one of Saturday’s groups. Every player played a single game against each of the seven qualifiers in their opposite group.

Play-offs in the back room
Play-offs in the back room

In addition, they carried forward the number of wins they achieved in qualifying, so a good performance in the qualifying round put you in good stead to be one of the six who make it through this second round, or even one of the top two who earns a bye through the next round.

That third round saw the sixteen players who finished 3rd-6th in the four second round groups play four 4-player games with scoring of 8-5-3-1 for 1st to 4th places in each game.

One of the play-off matches on Creature from the Black Lagoon
One of the play-off matches with David Deturck on Creature from the Black Lagoon
Over the other side of the room Krystian Szali was on Attack from Mars
On the other side of the room Krisztián Szalai was attacking Mars

The top two from those matches (eight players) were joined by the eight who received a bye after the second round, and they played the quarter-finals in the same format as the third round to reduce the number remaining to eight.

The semi-finals used the same format, with two 4-player games where the top two went into the final. For these games all the action moved to the back room.

Laszlo Horn on Tales of the Arabian Nights
Laszlo Horn on Tales of the Arabian Nights
Markus Stix gets ready to rumble
Markus Stix gets ready to rumble
Daniele Acciari also battles the genie
Daniele Acciari also battles the genie

The final four were Daniele Acciari, Markus Stix, Mathias Leurs and Krisztián Szalai. We’ll re-join them shortly, but interspersed with the Open play-off rounds were the play-offs for the Classic Tournament.

The sixteen qualifiers played eight head-to-head best-of-five matches to whittle the numbers down to eight and then to the final four.

Rich Mallett is electrified by Elektra in the Classic Tournament play-offs
Rich Mallett is electrified by Elektra in the Classic Tournament play-offs

The four who went to the final were György Kovács, Rafael Masedo Rodríguez, Cezary Glowala and Sághy Kálmán.

The Classic Tournament final was decided by a single 5-ball game on Bally’s Kiss.

Cezary Glowala was player one, followed by Sághy Kálmán and Rafael Masedo Rodríguez, with György Kovács the fourth player.

Cezary Glowala played first
Cezary Glowala played first

Cezary got off to a good start, racking up 160K by his second ball, more than three times his nearest rival. He strengthened that position with another 100K on his third ball, while György was closest of the others on 145K.

Sághy Kálmán played second
Sághy Kálmán played second

Rafael was a little way behind on 112K with Sághy some way off the pace with 39K after some tough rebounds.

Rafael Masedo Rodríguez was player three
Rafael Masedo Rodríguez was player three

Cezary added around another 100K on his fourth and final balls to end on 456K.

Sághy started to have more of the run of the ball, but it was ultimately too little, too late as he ended on 111K. Rafael only improved slightly with a 177K total, which left György as the only man standing between Cezary and victory.

György Kovács playing to save the final
György Kovács playing to save the final

György moved ahead of Rafael into second place, but his game ended on 190K, making Cezary the winner.

Cezary celebrates the win
Cezary celebrates the win

Prizes from the Museum and the sponsors were then presented by tournament director and fellow Classic Tournament finalist Sághy Kálmán.

Winner of the Classic Tournament, Cezary Glowala
Winner of the Classic Tournament, Cezary Glowala
Second place, György Kovács
Second place, György Kovács
Third place, Rafael Masedo Rodríguez
Third place, Rafael Masedo Rodríguez
The top three in the Classics Tournament with their illuminated trophies
The top three in the Classics Tournament with their illuminated trophies
Classic Tournament Results
1 Cezary Glowala
2 György Kovács
3 Rafael Masedo Rodríguez
4 Sághy Kálmán
6 Laszlo Horn
6 Mathias Leurs
6 Rich Mallett
6 Tamas Odler
12 John van der Wulp
12 David Deturck
12 Gabriel Ortiz Llonis
12 János Dakos
12 Berecz Istvan
12 Zsolt Szabo
12 Péter András Simon
12 Zoltán Dósa
17 Peter Andersen
18 Olivier Leurs
19 Péter Szamosi
20 Botka Boldizsar
21 Gergely Csonka
22 Stefan Karlhuber
23 Acciari Daniele
24 Tibor Járosi
25 David Mainwaring
26 Öjvind Strömsholm
27 Miklós Szebenyi
28 Marcin Kisiel
29 Martin Ayub
30 Albert Medaillon
31 Daniele Baldan
32 Ernö Rotter
33 Olivier Renders
34 Konrad Maslowski
35 Ollivier Francq
36 Antti Peltonen
37 Markus Stix
38 Markus Schrodt
39 Vargha Ákos
40 Bart Vyvey
41 Benjamin Ruso
42 Zsolt Mészáros
43 Joël Wozniak
44 Artur Natorski
45 Berndt Ion Teodorescu
46 Kim G. Hansen
47 Füredi Sándor
48 Frank Goeltl
49 Anatol Pante
50 Carlos Javier Parra
51 Rafal Jodelko
52 Dimitri Verhoosele
53 Tobias Löfstedt
54 Szabo Istvan
55 Bartosz Radomyski
56 Mattias Jeppsson
57 Sandor Varga
58 Alejandro Yepes Piedra
59 Robert Glashuettner
60 Didier Dujardin
61 Rob Breyne
62 Gaby Molotov Gavrilita
63 Jan Anders Nilsson
64 Devis Pierantozzi
65 Maarten Lemey
66 Mario Kaufmann
67 Dennis Verleyen
68 Daniel Nowak POL
69 Deborah Medaillon
70 Piller Zsolt
71 Gábor Fekécs
72 Bernhard Binderr
73 Ovidiu Cacina
74 Csapó dr Imre
75 Arno Nöbl
76 Pier Villa
77 Andrzej Cieslik
78 Zoltán Szemes
79 László Kadala
80 Tom Geneyn
81 Molnár Péter
82 Jörg Buchacher
83 Jakub Cieplinski
84 Tamás Marjai
85 Alexander Muer
86 Péter Busa
87 Milan Caranovic
88 Bencsik László
89 Vlad Terzi
90 Oskar Strandberg
91 Fred Van Den Bosch
92 János Sándor
93 András Lugosi
94 Peter Boncza
95 Zoltán Polgár
96 Mihály Horváth
97 Evert Brochez
98 Laszlo Imre
99 Ruha Istvan
100 Alberto Olivero
101 Csaba Asztalos
102 Michal Piasecki
103 David Schrittwieser
104 Guttmann Zsolt
105 Sebastian Gwizdała
106 Begońa Motilla Mulas
107 Sharis Dewulf
108 Jenna Muer
109 Kovács Gábor
110 Andrew Luke
111 Cinthya Messiaen
112 Tóth Szeles Attila
113 Susanne Schrittwieser
114 Katona Tamás
115 Eva Polgar
116 Attila Abonyi
117 Attila Jonas
118 Marta Scibisz
119 Thomas Rüegg
120 David Medaillon
121 Cristian Istrate
122 Kornél Kosdi
123 Gábor Varga
124 Karin Ruhmannseder
125 Gema López Torralba
126 Liv Decay
127 Vlad Filimon Nastase
128 László Tempfli
129 Balázs Pálfi
130 Hendrik Calis
131 Glenn Verhoosele
132 Florian Horvath
133 Eszter Hoppán

 

With the clock showing something around midnight, it was time for the Hungarian Pinball Open final. The machine chosen for the final was Stern’s Star Trek LE.

The four finalists in the Hungarian Pinball Open:
The four finalists in the Hungarian Pinball Open: Krisztián Szalai, Daniele Acciari, Markus Stix, Mathias Leurs

Krisztián began the final with a 66M first ball.

Krisztián starts the final
Krisztián starts the final

Daniele had an uncharacteristic rapid drain of his first ball with only 251K on the scoreboard. Mathias played third and only fared slightly better 5M, while Markus did a little better still with his 24M first ball score.

Daniele was player two
Daniele was player two

Krisztián only added 13M on his second ball to reach 79M, Daniele had a second bad ball to reach just 1.2M. Mathias did about as well as Krisztián to stand on 17M, but it was Markus who started challenging for the lead with his ball 2 total of 62M.

Mathias was player three
Mathias was player three

Ball three changed everything at the top.

Krisztián scored another 7M to reach 86M. Daniele finally had a good ball and jumped up to 50M. Mathias mirrored Krisztián again to add 7M to his total and score 24M. But it was Markus who powered ahead, reached Kobayashi Maru multiball, and ended his third ball with 203M on the board.

Markus takes the lead on his third ball
Markus takes the lead on his third ball

The fourth ball brought only small increases all round. Going into the last ball Krisztián had 97M, Daniele 57M, Mathias 27M and Markus 227M. Could any of the chasing pack catch Markus?

Krisztián really looked like he could do it. He put together some good multiball modes and had brought his score up to 217.9M when a desperate save resulted in a tilt.

Daniele struggled to really get going and could only add another 11M to end his game with 68.0M.

Mathias finally had a half-decent run and was closing in on Daniele’s score when the ball drained. After the bonus had been added, his total was 68.1M, just 85K ahead but enough to secure third place. Markus didn’t need to play his fifth ball as he’d already won.

Prizes were presented by Museum owner Balázs Pálfi and Sághy Kálmán.

Winner of the Hungarian Pinball Open 2015, Markus Stix
Winner of the Hungarian Pinball Open 2015, Markus Stix
Second place, Krisztián Szalai
Second place, Krisztián Szalai
Third place, Mathias Leurs
Third place, Mathias Leurs
Fourth place, Daniele Acciari
Fourth place, Daniele Acciari
The top three with their illuminated trophies
The top three with their illuminated trophies
Balázs thanks Sághy for running the tournaments
Balázs thanks Sághy for running the tournaments
Open Tournament Results
1 Markus Stix
2 Krisztián Szalai
3 Mathias Leurs
4 Acciari Daniele
5 Odler Tamas
6 Gábor Fekécs
7 Laszlo Horn
8 Ernö Rotter
9 Peter Andersen
11 Csapó dr Imre
11 Füredi Sándor
11 Jörg Buchacher
13 David Deturck
14 Evert Brochez
15 Sandor Varga
16 János Sándor
17 Glenn Verhoosele
18 Olivier Renders
19 Roland Schwartz
20 Fred Van Den Bosch
20 Rafael Masedo Rodríguez
22 Albert Medaillon
22 Stefan Karlhuber
24 Daniel Nowak POL
26 David Mainwaring
26 Rich Mallett
26 Zsolt Mészáros
35 Alberto Olivero
35 Balázs Pálfi
35 Bart Vyvey
35 Berecz Istvan
35 Carlos Javier Parra
35 Didier Dujardin
35 Florian Horvath
35 John van der Wulp
35 Marcin Kisiel
35 Olivier Leurs
35 Peter Boncza
35 Pier Villa
35 Piller Zsolt
35 Szabo Istvan
35 Tibor Járosi
45 Cezary Glowala
45 Dennis Verleyen
45 Jakub Cieplinski
45 Kim G. Hansen
45 Miklós Szebenyi
45 Ollivier Francq
49 Zoltán Szemes
50 Péter Szamosi
50 László Tempfli
53 Botka Boldizsar
53 Laszlo Imre
53 Mattias Jeppsson
53 Stefan Folkesson
56 Anatol Pante
57 György Kovács
61 Bogdan Constantin Ghiga
61 Mihály Vándor
61 Péter Busa
61 András Lugosi
61 Jan Anders Nilsson
61 Kornél Kosdi
61 Martin Ayub
61 Gábor Vanderer
76 Berndt Ion Teodorescu
76 Maarten Lemey
76 Mario Kaufmann
76 Andrew Luke
76 Gábor Varga
76 Gergely Csonka
76 Jenna Muer
76 Markus Schrodt
76 Marta Scibisz
76 Robert Glashuettner
76 Tóth Szeles Attila
76 Alejandro Yepes Piedra
76 Konrad Maslowski
76 Kovács Gábor
76 László Kadala
76 Andrzej Cieslik
76 Zsolt Szabo
76 Csaba Fodor
76 Frank Goeltl
76 Oskar Strandberg
76 Rafal Jodelko
76 Sebastian Gwizdała
99 Karin Ruhmannseder
99 Mihály Horváth
99 Thomas Rüegg
99 Bernhard Binderr
99 Daniele Baldan
99 Gaby Molotov Gavrilita
99 János Dakos
99 Csaba Asztalos
99 Liv Decay
99 Marjai Tamás
99 Öjvind Strömsholm
99 Péter András Simon
99 Sághy Kálmán
99 Artur Natorski
99 Devis Pierantozzi
99 Ruha Istvan
99 Begońa Motilla Mulas
99 Joël Wozniak
99 Tom Geneyn
99 Bartosz Radomyski
99 Bencsik László
99 Fekete Tibor
99 Gabriel Ortiz Llonis
116 Cinthya Messiaen
116 Sharis Dewulf
116 Tobias Löfstedt
116 Vlad Filimon Nastase
116 Alexander Muer
116 Antti Peltonen
116 Gergely Csosz
116 Guttmann Zsolt
116 Rob Breyne
116 Susanne Schrittwieser
116 Vlad Terzi
116 Molnár Péter
116 Zoltán Polgár
127 Arno Nöbl
127 Milan Caranovic
127 Cristian Istrate
127 Dimitri Verhoosele
127 Eszter Hoppán
127 Deborah Medaillon
127 Michal Piasecki
136 Benjamin Ruso
136 David Schrittwieser
136 Eva Polgar
136 Ovidiu Cacina
136 Zoltán Kiss
136 Attila Jonas
136 Verebi András
136 David Medaillon
136 Hendrik Calis
136 Pupek Attila
136 Somogyi Nándor
136 Katona Tamás
143 Pawel Nowak
144 Gema López Torralba

 

That was far from the end of competitive events though, as Sunday still held the Pingolf and Team tournaments.

Pingolf required players to play three 9-hole rounds on a total of 27 separate machines. A target score was set on each machine. If that score was reached within the three balls allowed, the score for that ‘hole’ was the number of balls it took. If the target wasn’t reached, then there were various numbers of balls for different score levels.

Pingolf scoring on Revenge from Mars
Pingolf scoring on Revenge from Mars

So for Revenge from Mars above, the target was 50M. Score that on the first ball and you received a 1 (hole-in-one) for that game. Use two balls and get a 2. Achieve it on the third ball and get a 3.

Fail to reach 50M after three balls and if your score was above 37.5M you got a 4, between 37.5M and 25M and it’s a 5, and if your score was below 25M you got a 6.

The aim was to complete all 27 holes (machines) with the lowest total score possible.

Pingolf was played in the cave next to the bar and throughout the main hall
Pingolf was played in the cave next to the bar and throughout the main hall
Scores were recorded on score card
Scores were recorded on score cards by the marshals
Pingolf in the main hall
Pingolf in the main hall

There were no play-offs or a final in the Pingolf. When everyone had finished all their games the results were announced, with Daniele making up for his disappointment in the Open final by taking first place here.

Trophies were presented by Gábor Vanderer and Balázs Pálfi.

Winner of the Pingolf, Daniele Acciari
Winner of the Pingolf, Daniele Acciari
Second place, David Deturck
Second place, David Deturck
Gábor shows the third place certificate won by the absent Markus Stix
Gábor accepts the third place certificate on behalf of the absent Markus Stix
Pingolf Tournament Results
1 Daniele Celestino Acciari
2 David Deturck
3 Markus Stix
4 Albert Medaillon
6 Devis Pierantozzi
6 Daniele Baldan
6 György Kovács
8 Peter Andersen
8 Laszlo Horn
10 Reményi Gábor
10 Daniel Nowak POL
12 Sandor Varga
13 Kim G. Hansen
15 Mattias Jeppsson
15 Olivier Renders
15 Martin Ayub
17 Cristian Istrate
18 Arno Nöbl
20 Joël Wozniak
20 Evert Brochez
20 John van der Wulp
22 Ollivier Francq
23 Glenn Verhoosele
24 David Mainwaring
24 János Sándor
26 Sághy Kálmán
27 Anatol Pante
27 Jan Anders Nilsson
30 Fred Van Den Bosch
30 Tom Geneyn
30 Stefan Karlhuber
32 Péter András Simon
34 Alberto Olivero
34 Markus Schrodt
34 Didier Dujardin
38 Peter Molnar
38 Ojvind Strömsholm
38 Robert Glashuettner
38 Tobias Löfstedt
38 Dennis Verleyen
41 Olivier Leurs
43 Tamás Marjai
43 Berecz Istvan
43 Antti Peltonen
45 Rob Breyne
46 Artur Natorski
46 Ovidiu Cacina
49 Zoltán Szemes
49 Mathias Leurs
49 Frank Goeltl
52 Maarten Lemey
52 Bart Vyvey
52 András Lugosi
54 Gabi Molotov Gavrilita
54 Cinthya Messiaen
56 Sebastian Gwizdala
57 Miklós Szebenyi
57 Michal Piasecki
59 Vargha Ákos
60 Pierangelo Villa
62 Attila Abonyi
62 Péter Busa
62 Vlad Terzi
64 Berndt Ion Teodorescu
65 Milan Caranovic
66 Thomas Rüegg
67 Marjaine Brasso Adrien
68 László Kadala
70 David Schrittwieser
70 Balázs Pálfi
70 Sharis Dewulf
72 Jakub Cieplinski
73 Hendrik Calis
74 János Dakos
75 Karin Ruhmannseder
76 Vlad Filimon Nastase

 

The final event was the Team Tournament. Six teams of four competed in the back room:

Team Tournament Teams
Samorza Team
De Gernoazen
Pythons
Polish MF Killers
Adolf + The Piss Artists
Liv, Vlad, Christian, Bogdan

 

The teams played a single 4-player game on each of four machines, with each player playing one ball of the game. The scores on each machine were ranked and ranking points awarded.

Play in the Team Tournament
Play in the Team Tournament

When all the scores had been recorded, the winners were Adolf + The Piss Artists, with De Gernoazen second and Samorza Team third.

Winners of the Team Tournament, Adolf + The Piss Heads
Winners of the Team Tournament, Adolf + The Piss Heads: David Mainwaring, Albert Medaillon, Richard Mallett and Martin Ayub
Samorza Team
Third place, Samorza Team: Pierangelo Villa, Daniele Acciari, Pierantozzi Devis and Poaldan Daniele
Team Tournament Results
1 Adolf + The Piss Artists
2 De Gernoazen
3 Samorza Team
4 Polish MF Killers
5 Pythons
6 Liv, Vlad, Christian, Bogdan

 

The Team Tournament result brings our coverage of the three days of the Hungarian Pinball Open to an end.

The team at the Pbal Gallery Hungarian Pinball Museum is no stranger to organising pinball tournaments, but this was their biggest yet with the maximum number of players allowed (all 144 of them) taking part over the two days.

The event organisers
The event organisers

As first-time visitors, we thoroughly enjoyed the event. Holding the Open and Classics tournaments on Friday and Saturday meant there was no rush to complete proceedings late on Sunday afternoon so players could get home in time for work on Monday.

We also enjoyed the formats. How many PinGolf tournaments have 27 holes to play, and when was the last Classics Tournament in which you took part where everyone gets to play 27 games? Meanwhile, everyone in the open had a guaranteed minimum of 17 matches which allows for a few stumbles without the possibility of getting your second wind.

Our suggestions for improvement concern what to do about no-shows, making sure the number of carry-over wins for the second round of the Open is correct before the round starts, and maybe freeing up some of the modern machines after the first round of the Open so those who were eliminated have something to play. Those quibbles aside though, we had a fun time despite not even getting a sniff of a trophy.

Budapest is a very attractive city, with a curious mix of neoclassical and baroque architecture sitting alongside concrete monstrosities from the communist era and much more contemporary steel and glass constructions. Our mini-sightseeing tour left us regretting not having more time to explore – something we’ll surely remedy on our next visit.

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