Date: 1st & 2nd October, 2016
Location: 't Bau-huis, Slachthuisstraat 60, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

This year the Belgian Open Pinball tournament moved out of its former home at the JC Den Eglantier nightclub near the central square in Sint-Niklaas to a airier, more spacious and better air-conditioned hall close to the train station in the same city.

Outside the station, the signs were good for a weekend of pinball
Outside the station, the signs were good for a weekend of pinball

Walking under a bridge behind the silver ball above brought us to the ‘t Bau-huis – a glass and metal structure containing two large halls.

't Bau-huis
‘t Bau-huis

There was plenty of free parking for vehicles both directly outside the building and on the surrounding streets. The Belgian Open Pinball event was in the second, right-hand hall, although the organisers had also booked the left-hand hall for storage and as a quiet area, so they really had the run of the place.

We've come to the right place
We’ve come to the right place

In the glass-sided foyer were multiple tables and chairs for relaxing, eating or drinking. The bar on the left side provided coffee, soft drinks and several different beers ranging from the draft Jupiler to bottles of Westmalle Dubble or Tripel trappist beers. They also sold some pastries and potato crisps.

The bar
The bar

Payment for the bar’s offerings had to be made in tokens which could be purchased from the registration desk, located on the right side of the hall.

The registration desk
The registration desk

Entry to the Belgian Open Pinball tournament cost €45 ($50.44 / £39.56) which needed to be submitted in advance along with a chosen qualifying time slot. Five two-and-a-half-hour qualifying sessions were available spread throughout Saturday, with the first starting at 9:30am.

On arrival, players collected their entry pack which included their player badge, three €1.50 green tokens for use at the bar, and a red token for one entry in the Classics Tournament.

Show staff at the registration desk
Show staff at the registration desk

Event T-shirts like the ones above could also be pre-ordered at a cost of €25, and there was the €13 option of joining an all-you-can-eat pizza dinner on Saturday evening. More on that later but let’s head into the hall.

Inside the Belgian Open Tournament hall
Inside the Belgian Open Tournament hall

The left and central areas contained the twenty-six free-play machines, at the back of the hall were the Classics Tournament games, while the main Belgian Open Pinball machines were on the right wall. The area on the bottom right of the picture above was where the side tournaments for teams and junior players were held.

Some of the free-play machines
Some of the free-play machines
More free play games
More free play games

Here is the list of the free-play machines. As usual, asterisked titles in the list were not working or switched off when we compiled it on Sunday.

Free-Play Machines
Airborne
Alien Star
Cirqus Voltaire
Firepower
Funhouse*
Hobbit, The
Hook
Indianapolis 500
Jack in the Box
Judge Dredd
Millionaire*
Monopoly
NBA Fastbreak
Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
Rocky & Bullwinkle
Rollergames
Shadow, The
Simpsons Pinball Party, The
Sopranos, The
Spiderman Vault Edition
Star Trek Pro
Teed Off
Terminator 3*
Tommy
Tron*
Wizard of Oz, The

 

There were twenty-four main Belgian Open Pinball (BOP) tournament machines arranged along the right wall. The exact mix of machines in each area changed from Saturday to Sunday, but these were the titles used for Saturday’s BOP qualifying.

The qualifying line-up
The qualifying line-up
The main BoP area
The main BOP area
BoP qualifying on Saturday
BOP qualifying on Saturday

During the qualifying round players could choose any eight of the twenty-four BOP machines on which to try to get their highest scores. All scores on each machine were ranked with the highest score earning that player 125 points. The total points across all eight machines made their overall total.

Individual and overall scores were projected on the wall above the machines
Individual and overall scores were projected on the wall above the machines
Belgian Open Pinball Qualifying Machines
Tales from the Crypt
X-Men Pro
Roadshow, Red & Ted’s
Whitewater
Hook
Doctor Who
Waterworld
Funhouse
Lost in Space
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Jack in the Box
Tommy, The Who’s
Freddy: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Game of Thrones LE
Medieval Madness Remake
Simpsons Pinball Party, The
Tron LE
Avatar LE
Star Trek LE
Addams Family Gold, The
AC/DC Premium
Dirty Harry
Skateball
Star Wars (DE)

 

The machines were behind barriers with two manned entrances each of which had a peg board with small plaques for each of the twelve machines covered by that board. Players had to choose a machine and then give their player badge to an official who put it on the peg board against the machine number.

The peg board for the BoP machines 13 to 24
The peg board for the BOP machines 13 to 24

When a machine was free its plaque was also on the peg board and the next player to choose it could enter the area and start their game. If the plaque was not on the board, someone was playing the game, and the badges of subsequent players were stacked on the board.

To combat any attempt to restart a game, credits could only be added and the game started by officials using a fob similar to the ones employed by bar staff to identify themselves to the electronic till.

Each game had a fob reader on the coin door to add credits and start the game
Each machine had a fob reader on the coin door to add credits and start a game

In addition to their original eight scores, each player had a ‘joker’ they could play to either replay one of the eight machines or to play a ninth machine which would replace their lowest points-scoring machine from the original eight. In both cases the joker score would replace the previous score, even if it was lower.

Players in the BoP qualifying session on Saturday
Players in the BOP qualifying session on Saturday

The joker could either be played as part of the player’s qualifying period, or used in a special joker session from 10pm until 11pm on Saturday evening.

Scores were recorded on tablets by one of the team of stewards
Scores were recorded on tablets by one of the team of stewards
Everyone seemed to have a tablet
Everyone in the crew seemed to have a tablet

Besides the projector display on the wall, several upright terminals were available where players could check their performance and see the overall rankings in all the available tournaments.

One of the tournament score terminals
One of the tournament score terminals

If that wasn’t enough, a second projector was set up in the lobby, and players could log-on to a closed wireless network and use their phones, tablets or laptops to further interrogate the scoring system.

The score projector in the lobby
The score projector in the lobby

The only thing seemingly missing was an internet version so players could keep up-to-date with their standing when they had left the building.

Trophies for all the tournaments
Trophies for all the tournaments

In the centre at the back of the hall were the sixteen machines used in the Classics Tournament.

The Classics Tournament area
The Classics Tournament area
Classics machines
Classics machines

The same peg board system was used for the Classics Tournament, although with fewer machines than the BOP it only required two entry points.

One of the two peg boards for the Classics Tournament
One of the two peg boards for the Classics Tournament
Classics Tournament qualifying
Classics Tournament qualifying

The machines used were:

Classics Tournament Machines
Barracora
Centaur
Cheetah
Cosmic Gunfight
Dolly Parton
Eight Ball Deluxe
Elektra
Evel Knievel
Firepower
Flash Gordon
Grand Prix
Rocky
Super Soccer
Viking
Wizard!
Xenon

 

The same type of scoring system was used for the Classics Tournament, although an entry only consisted of three games rather than eight. However, unlike the BOP, players could buy as many entries for the Classic Tournament as they wanted during the qualifying session which lasted all day Saturday and from 10am until 2pm on Sunday.

Everyone received one entry with their BOP registration, while extra entries cost €3 from the registration desk.

Scores and standings were projected on the back wall of the hall.

The BoP and Classics projectors
The BOP and Classics projectors
Modern technology being used to fix older technology
Modern technology being used to fix older technology

The projected standings appeared to lag the on-line versions by several minutes, but the scoring system generally worked very smoothly and was diligently run by a team in a darkened corner at the back of the hall.

Working out the play-offs in the scoring system area
Working out the play-offs in the scoring system area

On Saturday there was a team tournament which was open to twelve groups of four.

The Team Tournament area
The Team Tournament area

The teams were split into two groups of six and played a single match against each of the other five teams in the group. A match consisted of two 4-player 4-ball games where in each game two players from one team played two from the opposition. The games were played so that the first three balls were played normally but the fourth was played split-flipper by both members of the team.

Playing split-flippered in the Team Tournament
Playing split-flippered in the Team Tournament

Points were awarded for the finishing position in each game using a 5-3-1-0 system.

The PinballLadies playing split-flippered in the Team Tournament
The PinballLadies playing split-flippered in the Team Tournament

The machines used for the Team Tournament were:

Team Tournament Machines
Batman Dark Knight
Johnny Mnemonic
Kiss LE
Metallica Pro
Pinball Magic
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Taxi
Walking Dead LE, The

 

The top two teams from each group then went through to the final which was held on Saturday night.

The final competitive event on Saturday took place in a small room between the lobby and the main hall, and that was the Winner Takes It All (WTIA) tournament.

The Winner Takes It All tournament
The Winner Takes It All tournament

Four Stern machines were set on €1 per game coin play and the simple task was to try to get the high score on any one of them. Whoever managed it would get themselves a place in the final on Sunday afternoon.

The machines were: Transformers LE, Metallica LE, Mustang LE and Ghostbusters Pro.

Also in that room was another scoring terminal and a rather lonely upright video game.

The Arcade Classics video game and scoring terminal
The Arcade Classics video game and scoring terminal

For most of the weekend, hot food was provided by two catering trucks parked outside the entrance to the venue. We didn’t try any of the food there ourselves, but did see plenty of people thoroughly enjoying the appetising burgers they sold.

Catering trucks outside the building's entrance
Catering trucks outside the building’s entrance
No, we think it says 'Spit Burgers'
No, we think it says ‘Spit Burgers’
Reports suggested the quality of the food was very good
Reports suggested the quality of the food was very good

On Saturday evening another company turned up and set up their wood-burning pizza ovens in preparation for the all-you-can-eat pizza buffet which was available for €15 per person.

Two wood-fired pizza ovens
Two wood-fired pizza ovens

Those who partook had to sit in a special segregated area so they didn’t share their food, and only seemed to get one or maybe two slices per visit. Again we passed on the pizza and headed into town for a nice meal at a Danish restaurant before returning for the joker session at 10pm.

After the hour-long session the final qualifying results in the BOP were announced:

Belgian Open Pinball Qualifying
Pos Name # Games Points
1 Julio Vicario Soriano 8 929
2 Jean-Philippe Congnard 8 845
3 Daniele Acciari 8 819
4 Peter Andersen 8 791
5 Paul Jongma 8 782
6 Bo Mertins 8 760
7 Van Der Gugten Mark 8 752
8 Anthony Rorive 8 750
9 Albert Nomden 8 746
10 Lieven Engelbeen 8 718
11 Mads Kristensen 8 706
12 Colin Macalpine 8 696
13 Franck Bona 8 693
14 Cayle George 8 677
15 Armin Kress 8 672
16 Martijn Van Aken 8 672
17 Didier Dujardin 8 668
18 Henning Lescher 8 664
19 Joeri Stroobants 8 662
20 Ivan Geentjes 8 659
21 Olivier Renders 8 655
22 Franck Baudon 8 647
23 Carlos Javier Parra Moracho 8 638
24 Stan Simpson 8 637
25 Ergun Erdemir 8 635
26 Norbert Broman 8 635
27 Peter Blakemore 8 625
28 Frank Goeltl 8 618
29 Giuseppe Violante 8 615
30 Andrew Foster 8 604
31 Olivier Leurs 8 604
32 Axel Bouet 8 599
33 Stanislas Chabior 8 595
34 Michel Rorive 8 592
35 Kim G. Hansen 8 591
36 Alain Boulieu 8 586
37 Erwin Deutschländer 8 585
38 Martijn Van Amsterdam 8 585
39 Tom Geneyn 8 582
40 Kirsten Adam 8 578
41 Glenn Verhoosele 8 577
42 Christophe Leroy 8 573
43 Lars Ørskov Jensen 8 564
44 Mathias Leurs 8 562
45 Wozniak Christophe 8 562
46 Sébastien Muller 8 557
47 David Deturck 8 552
48 Mario Kertels 8 551
49 Ollivier Francq 8 551
50 Jasmijn De Jong 8 549
51 Tobias Wagemann 8 549
52 Philipp Unger 8 547
53 Andrés Elices Cereceda 8 543
54 Nick Marshal 8 540
55 Pablo Crespo García 8 540
56 Maurice Ney 8 539
57 Gert Houthaeve 8 538
58 Taco Wouters 8 531
59 Michael Trepp 8 530
60 Evert Brochez 8 529
61 Martin Ayub 8 529
62 Francis Pott 8 527
63 Kevin Claeys 8 521
64 Victor Stulemeijer 8 521
65 José Gabriel Ortiz Llonis 8 518
66 Greg Mott 8 516
67 Helen De Haan-Verbeek 8 514
68 Patrice Luwel 8 508
69 Kris Van Clapdorp 8 507
70 Benjamin Gräbeldinger 8 506
71 Sylvain Carre 8 496
72 Dimitri Van Hove 8 495
73 Bjorn Brand 8 494
74 Anthony Streulens 8 492
75 David Van Balen 8 487
76 Wayne Johns 8 479
77 Jochen Krieger 8 477
78 Rich Mallett 8 473
79 Robert Lau 8 471
80 Heinz Berges 8 466
81 Tim Brouns 8 463
82 Kevin Roelants 8 462
83 Rob Breyne 8 461
84 Raphaël Duez 8 458
85 Joska Keunekamp 8 457
86 Rob Overdijk 8 457
87 Maarten Lemey 8 453
88 Mario Vercauteren 8 450
89 Mike Kindler 8 448
90 Marc Steinmeier 8 437
91 Pascal Van Wonterghem 8 436
92 Tim Kreukels 7 429
93 Tommy Machado 8 422
94 Hans Skov 8 421
95 Roald Nielsen 8 421
96 Jos Deboosere 8 416
97 Mathias Jäger 8 416
98 Damien Dumont 8 411
99 Michael Idemo 8 410
100 Koen Simoens 8 407
101 Jens Vercruyssen 8 406
102 Joachim Reniers 8 406
103 Lene Andersen 8 405
104 Dennis Verleyen 8 403
105 Fred Van Den Bosch 8 403
106 John Van Der Wulp 8 403
107 Kate Rothwell Jackson 8 403
108 Jakob Bonne Weisbjerg 8 401
109 Bart Vyvey 8 400
110 Giancarlo Rossetti 8 400
111 Archibald Lefevre 8 399
112 Ramon Richard 8 399
113 Daniela Oymann 8 397
114 Jochen Jaspers 8 397
115 Tim Thornton 8 397
116 Florian Thomas 8 394
117 Mik Dahl-Nielsen 8 393
118 Peter Van Den Bergh 8 393
119 Oscar Evrenos 8 384
120 Nick Hamill 8 383
121 Jean-Marc Paul 8 380
122 Ralph Beckers 8 378
123 Vincent Chardome 8 376
124 Joel Wozniak 8 372
125 Heiler Michael 8 364
126 Thomas Doepelheuer 8 364
127 Tom Van Den Panhuyzen 8 362
128 Luc Goovaerts 8 359
129 Steven Smith 8 358
130 Geert Versieck 8 355
131 Laurence Boulieu 8 354
132 Wilbert Der Kinderen 8 352
133 Dirk Elzholz 8 351
134 Torben Jacobsen 8 350
135 Gert Hammel 8 349
136 Kevin Van Rossem 8 349
137 Michael Nielsen 8 345
138 Jim Lindsay 8 343
139 Theo De Reuver 8 342
140 Kirk Sadler 8 341
141 Vin Jauhal 8 340
142 Jonas Heide 8 336
143 Richard Rothwell Jackson 8 336
144 Dieter Bouckaert 8 333
145 Dina Fukson 8 331
146 Romain Wilem 8 330
147 Nina Vestmark Christiansen 8 328
148 Tim Peeters 8 327
149 David Mainwaring 8 325
150 Magnus Lindström 8 325
151 Thomas Reichenstein 8 325
152 Cinthya Messiaen 8 318
153 David Carlier 8 315
154 Jorge Villoria Aparicio 8 314
155 Arjan Neet 8 313
156 Martin Christiansen 8 312
157 Mike Parkins 8 312
158 Roy Smith 8 305
159 Herve Grenier 8 302
160 Nico Rosvelds 7 300
161 John O’Sullivan 8 297
162 Nick Van Vossel 8 297
163 Rapael Gangi 8 296
164 Christian Skov 8 293
165 Sven Elskens 8 291
166 Tim Slow 8 290
167 Ben Zaad 8 288
168 Richard Garbutt 8 283
169 Dumont Bernard 8 278
170 Pascal Leroy 8 274
171 Andreas Salathe 8 271
172 Tom Loomans 8 268
173 Kevin Van Weyenberg 8 266
174 Thomas Evrenos 8 261
175 Gunther Bussche 8 260
176 Gilberte Bollaert 8 259
177 Philippe Bocquet 8 257
178 Clara Boulieu 8 255
179 Laurent Mahé 8 254
180 Fabrice Spronck 8 252
181 Alain Müller 8 250
182 Geert Vanderpijpen 8 241
183 Kelly Lembrechts 8 237
184 Geert Raes 8 234
185 Sverker Nordqvist 8 233
186 Benny De Clercq 8 232
187 Kyoo Barbaix 8 231
188 Dirk De Groote 8 221
189 Adam Bona 8 220
190 Victor Machart 8 220
191 Agatho Schrans 8 219
192 Kevin Sultana 8 219
193 Manuela Krieger 8 214
194 Kristof Hanssens 8 211
195 Sharis Dewulf 8 206
196 Denis Cuypers 8 197
197 Helsen Yuri 8 197
198 D’Hanens Christoph 8 192
199 Evelyne Desot 8 187
200 Guy Wilem 8 187
201 David Vanhoutteghem 8 184
202 Luc Castiglione 8 184
203 Sander Debaere 8 183
204 Peter Verlinden 8 172
205 Pieter Bouckaert 8 170
206 Ralf Wittwer 8 164
207 Nils De Kleine 8 158
208 Anthony Croes-Lacroix 8 155
209 Timmy De Meeter 8 154
210 Alberto Pedone 8 146
211 Mario Schröder 8 143
212 Mieke De Smet 8 133
213 Koen Willocx 8 131
214 Dubelloy Ruben 8 121
215 Steven Demets 8 120
216 Ann Verberckt 8 119
217 Machteld Decloedt 8 107
218 Lieven Meys 8 100
219 Pascal Janssens 8 95
220 Hans Rappé 8 94
221 Bart Vanderpijpen 8 62
222 Evelien Crevits 8 50
223 Wim Immesoete 2 35
224 Mary Van Der Putten 8 25
225 Steven Quintijn 5 15

 

Sunday morning began at 9am as the 56 qualifiers from Saturday’s BOP qualifying session turned up to register and start the first rounds of play-offs.

Players register for the BoP play-offs
Players register for the BOP play-offs

Several qualifiers didn’t turn up for the play-off rounds, so they were replaced by players in positions 57+ who were present at the time.

The top eight qualifiers skipped the first two rounds of the play-offs, and the remaining players in the top twenty-four got a bye through the first round. That left thirty-two to play in round one.

The play-offs were head-to-head best-of-three three-ball games played on randomly selected machines. Several machines from the previous day’s qualifying had been replaced with machines from the Team Tournament or elsewhere in the hall. Pinball Magic, Kiss and The Walking Dead replaced Funhouse, Jack in the Box and Skateball.

The play-offs for the BoP begin
The play-offs for the BOP begin
More play-off matches
More play-off matches

The winner of each best-of-three match moved on to the next winner’s bracket round, while the loser bracket awaited the loser of the match. Results and matches were shown with a spreadsheet on the projector screen.

The first rounds
The first rounds

Those who lost a match played their loser bracket match as a four-ball single game. The winner continued, while the loser was out of the tournament.

Meanwhile, down at the area used for the Team Tournament on Saturday there was a Youth Tournament on Sunday.

The Youth Tournament
The Youth Tournament

Six machines were used for the Youth Tournament and entry was free:

Youth Tournament Machines
Hook
Metallica Pro
Revenge from Mars
Star Wars
Walking Dead LE, The
World Cup Soccer

 

Youngsters aged 15 and under could take part, with a high score qualifying round played on all six machines from midday until 3:45pm. They also had a joker they could use to replay one of the six.

Score taking in the Youth Tournament
Score taking in the Youth Tournament

Here are the qualifying results:

Youth Tournament Qualifying
Pos Name Played Points
1 Thomas Van Clapdorp 6 460
2 Korben Van Wonterghem 6 421
3 Arnaud Van Balen 6 420
4 Emile Quintijn 6 420
5 Sander Van Wonterghem 6 399
6 Timber Engelbeen 6 389
7 Jorn Dujardin 6 383
8 Joren Engelbeen 6 355
9 Mathis Deturck 6 284
10 Daan Rosvelds 6 279
11 Milan Verhoosele 6 259
12 Lotte Van Wonterghem 6 241
13 Louis Deturck 6 216
14 Lotte Dujardin 6 209
15 Louis Quintijn 6 208
16 Siebe Dubelloy 6 196
17 Indy Vanhoutteghem 6 179
18 Robbe Goeminne 6 161
19 Sisto Meulewaeter 6 154
20 Cinta Vanhoutteghem 6 150
21 Renzo Meulewaeter 6 119
22 Peeke Van Den Bergh 6 76
23 Bram Van Den Bergh 6 64
24 Loeke Dubelloy 6 18

 

Once qualification was over, the top eight played off using BOP machines to decide the final places.

The Youth Tournament play-offs
The Youth Tournament play-offs

At 2pm the qualification for the Classic Tournament ended. The top 32 scorers made it into the play-offs, although there were no byes for the top qualifiers.

Here are the qualifying results:

Classics Tournament Qualifying
Pos Name Entry# Points
1 Julio Vicario Soriano 75 284
2 Colin Macalpine 180 250
3 Rich Mallett 189 248
4 Van Der Gugten Mark 652 240
5 Albert Nomden 42 239
6 Dirk Elzholz 588 236
7 Cayle George 135 233
8 Mads Kristensen 473 233
9 Archibald Lefevre 815 230
10 Franck Bona 7 228
11 Paul Jongma 823 228
12 Carlos Javier Parra Moracho 618 226
13 Daniele Acciari 192 226
14 Michael Trepp 416 226
15 Erwin Deutschländer 12 220
16 Andrew Foster 347 218
17 David Mainwaring 760 213
18 John Van Der Wulp 584 212
19 Michel Rorive 678 211
20 Peter Andersen 629 204
21 Giuseppe Violante 43 202
22 Bo Mertins 437 200
23 Andrés Elices Cereceda 22 199
24 Philippe Bocquet 317 199
25 Maarten Lemey 846 195
26 Vin Jauhal 351 195
27 Kim G. Hansen 862 190
28 Ollivier Francq 919 188
29 José Gabriel Ortiz Llonis 56 182
30 Jasmijn De Jong 261 180
31 Pablo Crespo García 687 179
32 Tim Thornton 292 178
33 Jonas Heide 274 174
34 Martin Ayub 278 174
35 Tobias Wagemann 339 173
36 Kirsten Adam 87 171
37 Jorge Villoria Aparicio 505 169
38 Christian Skov 534 162
39 Robert Lau 228 162
40 Olivier Leurs 1006 161
41 Oscar Evrenos 178 161
42 Frank Goeltl 530 160
43 Henning Lescher 354 159
44 Joska Keunekamp 859 155
45 Kevin Roelants 920 155
46 Pieter Bouckaert 696 155
47 Alain Boulieu 211 152
48 Ramon Richard 125 148
49 Rob Breyne 955 148
50 Mathias Jäger 478 146
51 Kate Rothwell Jackson 95 145
52 Jakob Bonne Weisbjerg 701 143
53 Nina Vestmark Christiansen 570 143
54 D’Hanens Christoph 645 142
55 Kristof Hanssens 716 141
56 Thomas Evrenos 758 141
57 Greg Mott 328 140
58 Jim Lindsay 719 140
59 Sverker Nordqvist 435 139
60 Laurence Boulieu 770 138
61 Alain Müller 676 137
62 Joel Wozniak 603 137
63 Vincent Chardome 462 136
64 Kevin Van Rossem 653 134
65 Mario Kertels 759 133
66 Nils De Kleine 460 129
67 Norbert Broman 954 129
68 Romain Wilem 998 128
69 Thomas Reichenstein 796 127
70 Bjorn Brand 96 126
71 Andreas Salathe 715 124
72 Mik Dahl-Nielsen 142 124
73 Axel Bouet 474 123
74 Didier Dujardin 1020 122
75 Dubelloy Ruben 654 122
76 Taco Wouters 714 122
77 Peter Blakemore 120 121
78 Denis Cuypers 574 119
79 Jochen Jaspers 174 119
80 Christophe Leroy 300 118
81 Olivier Renders 374 118
82 Ralph Beckers 683 118
83 Armin Kress 160 117
84 Bart Vyvey 957 117
85 Mario Schröder 941 116
86 Stan Simpson 320 115
87 Magnus Lindström 154 114
88 Thomas Van Clapdorp 816 113
89 Tim Kreukels 681 113
90 Fred Van Den Bosch 942 112
91 Marc Steinmeier 617 112
92 Mike Kindler 269 111
93 Philipp Unger 601 111
94 Roald Nielsen 362 110
95 Theo De Reuver 309 108
96 Arjan Neet 108 107
97 Clara Boulieu 767 106
98 Rob Overdijk 731 106
99 Helen De Haan-Verbeek 272 105
100 Lieven Engelbeen 138 105
101 Pascal Leroy 299 100
102 Martijn Van Amsterdam 259 99
103 Ralf Wittwer 191 99
104 Mieke De Smet 392 98
105 Lars Ørskov Jensen 396 97
106 Sylvain Carre 445 97
107 Dirk De Groote 297 94
108 Kevin Sultana 595 94
109 Mathias Leurs 325 94
110 Nick Marshal 688 94
111 Heinz Berges 252 91
112 Mike Parkins 424 90
113 Gert Houthaeve 386 89
114 Benjamin Gräbeldinger 349 88
115 Francis Pott 720 88
116 Hans Skov 486 87
117 Geert Versieck 53 86
118 Adam Bona 453 85
119 Martijn Van Aken 268 85
120 Patrice Luwel 930 84
121 Herve Grenier 481 83
122 Jean-Philippe Congnard 713 82
123 Thomas Doepelheuer 468 82
124 Martin Christiansen 230 81
125 Heiler Michael 76 80
126 Nick Hamill 890 80
127 Peter Van Den Bergh 561 80
128 Roy Smith 583 80
129 Wayne Johns 666 80
130 Jochen Krieger 206 76
131 Pascal Janssens 114 76
132 Evert Brochez 888 73
133 Pascal Van Wonterghem 706 73
134 David Deturck 763 72
135 Fabrice Spronck 423 72
136 Geert Vanderpijpen 281 72
137 Steven Smith 916 71
138 Nico Rosvelds 65 70
139 Tim Peeters 532 70
140 Evelien Crevits 959 68
141 Jens Vercruyssen 704 67
142 Dina Fukson 367 66
143 Mario Vercauteren 9 66
144 Richard Rothwell Jackson 97 65
145 Guy Wilem 550 62
146 Wozniak Christophe 540 61
147 Kirk Sadler 397 60
148 Richard Garbutt 571 60
149 Dimitri Van Hove 516 59
150 Ann Verberckt 84 58
151 Kyoo Barbaix 774 54
152 Dieter Bouckaert 693 51
153 Sander Debaere 177 51
154 Alberto Pedone 427 49
155 Tom Loomans 980 49
156 Joachim Reniers 458 48
157 Jean-Marc Paul 729 45
158 Mary Van Der Putten 308 45
159 Sharis Dewulf 870 45
160 Tim Slow 101 45
161 John O’Sullivan 111 44
162 Luc Castiglione 477 44
163 Steven Quintijn 510 44
164 Florian Thomas 613 42
165 Rapael Gangi 575 42
166 Daniela Oymann 647 41
167 Glenn Verhoosele 263 38
168 Hans Rappé 393 38
169 Geert Raes 341 37
170 Damien Dumont 757 36
171 Jonas Nib Groes 289 35
172 Luc Goovaerts 992 35
173 Joeri Stroobants 560 34
174 Tom Geneyn 217 34
175 Tommy Machado 987 34
176 Benny De Clercq 266 32
177 David Carlier 450 30
178 Bart Vanderpijpen 355 29
179 David Van Balen 295 29
180 David Vanhoutteghem 756 28
181 Gilberte Bollaert 573 26
182 Jos Deboosere 197 24
183 Kevin Van Weyenberg 497 24
184 Sébastien Muller 718 23
185 Steven Demets 912 23
186 Victor Machart 459 21
187 Giancarlo Rossetti 412 19
188 Manuela Krieger 188 19
189 Tim Brouns 169 19
190 Maarten Tavernier 1019 17
191 Victor Stulemeijer 271 16
192 Arnaud Van Balen 790 11
193 Ergun Erdemir 18 11
194 Ivan Geentjes 944 11
195 Machteld Decloedt 635 9
196 Laurent Mahé 590 2
197 Maurice Ney 103 1
198 Andreas Tilt Borella 287 0
199 Anthony Streulens 634 0
200 Ben Zaad 237 0
201 Cinthya Messiaen 775 0
202 Daan Rosvelds 819 0
203 Kelly Lembrechts 563 0
204 Kevin Claeys 210 0
205 Koen Simoens 526 0
206 Koen Willocx 431 0
207 Lieven Meys 340 0
208 Nick Van Vossel 572 0
209 Raphaël Duez 449 0
210 Stanislas Chabior 593 0
211 Timmy De Meeter 128 0
212 Tom Van Den Panhuyzen 527 0

 

Instead, eight groups of four were formed with each group playing a single game on one machine. The top two scorers continued to the last sixteen while the bottom two dropped out.

The Classics Tournament play-offs order
The Classics Tournament play-offs order
The thirty-two qualifiers were put in groups of four
The thirty-two qualifiers were put in groups of four
The Classics Tournament play-offs begin
The Classics Tournament play-offs begin

There was a little overlap between players in the Classic Tournament and the BOP play-offs, but it didn’t cause too much delay as the BOP headed towards deciding the four finalists.

Cayle George plays for a place in the final of the BoP
Cayle George plays for a place in the final of the BOP
The competitors in the final are decided
The competitors in the BOP final are decided

Outside the main hall, the finals of the Winner Takes It All tournament was also about to begin, with the top scorers on each machine playing them again to decide the overall Winner who would indeed Take It All.

Players in the WTIA tournament final are briefed
Players in the WTIA tournament final are briefed
The final is under way
The final is under way

The Classics Tournament has also reached its final stage back in the main hall.

Players and spectators for the Classics Tournament final
Players and spectators gather for the Classics Tournament final
The four finalists in the Classic Tournament:
The four finalists in the Classic Tournament: Cayle George, David Mainwaring, Julio Vicario Soriano & John van der Wulp

As in the play-offs, this was a one game final, although the number of balls was increased from three to five on the selected machine, Evel Knievel.

Julio playing in the final
Julio playing in the final

It was a very tight final, with no player having a breakaway ball. Julio was in the lead going into the fifth and final ball with his 125,450 score. David was second on 70,910, with John close behind on 66,780 and Cayle just 10K further back on 56,640.

Once again none of the four had a great ball, which meant Julio retained the top score with 132,010 to take first place. John had the best ball to boost his score up to 96,310 which gave him second place ahead of David on 76,390, with Calye close in fourth on 70,560.

Julio with his winning score
Julio with his winning score

All eyes then turned to the final of the Belgian Open Pinball tournament. The three winner bracket finalists were Franck Bona, Daniele Acciari and Erwin Deutschländer. They were joined by the winner of the loser bracket, Cayle George.

The four BOP finalists: Franck Bona, Cayle George, Daniele Acciari and Erwin Deutschländer
The four BOP finalists: Franck Bona, Cayle George, Daniele Acciari and Erwin Deutschländer
Organiser Lieven Engelbeen explains the format of the final
Organiser Lieven Engelbeen explains the format of the final

Each of the winner bracket finalists got to choose a machine to be played in the final. Cayle then got to choose play order for the first game which was Roadshow.

Erwin begins on Roadshow
Erwin begins the final on Roadshow
Franck plays second
Franck plays second
Cayle is player three
Cayle is player three
Daniele is last to play
Daniele is last to play

Going into the third ball, Erwin was in fourth on 21M, Daniele was in third with 48M, Cayle was second on 103M, but Franck was leading with 198M.

Franck extended that lead on his last ball with another multiball to give him a game total of 303M. Cayle added another 100M to his score, but his 200M total fell short and looked good for second place after Erwin only boosted his score to 83M. But never discount Daniele’s comeback skills, as he started multiball on his last ball and took his 51M starting score up to 316M to take the win.

Points were awarded for position on each of the three games, with four points for a win, two for second, one for third and none for fourth.

BOP Final – After 1 Game
Daniele Acciari 4
Franck Bona 2
Cayle George 1
Erwin Deutschländer 0

 

The second game was Tales from the Crypt and this time Daniele started well with 63M, double his nearest rival which was Franck on 32M. Erwin was narrowly ahead of Cayle in third by 10M to 8M.

Erwin was in third place after the first ball
Erwin was in third place after the first ball

Both Franck and then Cayle then scored big on their second balls. Franck managed a total of 244M, but Cayle went further and ended his second ball on 289M. These followed a poor second ball from Daniele which only gave him 75M, and was followed by Erwin’s equally lacklustre ball which gave him a total of 22M.

Although Daniele did better on his last ball, it still only gave him a game total of 145M. Franck needed to set Cayle a challenge but his ball drained quickly with 265M on the board. Cayle then just had to make sure his score was out of reach of Erwin which it seemed he had, ending on 298M, a lead of almost 270M.

However, Erwin had a great final ball and only very narrowly failed to overtake Cayle, finally draining with a score of 286M, just 12M points away from victory.

Final scores on Tales from the Crypt
Final scores on Tales from the Crypt

So Cayle took the four points, Erwin two points and Franck the one point.

BOP Final – After 2 Games
Cayle George 5
Daniele Acciari 4
Franck Bona 3
Erwin Deutschländer 2

 

The last game of the final was Game of Thrones and Franck led off this time.

The third and last game of the BoP final
The third and last game of the BOP final

It was a short ball, only scoring 9M before Cayle took over.

Cayle was player two
Cayle was player two

He racked up an impressive 2.051B on ball one, staking and early claim to the Iron Throne.

Erwin was player three
Erwin was player three

Erwin didn’t shed much blood with his first ball and only managed 2.6M, while Daniele in the player four spot did the best of the following pack with a 62M opener.

Daniele has the player four position
Daniele has the player four position

Franck had another disappointing ball as his grip on the crown started to slip with just 11.9M after two balls.

Despite starting Hand of the King, Cayle didn’t add much to his score and walked away with 2.7B racked up. Erwin started to ramp-up his game and managed 398M, but it was Daniele who looked as though he could be a genuine challenger, ending his second ball with just over 1B points.

Franck’s game finally found some traction as he ended his final ball on 494M.

Cayle was already looking pretty comfortable with his huge score, so he wasn’t too worried when his last ball did the same as his second ball, adding 100M to end on 2.836M.

Erwin’s promise with his second ball wasn’t fulfilled as he only added 15M on his final ball for a total of 413M and fourth place.

Daniele needed a ball as good as Cayle’s first if he was to win this game, and although he got Hand of the King as well, it wasn’t enough and he finished on 1.7B for second place.

The four points guaranteed Cayle’s win, while second place in the last game gave Daniele second overall as well. Franck’s close third place ensured he remained third, while Erwin scored no points in this game and stayed fourth.

BOP Final – After All Games
Cayle George 9
Daniele Acciari 6
Franck Bona 4
Erwin Deutschländer 2

 

Then it was out into the lobby for the awards presentations from Lieven.

Lieven makes the announcements as the trophies are presented
Lieven makes the announcements as the trophies are presented

First of all, the Youth Tournament was an all-Belgian top four, and was won by Thomas van Clapdorp. Second was Timber Engelbeen, while third and fourth went to siblings Korben Van Wonterghem and Sander Van Wonterghem.

Top four in the Youth Tournament (L-R): Korben Van Wonterghem (3rd), Thomas van Clapdorp (1st), Timber Engelbeen (2nd) and Sander Van Wonterghem (4th)
Top four in the Youth Tournament (L-R): Korben Van Wonterghem (3rd), Thomas van Clapdorp (1st), Timber Engelbeen (2nd) and Sander Van Wonterghem (4th)

Each of the top three got to choose a prize to go with their trophies, with the remaining prize going to Sander.

The prizes
The prizes
Everyone seemed happy with their spoils
Everyone seemed happy with their spoils

Then came the awards to the top three in the Team Tournament. The winners were KDIT from Belgium.

First place, KDIT
First place, KDIT

Second were De Boertjes, also from Belgium.

Second place, De Boertjes
Second place, De Boertjes

And in third place was the French team of The Insiders.

Third place, The Insiders
Third place, The Insiders

After the final play-off, the winner of the Winner Takes It All tournament was Mads Kristensen from Denmark.

The Winner Who Took It All, Mads Kristensen
The Winner Who Took It All, Mads Kristensen

In fact Mads didn’t quite Take It All, as there were runner-up prizes for the other finalists.

The top four in the Winner Takes It All tournament
The top four in the Winner Takes It All tournament

Sadly the winner of the Classic Tournament, Julio, had to leave before the trophy presentation but the other three were there to collect their awards.

Cayle George (4th), David Mainwaring (3rd) & John van der Wulp (2nd)
Cayle George (4th), David Mainwaring (3rd) & John van der Wulp (2nd)

Then, finally, the main Belgian Open Tournament awards were given out.

In fourth place, as we just saw, was Erwin Deutschländer from Germany.

Fourth place, Erwin Deutschländer
Fourth place, Erwin Deutschländer

In third was Franck Bona from France.

Third place, Franck Bona
Third place, Franck Bona

The runner-up was Daniele Acciari from Italy.

Second place, Daniele Acciari
Second place, Daniele Acciari

And the winner was Cayle George from the USA.

First place, Cayle George
First place, Cayle George
The top four in the Belgian Open Pinball tournament 2016:
The top four in the Belgian Open Pinball tournament 2016: Erwin Deutschländer, Franck Bona, Cayle George and Daniele Acciari

Finally, Lieven told the audience about Wayne John’s upcoming charity attempt to beat the current Guinness World Record for the longest continuous pinball playing. Everyone wished him well in his attempt which will take place on 22nd/23rd October 2016.

Wayne Johns gets a round of applause from the audience
Wayne Johns gets a round of applause from the audience

And with that the Belgian Open Pinball weekend drew to a close. The players were invited to leave as the breakdown of the machines, desks and systems began.

Show's over folks!
Show’s over folks!
The Funhouse is closed.
The Funhouse is closed

Everyone agreed that the facilities at the new venue for the BOP were a great improvement over those at the previous location. The air conditioning in particular was very welcome, and there was a much more spacious feel. It may have lacked some of the intimacy and charm of the multi-room nightclub, but the multiple entrances and numerous ways to check scores and standings without blocking the aisles more than made up for it.

It’s also amazing how many people work on the tournament weekend. We reckoned there must have been around twenty helpers at the tournament entry points, registration desk, doing the scoring, running the bar, looking after the computer systems and fixing games.

A big “thanks” to them and to all the competitors. No doubt we shall be back in ‘St. Nick’s’ again next October.

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