Date: 29th & 30th April, 2017 Location: NFV Clubhouse, 5 Turbinestraat, Veenendaal, Netherlands. The Dutch Pinball Masters is one of the major European tournaments and can generally expect a healthy turnout from many of the continent’s top players. This year there was a slight diminution due to a clash of dates with the German Pinball Association’s convention in Potsdam, but competition was still fierce at the Dutch Pinball Association’s (NFV’s) clubhouse in Veenendaal in the centre of the Netherlands. The NFV’s clubhouse in Veenendaal The location was the same as it had been for the past few years, a light-industrial unit on a commercial park on the outskirts of the town. There’s are no catering or hotel facilities close-by, so a car or taxi was a must to get here. Vacant spaces outside the unit, on the street and in front of adjacent buildings meant there was no problem parking. Once inside the door, there was an arrangement of plants, flowers and copies of the NFV’s Spinner magazine, as well as a wall showing supporters’ logos. The table in the lobby Supporters of the NFV Once fully inside the building, the first section is the cafe and seating area. The cafe area The cafe had a full kitchen and prepared a range of hot food items, including fries, burgers, chicken sate, sausages, mini-snack selections and salads. The prices for all these were very reasonable, with a burger costing €2 ($2.17/£1.68) and a chicken meal with fries and salad at €6.50 ($7.07 /£5.56). Part of the menu Part of a meal Soup was also available, while soft drinks, beer and wine could also be purchased. Soup in front, beers and sodas behind Although there was a demand for quality craft or abbey ales, only Heineken or Bavaria beers were available for €2 a bottle. Those looking for something a little better had to either go elsewhere or bring their own. Seating was available for those enjoying their meals or drinks, as well as those resting from the pinball. Alternatively, the weather outside was good enough to enjoy your purchases alfresco. Indoor seating At the very front of the building were several small rooms either containing games to play or used for game repair. A selection of EMs When it’s too much pinball, enjoy darts, video games or table football/foosball/babyfoot The main selection of pinballs was located in the back two-thirds of the hall. The two rows on the left were the main tournament machines, bolstered by a group on the back wall which were used as back-up machines in case of failure by any of those in the main tournament. Machines and players in the main tournament Those tournament machines were: Main Dutch Pinball Masters Machines 1 Tommy 2 Junkyard 3 Fish Tales 4 Avatar 5 Spider-Man 6 Scared Stiff 7 Dirty Harry 8 Indianapolis 500 9 Roadshow 10 Star Trek: The Next Generation 11 Jackbot 12 Pirates of the Caribbean 13 World Cup Soccer 14 Demolition Man 15 Funhouse 16 Goldeneye 17 Doctor Who 18 Attack from Mars 19 Monopoly 20 Medieval Madness 21 The Lord of the Rings 22 Whirlwind 23 Congo 24 Creature from the Black Lagoon 25 Whitewater 26 Hoops The back-up machines were: The Sopranos, High Speed 2: The Getaway, Terminator 2 and Corvette. On the right side of the hall were the free-play machines, while on the back wall was a row of eight machines used for the classics tournament. Free-play machines Free-play machines There were nicely-decorated table on which to put your drinks Free-play machines Ad Jonker’s Captain Nemo machine was also here to play The eight classics tournament machines were: Main Dutch Pinball Masters Machines 1 Capt. Fantastic 2 Bobby Orr Power Play 3 Gorgar 4 Charlie’s Angels 5 Dealer’s Choice 6 Paragon 7 Harlem Globetrotters 8 Viking The back-up machine was Mata Hari. The classics tournament In addition to these tournaments, there was also a team competition held on Friday night. Trophies for the tournaments The team tournament saw eight teams of four split into two groups. The teams and groups were: Team Tournament Groups Group A Dutch Pinball Team Team Slovenia Oslo Tiltboys Team Delta Group B Pinball DNA Archiball Team Team Ro-Me Oslo Pinball Casuals Each team played a match against each of the other three teams in their group. A match consisted of each player playing a member of the opposing team on a machine to win 1 point per game, and a pair of split-flipper games for two points each. The two teams with the most points in each group went into the semi-finals. Here the winner of Group A played second place in Group B and vice-versa in the same style of match as in the first round. The winners from the first round were Dutch Pinball Team and Pinball DNA, while second place qualifiers were Team Delta and Team Ro-Me. Dutch Pinball Team and Pinball DNA won the semi-final matches, setting them up for a final match held in the same format. In the final, the Dutch Pinball Team won three of the four individual matches to lead 3-1, meaning Pinball DNA needed to win both split-flipper games. They won one of them, but that was not enough, meaning the Dutch Pinball Team of Albert Nomden, Paul Jongma, Mark van der Gugten and Joska Keunekamp won 5-3. The victorious Dutch Pinball Team: Paul Jongma, Albert Nomden and Mark van der Gugten (absent: Joska Keunekamp) In the play-off, Team Ro-Me beat Team Delta for third place. Third place, Team Ro-Me The main Dutch Pinball Masters tournament began on Saturday with a qualifying round for all 141 players. Tournament entry cost €15 in addition to the daily €7.50 fee for entry to the clubhouse, meaning a €30 total price for entry if you played on both days. As a bonus, all competitors received a 10% discount off products from playfield-protectors.com. There were three qualifying periods starting at 09:30, 13:15 and 17:00, each one lasting around three-and-a-half hours. In each period, players were split into four groups (A-D, E-H and J-M) with around twelve players in each group. Every competitor played a single three-ball game against each other player in their group, in a predetermined order and on preselected machines. A win in a game earned one point, a loss scored a zero. Players in the qualifying round When a game was over, the winner would come to a terminal and register their win. Tournament systems head Ad Jonker at the results terminal The current matches on the results terminal As each result was recorded, the overall picture emerged on a large screen. The overall group standings The group scores For all groups, a score of eight wins or more would guarantee you a place in Sunday’s second round. If you got seven wins it was a toss-up whether that would be enough, or if you would end up in a tie-breaker. With six wins you would be lucky to progress. It wasn’t impossible, but unlikely, and a tie-breaker was an almost certainty. It wasn’t how you won, but how many you won Head-to-head games were the order of the day Every win was a step closer to qualification Those who did progress needed to be back at the venue at 9:40 on Sunday morning for the start of the second round. For everyone else, their Dutch Pinball Masters was over, and just the classic tournament remained. Just a few points could be the difference between progressing and going home The classic tournament cost an additional €10 to enter and was held on the eight machines we listed above, with competitors given ten games spread across the eight machines in order to qualify. No machine could be played more than twice and all ten scores were ranked, with the top 24 players progressing to the play-offs and the top players receiving a bye through the first round. Classic tournament score cards Players were issued with a score card for the classic tournament, but in truth all scores were recorded electronically on tablets or phones. with the current standings shown on a terminal. Checking the current classic tournament standings Current standings and games in progress Qualifying continued until 8:30pm on Saturday, with the play-offs beginning at 9pm once the main DPM rounds had finished and all players were free to take part. Matches in the play-offs were head-to-head best-of-five games on machines drawn at random. The play-offs schedule The classic tournament play-offs The classic tournament play-offs The classic tournament play-offs DPM tournament directors Albert Nomden and Paul Jongma The final came down to a battle between Gabriele Tedeschi from Italy and Rich Mallett from the UK. Gabriel on Mata Hari in the final After some exciting games, Mata Hari was the decider, and with Gabriel going first but failing to score much Rich just had to hold his nerve, which he did very successfully to win the game and the final. Rich prepares to plunge his winning final ball So, Rich was the winner, Gabriel second, while in the play-off it was Jochen Krieger Germany who took third place ahead of Frenchman Sebastien Puertas in fourth. Dutch Pinball Masters Classic Tournament winner, Rich Mallett Second place, Gabriele Tedeschi Third place, Jochen Krieger Here are all the placings in the DPM classic tournament: DPM Classic Tournamenti 2017 Pos Name 1 Rich Mallett 2 Gabriele Tedeschi 3 Jochen Krieger 4 Sebastien Puertas 6 Marco Suvanto 6 Jan Anders Nilsson 6 David Deturck 6 Lieven Engelbeen 12 Joël Wozniak 12 Arjan Neet 12 Philippe Bocquet 12 David Mainwaring 12 Mathias Leurs 12 Fredrik Mellberg 12 Perttu Pesä 12 Eko Elens 20 Evert Brochez 20 Andreas Hedström 20 Ad Jonker 20 Kirsten Adam 20 Ivan Geentjens 20 Jonas Valström 20 Ollivier Francq 20 Anders Carlsson 25 Cayle George 26 Martijn Van Amsterdam 27 Martin Ayub 28 Heinz Berges 29 Helen de Haan-Verbeek 29 Albert Nomden 31 Robert Lau 32 Juha Viitanen 32 Fabrizio Amiconi 34 Alysa Parks 35 Florian Thomas 36 Rob Fransen 37 Rob Overdijk 38 John van der Wulp 39 Željko Vasic 40 Paul Jongma 41 Artur Natorski 42 Vin Jauhal 43 Peter Franck 44 Bart Volman 45 Vincent Chardome 46 Kevin Roelants 47 Mattias Jeppsson 48 Frank Wolthers 49 Wolfgang Haid 49 Benjamin Gräbeldinger 51 Pittchen Müller 52 Erno Lahdenperä 53 Thomas Van Clapdorp 54 Andrej Rižner 54 Carlo Vijn 56 Matt Vince 56 Tormod Pettersen 58 Mario Schröder 59 Didier Dujardin 59 Ramon Richard 61 Laurence Boulieu 62 Simo Rimmi 63 Jani Saari 63 Ales Rebec 65 Michel Lanters 66 Jules Reivers 67 Daniel Bertilsson 67 Tom-Andre Andersen 69 Stan Simpson 70 Dominique De Cock 70 Archibald Lefevre 72 Norman Heikamp 73 Pontus Qvarfordh 73 Evelyne Desot 75 Glenn Verhoosele 76 Mark van der Gugten 77 Alain Boulieu 78 Laurent Mahe 79 Thomas Reichenstein 79 Norbert Broman 81 Sven Kirmes 81 Michel Rorive 83 Adam Lundquist 84 Stéphane Swaenepoel 85 Jürgen Schmitz 86 Olav Hjelmstadstuen 87 Erol Saydam 88 Vid Kuklec 89 Gerard Vos 90 Emma Berlin 91 Fredrik Lekander 92 Tom Geneyn 92 Thomas Doepelheuer 94 Mirko Bogic 95 Andreas Thorsén 95 Kelly Lembrechts 97 Olivier Renders 98 Oyvind Winther 99 Svein Tjeldflåt 100 Neil Fellender 100 Nils de Kleine 102 Fred Van Den Bosch 103 Eric Andries 104 Bjørn Erlend Hellem 105 Daniela Oymann 106 Gerard Poelwijk 107 Daniel Bradford 108 Ralf Wittwer 109 Morten Søbyskogen 110 Rob Breyne 111 Kevin Sultana 112 Manuela Krieger 113 Bjorn Brand 114 Andrej Demsar 115 Johan Bernhardtson 116 Elin Wilhelmsen 117 Torstein Bjørnstad 118 Babs Negelen 119 Jasmijn de Jong 120 Stanislas Chabior 121 Joeri Stroobants 122 Kyoo Barbaix 123 Karin Eisenstecken 124 ralf de kleine 125 Sandra Søbyskogen Sunday morning rolled around with the main DPM tournament left to decide. Only the DPM trophies remain The top four from each of the four groups in each of the three qualifying sessions meant (4 x 4) x 3 = 48 players progressed to the second round which began at 10am on Sunday. Sunday’s second round The format was the same as Saturday – four groups of twelve players, with everyone playing one head-to-head game against everyone else in their group (11 games). The four players with the most wins in each group would move on to the quarter finals. The second round of the Dutch Pinball Masters The sixteen who made it into the quarter-finals were: Tormod Pettersen Roger Wijnands Kirsten Adam Taco Wouters David Deturck Jules Reivers Philippe Bocquet Sébastien Puertas Benjamin Gräbeldinger Cayle George Ivan Geentjens Bart Volman Fredrik Lekander John van der Wulp Jan Anders Nilsson Bjorn Brand The quarter-finals paired up players in a best-of-five match on randomly-drawn machines. The first to win three games moved on to the semi-finals. Kirsten Adam had three straight wins to progress, as did Ivan Geentjens, Sébastien Puertas and Cayle George. David Deturck took four games to win, the same as Jan Anders Nilsson and John van der Wulp, while Roger Wijnands took all five games to win and move on to the semis. The semi-final was the same as the quarters – best-of-five on random machines. This time David Deturck beat Kirsten Adam 3-2, Jan Anders Nilsson did the same against Ivan Geentjens, as did Roger Wijnands against Sébastien Puertas. Only Cayle George had an easier 3-0 win against John van der Wulp. In the four-player four-game final, each competitor got to choose a machine to play with 9-5-2-0 scoring used for first to fourth places. Jan Anders Nilsson began by choosing Congo, but the game didn’t co-operate with him this time. His first ball scored 100M to put him in third place, while balls two and three only lifted that to 380M which was last place. Cayle George had the best first ball with 215M, boosted to 800M on his second and 1.067B on his third to win. David Deturck recovered from a bad 79M start to end on 932M for second, while Roger Wijnands’s 744M total was only good enough for third. David chose Star Trek: The Next Generation for game two but once again the curse of machine choice struck as his 1.2B was the lowest of the four scores. Jan had a great last ball, scoring 2.3B to end up on 3.1B, taking first place. Cayle’s 2.6B might normally be enough to win but only gave him second here, with Roger’s 1.8B good for third. Cayle’s choice of Scared Stiff broke the chooser’s curse with his ball one score of 16M being enough to win the game. In the end, he totalled 79M – way ahead of David in second on 9.8M, Jan on 2.7M and Roger who never got started and ended on just 0.8M. With game four still to play, Cayle’s 23 points was already enough to win the final, with Jan closest behind on 11 points, David in third on 10, and Roger on 4. But Roger could still get into a tie-breaker for second place if the other places worked out for him, while Jan and David were battling it out. Roger chose Whirlwind, but was blown away by three quick drains to end up on just 309K. The battle for second was thus between Jan and David, and it was David who stormed his way to the win with 9.5M, ahead of Cayle’s 7M and Jan’s 4.5M. So the result was, Cayle in first place, David second, Jan third and Roger fourth. Dutch Pinball Masters 2017 winner, Cayle George (picture: Ad Jonker) Second place, David Deturck (picture: Ad Jonker) Third place, Jan Anders Nilsson (picture: Ad Jonker) Fourth place, Roger Wijnands (picture: Ad Jonker) Here are the full results: Dutch Pinball Masters 2017 Pos Name 1 Cayle George 2 David Deturck 3 Jan Anders Nilsson 4 Roger Wijnands 6 Kirsten Adam 6 Ivan Geentjens 6 Sebastien Puertas 6 John van der Wulp 12 Tormod Pettersen 12 Philippe Bocquet 12 Benjamin Gräbeldinger 12 Fredrik Lekander 12 Taco Wouters 12 Jules Reivers 12 Bart Volman 12 Bjorn Brand 17 Jonas Johansson 17 Albert Nomden 21 Evert Brochez 21 Sylvain Grevin 21 Michel Rorive 21 Martin Ayub 21 Olivier Renders 28 Thomas van Clapdorp 28 Anthony Rorive 28 Jani Saari 28 Evelyne Desot 28 Stéphane Swaenepoel 28 Ramon Richard 28 Marco Suvanto 28 Johan Bernhardtson 28 Jonas Valström 37 Archibald Lefevre 37 Juha Viitanen 37 Mattias Jeppsson 37 Andreas Thorsén 37 Florian Thomas 37 Martijn van Amsterdam 37 Andrej Demsar 37 Laurence Boulieu 37 Norbert Broman 43 Sébastien Muller 43 Paul Jongma 43 Erno Lahdenperä 43 Andrej Rižner 46 Didier Dujardin 46 Eko Elens 48 Joël Wozniak 49 Mark van der Gugten 49 Anders Carlsson 61 Dominique de Cock 61 Ralf Wittwer 61 Thomas Reichenstein 61 Stanislas Chabior 61 Rich Mallett 61 Matt Vince 61 Martijn van Aken 61 Sven Kirmes 61 Mathias Leurs 61 Peter Franck 61 Norman Heikamp 61 Pontus Qvarfordh 61 Bjørn Erlend Hellem 61 Helen de Haan-Verbeek 61 Neil Fellender 61 Lieven Engelbeen 61 Heinz Berges 61 Jeroen Wieringa 61 Fabrizio Amiconi 61 Vincent Chardome 61 Ralf de Kleine 61 Andreas Hedström 84 Eric Andries 84 Jochen Krieger 84 Olav Hjelmstadstuen 84 Gerard Poelwijk 84 Michel Lanters 84 Svein Tjeldflåt 84 Mirko Bogic 84 Daniel Bertilsson 84 Laurent Mahe 84 Morten Søbyskogen 84 Jasper van Embden 84 Vid Kuklec 84 Ollivier Francq 84 Robert Lau 84 Tom Geneyn 84 Gabriele Tedeschi 84 Arjan Neet 84 David Mainwaring 84 Joeri Stroobants 84 Kevin Roelants 84 Perttu Pesä 84 Rob Fransen 84 Alysa Parks 107 Adam Lundquist 107 Fred van den Bosch 107 Simo Rimmi 107 Frank Wolthers 107 Rob Overdijk 107 Oyvind Winther 107 Bas van Embden 107 Daniel Bradford 107 Nils de Kleine 107 Alain Boulieu 107 Jeremy Dorling 107 Erol Saydam 107 Babs Negelen 107 Fredrik Mellberg 107 Artur Natorski 107 Jürgen Schmitz 107 Jeroen Boiten 107 Elin Wilhelmsen 107 Tom Loomans 107 Ronald Klappe 107 Pittchen Müller 107 Gerard Vos 107 Ales Rebec 127 Steven van der Staaij 127 Karin Eisenstecken 127 Vin Jauhal 127 Rob Breyne 127 Jasmijn de Jong 127 Torstein Bjørnstad 127 Mario Schröder 127 Kyoo Barbaix 127 Ronald Oenema 127 Thomas Doepelheuer 127 Olivier Calimet 127 Kelly Lembrechts 127 Wolfgang Haid 127 Justin van Schooneveld 127 Carlo Vijn 127 Glenn Verhoosele 127 Tom-Andre Andersen 127 Alicia Juniet 140 Daniela Oymann 140 Manuela Krieger 140 Machteld Decloedt 140 Željko Vasic 140 Emma Berlin 140 Kevin Sultana 140 Arno Punt 140 Sandra Søbyskogen And so we come to the end of this report from the Dutch Pinball Masters 2017. The top four in the Dutch Pinball Masters 2017 (picture: Ad Jonker) The DPM is a well-established and well-supported international tournament, one which guarantees all players at least eleven games even if they don’t progress beyond the qualification round. There were clear improvements to the match result reporting system, allowing players to record their own results and providing instant standings which made life easier for competitors and organisers. The timings all went to plan and any technical issues were resolved quickly and amicably. The only real negative was the quality of the free-play machines, although even there the addition of Ad Jonker’s The Matrix and Capt. Nemo games helped made up for any shortcomings or unavailabilties. Hopefully next year the dates for the DPM won’t clash with another major European tournament and players can get to enjoy two top-flight Spring tournaments.