PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Jun
19
Wed
2019
IFPA Pinball Olympics @ Bulls & Balls Fulda
Jun 19 – Jun 23 all-day
IFPA Pinball Olympics @ Bulls & Balls Fulda | Fulda | Hessen | Germany

We will play the IFPA Pinball Olympics 2019 in Fulda. Four-and-a-half days of “playing competitive pinball”.

What do we plan?

  • 100+ players
  • more than 60 pinball machines from all epoches (EE to the latest Sterns/JJP)
  • up to 11 tournaments (10 registered for WPPR points) – Team Tournament – Swiss Mode – Group Matchplay – EPC Mode – Pingolf – Classics (various versions) – Best of 5 – and more
  • a location from another dimension 😀 https://www.facebook.com/BullsandBalls/
  • nice food and very tasteful alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks for very moderate prices
  • a nice goodybag with pinball stuff and a digital LED nameplate (already personified with name, event and so on, looks like a DMD)
  • many more……………………………… stay tuned
Jun
27
Thu
2019
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
Jun 27 – Jun 30 all-day
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center | Sturbridge | Massachusetts | United States

This expo is 30,000 square feet of fun for the whole family. The kids can have never-ending excitement with a caricature artist, face painting, friendly clowns, balloon animals, yo yo and juggling show. The adults can bring out their inner child with over 200 pinball machines set on free play, all while enjoying an ice-cold craft beer.

Well over 170 pinball machines set on free play! The mix is different each year, thanks to the dedicated hobbyists, operators, and game vendors who bring games to show off. Expect pinball machines that span a wide time range, and some non-pinball arcade games as well!

Our headlining tournament, the Silverball Rumble, run by the Sanctum takes place in the back of the vendor hall. It’s an IFPA-endorsed event with unlimited PAPA-style qualifying. Entries are $10 each and qualifying begins at Noon on Friday. The top 24 get into elimination rounds to qualify for cash prizes (top 8) and trophies (top 3).

In the same tournament area, there will be a side tournament for charity, played on the new Total Nuclear Annihilation game. The player who has the most reactors by Saturday closing time will get half the accumulated entry fees; the other half goes to the Andrea Ritz Clinics in Paraguay. (Ties broken by conventional point score.)

Our Pingolf tournament run by Southern N.H. Pinball will be a more casual event, where you will be able to come and go starting Thursday evening. This tournament will take place in the Executive Room (the old VIP room across from the Seminar Theater), starting at 6:00 PM each day. Each night is a separate tournament. The room  will be open Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday, including late hours.  A small entry fee will be charged to build prize money. We encourage players of any skill level to try it out.

Jul
12
Fri
2019
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center
Jul 12 – Jul 14 all-day
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

Same location as the previous three years but dates have changed from usual mid-June due to hotel scheduling conflicts.

Hotel rooms available for $129 per night.  Book early as these usually sell out.

Online registration is now open, but only for full three-day passes at the time of writing.

 

Jul
19
Fri
2019
UK Pinball Open & Classic @ Flip Out London
Jul 19 – Jul 21 all-day
UK Pinball Open & Classic @ Flip Out London | England | United Kingdom

The UK’s two premier tournaments will be held on Friday 19th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July, 2019 at the country’s largest pinball club, Flip Out London in Croydon. Not only that, we are arranging two additional days of tournaments on the Wednesday and Thursday to produce a full five days of competitive pinball in the UK’s capital.

– The first tournament will be held at Chief Coffee in Chiswick on Wednesday 17th July.

The fun starts at Flip Out London on Thursday 18th July, where tyou will find around fifty pinballs.

– Then on Thursday 18th July Flip Out London will host a tournament run by London Pinball which will run alongside the regular weekly Flip Out London League for a busy night of pinball fun.
– Friday 19th July is the start of qualifying for the UK Pinball Open – the IFPA European Championship Series qualifying tournament – and the UK Pinball Classic. Qualifying will be in groups, with the first groups playing Friday evening.
– The majority of the groups will play their qualifying in both tournaments on Saturday 20th July, after which the full list of qualifiers will be announced.

– Those qualifiers will then compete in the play-offs on Sunday 21st July, while an additional tournament will be run at Flip Out London for those who didn’t qualify or choose not to take part in the play-offs.

There will be trophies for all tournaments, with cash prizes for the top players in the UK Pinball Open and Classic. The exact cash prizes depend on player numbers, but last year we gave away more than £1,300 (€1,520/$1,730) and paid out down to 16th places in both tournaments, so there’s plenty to play for.

Jul
27
Sat
2019
California Extreme @ Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
Jul 27 – Jul 28 all-day
California Extreme @ Hyatt Regency Santa Clara | Santa Clara | California | United States

California Extreme is the “Classic Arcade Games Show”. It’s an annual celebration of coin operated pinball machines, video games and other novelties you once found in game arcades. All games on display are set for free play, so leave your quarters in the ash tray in your car. You won’t need ’em.

Aug
1
Thu
2019
Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Aug 1 – Aug 4 all-day
Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Featuring the Pinburgh Match-Play Championship with over $100,000 in total prizes and more than 700 pinball and arcade machines.

The World’s largest pinball tournament with close to 800 competitors.

Aug
9
Fri
2019
Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show @ Saratoga Regional YMCA
Aug 9 – Aug 10 all-day
Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show @ Saratoga Regional YMCA | Saratoga Springs | New York | United States

The show will feature approximately 50 pinball machines & arcade games from the past and present, all set on free play.  For one admission price, you are welcome to stay all day and play as much as you like for no additional cost. Many of the games available to play will also be for sale.

The show will also feature an indoor flea market with various pinball & arcade games and parts for sale, as well as a beginner-friendly pinball tournament.

There will also be a special exhibit featuring film memorabilia, including various original costumes and props from:

  • Once Upon a Time
  • Stargate Universe
  • Ender’s Game
  • Chronicles of Riddick
  • Electric Dreams
  • And more!
Aug
23
Fri
2019
UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel
Aug 23 – Aug 25 all-day
UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel | England | United Kingdom

The UK’s national pinball show returns for a second year to the familiar surroundings of the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel.

More than 100 machines are expected, with more details on special announcements nearer the time

VIP-only sessions are held on Friday and Saturday evenings, and a tournament is also planned.

Sep
13
Fri
2019
Torneo de Pinball Ciudad de Salamanca @ IBB Hotel Recoletos Coco Salamanca
Sep 13 – Sep 15 all-day
Torneo de Pinball Ciudad de Salamanca @ IBB Hotel Recoletos Coco Salamanca | Salamanca | Castilla y León | Spain

This is the Spanish 2019 ECS qualifying tournament.

Details of 2019 event coming soon, but dates are confirmed.

Oct
3
Thu
2019
Vancouver FlipOut Expo @ Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
Oct 3 – Oct 6 all-day
Vancouver FlipOut Expo @ Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre | Vancouver | British Columbia | Canada

Our first annual Vancouver FlipOut Pinball Expo, held in September of 2016 was a fantastic success: Old school arcade classics and the latest cutting edge pinball technology; a local autistic pinball prodigy, competitive and amateur tournaments, the world’s largest pinball machine, and much more.

2017 proved to be an even bigger success and prompted our move to a larger venue for 2018!

Hundreds of visitors attend our three-day expo in Downtown Vancouver with over 100 pinball & arcade machines set to free play, guest speakers, vendors and tournaments for all ages and skills.

Oct
5
Sat
2019
Belgian Open Pinball @ 't Bau-huis
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day
Belgian Open Pinball @ 't Bau-huis | Sint-Niklaas | Vlaanderen | Belgium

After a year away, the Belgian Open Pinball (BOP) returns to ‘t Bau-huis in Sint-Niklaas.

The usual mix of Open, Classic and side tournaments is expected, but check the website for more details.

Oct
11
Fri
2019
European Pinball Championship 2019 @ Marketenderiet
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day
European Pinball Championship 2019 @ Marketenderiet | København | Denmark

The tournament weekend, in short, is comprised of two tournaments, the European Pinball Championship, and running alongside, the ever popular
Danish Pinball Open, back for its 14th iteration.

Furthermore there will also be the traditional National Team Tournament, where each country can enter a selection of their finest players, to compete for national glory and honour.

Finally, as we had at last years DPO, there will be a second chance consolation tournament on Sunday, for everyone that has had the misfortune of being knocked out of both the EPC and DPO.

The price for participation is 55€ + 5€ handling fee, totalling 60€ in all.

The formats:

EPC: Qualification on 10 player selected machines from a large bank, leading into head to head final rounds, ending in a 4 man grand final on
Sunday.

DPO: Qualification on 8 player selected machines from a large bank, leading into 4 man group final rounds, ending in a 4 man grand final on
Sunday.

National championship: Format still not finalized.

Second chance: Format still not finalized.

The schedule:

* Friday: 5 EPC qualification slots, DPO qualification open through the day, national team tournament.
* Saturday: 3 EPC qualification slots, DPO qualifications open through the day.
* Sunday: EPC finals, DPO finals, Second Chance consolation tournament.

Every country is allotted 5 pre-registrations.

The 5 pre-registered players will also represent their respective countries in the national team tournament, so choose your players wisely. (In case of a player not being able to actually come to the EPC, substitutions are of course allowed)

Each player will receive a personal link to sign up and pay the entry fee (pre-registration is not valid without payment), which will be useable until Wednesday the 5th, where the EPC 2019 website will go live and registration will open for all interested players.

White Rose Gameroom Show @ York Fairgrounds and Expo Center
Oct 11 – Oct 12 all-day
White Rose Gameroom Show @ York Fairgrounds and Expo Center | York | Pennsylvania | United States
  • Pinball machines, video games, jukeboxes, slot machines, etc.
  • One price admission to play games all day, no quarters required!
  • Lots of door prizes.
  • Pinball and Gameroom items on sale.
  • Kids and adults pinball machine tournaments.
  • Refreshments will be available.
$15 Adults, $5 children ages 6-12, Free for Kids 5 and younger.
   (All prices are per person, per day)
Pin-a-Go-Go @ Dixon Fairgrounds
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day
Pin-a-Go-Go @ Dixon Fairgrounds | Dixon | California | United States

This annual event has long been supported by pinball enthusiasts from all over Northern California and helps local youth charities. Many people bring their pinball machines to share, the organizers and volunteers are not paid to put on the show, we spread pinball joy and everyone benefits!

 

Oct
15
Tue
2019
Enada Rome @ Fiera di Roma
Oct 15 – Oct 17 all-day
Enada Rome @ Fiera di Roma | Roma | Lazio | Italy

“The first historical exhibition of the Amusement & Gaming Sector” of Sapar, organized by IEG – Italian Exhibition Centre

Rome is the gaming capital again with Enada.

The 47th edition of Sapar’s International Amusement & Gaming Machine Show, organized by IEG – Italian Exhibition Group, will be held at Fiera di Roma from the 15th to the 17th October 2019.

Oct
16
Wed
2019
35th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore
Oct 16 – Oct 20 all-day
35th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore | Wheeling | Illinois | United States

Pinball Expo returns to the Westin Chicago North Shore for the 35th anniversary in 2019, including the Stern Pinball factory tour, seminars, tournaments, vendors, large games rooms, exhibits and much more.

Note:  Normally only the tournaments continue into Sunday.  Pinball Expo vendor, games and seminar halls are all expected to close Saturday night.

Nov
15
Fri
2019
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Nov 15 – Nov 17 all-day
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center | Grayslake | Illinois | United States

The public is cordially invited to attend the largest antique show of its kind! Curious about what the Chicagoland Show has in store for you? Check out our ticketing options, and join us at this one-of-a-kind event!

 

Houston Arcade & Pinball Expo @ Houston Marriott Westchase
Nov 15 – Nov 16 all-day
Houston Arcade & Pinball Expo @ Houston Marriott Westchase | Houston | Texas | United States

There will be over 300 classic and current coin-op pinball machines, video arcade games, penny arcades, and console video games ready for attendees to play on free play or buy them for their home.

There will be tournaments, events, music and workshops to keep the young and young-at-heart entertained.

 

 

Nov
22
Fri
2019
Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate
Nov 22 – Nov 24 all-day
Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States

Greater Cincinnati’s first annual pinball show featuring over 100 machines from local collections. All machines will be set for free play, so leave your quarters at home. 2018’s show and tournament will occur at the Holiday Inn Hotel of Eastgate.

Machines from the ’70s through the present will be well represented. Several machines will be available for purchase with contact and pricing listed on these machines.

Tickets will be limited to avoid overcrowding. Buy early to guarantee your spot. If the show does not sell out in advance, tickets will be sold at the door. If tickets do sell out prior to the show, the website will be updated to reflect such. Free entry for children 12 and under (1 per paying adult). IFPA approved tournaments will be held Friday and Saturday, with a gauntlet style tournament Sunday.

Jan
14
Tue
2020
EAG International @ ExCel London Exhibition Centre
Jan 14 – Jan 16 all-day
EAG International @ ExCel London Exhibition Centre | England | United Kingdom

The annual UK amusement and coin-op trade show is back at ExCel London in the Docklands area of the capital.

Often a launchpad for various companies’ new releases, expect a presence from Stern Pinball on the Electrocoin stand, Jersey Jack and Chicago Gaming on the Pinball Heaven stand, and some surprise pinball-related products.

Apr
16
Thu
2020
Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day
Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center | Kalamazoo | Michigan | United States

We are showcasing Pinball Machines, Arcade games, coin-ops and all the cool things you need to complete your gameroom including neon signs, gas pumps, and more.

2:00 PM Thursday – 10:00 PM Thursday.
1:00 PM Friday – 10:00 PM Friday.
9:00 AM Saturday – 6:00 PM Saturday.

Adults $15.00 per day
Kids 5-13 $8.00 per day
Kids 4 and under Free

Come out and join us for our 21st year!

May
23
Sat
2020
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 23 – May 25 all-day
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott Tech Center | Denver | Colorado | United States

It is like the comicon for pinball, retro console, classic arcade video! Gameroom exhibitors of all types of games, parts, and collectibles are under one roof at this once-a-year festival for you to play, buy and sell. If they are a major name in pinball and arcade gaming, they are here.

Play all the games you want with admission. Interested in honing your pinball play and improving gaming skills? Want the industry low-down and to be an insider on innovations? We have that covered. Take a break from playing to join meetups and seminars hosted by industry insiders and celebrity guests – designers, modders, programmers, artists, and entrepreneurs galore.

Note: Same location and Memorial Day weekend dates as last year.

Jun
25
Thu
2020
Pintastic @ Boxboro Regency
Jun 25 – Jun 28 all-day
Pintastic @ Boxboro Regency | Boxborough | Massachusetts | United States

The Pintastic New England Pinball and Game Room Expo announced that its sixth-year event in 2020 will take place at the Regency Hotel in Boxborough, MA.

Show owner Gabriel D’Annunzio said, “We are pleased that  we get an additional 5000 square feet, more function rooms, and we don’t  give up any aspects of the show that people like.”

The Pintastic show has  free play rooms, tournaments, seminars, a vendor hall with commercial booths, an auction, entertainment for kids, and an outdoor flea market for casual sellers. All will be accommodated in the Boxborough facility, which will undergo a substantial renovation between now and showtime in June 2020.

More details nearer the time.

Jul
9
Thu
2020
Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Jul 9 – Jul 12 all-day
Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Featuring the Pinburgh Match-Play Championship with over $100,000 in total prizes and more than 700 pinball and arcade machines.

The World’s largest pinball tournament with close to 800 competitors.

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