PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Aug
19
Sat
2017
UK Pinball Open @ Special When Lit
Aug 19 – Aug 20 all-day

£30 entry for Open and Classic tournaments. Qualifying Saturday, play-offs Sunday.

Sep
8
Fri
2017
Printimus Pinball Cup @ Club Printimus Pinball
Sep 8 – Sep 10 all-day
Printimus Pinball Cup @ Club Printimus Pinball | Bytom | śląskie | Poland

Main and Classics tournaments, with food, drinks and special guest ‘Jersey’ Jack Guarnieri.

Sep
15
Fri
2017
Austria Pinball Open @ Hall of Pinball-Fame
Sep 15 – Sep 17 all-day
Austria Pinball Open @ Hall of Pinball-Fame | Badendorf | Steiermark | Austria

Main and Classics plus pre-tournament on Friday.

Sep
30
Sat
2017
Belgian Open Pinball @ 't Bau-huis
Sep 30 – Oct 1 all-day

Main and classics tournaments along with another side tournament.

Nov
3
Fri
2017
K15 Open
Nov 3 – Nov 5 all-day

Three qualification groups of 30 players maximum.   Friday (17:00-22:00) and Saturday (11:00-16:00 and 17:00-22:00).

Registration opens on Wednesday 9th August at 20:00 Finnish time (EEST, UTC+3).

Hungarian Pinball Open @ Dürer Rendezvényház
Nov 3 – Nov 5 all-day

Classics Tournament at Budapest Pinball Museum, Radnóti Miklós utca 18., Budapest 1137, Hungary.

Open and Pingolf Tournaments at Dürer Rendezvényház, Ajtósi Dürer sor 19-21 Budapest 1146, Hungary.

Full details to be confirmed.

Nov
26
Sun
2017
Shine Charity Tournament @ Tilt Birmingham
Nov 26 all-day
Shine Charity Tournament @ Tilt Birmingham | United Kingdom

£10 charity donation required for entry.

Dec
1
Fri
2017
Romanian Pinball Open 2017 @ Sports Bar Mercury
Dec 1 – Dec 3 all-day
Romanian Pinball Open 2017 @ Sports Bar Mercury | București | Municipiul București | Romania

Three competitions, €30 registration fee, T-shirt €12, Paypal: luli.club@yahoo.com

Near by hotel http://www.hotelpremiere.ro/ 1.5km away, or use Airbnb.

Registration starts 5th October.

Dec
9
Sat
2017
Festive Pinball Gathering @ Special When Lit
Dec 9 – Dec 10 all-day
Apr
27
Fri
2018
German Pinball Open @ Jensens Lagerhaus
Apr 27 – Apr 29 all-day
Jun
23
Sat
2018
Italian Pinball Open @ QLASH House
Jun 23 – Jun 24 all-day
Italian Pinball Open @ QLASH House | Villorba | Italy
The tournament includes a Main Tournament inserted in the official Ifpa calendar and therefore valid for the Wppr ranking, but is also included in the calendar of the ICS 2018 National Circuit, constituting the fourth and the most important stage in terms of points and it will also be the Italian event for the Ecs European circuit (In these two cases, only the Main Tournament will be taken into account), constituting the only Italian stage of the circuit.
ITALIAN PINBALL OPEN (MAIN) – Tournament Format
MAIN TOURNAMENT
Start: Saturday, June, the 23rd 2018 End: Sunday, June, the 24th 2018
Max: 64 players
Subscription start from 1st April 2018
Together with the Italian Pinball Championship – IPO, there will also be an eSports tournament (“Hearthstone” invitational tournament with 8/16 participants) to also involve the public of professional players from both sports. But in addition to this, a tournament will also be played, that can bring these two worlds together and involve both of them: it is a challenge to Virtual Pinball, played on tablet stations, which is giving away an interesting prize for the winner, namely a brand new tablet!
Sep
7
Fri
2018
European Pinball Championship @ Pakkahuone
Sep 7 – Sep 9 all-day
European Pinball Championship @ Pakkahuone | Tampere | Finland

The annual European Pinball Championship is being held in Finland in 2018, in the town of Tampere.

“Over 300 passionate pinheads around the world, with all the high quality machines in an awesome arena, every participating player will have the chance to become the European Pinball Champion 2018!”

Entry is €60 for the main and classic tournaments.  The Ladies and Junior Tournaments are €10 each, while the 1-Ball Tournament is €1 per attempt.

Nov
9
Fri
2018
Arcadia @ Dürer Event Center
Nov 9 @ 2:00pm – Nov 11 @ 8:00pm
Arcadia @ Dürer Event Center | Budapest | Hungary

The first one was visited by 2000. The second attracted 3000 people. This year you really shouldn’t miss it… 🙂 Stardust, childhood and magic arises: on the first weekend of november ARCADIA returns!

TO ARCADIA, WE EXPECT EVERYONE, WHO…

…has never been to the most popular arcade exhibition in Europe, The Budapest Pinball Museum yet would love to go back in time. (We will pay tribute to the past, among others, the 80’s, the time we were waiting for miracles, (it was the time we already had MTV and still had house parties and we mixed the both together,
… has already been to the museum but yearns for something even more grandiose,
… loves events with a family atmosphere, yet with thousands of enthusiastic visitors,
… appreciates exhibitions where some 300 arcade machines are there set to free play

Just like before, we’ll have specialties, heart-warming favourites of our childhood, and real vintages, as well. Unlike before: one more room, even more machines and surprises!

Nov
30
Fri
2018
Romanian Pinball Open 2018 @ Sports Mercury Bar
Nov 30 – Dec 2 all-day
Romanian Pinball Open 2018 @ Sports Mercury Bar | București | Municipiul București | Romania

More details to be announced in September, but this is the annual Romanian Pinball Open and IFPC ECS qualifying event.

Feb
8
Fri
2019
European Championship Series Finals @ Bulls & Balls
Feb 8 – Feb 10 all-day
European Championship Series Finals @ Bulls & Balls | Fulda | Hessen | Germany

Details of tournament format and other tournaments to be confirmed.

Mar
22
Fri
2019
Dutch Pinball Masters @ NFV Clubhouse
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day
Dutch Pinball Masters @ NFV Clubhouse | Veenendaal | Utrecht | Netherlands

Featuring the main Dutch Pinball Masters tournament, a Classics tournament, a Team tournament and a 4-Strikes Knockout tournament.  Maximum prize money of €1,000 for the winner of the DPM and €500 for the Classics winner.

Held at the Dutch Pinball Association (NFV) Clubhouse in Veenendaal, there are also free play practice machines and a cafe/bar on-site.

Apr
6
Sat
2019
Italian Pinball Open @ Double Pinball
Apr 6 – Apr 7 all-day
Italian Pinball Open @ Double Pinball | Assago | Lombardia | Italy

The greatest event in Italy for professional pinball players ! The Third Edition of the Italian Pinball Open is ready to welcome you nearby Milan at DoublePinball, the Italian headquarter for pinball.

Qualification:

Head to head match play
Max 15 rounds – 4 groups (A,B,C,D) (Round Robin)
Best 20 players advance to final rounds (1st of each group get 1 bye)
Finals Format (20 players):

PAPA Style Match Play with groups based on qualification ranking
1st round : 4 groups of 4 players (top 3 advance to second round) (3 games – score 7,5,3,1)
2nd round : 4 groups of 4 players (top 2 advance to semifinal) (3 games – score 7,5,3,1)
Semifinal : head to head (best of 3 games)
Final : 4 players – 1 game

What you can find in this fantastic pinball week-end ?

– 1 Main Tournament IFPA approved
– Italian Stage of ECS (European Championship Series)
– 1 Pin-Golf Tournament IFPA approved
– Free-play area always available

The event is realized thanks to the collaboration between IFPA Italia and DoublePinball.

 

May
3
Fri
2019
German Pinball Open @ Feierwerk
May 3 – May 5 all-day
German Pinball Open @ Feierwerk | München | Bayern | Germany

The third major pinball event in Munich since those in 2003 & 2006.

More details coming soon.

German Pinball Open @ Feierwerk München
May 3 – May 5 all-day
German Pinball Open @ Feierwerk München | München | Bayern | Germany

Friday 3.5.2019 – Sunday 5.5.2019
Over 50 pinball machines in free play and over 50 pinball machines in the tournament

Friday 3.5.2019 14:00 – 23:00
Qualification for the German Championship and Classic Tournament, Free Game

Saturday 4.5.2019 10:00 – 23:00
First and Main Round German Championship, Classic Tournament Qualification, Free Play

Sunday 5.5.2019 10:00 – approx. 16:00 o’clock
Final German championship, elimination and final class tournament, children’s tournament at noon, free play

Registration for the GPO starts from the end of February.

May
17
Fri
2019
Czech Pinball Open @ Terra Technica
May 17 – May 19 all-day
Czech Pinball Open @ Terra Technica | Znojmo | Czechia

The first ever Czech Pinball Open will be held at the Terra Technica museum in Kleinhaugsdorf, just across the Austrian border.

Around 200 pinballs and more than 600 jukeboxes are set up at Terra Technica, while a large shopping mall is next door.

More details of the tournament will be available soon.

May
18
Sat
2019
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria
May 18 – May 19 all-day
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria | Madrid | Comunidad de Madrid | Spain

The eleventh edition of the Madrid pinball tournament.

Modern and Classic tournaments.

Preferential hotel rates being negotiated.

May
24
Fri
2019
15th Polish Pinball Championships & PSF Cup 2019 @ JJP Flipper Club
May 24 – May 26 all-day
15th Polish Pinball Championships & PSF Cup 2019 @ JJP Flipper Club | Bytom | śląskie | Poland

The annual Polish Pinball Championship combines with the PSF Cup at this three-day event at the JJP Flipper Club in Bytom.

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.

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
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.

Dec
13
Fri
2019
Festive Pinball Gathering @ Special When Lit
Dec 13 – Dec 15 all-day
Festive Pinball Gathering @ Special When Lit

Friday 13th December, 18:30-22:00
Friday evening social – £5 per person; £3 for children under 16.

Saturday 14th December, 11:30-19:00
Festive Classics tournament – £10 per person; £6 for children under 16.
Format: Head-to-head play; Five Strike Knockout on the classic games.
Note: There will be no practice on machines in the Classic tournaments but you are free to practice on any other machines.
Registration 11:30 am for 12 noon start.

Sunday 15th December, 11:00-18:00 (qualifying 11:00-15:00)
Main tournament – £10 per person, £6 for children under 16.
Format: Play two qualification games on eight machines of your choice. The top 16 qualify (or even numbered just less than 50% if less than 32 players) for head-to-head play consisting of best of five games (may change to best of three depending on numbers).

Note: Social visits are welcome but no classic play possible on Saturday during the tournament and you may be asked to vacate a machine on Sunday if tournament players require it. Social visit cost is £10 per person, £6 for children under 16.

Please email peter@specialwhenlit.co.uk to confirm you place. State which day or both days.

Mar
4
Wed
2020
European Championship Series 2019 Final @ Bulls & Balls
Mar 4 – Mar 8 all-day
European Championship Series 2019 Final @ Bulls & Balls | Fulda | Hessen | Germany

Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th March, 2020 (optional warm-up tournament on the Wednesday).
More than 70 machines from all epochs.
Nice drinks and food.
Many tournaments.
Good and cheap hotels and hostels nearby.
Good connections from Frankfurt airport.

More details to be added soon.

Mar
20
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Dutch Pinball Masters @ NFV Clubhouse - To Be Confirmed
Mar 20 – Mar 22 all-day
CANCELLED - Dutch Pinball Masters @ NFV Clubhouse - To Be Confirmed | Veenendaal | Utrecht | Netherlands

Featuring the main Dutch Pinball Masters tournament, a Classics tournament, a Team tournament and a 4-Strikes Knockout tournament.  Maximum prize money of €1,000 for the winner of the DPM and €500 for the Classics winner.

Usually held at the Dutch Pinball Association (NFV) Clubhouse in Veenendaal where there are also free play practice machines and a cafe/bar on-site, there have been some changes in the staffing at the Clubhouse and so the location for the 2020 event has not been confirmed yet.

May
15
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – German Pinball Open 2020 @ Stadthalle Gifhorn
May 15 – May 17 all-day
CANCELLED - German Pinball Open 2020 @ Stadthalle Gifhorn | Gifhorn | Niedersachsen | Germany

Dear pinball friends,

We would like to inform you about a year in advance that the GPO 2020 will take place in our beautiful city of GIFHORN, on the southern edge of the Lüneburg Heath.
So mark the following period very thick in the calendar.

The date is already fixed: Friday, May 15, 2020 – Sunday, May 17, 2020.
Location: Stadthalle in 38518 Gifhorn, Schützenplatz 2
Link: Stadthalle-gifhorn.de

Further information follows.

If you already have questions, ask …

Greetings from your organizing team “on site”:

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