PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Aug
25
Fri
2017
NW Pinball Championships @ Lucky Strike Bowling
Aug 25 – Aug 27 all-day

100% Payback – all money from qualifying rounds goes into the tournament.
Thousands of dollars up for grabs with additional sponsored prizes.

It is a multi-day qualifying tournament followed by a day of finals. During qualifying on Friday and Saturday players purchase cards or tickets to play games on the tournament machines. Players may purchase as many cards or tickets as they like. Open and Classics divisions.

Oct
11
Wed
2017
AUTUMN COIN-OP SHOW @ Chelsea Football Club
Oct 11 – Oct 12 all-day

Leading manufacturers and suppliers have felt the need for a relaxed and sociable event to gain essential feedback on machine performance over the season just passed and seek valuable input prior to product launches in the New Year.

The Autumn Coin-Op Show will be an ideal time to tell them what is good and bad, what works well and what you would like to see for the coming year.

With substantial industry input, perfect timing and an iconic London venue with its own on-site hotel, The Autumn Coin-Op Show is set to add real value and to become an important fixture in the amusement and coin-op industry calendar.

Feb
10
Sat
2018
Mad 4 Pinball @ Morlacchi Dario
Feb 10 @ 10:00am – Feb 11 @ 6:00pm
Mad 4 Pinball @ Morlacchi Dario | Milano | Lombardia | Italy

Start Date: February 10, 2018 – 10 am
End Date: February 11, 2018 – 6 pm

Qualification:
Head to head match play
Max 15 rounds head to head
4 groups of max 16 players each
Best 20 players (5 per groups) advance to final rounds (1st ranked of each group get 1 bye)
With a number of participants less than 48, max 50% of players advance to final rounds

Final rounds:
PAPA Style Match Play with groups based on qualification ranking
1st – 2nd round : groups of 4 players (top 3 advance) (3 games – score 4,2,1,0)
3rd round : groups of 3 players (top 2 advance) (3 games – score 4,2,1)
Semifinal : head to head – best of 3 games
Final : 4 players – 1 game

TGP=100%

Apr
21
Sat
2018
Flip-Expo @ Salle Serge Reggiani
Apr 21 – Apr 22 all-day
May
4
Fri
2018
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum
May 4 – May 6 all-day
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum | Brighton | Michigan | United States

Our facility is the one of the largest dedicated pinball venues (by unique game count) in North America and has games from the 1950s “woodrails” to the latest games from Stern pinball. Every decade, manufacturer and game type is represented at the museum. There are many rare and hard to find games set up and ready to play. All machines are free play, so one entrance ticket allows unlimited play for the day. There’s something for every pinball fan here (we are the one of the largest dedicated pinball facility in North America.) But unlike other pinball museum type facilities, we are here every day working on our machines, making sure they play perfect! Arguably this makes us the best working/restored pinball collection in North America.

Tickets for the showcase will be available in advance only. We want to ensure that all attendees have the absolute best possible experience and have plenty of room to mingle and experience and play the pinball machines. To do this we have a limited number of tickets available for each day. Once the limit is reached, we are sold out, and no more tickets will be issued. Hence generally speaking there will not be tickets available at the door.

May
19
Sat
2018
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria
May 19 – May 20 all-day
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria | Madrid | Comunidad de Madrid | Spain

The tenth edition of the Madrid pinball tournament.

Modern and Classic tournaments.

Preferential hotel rates being negotiated.

Sep
13
Thu
2018
Pinball Palooza – Cancelled
Sep 13 – Sep 16 all-day
Pinball Palooza - Cancelled @ Schaumburg | Illinois | United States

Pinball Expo co-organiser Rob Berk new show in Schaumburg promises seminars, tournaments, vendors, free-play games, and much more.

Note: Event has been cancelled, and the original Pinball Expo date and location reinstated

Nov
9
Fri
2018
Free Play Florida @ Caribe Royale Resort
Nov 9 – Nov 11 all-day
Free Play Florida @ Caribe Royale Resort | Orlando | Florida | United States

Free Play Florida is an exciting three day event that encompasses a complete pinball, arcade, and console gaming experience. All of your classic and current pinball and arcade games will be on display for you to play, join the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) sanctioned Main, Classics & Women’s pinball tournament and compete with the best in the state of Florida, sit in on our speaker panels that include industry icons, and visit our valued vendors selling parts, memorabilia, and some of the coolest themed art on the planet!

Free Play Florida is brought to you by Byte Amusement Group, Inc. Byte Amusement Group is a 501c3 Organization, with the objective to produce educational, family oriented events whose proceeds provide charitable assistance to local non-profit organization and people in need. To seek living individuals of historical significance in the creation, art, and manufacturing of amusement machines and allow them to relate their stories through a public venue; to provide educational opportunities about pinball, arcade and consoles, including mathematics, physics, electricity, and the history as reflected in the technology and art of amusement machines.

Nov
12
Mon
2018
IAAPA Attractions Expo @ Orange County Convention Center
Nov 12 – Nov 16 all-day
IAAPA Attractions Expo @ Orange County Convention Center | Orlando | Florida | United States

Conference from Monday 12th to Friday 16th, trade show from Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th.

Deliver compelling guest experiences and build on your success at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018. You’ll discover fun, future trends, and the forward thinking it takes to increase attendance, grow revenue, and deliver the cutting-edge entertainment today’s guests demand. Here, you’ll see what’s next, learn what’s new, and hear what’s working from peers and leaders from around the globe.

Apr
13
Sat
2019
Flip-Expo @ Salle Serge Reggiani
Apr 13 – Apr 14 all-day
Flip-Expo @ Salle Serge Reggiani | Le Tréport | Normandie | France

Two halls of pinball fun – one for vendors, one for free play and tournament games. Only €4 entry to both (free for accompanied children under 12-years-old).

Open 10am-7pm on Saturday, 10am-6pm on Sunday.

Catering on-site, plus a supermarket next door. See last year’s report here

May
3
Fri
2019
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum
May 3 – May 5 all-day
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum | Brighton | Michigan | United States

Our facility is the one of the largest dedicated pinball venues (by unique game count) in North America and has games from the 1950s “woodrails” to the latest games from Stern pinball. Every decade, manufacturer and game type is represented at the museum. There are many rare and hard to find games set up and ready to play. All machines are free play, so one entrance ticket allows unlimited play for the day. There’s something for every pinball fan here (we are the one of the largest dedicated pinball facility in North America.) But unlike other pinball museum type facilities, we are here every day working on our machines, making sure they play perfect! Arguably this makes us the best working/restored pinball collection in North America.

Tickets for the showcase will be available in advance only. We want to ensure that all attendees have the absolute best possible experience and have plenty of room to mingle and experience and play the pinball machines. To do this we have a limited number of tickets available for each day. Once the limit is reached, we are sold out, and no more tickets will be issued. Hence generally speaking there will not be tickets available at the door.

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.

Jun
7
Fri
2019
IFPA 16 @ Double Pinball
Jun 7 – Jun 9 all-day
IFPA 16 @ Double Pinball | Assago | Lombardia | Italy

The sixteenth edition of the IFPA World Championship will take place from 7th to 9th June 2019, for the first time ever in Italy.

The event will be hosted in the Double Pinball showroom, in Assago, just outside Milan.

In the same week of the event and in the days before the Ifpa World Cup Italy and Double Pinball will organize a series of introductory tournament that will anticipate the maximum competition. For a week of sports pinball.

Note: Entry is restricted to the top players in each country and is by invitation only.

Apr
25
Sat
2020
POSTPONED – Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum
Apr 25 – Apr 26 all-day
POSTPONED - Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum | Brighton | Michigan | United States

Our facility is the one of the largest dedicated pinball venues (by unique game count) in North America and has games from the 1950s “woodrails” to the latest games from Stern pinball. Every decade, manufacturer and game type is represented at the museum. There are many rare and hard to find games set up and ready to play. All machines are free play, so one entrance ticket allows unlimited play for the day. There’s something for every pinball fan here (we are the one of the largest dedicated pinball facility in North America.) But unlike other pinball museum type facilities, we are here every day working on our machines, making sure they play perfect! Arguably this makes us the best working/restored pinball collection in North America.

Tickets for the showcase will be available in advance only. We want to ensure that all attendees have the absolute best possible experience and have plenty of room to mingle and experience and play the pinball machines. To do this we have a limited number of tickets available for each day. Once the limit is reached, we are sold out, and no more tickets will be issued. Hence generally speaking there will not be tickets available at the door.

Sep
19
Sat
2020
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum
Sep 19 – Sep 20 all-day
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum | Brighton | Michigan | United States

Rescheduled from April 2020.

Our facility is the one of the largest dedicated pinball venues (by unique game count) in North America and has games from the 1950s “woodrails” to the latest games from Stern pinball. Every decade, manufacturer and game type is represented at the museum. There are many rare and hard to find games set up and ready to play. All machines are free play, so one entrance ticket allows unlimited play for the day. There’s something for every pinball fan here (we are the one of the largest dedicated pinball facility in North America.) But unlike other pinball museum type facilities, we are here every day working on our machines, making sure they play perfect! Arguably this makes us the best working/restored pinball collection in North America.

Tickets for the showcase will be available in advance only. We want to ensure that all attendees have the absolute best possible experience and have plenty of room to mingle and experience and play the pinball machines. To do this we have a limited number of tickets available for each day. Once the limit is reached, we are sold out, and no more tickets will be issued. Hence generally speaking there will not be tickets available at the door.

Nov
21
Sat
2020
CANCELLED – DPO Expo @ ECC
Nov 21 – Nov 22 all-day
CANCELLED - DPO Expo @ ECC | Leiden | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

The Dutch Pinball Open Expo 2020, the biggest pinball event in the Netherlands and home of the Dutch Pinball Open tournament, will take place in the new location of the ECC (Event and Conference Centre) in Leiden.

On the 21st & 22nd of November all are welcome to play on the more than 100 games set to free-play, or attempt to go home with the title.

What to expect?

– More than 100 games, all on free play
– Main tournament (open entry, anyone can join)
– Various ‘side-games’ such as the classics tournament
– Seminars
– Vendors

Oct
27
Wed
2021
37th Pinball Expo @ Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
Oct 27 – Oct 30 all-day
37th Pinball Expo @ Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel | Schaumburg | Illinois | United States

NOTE: New location

After last year’s Virtual Pinball Expo, for 2021 the longest-running pinball show moves to a new home at the Renaissance Convention Center & Hotel in the city of Schaumburg.

Schaumburg is much nearer Chicago O’Hare airport than the previous location at the Westin in Wheeling, while the main show hall has expanded to 70,000 sq ft, almost three times the size of the main vendor hall at the Westin.  There are also dedicated seminar rooms and multiple meeting spaces in hotel and attached Convention Center.

Booking for the show and the hotel rooms opens at the end of October 2020.

Nov
16
Tue
2021
IAAPA Expo @ Orange County Convention Center
Nov 16 – Nov 19 all-day
IAAPA Expo @ Orange County Convention Center | Orlando | Florida | United States

Conference from Monday 15th to Thursday 18th, trade show from Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th.

IAAPA Expo is the one-stop destination for leisure and attractions industry professionals, including operators, suppliers, investors, and developers from.

  • Amusement and Theme Parks
  • Integrated Hotels and Resorts
  • Water Parks
  • Attractions
  • Family Entertainment Centers
  • Historic/Cultural/Tourist Attractions
  • Museums and Science Centers
  • Zoos and Aquariums
  • and More!
Nov
19
Fri
2021
Free Play Florida @ Caribe Royale Orlando
Nov 19 – Nov 21 all-day
Free Play Florida @ Caribe Royale Orlando | Orlando | Florida | United States

After a tumultuous 2020, we’re ready to bring Free Play Florida back and better than ever. Join us for our 2021 convention as we take you back… to the mall! We’re bringing fun and funky 80’s vibes, cool new souvenirs, and, of course, all the arcade and pinball games you can play.

Located at the beautiful Caribe Royal Orlando resort, Free Play Florida is the nation’s largest Pinball and Arcade convention. Featuring over 300 pinball machines, arcade cabinets, and vending machines, along with special guests, panels, cosplayers, and more, it’s a must-attend event for game lovers around the world.

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