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.

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.

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.

May
25
Fri
2018
Polish Pinball Championship & PSF Cup @ JJP Flipper Club
May 25 – May 27 all-day
Polish Pinball Championship & PSF Cup @ JJP Flipper Club | Bytom | śląskie | Poland

Four tournaments in one weekend.

Main Tournament, Classics, Pin-Golf & Manufacturers Division.

Main tournament on Saturday 26th May, Classics on Friday and Saturday, Pin-Golf on Sunday and Manufacturers Division from Friday to Sunday.  All tournaments award WPPR points.

Jul
29
Sun
2018
Wayne Neyen’s 100th Birthday
Jul 29 all-day
Wayne Neyen's 100th Birthday @ Mountain Home | Arkansas | United States

Legendary Gottlieb game designer Wayne Neyens, celebrates his 100th birthday in his home town of Mountain Home.

Birthday cards (especially funny ones) can be sent to:

313 Leatherwood Circle, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653, USA
Aug
25
Sat
2018
Plaza Park Pinball Party VII @ Plaza Park Dźwirzyno
Aug 25 – Aug 26 all-day
Plaza Park Pinball Party VII @ Plaza Park Dźwirzyno | Dźwirzyno | Województwo zachodniopomorskie | Poland

30 pinball machines, 15 with ColorDMD displays.

Starts at 10am on Saturday.

Entry: 100zł for one day, 180zł for both days.

 

CORVETTE
CIRQUS VOLTAIRE
CONGO
CREATURE FROM BLACK LAGOON
CHAMPION PUB
DIRTY HARRY
DR. WHO
HURRICANE
INDIANA JONE
INDIANAPOLIS 500
JUDGE DREDD
JUNK YARD
MEDIEVAL MADNESS
MONSTER BASH
NO FEAR
NO GOOD GOFERS
ROADSHOW
REVENGE FROM MARS
SCARED STIFF
STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION
STARGATE
TALES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS
TERMINATOR 2
THE ADDAMS FAMILY GOLD
THE GETAWAY
THE MACHINE
THE SHADOW
THE WALKING DEAD LIMITED EDITION
TWILIGHT ZONE
WHITE WATER

Oct
5
Fri
2018
IFPA Midsommar Open 2018 @ Bulls & Balls Fulda
Oct 5 – Oct 7 all-day
IFPA Midsommar Open 2018 @ Bulls & Balls Fulda | Fulda | Hessen | Germany

Four full tournaments over three days – Warm-Up, Classic, PinGolf and 5-Strike Knockout – plus a Midnigh Madness tournament from midnight until 5am on Sunday morning.

A current maximum of 70 entrants, with priority given to those registering for all three days.  Entry cost is €25 for one day, €50 for two and €60 for all three days.  Buffet meal is €10 per day.  Midnight Madness is €5 entry with €2 re-buys.

Friday
17:00 Admission and registration
18:00 Start “Warm up Tournament”
00:00 End “Warm up Tournament” and final
01:00 bar closes (plus/minus, decided then the tavern)

Saturday
09:30 Admission and registration and award ceremony
10:00 Start “PinGolf” and “Classic Torunament”
14:00 Lunch break (machines will be switched off)
18:00 End of preliminary round “PinGolf” and start of finals “PinGolf”
20:00 End of preliminary round “Classic Tournament”; Start finals after finals “PinGolf” or earlier if no player overlap
23:00 End of both tournaments and award ceremony
00:00 Start “Hackdicht und Rotzevoll Midnight Madness”
05:00 End of preliminary round “Hackdicht and Rotzevoll Midnight Madness” and start final
06:00 End tournament and close

Sunday
09:30 Admission and registration
10:00 Start “5-Strike-Knockout Tournament”
13:00 lunch break (machines will be switched off)
18:00 End of preliminary round “5-Strike-Knockout Tournament” and start final
20:00 Tournaments and bar closes

Nov
4
Sun
2018
Shorty’s 21st Annual Pinball Tournament @ Shorty's
Nov 4 all-day
Shorty's 21st Annual Pinball Tournament @ Shorty's | Seattle | Washington | United States

Seattle’s longest running pinball tournament! This will be the last Shorty’s Annual at this location (they are moving down the street)!

Hosted by Germain Mariolle and Dwayne Collins, with special guest commentators Todd “Big Mac” MacCulloch and “Mr Boom Shakalaka” Tim Kitzrow!

For the qualifying part, we will have an a 4 player style Matchplay qualifying similar to the Emerald City cup (Balanced pairing, 7-5-3-1 scoring, 7-4-1 in case of 3 players group, game and position on game chosen at random). We will run UP TO 8 Matchplay rounds (less if attendance is putting us behind schedule, no qualifying round would start after 7:15PM).

The top 16 players (Tie breaker based on most 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finish in that order, if needed ranking from previous rounds will be used) at the end of the qualifying would move on to a seeded Head-to-Head single elimination bracket best out of 3 finals!

Similar to the previous format, the game will be chosen at random with position of play chosen by the winner of a coin flip. The loser then get to choose position for the next match in the best of 3. First person to win 2 match moves onto the next round. The format continues until the winner is decided.

Winner of the looser bracket would need to win against winner with 2 consecutive best out of 3 rounds.

Grand finals will be played on the prize machine.

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.

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.

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.

May
25
Sat
2019
Horrorhouse Fest @ Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 25 @ 7:00pm – May 26 @ 9:00pm
Horrorhouse Fest @ Denver Marriott Tech Center | Denver | Colorado | United States

Now in our seventh year, Horrorhouse Fest has found a home in it’s latest incarnation, now partnered with Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown to bring you the scariest and craziest gaming experience around. Combining the thrills of a spookhouse and an arcade tournament, Horrorhouse Fest is quite simply something we call a “Hauntcade”!

Traditionally our event has been a one night affair, but now that we’ll be at the showdown all weekend in our own “Conference Room of Death”, we have expanded to 2 sessions. One on Saturday, May 25th 2019 starting at 7pm and one on Sunday, May 26th starting at 5pm. Expect a mini thrill ride full of unique and rare games, actors who play the parts of characters from the games, and a super fun and hilarious tournament style adventure, where the players will be distracted by sights and sounds aplenty while trying to figure out how to get a high score on each machine at the same time!

Prizes will be amazing, as in the past we have given away everything from a full upright arcade machine, video games from the past and present, Dungeons and Dragons manuals, consoles and plenty of swag from our sponsors. What will be the grand prize this year? Just you wait… it will be worth every scream encountered!

IMPORTANT: You must purchase a corresponding admission ticket to the show (Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown) in order to participate in that day’s tournaments. The tournament entry does NOT include admission to the show.

May
31
Fri
2019
Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day
Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center | Tacoma | Washington | United States

Around 400 pinball and video games fill the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center’s hall along with multiple tournaments and a wide variety of vendors, while seminars take place in the lobby outside.

See our reports from the past few years in the Shows section for a good overview.

Note that the 2019 dates are a week earlier in the year than in the past couple of years, avoiding clashes with other US shows.

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
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.

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.

Jun
5
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
Jun 5 – Jun 7 all-day
CANCELLED - Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center | Tacoma | Washington | United States

This is our 12th year and it’s one of the biggest and smoothest running shows in the world!
-Featuring over 400 pinball and arcade games from the 1950s to the newest games!
-5 pinball tournaments!
-Over a dozen satellite pinball tournaments leading up to the show where you can win prizes, weekend passes, and tournament entries!
-The Northwest Show draws over 4,000 collectors, players and fans of classic coin-op games!
-Top national and local vendors and sponsors!
-One of the best seminar and speaker lineups of any show, run by our top notch video and audio team!
-World record high score attempts!
-Tons of raffle items, prizes and merch! Win a pinball or arcade game each day the show!
-Dozens of one of a kind homebrew games, whitewoods, prototypes, rare games and the debut of newest games from pinball and arcade manufacturers!
-Nice modern air conditioned convention center with 2 hotels within a block of the venue, situated near bars, restaurants and in a town with a dozen microbreweries, many within walking distance!

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

Jun
4
Fri
2021
CANCELLED – Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
Jun 4 – Jun 6 all-day
CANCELLED - Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center | Tacoma | Washington | United States

This is our 13th year and it’s one of the biggest and smoothest running shows in the world!
-Featuring over 400 pinball and arcade games from the 1950s to the newest games!
-5 pinball tournaments!
-Over a dozen satellite pinball tournaments leading up to the show where you can win prizes, weekend passes, and tournament entries!
-The Northwest Show draws over 4,000 collectors, players and fans of classic coin-op games!
-Top national and local vendors and sponsors!
-One of the best seminar and speaker lineups of any show, run by our top notch video and audio team!
-World record high score attempts!
-Tons of raffle items, prizes and merch! Win a pinball or arcade game each day the show!
-Dozens of one of a kind homebrew games, whitewoods, prototypes, rare games and the debut of newest games from pinball and arcade manufacturers!
-Nice modern air conditioned convention center with 2 hotels within a block of the venue, situated near bars, restaurants and in a town with a dozen microbreweries, many within walking distance!

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