PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Jan
12
Fri
2018
INDISC Pinball Festival @ Museum of Pinball
Jan 12 – Jan 14 all-day
INDISC Pinball Festival @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

INDISC Pinball Festival is a three-day pinball party with more flippin’ fun than you can imagine!

Not only do we have 500+ pinball machines all on FREE PLAY, but we’re hosting the “It Never Drains in Southern California” Pinball Tournament at the same time. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the event whether or not you choose to participate in the tournament. Due to the size of the tourney, no video games will be available. (Come back for Arcade Expo in March to experience the pins and vids!)

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.

Jun
2
Sat
2018
Flippermania 2018 with David Thiel @ Pinball Universe
Jun 2 – Jun 3 all-day
Flippermania 2018 with David Thiel @ Pinball Universe | Bünde | Nordrhein-Westfalen | Germany

This is the 3rd “Non Tournament Pinball Event” in Germany hosting a star guest, with lots of time and seminars with the guest.

It will be a journal of David through his career to create the perfect pinball (and video) sounds. Starting in the early ’80s with Gottlieb, later Data East (Laser War, Time Machine and many more) til these days (Dialed In!, Alien …) and David is currently working on Pirates.

The event is hosted at Pinball Universe which gives the guest a lot of opportunities to see and play the latest industry games, as well as playing classics in the company’s game room.

The entrance fee of €35 covers all the travelling costs of the guest, the real costs of the location, and a joined buffet dinner on Saturday.

Jun
28
Thu
2018
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
Jun 28 – Jul 1 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.

Note: a fourth day (Sunday) has now been added to the dates as a winding-down day.

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

Oct
19
Fri
2018
Pinball Madness @ Museum of Pinball
Oct 19 @ 4:00pm – Oct 21 @ 8:00pm
Pinball Madness @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

The Museum of Pinball’s new second show of the year.

Over 1,100 pinball and arcade games set up on free play over the three days.

Also, costume contests, entertainment, food and much more.

Nov
10
Sat
2018
DPO Expo @ De Voorste Venne
Nov 10 – Nov 11 all-day
DPO Expo @ De Voorste Venne | Drunen | Noord-Brabant | Netherlands

DPO is the biggest pinball event in The Netherlands, if you are in any way involved in pinball it’s a must-visit event. What to expect?

  • About 150 games, all on free play
  • Main tournament (open entry, anyone can join)
  • Various ‘side-games’, such as the classics match
  • Lectures
  • Vendors

These are the prices for entry to the DPO Expo and for the tournaments:

  • Entrance Saturday: € 15,00;
  • Entrance Sunday: € 15,00;
  • Entrance Weekend : € 30,00;
  • Participation main tournament: € 20,00 (excl. entrance);
  • Participation ladies tournament: € 10,00 (excl. entrance);
  • Participation kids tournament (max 15 yr): € 0,00 (excl. entrance);
  • Entry Classic Match: € 3,00 per entry (3 pinballs, 3 balls per game);
  • Participation Swiss match: € 5,00 (no pre-sale, excl. entrance);
  • Package deal 1 (only pre-sale, before October 1st): weekend entrance + special DPO shirt + poster: € 50,00;
  • Package deal 2 (only pre-sale, before October 1st): weekend entrance + main tournament + special DPO shirt + poster: € 70,00;
  • Kids up to 11 years of age get free entrance, they need to be accompanied by an adult (max. 3 children per adult).
Jan
11
Fri
2019
INDISC Pinball Festival @ Museum of Pinball
Jan 11 – Jan 13 all-day
INDISC Pinball Festival @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

The INDISC Pinball Festival is a three day pinball arcade party with more fun than you can imagine!

Not only do we have 500+ pinball machines and video games all on FREE PLAY, we’re hosting the first Stern Pinball Pro Circuit event of the year, It Never Drains in Southern California — which also happens to be one of the largest open pinball tournaments in the world.

Come battle the best players from all over for pinball supremacy, or simply enjoy the plethora of video games and pinball machines the Museum of Pinball has to offer.

May
3
Fri
2019
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
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.

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.

Oct
11
Fri
2019
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)
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
18
Fri
2019
Pinball Madness @ Museum of Pinball
Oct 18 @ 4:00pm – Oct 20 @ 8:00pm
Pinball Madness @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

The Museum of Pinball’s new second show of the year.

Over 1,400 pinball machines and arcade games (both vintage and modern) will be on freeplay with no quarters needed. Costume contests, entertainment, food, and more!

Nov
9
Sat
2019
DPO Expo @ IJsselhallen
Nov 9 – Nov 10 all-day
DPO Expo @ IJsselhallen | Zwolle | Overijssel | Netherlands

The Dutch Pinball Open Expo 2019, the biggest pinball event in the Netherlands and home of the Dutch Pinball Open tournament, will take place in the new location of ‘de IJsselhallen’ in Zwolle.
On the 9th and the 10th 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?

– About 150 games, all on free play
– Main tournament (open entry, anyone can join)
– Various ‘side-games’ such as the classics tournament
– Seminars
– Vendors

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.

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