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BREAKING NEWS – Bay Area player Andrei Massenkoff Wins Pinball World Championships!!

August 14, 2011

Andrei Massenkoff, just after winning the Pacific Pinball Exposition Tournament in 2009

Andrei Massenkoff, a pinball wizard from San Francisco, has just captured the most prestigious crown in the pinball universe by winning the Expert Division of the Professional Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) World Championships, held annually in Pittsburgh, PA, among an international field of top competitors.  Through three days of grueling qualifiers, he went into the Playoff rounds as the the 3rd highest seed, and then went on in the Finals to unseat reigning champion Keith Elwin, who has won the event a staggering three years in a row.

Andrei went into the event ranked 11th in the world, and had a 3rd place finish at California Extreme.  He took 2nd at the PAPA event last year and should move into top 5 territory in the World Rankings with the victory.

Massenkoff, a longtime competitor and member  of the Bay Area Pinball Association, extends the legacy of the club which includes previous World Champions Bowen Kerins and Rick Stetta.

For his efforts, Andrei takes home a check for $10,000, and in keeping with the tournaments tradition, a very large trophy.

EDIT: has a pic of Andrei’s trophy, which is taller than he is!

  1. john kraklau permalink
    September 11, 2012 8:02 am

    who’d have thought? i saw andrei for the first time when he was about 3 and visiting his maternal grandparents in michigan. i am very proud.

  2. August 17, 2011 12:42 pm

    Congratulations from your pinball friends in Pittsburgh. I hope to see you in March 2012 for the Pinburgh Match Play Championships.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    August 15, 2011 10:03 pm

    Great flipping Andrei! Congrats!

  4. Larry Rosenbluth permalink
    August 15, 2011 7:29 pm

    ” That Deaf, Dumb, & ANDREI… Sure plays a Mean Pinball ” !!! CONGRATS 2 U !!! Sincerely, Larry ( Proud owner of a Vintage EL DORADO machine )

  5. Kathy Gagno permalink
    August 15, 2011 3:22 pm

    Congratulations Andrei! It was very exciting to watch the final round you are a true champ!

  6. Dave Easterla permalink
    August 15, 2011 2:50 pm

    Hey Andrei,

    Congratulations & Awesome win!! You are the World Champion!!

    Dave Easterla

  7. Anonymous permalink
    August 15, 2011 5:44 am

    Congrats Andrei on a well deserved win from all the pinheads at piside!!!

  8. Mikkel Sjølin permalink
    August 15, 2011 2:27 am

    Champion of the world: Andrei Massenkoff!!

    Way to go Andrei! Congratulations from the proud pinball nation of Denmark! ;)

  9. Beth Davies permalink
    August 14, 2011 11:06 pm

    Fantastic!! Well done Andrei!!

  10. Chris D permalink
    August 14, 2011 10:53 pm

    This is so awesome! Congratulations Andrei!!

  11. nina g permalink
    August 14, 2011 9:10 pm

    Congrats from Oakland!

  12. Walter permalink
    August 14, 2011 9:01 pm

    Great job Andrei! Way to represent.


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