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PPE 2011 Tournament: When the Bullet Hit the Bone!

September 29, 2011

Another Pacific Pinball Exposition has come and gone.  Phew!  It kicked my ass!  There were 44 competitors in the Open event, 59 in the Classics, 41 in Novice, and 13 in Kids, for a grand total of 157 entrants.  That’s more than double anything I’ve ever run before.  It hit me like a cannon ball and I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone.

Multi-world champion Keith Elwin also ran a Pin Tac Toe tournament on Friday which had over 30 players.  Keith, it should be mentioned, also ran the tournament the last couple years.  His skills are legendary.

Here’s a look at the tournament area.  Dave Baach, my co-organizer, quickly realized the overhead track lighting could add some awesome to the tournament.  The position of the lights didn’t create glare on the games and made for an excellent atmosphere.  We ran with it.

Here’s Dave Baach and I, the tournament organizers.  Dave is an exceptional tech, cool guy, great organizer and lent me his hotel room to shower when the water was shut off in my neighborhood on Saturday.

Special Guests: The Special Force Girls.  Jamie George, Molly Atkinson, and Molly Reismann.  Molly Reismann won the masks in Friday’s raffle and was probably the only one to put in tickets!

Nick Fitzpatrick was our first champion of the show, taking 1st in Kids Division!  Way to go, Nick!  Nick is getting good, folks.  Look for him in future tournaments and prepare to get beat by a kid.

Local BAPA league member Walter Hurwitz destroying Centaur.  He destroyed it pretty good, too.

This is a face of determination.  Nate from Portland stepped up to run most of the novice finals when I had to leave to go run my “How to Play Pinball like the Pros” seminar.  He ran it like a CHAMP!  When I came back he just said, “No worries, we’ve got it.”  And gat dayam he did.  Top tier, this man, and I think he might have got bit by the tourney bug and Portlanders may be seeing some more tourney leadership from this guy.

1st in Novice: Per Schwarzenberger

Still looking for the score sheet for the rest!  Sorry guys.  Send me your names!

Handing out plaques for the Novice Winners.

Julie Gray defends the American Way on Special Force.  Josh Lehan informed me the Special Force backglass was so unpopular in Europe that they created an alternate Euro backglass: “Special Force Girls“.

Stephan Colleredo showed solid EM skills and was an unknown.  He was 2nd overall qualifier and showed you can show up from out of nowhere and do some damage.

Johnny Modica took 3rd in Classics with solid play, and he’s a fun guy to boot!

Bob Matthews showed great focus and an old school play style using a minimum of fancy flipper moves but magic prediction and reaction skills.  Bob is all class.  Super respect.

Andrei Massenkoff, the Bay Area phenom who recently won the PAPA World Championship, took first in Classics.  Always a good guy, super-competitive, just too cool.  Congrats Andrei!

In Open, Karl DeAngelo took 4th, but that was partly because he had to leave after game 1 to catch a flight.  Very solid player.  You don’t want to be on the opposite end of this guy in a game of pinball.

Cayle George, the IFPA Champion, took 3rd with solid, technical play.  Super methodical, technical player that sees all the lights and opportunities.  Nothing gets by this guy.

No surprise to see Keith Elwin in the Final Four.  Keith took 2nd.  Keith also ran Pin Tac Toe.  Just a natural at pinball.  No nonsense play, clinical, seemingly detached.  Yet, an understated guy who often leaves a clutch game with sweat on his brow – you know he’s giving it 100 percent.

The big surprise at this tournament was a man named Kevin Martin.  Kevin is the guy who produces the PAPA World Championships, Cupid and Canines, and most recently, the Pinburgh Match Play for All event.  As producer, he chooses not to play in his events.

Before I say further, Kevin made a GIANT contribution to the prize pot and also provided the PAPA software for the tournament.

Kevin came into the Finals as the 12th seed (of 16), meaning he had to claw all the way through the ranks.  In the Quarter and Semi Finals he was usually in bad position for choice of Game or Order in all his matches.  Didn’t matter, he found a place for himself in the Final four by just killing fools left and right!

In the Final at game 3, with Karl out of the mix and fatigue setting in, Kevin found himself a trailing distant third. Only a three-way tie could keep him in the running on the last game.  It was starting to look like his skills and karma had worn out their welcome.

But BANG Kevin started Multi and racked a Jackpot on the open to differentiate himself from his assails and the two others could not produce in convincing fashion.  A little luck and his competitors finishing one-two to make the whole event tied on points pushed the matter to sudden death.

The bullet hit the bone.

And now one game to decide everything.

With scores tied, a coin was flipped.  Came up Capcom Airborne.  Kevin was the highest scorer in qualifiers on this game and was now, for the first (and only) time in his Finals run, in a dominant position.  He didn’t squander it.  He stepped up and capitalized, ruled the skies, took home top honors!

Kevin Martin has long been known to have the SHOW.  But on Sunday, September 25th, he also proved without question, he also has the GO.

KEVIN MARTIN HAS WON THE OPEN DIVISION OF THE PACIFIC PINBALL OPEN!!  GRAND CHAMPION!!  HUGE CONGRATS TO KEVIN MARTIN!!

Novice Qualifying Results

1   Per Schwarzenberger  160
2   Benjamin Liggett     156
3   Izzy Schwartz        144
4   Garrett Albright     136
5   Michael Spears       133
6   Damien Charlety      130
7   Stephan Colloredo    127
8   Jim Anderson         115
9   Jeremy Williams      109
Craig Rockwood       109
11  Chris De Leon        105
12  Robert Rog           104

FINALS QUALIFYING CUTOFF

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13  Shon Dolcini         102
14  Brian King           99
15  Mickey Shiro         97
Mark Altvater        97
17  Natalie Short        92
18  Selena Shook         90
19  Tom Terlecy          88
Erica Riekki         88
21  Jeff Ridenour        85
Tim Juchcinski       85
23  Allen Short          82
24  Joshua George        80
25  Eben Rosenberger     79
26  Johnny Igaz          76
27  Molly Reisman        71
28  Richard Nevins       69
29  Donna Rockwood       68
Matt Sarnoff         68
31  Mark Fitzpatrick     67
32  Erin Ray             65
33  Sean Reynolds        63
Teresa Altvater      63
Brian Beggs          63
36  Bryan Lester         59
37  Ric Craig            55
Jennifer Forman      55
39  Tim Harrison         53
40  Andrew Hoff          40
41  Jeanette Rog         29

Kids Tournament
1   Nick Fitzpatrick     85
2  Bella Gershlein      85
3   Brayden Gardener     83
4   Tyler Enright        83
5   Dashel Miner         78
6   Joaquin Bansuelo     74
6   Juan Flores          74
8   Jack Gioffre         72
9   Adison Brager        68
10  Connor Kennedy       67
11  Nico Colloredo       65
12  Anthony Theis        64
13  Alexander Colloredo  62

Open Division
Qualifying Standings as of Tournament End
The top 16 players advance to final rounds at the end of qualifying
Rank Name Points Best Games
1 Cayle George 328 #2 on IM, #7 on Drac, #8 on TZ
2 Karl DeAngelo 316 #2 on TZ, #5 on T2, #6 on Drac
3* Keith Elwin 290 #1 on Drac, #3 on IM, #23 on SF
4* Tim Hansen 290 #7 on SF, #7 on IM, #18 on T2
5 Josh Lehan 288 #10 on SF, #10 on IM, #14 on Drac
6* Kyle Seller 279 #6 on T2, #9 on TZ, #15 on Drac
7* Josh Warren 279 #11 on SF, #13 on TZ, #22 on Air
8* Andrei Massenkoff 278 #3 on TZ, #3 on Drac, #5 on IM
9* Zoe Vrabel 278 #1 on TZ, #13 on IM, #26 on T2
10 Johnny Modica 277 #2 on T2, #9 on Drac, #14 on SF
11 Bob Matthews 273 #5 on Drac, #6 on IM, #7 on Air
12 Kevin Martin 270 #1 on Air, #12 on TZ, #33 on Drac
13 Joe Scaletta 257 #13 on Drac, #23 on Air, #26 on TZ
14 Hal Erickson 255 #1 on T2, #5 on TZ, #19 on IM
15 Julie Gray 252 #5 on SF, #22 on T2, #25 on IM
16 TIE Nathan Stellhorn 248 #5 on Air, #21 on Drac, #38 on SF
16 TIE Damien Charlety 248 #4 on IM, #23 on Drac, #35 on T2
18 Pat Castaldo 243 #8 on Air, #13 on SF, #23 on IM
19 Chris Heilig 237 #10 on T2, #15 on IM, #41 on TZ
20 Kevin McCabe 233 #9 on T2, #27 on Air, #32 on Drac
21 Jay Archibald 226 #15 on Air, #27 on TZ, #28 on T2
22 Matt Willmarth 211 #13 on Air, #22 on TZ, #34 on IM
23 Tim Harrison 208 #17 on Air, #20 on TZ, #29 on SF
24 Pat Choy 197 #29 on IM, #38 on TZ, #44 on T2
25 Brad McCabe 192 #11 on Air, #32 on T2, #44 on TZ
26 Rodney Olsen 191 #25 on Air, #32 on TZ, #37 on SF
27 Ron Hallett Jr. 183 #15 on SF, #23 on T2, #51 on IM
28 Brian Goldstein 182 #4 on TZ, #29 on Air, #49 on Drac
29 Chris Murray 173 #8 on SF, #54 on Drac, #56 on Air
Bob Schwarzmann 173 #31 on TZ, #39 on T2, #52 on IM
31 Darrin Bebout 170 #33 on T2, #37 on IM, #45 on TZ
32 Mike Nedresky 167 #28 on SF, #42 on T2, #45 on Drac
33 Alex Samonte 157 #9 on Air, #53 on T2, #64 on SF
34 Tim Juchcinski 155 #16 on IM, #20 on SF, #77 on TZ
35 Todd Seaver 150 #41 on Drac, #46 on TZ, #50 on Air
36 Molly Atkinson 147 #19 on Air, #24 on SF, #74 on Drac
37 Mitch Tunick 146 #18 on IM, #56 on T2, #66 on TZ
38 Gavin Keable 142 #28 on Drac, #60 on T2, #61 on IM
39 Mike Kang 136 #27 on SF, #51 on Drac, #57 on IM
40 Chris Kochan 124 #34 on SF, #47 on Air, #62 on TZ
41 Erik Martynn 107 #24 on Air, #53 on IM, #82 on T2
42 Jeannie Rodriguez 103 #53 on Air, #65 on SF, #65 on Drac
43 Adam Newmark 83 #20 on Air, #76 on IM, #85 on TZ
44 Dave Stamm 73 #44 on Air, #71 on T2, #82 on TZ
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Classics Division
Qualifying Standings as of Tournament End
The top 16 players advance to final rounds at the end of qualifying
Rank Name Points Best Games
1 Hal Erickson 316 #1 on HG, #8 on TP, #14 on Abr
2 Stephan Colloredo 315 #4 on Cen, #8 on BP, #10 on HG
3 Keith Elwin 303 #1 on BP, #2 on Cen, #3 on HG
4 Cayle George 299 #6 on JP, #9 on Cen, #18 on BP
5 Johnny Modica 286 #3 on Cen, #9 on Abr, #20 on HG
6 Mike Kang 281 #8 on HG, #15 on Abr, #17 on JP
7 Bob Matthews 275 #3 on Abr, #7 on HG, #18 on JP
8 Chris Heilig 273 #4 on Abr, #17 on TP, #22 on Cen
9 Walter Hurwitz 267 #8 on Cen, #11 on HG, #24 on BP
10* Karl DeAngelo 262 #1 on TP, #9 on BP, #21 on JP
11* Andrei Massenkoff 262 #9 on HG, #11 on Abr, #29 on BP
12 Nathan Stellhorn 260 #4 on JP, #10 on TP, #10 on Abr
13 Gavin Keable 259 #4 on TP, #12 on JP, #12 on Abr
14 Josh Lehan 252 #7 on JP, #24 on TP, #27 on Cen
15 Todd Seaver 251 #1 on Abr, #7 on BP, #50 on TP
16 Rodney Olsen 250 #16 on Abr, #22 on TP, #23 on JP
17 Julie Gray 249 #5 on Abr, #17 on Cen, #24 on HG
18 Alex Samonte 239 #11 on Cen, #32 on HG, #33 on Abr
19 Kyle Seller 226 #17 on HG, #25 on TP, #40 on JP
20 Damien Charlety 220 #6 on TP, #37 on BP, #39 on HG
Joseph Perry 220 #12 on HG, #17 on Abr, #19 on Cen
22 Bob Schwarzmann 218 #2 on BP, #10 on Cen, #59 on HG
23 Darrin Bebout 217 #5 on JP, #14 on HG, #40 on BP
24 Josh Warren 216 #19 on BP, #23 on Cen, #27 on TP
25 Benjamin Liggett 210 #3 on JP, #23 on BP, #28 on TP
26 Joe Scaletta 205 #1 on Cen, #35 on JP, #52 on TP
27 Erik Martynn 203 #8 on Abr, #13 on TP, #40 on HG
28 Brad McCabe 200 #19 on JP, #23 on Abr, #31 on Cen
29 Ty Humphrey 199 #11 on JP, #21 on Cen, #36 on Abr
30 Tim Harrison 198 #12 on BP, #42 on Cen, #49 on HG
31 Kevin Martin 194 #4 on HG, #22 on BP, #45 on TP
32 Pat Castaldo 186 #14 on Cen, #15 on BP, #56 on TP
33 Mitch Tunick 184 #2 on TP, #24 on Abr, #63 on JP
34 Randy Elwin 181 #22 on Abr, #30 on JP, #59 on TP
35 Jeffrey Newmann 180 #28 on Abr, #30 on Cen, #39 on JP
Tim Hansen 180 #11 on BP, #29 on TP, #63 on HG
37 Molly Atkinson 175 #30 on Abr, #37 on TP, #44 on JP
38 Ryan Herceg 169 #20 on Abr, #46 on BP, #51 on TP
39 Jeannie Rodriguez 167 #31 on HG, #42 on TP, #50 on JP
Dave Baach 167 #19 on Abr, #28 on BP, #67 on Cen
41 Chris Murray 164 #28 on Cen, #44 on TP, #53 on JP
42 James MArtinez 161 #14 on BP, #34 on HG, #61 on Abr
Kevin McCabe 161 #17 on BP, #36 on HG, #64 on JP
44 Tom Terlecky 155 #16 on BP, #27 on HG, #66 on Abr
45 Clifton Bain 142 #33 on BP, #37 on HG, #57 on Cen
46 Mike Nedresky 135 #21 on TP, #45 on BP, #71 on Abr
47 Dave Stamm 132 #30 on TP, #49 on JP, #68 on Abr
Jeff Ridenour 132 #26 on Cen, #51 on Abr, #57 on BP
49 Rick Togneri 122 #26 on BP, #50 on HG, #72 on TP
50 Jim Vierra 116 #46 on HG, #58 on JP, #62 on TP
51 Brian Goldstein 100 #38 on Cen, #57 on HG, #74 on BP
52 Zoe Vrabel 99 #49 on Abr, #54 on TP, #70 on Cen
53 Bob Rog 90 #25 on BP, #71 on Cen, #78 on Abr
54 Jeanette Rog 86 #37 on Abr, #64 on BP, #77 on Cen
55 Stewart Katz 82 #35 on BP, #61 on TP, #86 on HG
56 Michael Spears 78 #41 on Abr, #74 on HG, #78 on JP
57 Cheryl Sweppy 47 #66 on TP, #75 on Abr, #76 on BP
58 Molly Reisman 46 #56 on Cen, #77 on HG, #85 on Abr
59 Pat Choy 45 #64 on Cen, #75 on BP, #80 on TP
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Pin Tac Toe winners:

1st: Josh Lehan, Josh Warren & Jeannie Rodriguez (won $140)

2nd: Bob Matthews, Todd Seaver & Warren ? (don’t seem to have
his name)

3rd Place was Cayle, Andrei & Tim Hansen (Tim had to leave
so they just plunged his turns).

Andrei, Cayle and Tim were the favored, however, since Tim had to bow out, his teammates had to plunge his balls and pray.  Word at the tournament was that Jeannie Rodriguez was the franchise player of the winning team, and the main reason they went on to victory.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Henry permalink
    October 1, 2011 4:05 pm

    At some point, when I have time (HA!), I’d like to synch up some of the play footage from Keith’s cameras with the stuff I shot. Caveats being that I ran out of space on a card taping Cayle on Dracula, and there wasn’t an overhead camera on the final game (Airborne). That’s assuming I could get a copy of said playfield footage, etc.

    (Then again, Dracula was such a train wreck that I’m not sure you’d WANT that footage out there. Well, maybe for shits and giggles.)

    Also, I still haven’t figured out where to post that 4 1/2 hours of seminar footage. Because, yeah … 4 1/2 HOURS. And I need to bug Martin for the sound board recordings (though he’s probably got much bigger things to deal with at the moment).

    -H

  2. September 30, 2011 8:04 am

    Thanks for the great write up! You and Dave put on a beautiful tournament. Congrats to all the winners and competitors.

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