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June 27, 2019


Pre-SF City Champ Tournament 6/21

May 20, 2019


Where: Alamo Draft House, 2550 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

When: Friday 6/21 @ 7PM, Registration starts at 6PM

Entry: $5 + coin drop

WPPRs: Yes

Prizes: Cash prizes to top 4

Format: Flipper Frenzy

Continuous matches are played for a set duration of 2 hours. As soon as a player completes a match, they go back into the queue of players waiting for the next available machine. Top 4 play off on three machines with 4-2-1-0 scoring.

Pacific Pinball League Season Starts May 29!

May 14, 2019


Ready to unlock your NATURAL PINBALL POTENTIAL? :-)

Then click the League link up top for more info and come out!

If you have any questions, hit me up on the Contact link.

Bill Gates Blew Off College Interview

May 9, 2019


If Pinball had a ship

April 9, 2019

A different kind of pin-hauler

February 2, 2019


When it Drains it Emporiums

January 17, 2019

Hey Folks! Come on out to the new Emporium in fabulous downtown Oakland for some pinball fun and competition, and of course, beer. You get two tournaments for the price of one with Open and Novice divisions, and a side tournament! The main tournament is Pin Golf and the side tournament is to play one-handed (beer in the other hand?). The main event will qualify for World Pinball Player Ranking Points Open and Novice divisions for different skill levels means even if you’re a flipperless wonder you still have a chance at some prize loot.

When: February 9 2019. Signup and side tournament start @ 11AM. Pin Golf starts @ 1 PM. Pin Golf participants can enter as late as 2 PM and still be eligible to play. If you make the cut, Finals @ 5 PM (but dependent on attendance).

Where: Emporium Oakland, 1805 Telegraph Ave. If you’re taking BART get off at 19th street and walk 2 blocks.

Entry: $10 + quarters to play. All entry money paid back to winners.

Eligibility: Entry is open to everyone 21+ and all skill levels.

Format: Pin Golf

Prizes: Cash prizes and plaques for top 3 in Open and cash prize for 4th (40/30/20/10). Prizes and plaques for top 3 novice. Plaque for top woman player. Free pinball swag courtesy of STERN Pinball and the Pacific Pinball Museum.

Side Challenge: There will be a FREE side event (just pay quarters for the game) for beginners and up-and-comers only. Enter as many times as you like to improve your score. The top two overall players at the end of qualifying will then face off to decide the winner. Limit: WPPR 2000 rank.


How it Works:


This is the rules part. The most important rule is to have fun and don’t be a douchebag.

The main tournament is Pin Golf. In Pin Golf a score or goal is posted on each of 6 games. Your job is to beat the score with the fewest number of pinballs as you can. Just like strokes in golf. For example, “Score 10 Million in Addams Family” or “Score 1.5 Million on Iron Man”, or collect 2 dead ends on Twilight Zone. If you want advice on what you should aim for, just ask.

Don’t worry. The scores and goals are very attainable. Whether it takes you one ball or many more to get it? Well, that’s up to you. :-)

You only get one try per game (6 games), but afterward, you get to replay one game of your choice to try and improve your score.

The max (i.e. worst) score is 6 for each game, meaning, if you don’t get the goal by the end of your 5th ball, you get an automatic 6 and move on.

The top 8 – 12 players will play in the Open Finals depending on attendance. The next 8-12 novice players will play in the novice finals. This means first timers and novices have two chances to qualify. If you’re a closet pinball wizard who thinks he’s a novice but do great, you’ll play in the Finals against the big dogs. If you’re ehhh not so good but good enough, you might still qualify for the novice final.

How do you know if you’re a novice? If you’re not ranked in the IFPA (International Flipper Pinball Association), then you qualify as a novice. If you are ranked, but you’ve never held a rank above 2000, then you also qualify.

Side Tournament:

For the side tournament you play one-handed and try to rack up as many points as you can. You can use both flippers but only one hand. Use the other hand to hold your beer. Or gesture emphatically. Or sign language beatnik poetry. Up to you.

Try as many times as you like to improve your score. The top 2 will play off at the end of qualifying.

Got questions? Email me at That’s it! See you on Feb 9!

Pinball with a steering wheel? 1970 Sega Stunt Car

November 25, 2018

David Lee wins Season 5 of PPM League

November 16, 2018
Nineteen players came out for Finals and David Lee is our new champion!  This is David’s second season win!  Congrats to David! David wins a plaque, and Iron Maiden translite and a t shirt.
2nd: Jonny O Plaque and shirt
3rd: David Brady Plaque and shirt
4th and Women’s Champion: Stacey Miller Plaque and shirt

Time Attack Side Challenge: Alex defeats Alissa and wins a shirt and socks!

One-handed, one-ball Side Challenge: Potter defeats Alex and wins a shirt and socks!

Challenge for perfect attendance and previous side challenge winners: Potter wins a Ghostbuster’s translite.

Raffle for side challenge entries: David Brady wins a STERN translite, Kathy wins a T Shirt.

Season 6 starts in January and is open to players of all levels.

All you ever wanted to know about how the Tilt works

October 20, 2018

Pacific Pinball League

October 15, 2018

The Pacific Pinball League is in its 5th Season.  Open to all skill levels.  Entry is $10 and all games on Free Play.  Wednesdays at 7PM.

Warren Buffett bought a pinball machine for $25 in 1946 and started ‘the best business I was ever in’

June 20, 2018


“We represent Wilson’s Coin-Operated Machine Company, and we have a proposition from Mr. Wilson. It’s at no risk to you. Let’s put this nickel machine in the back, Mr. Erico, and your customers can play while they wait. And we’ll split the money.”

“Mr. Wilson’s Coin-Operated Machine Company” didn’t exist, but that didn’t matter: Erico loved the idea. The young business partners installed the machine in the barber shop and it was a hit from day one: The first night, Buffett and Danley collected four dollars. After one week, they had $25, enough to buy another pinball machine.

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