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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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Reno City Open

June 6, 2018

tournament poster


Hey Folks!  Next month I’m hooking up with some local pinball enthusiasts to put on a tournament in Reno, Nevada.  If you happen to be out that way for 4th of July weekend, come join us!

The event will be at Jub Jub’s in fabulous Reno, Nevada.  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, so win or lose, you will earn double ironic retro hipster points as a fledgling world ranked pinball player. 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: Friday July 6. Signup and side tournament start @ 5PM. Pin Golf starts @ 7 PM. Pin Golf participants can enter as late as 7:30 and still be eligible to play. If you make the cut, Finals @ 9 PM (but dependent on attendance).

Where: Jub Jub’s, 71 South Wells, Reno, NV 89502

Entry: $5 + quarters to play. All entry money paid back to winners.

Eligibility: Entry is open to everyone.

Format: Pin Golf

Prizes: Cash prizes and plaques for top 3 in Open. Prizes and plaques for top 3 novice. Plaques for top 3 kids. 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-commers 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.


PPM moved to Reno??!

The side tournament starts as early as people show up and Finals will be played around 8:30. We’ll be there by 5 PM if you want to get in some early tries. The prize will be an Aerosmith pinball art translite courtesy of STERN pinball. Looks really cool on your wall. Or sell it on ebay. Or burn it if you hate the band. Up to you.


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 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”. If you want advice on what you should aim for to rack up points fast, just ask.

Don’t worry. The scores are very attainable. Whether it takes you one ball or five 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 four players will play in the Open Finals. The next four novice players will play in the novice finals. This means first timers and unranked players have two chances to make the Finals. 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. Around 8:30, the top 2 will play off.

This is a beginner only event. IFPA players can enter but only if you’ve never been ranked better than 2000.

Got questions? Email me at That’s it! See you on July 6!


Yoku’s Island Express

May 30, 2018

Yoku’s Island Express, by Swedish developer Villa Gorilla, combines Rayman-style aesthetics with pinball. Available for PC, Switch, PS4 and XboxOne.

LEGO Pinball Creation Gets Serious

May 10, 2018