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Battle for the Iron Throne Tournament Series
GeneX of Orange Photography is running a 3 or 4-part tournament series with cumulative results counting for IFPA ranking points.
I just learned of this series-event this past weekend and event 1 is already in the bag, however, you can still qualify for the “final battle” or just come out for a standalone good time.
To qualify for the “final battle” your cumulative results have to be in the top 24 over the three events.
Battle 1: Sunday October 11, 2015 @ 2:00pm – Gestalt (3159 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103) – (archived results: Main Tourney / Finals)
Battle 2: Game of Thrones Pinball Launch Party: Sunday October 25th, 2015 @ 2:00pm – Gestalt (3159 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103)
Battle 3 and/or Final Battle*: TBD [*we have the potential for a really cool new venue and if that happens, we will make that Battle 3 and have the final battle a 4th date back at Gestalt (most likely)]
Each Battle will have a $5 entry fee. Formats for the preliminary Battles may vary depending on the location but will use MatchPlay to Battle in Groups of four (4) if we have more than 20 entrants. If we have under 20 we will battle head-to-head in a 2-strikes format (using Brackelope)!
As you may know, in Game of Thrones, when you lose, you are pretty much dead, but this isn’t really Westeros and you won’t die! Instead, everyone will earn points on a set scale according to their finishing position.
ENTRY: Entry to this tournament is FREE with regular admission to the Pacific Pinball Museum (reg. Adult Admission $15). Entry also grants you unlimmited play on most of the Museum’s 90+ pinball machines all day! Pre-registation is not required. Just show up and play.
Please no Groupons or other discounts for this event. Annual Membership holders are welcome and memberships may be purchased and used for this event in lieu of regular admission. Full details and Memberships available here: http://pacificpinball.org/membership
WHERE: Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster Street, Alameda, CA
WHEN: Saturday February 21. Players may register from 4 – 7 PM. No new players will be accepted after 7 PM. The qualifying round runs between 4 – 7:30 PM. Finals begin at 8 PM.
PRIZES: Prizes include plaques, STERN merchandise and Museum goodies.
Each player is assigned to a bank of three games and plays each game one time each. Points are awarded depending on how well you play against others on the same bank Example: 29 points for 2nd, 18 points for 13th and 1 point for 30th. The total of your points across the three games determines your qualifying standing.
If you get the highest score on any single game, you advance to the Playoffs. 5 players, based on their point total will also qualify for the Playoffs (Note: this number may change depending on attendance).
PLAYOFFS and FINALS
Depending on Attendance, the top 32 or 24 players advance (approximately half the field) to Playoffs. Players are randomly placed in groups of four and assigned three machines to play. The top 2 players from each group will advance to the next Round. (In the event of 24 players, there will be a special knock-out round when six players remain)
Players will ‘draw straws’ for play order for Game One. For games two and three, players will have choice of play order in order of their performance in the previous game. For example: If Joe finishes last on game one, he will he will get first choice of whether to play first, second, third or fourth for Game 2. If he finishes 2nd in Game 2, he will get third choice of order for Game 3.
Playoffs continue until the final group of four players. The winner of that match shall be declared the champion. The top three players will have their names added to the plaque which hangs in the museum.
PACIFIC PINBALL OPEN – ROUND ROBIN ERAS TOURNAMENT
ENTRY: $30, limited to 40 players. Advance registration is encouraged. Open spots may be available the day of the tournament.
NOTE: Regular museum entry must be purchased to compete in this tournament. Please no Groupons or other discounts for this event. Some modern games also require coin-drop.
WHERE: Pacific Pinball Museum
WHEN: February 21, 10:30 AM Registration/Check-in, 11:30 AM orientation and tournament start.
YOU MUST CHECK IN ONSITE NO LATER THAN 11:15 AM TO PARTICIPATE! NOTE THAT THERE IS A FARMER’S MARKET HOSTED IN THE PPM LOT. PARKING WILL BE LIMITED AND TRAFFIC WILL BE GREATER THAN NORMAL. PLAN AHEAD!
PRIZES (assuming all 40 spots are filled):
1st: $450 (37.5%)
2nd: $270 (22.5%)
3rd: $180 (15%)
4th: $120 (10%)
5th: $72 (6%)
6th: $48 (4%)
7th: $30 (2.5%)
8th: $30 (2.5%)
This tournament will challenge players across several historical eras of pinball: Modern (a.k.a. ‘DMD’), Solid-State, Long-flipper Electro-Mechanical and Short-Flipper Electro-Mechanical.
1. Round Robin format. All players play all other players in the tournament one time each during qualifying.
2. If there are 23 players or less, the top 8 players shall advance to the finals. If there are 24 players or more, the top 12 players shall advance to the finals, with the top four overall earning a Bye.
1. The qualifying round is a full round-robin event. Every player plays every other player.
If there are 24 players or less, there will be one Round Robin group.
If there are more than 24 players, two Round Robin groups shall be formed, seeded by WPPR ranking. Example: The highest rated player will be assigned to Group A, Player 1. The next highest rated player will be assigned Group B, Player 1. The next highest rated player will be assigned to Group A, Player 2, etc.
2. Each player may only select Modern era games four times during qualifying. Four tickets will be alloted to each player for Modern games at the start of the tournament. (Note: This does not mean you will only play four modern games during qualifying. The number will depend on how many times both you and your opponents select Modern.)
3. After a player has chosen Modern four times, the player must select Solid-State, Long-flipper Electro-Mechanical or Short-flipper Electro-Mechanical for the remainder of Qualifying.
4. A round of play is as follows. 1) A coin flip is called. 2) The winner of the coin flip has the option of a) Choosing the game to be played and no choice of order, or b) The era of game as well as choice of order. (Choosing b uses up one of the player’s tickets if Modern games are selected.) 3) The players play a one-game match and submit their score sheet indicating the winner. 4) Players pair up with another player needing a match and begin a new round.
Example: Bill wins the coin toss against Paul. Bill chooses to select Era and Position. He chooses Modern, thus spending one of his Modern tickets. Paul selects Medieval Madness for the game. Bill chooses to play 2nd.
If there is one RR group, the top 8 players shall advance. If there are two RR groups, the top six players from each group shall advance, with the top two players of each group getting a bye to the semi-finals. The bottom 8 shall be seeded as follows: Group 1) 12-10-7-5 and Group 2) 11-9-8-6.
If there are tied records at the end of qualifying but enough spots for all tied players, a coin-flip shall decide seeding. If there are not enough spots for all tied players, affected players shall play a one-game tie-breaker to determine which players will advance to the finals. Game and Era shall be selected using the same rules as Qualifying.
1) The Finals will consist of 4-game, 4-player Match Play on a randomly selected machine within each Era. Play order preference is decided by Seed.
2) Scoring for each Finals game will follow the usual 4-2-1-0 format. The top 2 players from each group shall advance. In the event of ties, a one game tie-breaker will be played on a randomly selected machine. Play order preference will be decided by qualifying seed (coin flip, if both players tied).
3) In the semi-finals, players who earned a Bye will have preferential seed and be assigned to Group 1 or Group 2, as follows: Group 2 2nd Place (of quarter-final), Group 2 First place, 3rd Highest Bye Player, 1st Highest Bye Player. The second group shall be: Group 1 2nd Place, Group 1 First place, 4th Highest Bye, 2nd Highest Bye. The top two players from each group advance to the Finals.
3) Finals are seeded in order of performance in the semi-finals. The player with the most points at the end of four games is declared the winner.
MALFUNCTIONS, STUCK BALLS, EXTRA BALLS
1) In cases of stuck balls, malfunctions or other situations affecting play, THE AFFECTED PLAYER MUST STAY WITH THE MACHINE and his/her opponent must locate an official. If the player steps away from the machine, s/he automatically loses the match.
2) Balls which may be nudged free, such as resting on a pop bumper skirt, in an insert, at the top of the sling shot, etc, must be freed by the player, regardless of tilt warnings remaining. In ambiguous situations, an official will render a decision.
3) Balls which cannot be nudged free, such as an air ball lodged behind a playfield feature, will be freed by an official and placed in the shooter lane, if possible, else “as fairly as possible”.
4) If a game auto-launches a ball (for example: at the start of the ball), this will not be considered a malfunction and the affected player must play it.
5) If a game encounters a catrostrophic failure during a match and play cannot continue, the match is replayed using the same game (if possible) or another game in the same Era. In any case there will be no “state” or progress restoration.
6) If a player earns an extra ball, the player is allowed to press either flipper button one time after the ball is plunged into play, regardless of whether or not the flipper makes contact with the ball. Prior to the plunge, the player may flip in order to change lanes, hold a flipper in the up position to activate a super skill shot, set up a pass, etc. Video modes, upper/mini playfield modes may not be played if achieved on the single flip.
LOGISTICS and ETIQUETTE
1) Once the tournament has started, there are no refunds.
2) Players are expected to complete all their matches, regardless of the standings. The tournament is a 5 – 8 hour commitment. If a player abandons the tournament, the player shall receive a loss for all unplayed matches and may not be allowed to compete in future events.
3) Some modern games are on coin play. Players are responsible for providing their own quarters for those games.
4) This is not a closed-venue tournament and players should expect distractions from some of the Museum’s regular guests. Additionally, players are expected to maintain a reasonable level of decorum for a public venue. Players may be ejected from the tournament without refund at the sole discretion of the organizer. In cases of extraordinary distractions an official may decide a course of remedy.
5) Once a match begins, both players are required to remain at the game until the match is finished. Use time between matches to use the restroom, take breaks, get food, etc. If a player cannot be located, an official should be called. If the player still cannot be located, his/her next ball will be plunged. If the player cannot be located a second time, he/she automatically loses the match.
6) If a player “tilts-through”, such that a tilt on their ball carries over to the next player:
1) On games equipped with tilt warnings, and assuming not enough warnings were generated to cause a tilt, the affected player shall continue play. On the offending player’s next ball, they shall get to plunge the ball and flip once (see rules regarding Extra Balls), after which they must let the ball drain. If the offending player was already on his/her last ball, then the offending player loses the match.
2) If the offending player causes his/her opponent to tilt, the player loses the match.
7) If a player plays out of turn, the player loses the match. Likewise, players are required to complete their turn (verify plunger lane is clear, all Extra Balls played out), prior to turning the game over to their opponent.
8) DMD ‘tickets’ shall be ‘branded’ to the player, however, any attempt to use another players’ ticket shall result in disqualification with no refund.
9) If the tournament ends up running unusually long, and the player also participates in the other tournament, players may be required to play their qualifying games for the other tournament between balls of the Finals in order to keep the other tournament on schedule.
10) Players are responsible for locating opponents and progressing through matches in a timely fashion. At the organizer’s discretion, a player deemed significantly behind, and thus delaying the tournament, will be penalized with automatic loss of coin flip, automatic loss of a match, or disqualification from the event.
DID YOU KNOW the average tax rate in Denmark is 49%? It’s true! The money goes to pay for Denmark’s world renowned heath care and social subsidy programs. In their “No Pinballer Left Behind” program, citizens who find themselves down on their luck or otherwise unable to pay for pinball games are guaranteed emergency access to pinball to stave off the shakes of withdrawal. After an initial period on the usual Williams games, players are put on a strict diet of Bagatelle, and then video pinball games are used as a methadone-like replacement. Unfortunately, the program has had limited success, and recidivism is near 100%.
On Saturday January 11, there will a Danish Culture Festival* at the Pacific Pinball Museum. Mads Kristensen and Mikkel Sjolin will be on hand to answer all your Danish Culture Questions. Come learn more interesting facts, and ask questions about Denmark. For example, “Aren’t those wooden shoes uncomfortable?” and “How do you make those cool pocket knives” and “Why did you name your country after a breed of dog?” Afterward, Mads and Mikkel will don their speedos and sun bathe topless on the Alameda Beach, according to Danish custom.
Also there will be a pinball tournament. Entry to the tournament is FREE with Museum admission. This is a fun, friendly format perfect for first-timers and seasoned competitors alike. If you’ve ever been curious, this is a great event to give it a try.
When: Saturday 1/11/2014, 2PM Start Time
Where: Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster Street (By BART, exit 12th Street and take the 58A Bus to the Santa Clara Street stop.
How Much: Entry to the main tournament is FREE with regular Museum admission ($15 for adults). Please no Groupons for this event. Annual Memberships and Club Cards are okay. There will also be a side tournament for a small additional fee.
Games: To be announced the day of the tournament, however, they will consist of Electro-mechanical (EM), solid state (SS) and dot matrix display (DMD) game eras.
Format: Players will be assigned a bank of three games and will play each game one time each. The top score on each game will automatically advance to the playoffs. The next 6 – 18 players (depending on total attendance) will qualify for the playoffs. There will also be a special novice playoff for those who qualify**
The side tournament is top secret and will be described at the event (meaning uh… we haven’t worked out all the details yet!)
Prizes: Our good friends at STERN pinball are donating some prizes. Plaques will go to the top 3 players in the Open division and to the winner of the Novice division. Cash prizes will be paid out to Side Tournament winners as follows: 1st: 40% of total pot, 2nd: 30%, 3rd, 20%, 4th, 10%.
Come learn more interesting facts, and ask questions about Denmark. For example, “Aren’t those wooden shoes uncomfortable?” and “How do you make those cool pocket knives” and “Why did you name your country after a breed of dog.
WPPRs: This tournament will award full World Pinball Player Ranking points, as well as half-WPPRs for the Side Tournament. Win or lose, by the end of the night you will be a world-ranked pinball player.
Food: Potluck! If you bring something to share you get free entry into the side tournament, but no worries if you can’t. If nothing shows up we’ll order pizza.
*Limited to Danish Pinball Culture only
**Novice – 1) You have never finished top 3 in an open division pinball tournament that awarded full WPPR points. 2) You have never won a novice tournament. 3) You have an IFPA rank no better than 300 4) You have never finished top 3 in a bay area pinball league that awarded WPPR points.
12/29/13: Hi Life Pizza – Auld Lang Syne Tournament
Tim Hansen played some solid pinball to win the event, first defeating Josh Lehan (who previously squashed me like a small insect on Batman with around 140M to my 70M) and sending him to the Loser’s bracket. Josh went on to rally and defeat TJ Beyer for a second shot at Tim. Fatigue was clearly setting in for both players. On the first game of Attack from Mars, neither player cracked 2B, and there were noticeable fatigue-induced flipper fumbles. Tim was able to hold off Josh on Fish Tales and take the win. Congrats Tim!
|GRAND CHAMPION||Tim Hansen $80|
|2||Josh Lehan $60|
|3||TJ Beyer $40|
|4||Chris Lindboe $20|
|5||John Lautmann $10|
|5||Jon Olkowski $10|
|7||James Squires $10|
|7||Tony Lavigna $10|
In side tourney action, everyone on Star Trek washed out in Round 3, including yours truly, while six players on Radical advanced to Round 4 on Whirlwind. In Round 4, only Walter Hurwitz surpassed the required score of 8M, so if no other players could do likewise, he was the guaranteed winner.
The side tournament format was ‘High Jump’. In Round 1, you had to either get 10M on Star Trek or 3M on Radical. In Round 2 you needed 16M on Star Trek or 5M on Radical. Each round gets tougher until four or less players are left, at which point they play for highest score.
Damien didn’t do well in the main tournament but managed to make it to Round 4 in the side tourney. He finally remembered he was playing in a competition and turned his game up to full blast, just squeaking over the 8M line on the end-of-ball bonus of his last ball to earn a face-off with Walter. I made some jokes about the French to get Damien fired up and it worked. He put up a solid 10.8M on a very mean Whirlwind with extra balls turned off (the low score in Round 4 was under a million!). Walter also had a solid game but came up just a bit short. Congrats to Damien!
|1||Damien Charlety $64|
|2||Walter Hurwitz $48|
|3||Usama Farage $32|
|4||John Lautmann $16|
|GRAND CHAMPION||Chris Harkins|
|12||Jen St. Hilaire|
|50||Marti Leann Brass|
|53||Nicole Anne Reik|
Feb 24, 2013, Battle at the Beach 3: Love or Pinball
In Main Tournament Action, 2011 Pacific Pinball Expo Novice Champion and recent founder of the SF Pinball Department took top honors as Grand Champion and World’s Greatest Lover, with a Casanova Action Figure to prove his supreme virility, besting 2011 World Pinball Champion Andrei Massenkoff by one ball. What’s especially admirable about this win is he also shared duties with Eric Wagonsonner running the Side Tournament. Way to go!!
|Nicole Anne Reik||33|
Josh Lehan is one of the most unassuming players you’ll ever meet. He doesn’t do a lot of fancy control moves like champion players Neil Shatz, but he just has physic moves and flips to score points. Josh was Grand Champion at my very first tournament, and at Battle at the Beach 3, he was side tourney champ. Nice work Josh!!
|19||Nicole Anne Reik|
|24||Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen|
In Novice action we had a few surprises. First-timer Challisa made the cut and passed the semis to make the final 4, finishing 4th. Debbie Cluney, who used to sit on the sidelines while watching her fiance TJ Beyer play, got in the mix for 3rd. Erin Ray has a crazy sense of humor, and is one of the few people who can make me laugh out loud – he got 2nd. But it was the the 13-year old wunderkind Jesse Petersen who won it decisively by two balls. Way to go, Jesse!!
Novice Champion: Jesse Petersen
2nd: Erin Ray
3rd: Debbie Cluney
4th: Challisa Parisi
5th: Tom Collins
6th: Keith Parkins
8th: Mark Nakamura
1/13/13: Subpar Mini Golf Tournament
(Finishing Position/Player Name/WPPR Rank/WPPRs earned)
|20||Nicole Anne Reik||778||0.63|
|24||Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen||1929||0.21|
Kimballs 12/19 White Elephant Tournament:
|13||Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen|
|34||Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen||2478||0.68|
|34||Nicole Anne Reik||770||0.68|
Screw Sandy Fundraiser Tournament: 11/17/2012
1st Chris Heilig
2nd Kevin Reikki
3rd David Rockholt
4th Jim Vierra
5th Alex Samonte
6th Josh Lehan
7th Matt Machado
8th Aaron Wong
9th Walter Hurwitz
9th Justin Haber
9th Rich Machado
9th Chris Smith
13th T.J. Beyer
13th Keith Parkins
13th Matt Willmarth
13th Kenley Fritts
17th Damien Charlety
17th Josh Warren
17th Dottie Ledesma
17th Erik Holverson
17th Nicole Ann Reik
17th Chris Lindboe
17th Jay Sandy
GRAND CHAMPION: Alex Samonte ($46 + Plaque)
2: Jonny O ($34 + Plaque)
3: Josh Lehan ($23 + Plaque)
4: Walter Hurwitz ($12 + Plaque)
5: Jim Vierra ($25 Playland Family Pass)
6: Kenley Fritts ($15 Playland pass)
7: Damien Charletty
8: Per Schwarzenberger (Raffle Prize Winner: Drop Target Zine)
9. Dan Schulman
10. Jeff Fehervari (Novice 4th: Plaque)
11. Matt Willmarth
12. Stephen Kleckner
13. Chris Lindboe (Novice 1st – $25 family pass + plaque)
14. Molly Reismann (Top Woman, Novice 2nd – $15 pass + plaque)
14. Erin Ray (Novice 3rd – plaque)
16. Max (Raffle Prize Winner: Pinball 101)
16. Echa Schneider
16. Darren Ensley
19. John Lautmann
20. Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen
21. Brittany Shoot
22. Elias Zamaria
23. Devon Kelly
First Place Kids: Peter Williams (Plaque + $15 pass)
Kimballs 8-14 Results
The first tournament at Kimballs went great with some new faces in the mix.
1 Chris Kuntz : $30.00
2 Mitch Tunick : $22.50
3 Damien Charletty : $15.00
4 Eric Wagensonner : $7.50
5 Chris Heilig $5
5 Darren Ensley $5
7 Chris Lindboe $5
7 Henry Huang $5
9 Devon Kelly
9 Andy Kuntz
9 Preston Mccuistion – Raffle Prize Winner of Pinball 101
9 Erin Rey
13 Kenny Smith
13 Demarrio Tryial
13 Jeannie Rodriguez
13 Nicole Anne Reik
17 Steve Frisvold
17 David Brashear
17 Brian Fazio
Sadly, July 17th was the last Vitus tournament as the venue closed without warning the following Monday to the surprise of us all. On the positive side we had a great turnout. World pinball ranking points, cash and $100 worth of California Extreme tournament entries were up for grabs. 31 players had to go through the double-elimination meat grinder and the pace was relentless. Big thanks to David Lee, Damien Charletty, Jim Vierra, Josh Warren, Aaron Wong, and others for help timing the rounds.
The format is two players assigned to two games. The timer is started and they get three minutes on each game to put up whatever score they can. Extra balls, Restarts, and even Continues are all fair game, but when three minutes is up whatever it says on the scoreboard is what you’re left with.
Full Double-Elimination Bracket: http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/3585/vitusa.jpg
Hal, Damien, Josh, David and Jonathan get ready for action.
Patrik Bodin vs. Andrei Massenkoff
Patrik Bodin of Sweden is currently ranked 24th in the world rankings and happened to be in town. Players asked Patrik what pinball in Sweden is like, as well as how to repair their Volvos and if he was friends with the dragon tatoo girl. He was a nice guy but I was secretly disappointed he didn’t bring any Swedish meatballs.
Patrik defeated Andrei and then lost to Hal in the winner’s bracket.
Andrei took down Eugene for a second shot at Patrik and a chance to win the loser’s bracket, but Patrik prevailed and moved on to the final match against Hal. Patrik had to win twice against Hal to win the tournament and the action was more frenetic than a Christmas Sale at IKEA. Patrik won the two matches to take home the win. Congrats!
|1||Patrik Bodin – $54 + $40 in CAX entries + $5 raffle prize|
|2||Hal Erickson – $40 + $30 in entries|
|3||Andrei Massenkoff – $27 + $20 in entries|
|4||Eugene Gershtein – $13.50 + $10 in entries|
|5||Damien Charletty – $5|
|5||Kenny Smith – $5|
|7||Dylan Eichenbaum – $5|
|7||Jonathan Olkowski – $5|
|9||David Lee – $5 raffle prize|
|13||Edward Dobson + $5 raffle prize|
|13||Josh Warren +$5 raffle prize|
|17||Nicole Anne Reik|
|25||Chris Gersthein – $5 raffle prize|
|25||Jason Roper – $5 raffle prize|
STERN Determination, 5/29/2012
We had a big 55 players turn out for STERN Determination, aka, “The STERNament” at the Pacific Pinball Museum, including a couple import players: Julie Gray from Seattle, and Eden Stamm from Vancouver British Columbia.
There was some debate at first as to whether we should allow a Canadian to play, and the arguments went back and forth. However, an anonymous person shouted “Well you let those DANISH guys play!” And we had to agree it would only be fair to let the Canadians in. We also agreed Canada is a much better country than Denmark because it’s far easier to find on a map. But I digress…
The impetus for this tournament was to celebrate the Pacific Pinball Museum’s latest acquisition of STERN’s newest game: ACDC Premium Edition, so it was a natural to run an event with all STERN games, both moderns and classics. STERN backed the event HUGE with promotional plastics and TEN translites. The combined value was well in excess of $1000 in prizes.
The line-up was:
Tranformers Limited Edition
On a sunny Mother’s Day weekend, I wasn’t expecting so many players, but the more the merrier, and things went great. Plus, I set up a potluck competition, cause if it’s one thing I know: pinball players love food. Around a dozen tasty dishes showed up.
Above: Keith Parkins in the Finals.
The big surprise in the OPEN Finals was Keith Parkins, edging out solid competition heavies Josh Lehan and up-and-comer Damien Charlety in the semi-finals, to wind up in the Final Four. Keith fought valiantly, but in a group where half the players knew almost nothing about ACDC, yet still were putting up 40M+ scores, it’s a tough battle. Keith took 4th overall, and took home a plaque and translite for his efforts.
Above: Andrei Massenkoff in the final game.
In the Playoffs and Finals, it’s 4-player group play. 1st gets 4 points, 2nd 2 points, 3rd 1 point and fourth, a big ol’ zero. Finalists play three games and your total points determine whether you advance to next round.
Andrei won the first two Finals games with monster 70M+ on TRON and 800k+ on Galaxy scores. He already had a lock on the win, with 8 points, making it a three-way horse race for second. Keith had 1 point, Alex had 3 points and Tim had 2 points. This meant that if anyone took first on ACDC, they’d clinch 2nd or force a playoff.
Andrei could only grief at this point, but set the bar high at 51M for the other players. Alex put up 38M, and Tim was sitting just below that going into ball 3. If he took 2nd, to Alex’ 3rd. it would mean a tie in points, forcing a playoff. But Tim went the distance and eclipsed Andrei’s score with 57M+, securing 2nd.
Above: Andrei (left) took top honors.
2nd: Tim Hansen
3rd: Alex Samonte
4th: Keith Parkins (Congrats to Keith for his first final-four showing).
Tied for 5th: Josh Lehan, Josh Warren
Tied for 7th: Glenn Bedford, James Squires (Congrats to Glen Bedford on his first tournament)
9: Damien Charletty
10: Eden Stamm
Tied for 11th: Chris Heilig, John Lautmann
(Note: Regarding World Pinball Player Ranking Points, Novice Finals do not affect position. Rank is based on Qualifying Performance)
1st: Mike Schiess (translite + plaque)
2nd: Devon Kelly (translite + plaque)
3rd: Chris Gershtein (translite + plaque)
4th: Debbie Cluney (plaque)
5th: Chris Lindboe
6th: Chris Harkins
Tied for 7th: Lilia Bedford, Jeannie Rodriguez
Several novices were MIA at the end of qualifying so we kept going down the list to fill the bracket. Novice qualifying went all the way down to the 34th place overall! Doh!
Possible major boo-boo on my part in Kids. I think I may have awarded 1st to the 2nd place player (Bella Gershtein) instead of Kevin Bedford, who I think might have been 1st. Hopefully the Bedford family sees this post and contacts me, and we’ll make it right. However, Bella will not have to return her prizes. Also, Glenn Bedford was the 4th place winner of the side pot and I owe him 14 bucks.
1 Andrei Massenkoff 352
2 Tim Hansen 348
3 Josh Warren 317
4 James Squires 303
5 Alex Samonte 300
6 Josh Lehan 298
7 Damien Charlety 290
8 Glenn Bedford 289
9 Chris Heilig 287
10 Keith Parkins 282
11 Eden Stamm 281
12 John Lautmann 276
13 Julie Gray 265
14 Chris Lindboe 257
15 Jon Olkowski 250
16 Kevin Reiki 245
17 Michael Spears (Cal) 244
18 Darren Ensley 242
19 Hal Erickson 240
20 Eugene Gershtein 235
21 Zoe Vrabel 233
22 Chris Gershtein 227
23 Per Schwarzenberger 226
24 TJ Beyer 224
25 Jim Vierra 223
26 Jeannie Rodriguez 220
27 Debbie Cluney 218
Chris Harkins 218
29 Ric Craig 213
Michael Scheiss 213
31 Devon Kelly 212
Jim Anderson 212
33 Rumtin Rahmani 208
34 Lilia Bedford 205
35 Nina G 197
36 Matt Willlmarth 193
Dylan Jolliffe 193
38 Chris DeLeon 189
39 Selena Shook 187
40 Nicole Anne Reik 173
Andrea Hartman 173
42 Chris Hoff 165
43 Jem Gruber 157
44 Kevin Bedford 149
45 Jeff Ridenour 141
46 Reno Reiki 136
47 Bella Gershtein 133
48 Bob Schwarzmann 132
49 Erin Rey 124
50 Andrew Hoff 122
51 Alex Kirsonis 121
52 Edward Dobson 98
53 Symphony Bedford 94
54 Dottie Ledesma 58
55 Sandra Lennie 57
SIDE POT: A $10 optional side pot was held with 14 entrants. Payouts were to top 4 (40%, 30%, 20%, 10%) 1st: Andrei Massenkoff ($56), 2nd: Tim Hansen ($42) 3rd: Josh Lehan ($28) 4th: Glenn Bedford ($14).
POT LUCK Grand Champion: Nicole Anne Reik won with her Italian Wedding Soup. Keeping with the Italian theme of the soup, Nicole went into Italian Mom mode and made it a point to introduce indecisive eaters at the potluck table to her offering, even going so far as to serve her soup to them. The combination of her awesome soup and hospitality was irresistible to voters. Nicole can no longer compete in Novice in future potluck competitions. Nicole got a Ripley’s Believe it or Not translite for her culinary skills. Personally, I consider her win a fluke, as Andrei Massenkoff is known to bring a mean package of Oreos, but sufficed with just winning the tournament. :-)
VOLUNTEER AWARD: All scorekeepers, techs and other do-goodniks were entered into a drawing for a translite. Eugene Gershtein won and took home a Monopoly translite.
Thanks to everyone who came. See you next week at Pin a Go Go!
4th: Chris H.
5th: Jim V
6th: Erin R.
6th: Jonny O
9th: Chris L.
10th: Eric W.
13: Erin G.
13: Nina G.
Format was single-elim head-to-head time attack with 3-minute rounds. In addition to cash prizes, players won complimentary drink coupons, PAPA tokens and chiclets bubble gum. 1st place won the soundtrack to the 1995 hit motion picture Hackers.
Hackers: “Their only crime was curiosity.”
3 Jim Vierra
5 Chris H.
9 Erin G
9 Tim H.
9 steve F
9 Mike S.
17 jonny o
17 Scott K
17 Erin R.
17 aaron S
17 christian h
Photos by Nicole Anne Reik and Henry Huang
ACDC Launch Party
We had an explosive crowd on Wednesday Night for the AC/DC Pinball Launch Party. The venue was filled with spectators and 47 Bay Area competitors who vied for top honors on STERN’s latest machine.
STERN Pinball donated five translites and dozens of keyfobs for the event. The Pacific Pinball Museum donated tons of T-Shirts and posters. Vitus donated coupons good for drinks and appetizers. Overall, nearly $500 in cash and prizes was up for grabs.
Thanks to everyone who came out!
We’re planning another tournament soon with the Pacific Pinball Museum because they have an ACDC Premium on the way with the added lower playfield. Expect that one around late April!
Above: Keith Parkins
Above: Josh Lehan
Above: Jim Vierra (left) and Hal Erickson (right)
Above: (left) Matt Wilmarth
HUGE CONGRATS to Chris Kochan for winning his first tournament!
2nd Place: Matt Wilmarth
3rd Place: Jim Vierra
4th Place: Zoe Vrabel
Tied for 5th: Marcus Petersen, Damien Charletty, Damian Gallagher, David Rockholt
I apologize but the novice results were lost. :(
Qualifying Scores (only the first 6 digits of scores are showing, so Jim Vierra Scored around 118.4M, for example):
|Chris J (no last name)||14133|
|Nicole Anne Reik||6927|
Vitus January 18, 2012 Results
What a monster turnout last night. Cash and prizes totaled $300. Thanks to Vitus for the appetizer prizes, and to Playland not at the Beach for the Free Entries.
The big winner was Damien Charlety of Sacramento, who walked out with $100. Several people told me later he immediately went into the adult movie theater next door while laughing maniacally (I kid).
Super duper thanks to Zoe Vrabel for running the show, and to Chris Heilig for computer help. Also, thanks to TJ Beyer and Jim Viera for installing overhead lights to make the games easier to see and more fun than ever. Thanks for coming out, everyone, and see you next time!
1 Damien Charlety
2 Maurice Tierney
3 Hal Erickson
4 Jim Vierra
5 Steve Frisvold
5 Darren Ensley
7 Ryan Murphy
7 Matt Willmarth
9 Wendy Phillips (Forfeited)
9 Chris Heilig
9 Zoe Vrabel
9 Daniel Kirpen
13 Alex Kirsonis
13 Jeannie Rodriguez
13 TJ Beyer
13 Kenny Smith
17 Jason Delano
17 Jon Olkowski
17 Lulu Richter
17 Mitch Tumick
17 Eric Wagensonner
17 Tim Harrison
17 Darrin Bebot
17 Elena Diaz
25 Henry Huang
25 Dottie Tice
25 Molly Reisman
25 Erin Ray
25 Nicole Anne Reik
25 Marcus Petersen
25 Francisco Grajales
25 Jesse Petersen
33 Keith Parkins
33 Leo Haertling
33 Per Schwarzenberger
33 Charlie Wood
33 Jacob Mirbegian
33 Beth Davies (Forfeited)
33 Elias Zamaria
33 Sam Hashemi
Vitus January, 4 2012 Results
1 Hal : $32.50
2 Tim Harrison : $16.25
3 Zoe Vrabel : $9.75
4 Jon Olkowski : $6.50
5 Glenn B
7 Nicole Anne Reik
7 Darren Ensley
9 TJ Beyer
9 Jim Vierra
13 Maurice Tierney
Congrats to Alex, Megan and Glenn on playing their first tournament ever!
December 14, 2011 Results
Tried out a new format last night: Zombies! Everyone starts as a human, and we set up 4-player games. If you came in 3rd and 4th, you were now infected – a zombie! Your only goal in life from then on was to consume humans. And if you did, you won a prize or cash. If you didn’t, you went back into the hoard of unending zombies which typically characterize these types of end-of-world scenarios. However, if you managed to be the last human standing, you would win half the prize pot.
Here’s the final results of the 2nd Pacific Pinball Open.
Thank you to everyone for coming out, especially the volunteers: Chris Kochan, Dottie Ledesma, Andrei Massenkoff, Tim Hansen, Mark Altvater (also made awesome plaques), and several others I know I’m missing.
For the Finals, the top 10 average scores advanced, and then the top 6 high scores on the games after that, for a total of 16 finalists in the Open Division. Novice took the next 8 best average scores of players who qualified for the Novice division.
Novice Division Finals:
(Thanks to volunteer Damien Charlety for running the novice finals.)
Onto to the open bracket. The top 16 places were decided in head-to-head play, after it came down to average position across the three games. Also note that performance in the novice finals doesn’t modify overall position.
Onto to the open bracket. The top 16 places were decided in head-to-head play, after it came down to average position across the three games. Also note that performance in the novice finals doesn’t modify overall position.
Congrats to everyone and see you next time. More pics and full write-up will be posted to pinballnews.com.
|49||63||Nicole Anne Reik|
Vitus 11/9/2011 Results:
Format was single game, double-elimination.
Highlights: Jeannie Rodriguez sent World Champion Andrei Massenkoff to the loser’s bracket by a win of less than 15k on Lord of the Rings and finished 4th. Aaron Wong played solid to take the winner’s bracket.
Thanks to Vitus and Pacific Pinball Museum for prizes. We had more prizes than we could give out!
1 Andrei Massenkoff
2 Aaron Wong
3 Zoe Vrabel
4 Jeannie Rodriguez
5 James Vierra
5 Matt Wilmarm
7 Hal Erickson
7 Chris Heilig
9 Emmet Gadigan
9 Beth Davies
9 TJ Beyer
13 Dylan Eichenbaum
13 Keith Parkins
13 Mitch Tunick
13 Maurice Tierney
17 Dottie Ledesma
17 Darren Ensley
17 Eric Martin
17 Michael Spears
17 Nicole Anne Reik
It’s fun. It’s easy. It’s Pin Golf!
Where: Playland not at the Beach in El Cerrito
When: Saturday November 5th. Registration and warmup starts at 10 AM, play begins no later than 11 AM. Registration closes at 1PM.
Entry Fee: Entry is free with Playland Admission. Nachos and Pizza will be provided around 1:30pm.
Format: Pin Golf
1st: Keith Parkins
2nd: Erin Ray
3rd: John Laughtmann
4th: Kenny Reyna
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 Final Results
1st Per Schwarzenberger
2nd Garrett Albright
3rd Stephan Colloredo
4th Michael Spears
5th (tie) Jim Anderson, Jeremy Williams
7th Izzy Schwartz
8th Benjamin Liggett
9th Robert Rog
10th Damien Charlety
11th (tie) Craig Rockwood, Chris De Leo
— Qualifying Cutoff —
Place / Player Name / Qualifying Score
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
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 Final Results
|26||Ron Hallett Jr.|
CLASSICS Final Results
Pin Tac Toe winners:
1st: Josh Lehan, Josh Warren & Jeannie Rodriguez (won $140)
2nd: Bob Matthews, Todd Seaver & Warren ? (don’t seem to have
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.
PPE goes here
CALIFORNIA Extreme, July 9 + 10, 2011
I did a show write-up for Pinball News. You can check it out here.
Tim Hansen put on a great event. Below are the final results. I took 7th after I choked it up in the Finals but considering I was playing some of the bay area’s best and many of them have a dozen years experience on me, I was happy where I finished. In addition to the prizes for 7th place I also took home a Dirty Donny T Shirt from the Pacific Pinball Museum. Nice!
1. Tim Hansen – $420 + prizes
2. Neil Shatz – $210 + prizes
3. Neil Inn – $158 + prizes
4. Mike Hafner – $105 + prizes
5. Josh Lehan – $31 + prizes
6. Alex Samonte – $31 + prizes
7. Jon Olkowski – $31 + prizes
8. Walter Hurwitz – $31 + prizes
9. Kevin Riekki – $31 + prizes
10. Chris DeLeon
11. Chris Heilig
12, James Vierra
13. Josh Warren
14. Rick stetta
15. Matt Willmarth
17. Mark Altvater
18. Molly Reisman
20. Matt Moran
21. Jeannie Rodriguez
22. Victor Lee
23. Keith Miyake
24. Wei-Hwa Huang
25. Selena Shook
26. David Joud
27. Mykol Moran
28. Scott Cleaver
29. Megan Hoops
30. Jerry Connell
31. Francisco Grajales
32. Kenny Behlen
33. Omri Levia
34. Elias Zamaria
35. Yonatan Levia
1. Matt Willmarth – Prizes
2. Chris DeLeon – Prizes
3. John Behlan – Prizes
4. Molly Reisman – Prizes
Pin a Go Go, May 14, 2011
I did a show write-up for Pin a Go Go with all the tournament results. You can check it out here.
NOVICE Champion: Jason Delano | EXPERT Grand Champion: Emmett Cadigan
What a great time! We got a fantastic mix of new players, experienced players and many spectators at the Stork Club for the second Pinball Mafia Tournament. Thanks to everyone who came out!
The format was cutthroat: Play three different games one time each and your scores are ranked against the other players. Your combined rank across the three games determined who would go on, and who would start drinking earlier. Consistent play was rewarded – just one bad game could be enough to knock you out of the tournament.
Here’s the qualifying results:
Advance in Expert Advance in Novice
*Jim Vierra and Jen St. Hilaire tied in qualifiers, however, since they were both going to the finals a coin flip was used to determine their play order in the Expert Final.
**Andrei Massenkoff, Tim Hansen and Chris Heilig did not advance to the novice final because they do not meet the novice criteria: Andrei is ranked too high (pinballrankings.com), Tim is ranked too high, Chris has finished in the top 3 of EBPL
|Jacks Open||Ironman||Terminator 3||Total Pts.||Qual Rank|
|Ricky Valdez (Jr)||21||31||28||80||2|
|Jen St. Hilaire||27||29||22||78||3*|
|Rick Valdez (Sr)||29||21||16||66||8|
As you can see, even if you’re not a “top” player you might still qualify for the novice final. The lowest novice qualifier was 11th in the standings.
Above: Jen and Kim. Despite many beers, Jen St. Hillaire qualified 3rd in the expert division. (Yeah, you got beat by a girl). Jen is a local coffee roaster and donated six bags of her coffee to the prize pool!
Above: Chris, Tim, Andrei and Dottie. Despite my camera’s vampire detection system, Chris is actually a super-cool guy.
Huge Super Jackpot Thanks to the following:
- Stork Club and Emmet for venue and logistics coordination
- Pacific Pinball Museum and Michael Schiess/Jem Gruber for bringing games, prizes and snacks
- Jen St. Hilaire for donating prizes.
- Mark Altvater for score sheets.
- Volunteers (score keepers):
- Jeannie Rodriguez
- Molly Reisman
- Tim Hansen
- Dan Fontes
- Andrei Massenkoff
- Chris Heilig
and several others. Thanks! Not possible without you!
Above: The eponymous Bugsy Siegel on the plaques, awarded to the top 3 in each division.
On to the Finals!
|Novice Final on Terminator 3:|
|Jason Delano||28,092,140||Novice 1st Place|
|Rick Valdez (Sr)||22,772,930||2nd Place|
|Buzz Kay||12,961,210||3rd Place|
|Dylan Eichenbaum||11,065,110||4th Place|
Note: Per International Pinball Players Association Rules: Novice Finals do not apply to WPPR results. Points are awarded based on qualifying finish beyond expert qualifiers.
Congrats to Jason! And bid your novice stripes farewell!
Above: Jason Delano, Novice Champ, sporting the magic purple tie – the color of the East Bay Pinball League.
Jim Vierra put up a big 15M and change, a very respectable score on Ironman, and I thought maybe that was it. Jim performed several solid outlane saves with careful nudging on Ironman. Jim is a great local player who has found his way into top finishes of the EBPL and other local tournaments. Great guy, relaxed and unassuming, you don’t expect to see him in the finals, but he’s been showing up with some regularity. A textbook “stealth” player.
But when Emmett Cadigan, the head of the Oakland Pinball Mafia stepped up to play, he made Jim an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Emmett hasn’t played any tourneys lately, but he reminded everyone the Oakland Pinball Mafia still has pull in this town. He played a straight-up game of Ironman, a game he’s not even familiar with. He doesn’t use a lot of fancy flipper control techniques – just make the shots, go for the multi-balls and keep the ball on the playfield no matter what. That was the right no-nonsense combination. Emmett is just about getting things done, and that’s what he did.
EMMETT HAS WON THE PINBALL MAFIA TOURNAMENT. HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO EMMETT!
|Expert Final on Ironman:|
|Emmett Cadigan||16,034,480||EXPERT GRAND CHAMPION|
|Jim Vierra||15,366,860||2nd Place|
|Ricky Valdez (jr)||4,283,340||3rd Place|
|Jen St. Hillaire||3,888,060||4th Place|
Above from left to right: Jim Vierra (2nd Expert), Rick Valdez, Sr (2nd Novice), Emmet Cadigan (Expert GRAND CHAMPION), Buzz Kay (Novice 3rd), Ricky Valdez, Jr (Expert 3rd), Jason Delano (Regional Spokesman for Dyslexic Acceptance…. er, I mean Novice 1st :-).
See lots more pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35597103@N08/
Thanks to everyone for coming out!! Around 40 players entered and the top 6 Open and top 6 Novice Division players won plaques. Every entrant got an official Flynn’s Arcade token from Disney California Adventure, as well as nachos (if they were fast, apparently…)
HUGE thanks to all who helped out but especially Mark Altvater for making those sweet-ass plaques for the top 3 in each division.
Top 8 in Novice:
7: Selena Shook
7: Jeannie Rodriguez
6: Chris De Leon
5: Jason Delaro
4: Michael Schiess
3: Justin Haber
2: David R.
Mitch Tunick – Novice Division Winner.
Top 16 in Open:
16: Keith Parkins
15: Dottie Ledesma
14: Matt Warren
13: Alex Samonte
11: Denise McCullough
11: Mark Altvater
9: Jim Viera
9: Beth Davies
8: Ricky Valdez
7: Josh Warren
6: Bob Schwarzmann
5: Pat Choy
4: Walter Hurwitz
3: Andrei Massenkoff
2: Tim Hansen
Hal Erickson – Open Division Grand Champion
Note: These are the results submitted to IFPA for World Pinball Ranking Points and are based on Open Playoff results and Qualifier order after that. IFPA does not recognize Novice Final results where ranking points are concerned.
Hal Erickson 1
Tim Hansen 2
Andrei Massenkoff 3
Walter Hurwitz 4
Pat Choy 5
Bob Schwarzmann 6
Josh Warren 7
Ricky Valdez, Jr. 8
Beth Davies 9
Jim Viera 9
Mark Altvater 11
Denise McCullough 11
Alex Samonte 13
Matt Warren 14
Dottie Ledesma 15
Keith Parkins 16
Darid Rockholt 17
Chris Deleon 18
Jason Delano 18
Eugene Gershtein 20
Josh Lehan 20
Selena Shook 22
Erica Riekki 22
Justin Haber 24
Mitch Tunick 24
Chris Heilig 26
Michael Schiess 27
Kevin Riekki 27
Aaron Wong 29
Jeannie Rodriguez 29
Molly Reisman 31
Rick Valdez, Sr. 32
David Joud 33
Teresa Altvater 33
Darrin B 35
Henry Huang 36
Roone Silberman 37
Reno Riekki 38
Rory Riekki 39
Theo Gruber 40
Jem Gruber 41
When: Sunday, January 30, 2010 at 12 PM. Last Registration by 1:30 PM.
Where: Pacific Pinball Museum, Alameda, CA, 1510 Webster St
Entry: FREE with regular admission.
Prizes: Plaques to the top 6 in both novice and expert competition.
Format: Pin Golf
Nachos by Jonny.
The Pacific Pinball Open
Thank you to everyone who came out.
This tournament was a great success. Thanks to the Pacific Pinball Museum, all the volunteers, Kevin for bringing a keg of beer and especially Mads Kristensen for putting it on.
RESULTS: See below for the final order of finish.
Full event writeup here: http://www.pinballnews.com/shows/ppo2010/
The next tournament is tentatively scheduled for 1/30/2011. Keep an eye here and on the Pinball Map for the official announcement. – Jonny O
1 Neil Shatz
2 Andrei Massenkoff
3 Tim Hansen
4 Kevin Riekki
5 Walter Hurwitz
6 Ricky Valdez
7 David Rockholt
8 Mads Kristensen
9 Stephen Kleckner
10 Josh Lehan
11 Chris Heilig
12 Justin Haber
13 Mark Altvater
14 Dylan Eichenbaum
15 Tanio Klyce
16 Hal Erickson
17 Jem Gruber
18 Mitch Tunick
19 Hans Yum
20 Eugene Gershtein
21 Molly Reisman
22 Mike Hafner
23 Jason Delano
24 Beth Davis
25 Michael Schiess
26 Dan Fontes
27 Jon Olkowski
28 Jeannie Rodriguez
29 Joe Trela
30 David Joud
31 Josh Warren
32 James Vierra
33 Alex Samonte
34 Eric Myst
35 Denise Mccullough
36 Erica Riekki
37 Ken Steffen
38 Rick Valdez
39 Theo Gruber
40 Matt Warren
41 Julie Lucchesi
42 Roone Silberman
43 Amanda Carlson
44 Ron Lautmann
45 Emmett Gadigan
46 Ashley Woodward
47 John Lautmann
No cash prizes! But eternal fame – and your name on the wall of the museum. And maybe some T-shirts, PPM Club cards and cool stuff we find on the side of the road on the way there. Also, this is IFPA-sanctioned so you can earn world pinball player ranking points.
All players will play one game on three machines. Please note ONE GAME
The 9 players with the best average position on the three machines
will advance to the A-finals as will the three players with a
high score on one machine.
And since we want this to be an international event we have reserved four
spots in the finals for players holding a foreign passport. PAPERS PLEAZE. No just kidding.
MACHINES (subject to change if conditions necessitate, such as Fire, Theft, Monsoon, mechanical breakdown, etc):
B-Bank: (if turnout is large or if a A-bank machine breaks)
The Battle for the Bay
About a month ago I ran a Pin Golf for the Backbone Entertainment Party at Playland-not-at-the-Beach. I remarked to Richard Tuck (the main honcho at Playland) that while the turnout was lackluster the people who played really liked the format. A week later I got a call from Denise, Playland’s media promotion person, asking me for details about the Pinball tournament for their upcoming Pinball Weekend of the 13/14th.
So that’s how you find out you’re running a pinball tournament sometimes. And that’s how Richard Tuck thinks: Idea? GO! I sort of like that – just come up with an idea and let’s do it.
Pin Golf seemed to work so I ran with it. The better players actually finish first, so no epic games of superlong length making the schedule uncertain. I decided to use Bowen’s “bonus format” which has novices playing with experts but novices are eligible for their own, separate final. I also tried out a poker chip queue system to see if it would make that duty easier (it did). The combination of the two gives everyone a chance at the money, sweetens the pot, mixes newer and experienced players, and creates a better social mix. Everyone seemed to like it. It made the tourney run faster and didn’t lock players into pre-set groups.
In Pin Golf, your goal is to complete objectives for each game using the fewest number of balls, similar to strokes in golf. Often times, the objective is just a certain score, but I wanted to make it more interesting so I had players activate certain features in some cases. For example, on Fun House, players could either activate all the STEPS awards, collect all goals on the Mystery Mirror, or score 5 Million. On Creature from the Black Lagoon, players had to activate Video Mode with eight shots to the right ramp (and the ramp was very difficult to backhand on this particular Creature).
Tragedy struck right at the end of qualifying. With only two players left on Fun House the Mirror scoop broke off! What to do? Have everyone play a different game? Average these two players other scores for this one? I chose option C: lots of tape.
Andrei Massenkoff 28
Chris Heileg 33
Mads Kristensen 38
Tim Hansen 42
Josh Lehan 42
Alex Samonte 43
James Vierra 46
Eugene Gershtein 50
Chris Gershtein 55
Mark Altvater 58
David Joud 59
Nina Ghisseli 60
Jeannie Rodriguez 60
Mitch Tunick 67
Tony Escobar 69
David Strong 77
Teresa Altavater 78
Nick Loizeaux 85
Roman Edwards 87
Spencer Tai 90
NOTE: James Vierra was eligible for Novice but qualified in Open
David Joud was disqualified for Novice for taking 2nd at the Avatar Launch Party
1st Place: Peter Loizeaux – $50 family pass to Playland and Plaque
2nd: Peter Williams – $25 family pass to Playland and Plaque
3rd: Bella Gershtein – $15 pass and Plaque
1st Place : Chris Gershtein – $50 family pass to Playland and Plaque
2nd: Mark Atvater – $25 family pass to Playland and Plaque
3rd: Nina Ghiselli – $15 pass to Playland and Plaque
OPEN SEMI- FINAL:
The top 8 squared off on Scared Stiff, with no preference to seeding, random order. The goal was to light at least 3 modes and light Cast a Spell. The result of that was to divide players into two groups of four:
Jim Vierra, Chris Heileg, Eugene Gershtein and Alex Samonte were knocked out, and now playing for WPPR points (World Pinball Player Ranking) and an impomtu $5 side pot. Not to mention, two players (Chris and Jim) were in the East Bay Pinball League and the other two were from the Bay Area Pinball Association, so it was also a matter of league honor.
5 – 8:
5: Eugene Gershtein
6: Alex Samonte
7: Chris Heileg
8: Jim Vierra
Eugene and Alex emerged victorious on behalf of BAPA.
Andrei Massenkoff, Tim Hansen, Mads Kristensen, and Josh Lehan are the top 4. They are all in the money at this point and playing White Water to beat the cash and WPPRs out of each other.
The goal is to activate Bigfoot Hotfoot. This took 5 completions of the Big Foot standup targets. Tim opens it up with a HUGE hole-in-one.
I thought the tourney was over right there. I was ready to hand Tim the plaque and go home. Only one other player in qualifier did this goal in a single ball. But then Andrei Massenkoff rose up and activated. BOOM > hole in one. Josh Lehan exclaims “oh wow” and Mads Kristensen utters several Danish curses. That forces the tie-breaker.
Tim and Andrei face off on Roller Coaster Tycoon. The Goal: earn 2500 guests. Mads and Josh fight for 3rd.
Tim and Andrei tie again with holes-in-one. Double tie-breaker!
Meanwhile, Mads bested Josh for 3rd.
Last stop: Circus Chimera – a re-themed Ballyhoo EM. The Goal is a mere 2000 points. Tim and Andrei square off. Both players get early bad balls, but then Tim makes a foray with 1300+, maybe next ball? But then Andrei has a ball, an incredible ball, and really, it was a thing to see – many close, precise saves and clutch grabs on the ball to send it back up the playfield. A truly intense final, no easy points in this game – Andrei left the game shaking, rattled and slightly confused with the effort. It was up to Tim to equal… but…
ANDREI MASSENKOFF HAS WON THE BATTLE FOR THE BAY. HUGE CONGRATS TO ANDREI!!
8th: Jim Vierra
7th: Chris Heileg
6th: Alex Samonte
5th: Eugene Gershtein
4th: Josh Lehan
Richard, Frank, and Kendra of Playland-not-at-the-Beach for hosting, promoting and providing prizes.
Mark and Teresa Atvater for help setting up.
Mads Kristensen for help with game goals.
Eugene Gershtein and Josh Lehan for scorekeeping.
Jeannie Rodriguez for help with cleanup.
STERN/IFPA Avatar Launch Party
The SF Avatar Pinball Launch Party was a great success. For the curious, here’s how it happened (For those that could care less, scroll down for the results and pictures):
First I saw a post by Josh Sharpe on RGP. People were saying “how come there’s no launch party in my town?” Josh replied that it really came down to venues and distributors stepping up to help with it. I immediately thought of Playland not at the Beach and the Pacific Pinball Museum as likely venues. I contacted the owners of both and both were enthusiastic, so next I sent an email to Josh.
Josh put me in touch with STERN, whereupon I learned that the venues for the parties needed at least 3 Avatar games. I gather from this they wanted to run these parties through their distributor network (3 games is a lot for a local arcade but not really too much to ask of a distributor). I let PPM and Playland know of this requirement, on the off chance they had any ideas or distributor contacts. More or less I figured it was dead at that point, though.
Then a week later I got an email from Josh Sharpe and learned a new Distributor had been signed in San Francisco and the event would be held there. This was only about two weeks before the date of the event! I got on all the pinball groups and posted announcements to advertise it. Likewise, I sent out emails to all of my pinball contacts I’ve acquired via various means – tournaments, friends, leagues, museums, etc. On such short notice, who knew if anyone would show up? I also asked for volunteers to help me run the event and people stepped up.
Next I got a hold of the new distributor and we planned the event. I drove to his store, Audio Images, and we planned the space out and the logistics. He’s a huge music fan and has seven or eight music-themed pins, such as Tommy and Guns ‘n Roses. At that point the game had not yet arrived so we agreed to meet again when it did.
Simultaneously I let PPM and Playland know what was up so there were no potential hard feelings, but also to let them know I could hand out promo materials at the launch if they wanted. Playland donated family passes and 2-for-1 coupons and PPM donated five club cards valued at $20 each. Since the expert tournament was a cash payout, I decided to use some of these donations to augment the novice prizes and to hold a little impromptu raffle. STERN also sent a few goodies. Two T shirts, a beenie cap and a stack of stickers.
On Wednesday, Avatar arrived. I brought my overhead camera rig and projector setup to Audio Images. Jim Chen of Audio Images provided a projector screen. Now the crowd could watch all the games without having to crowd right up against the machine and we could also record some game play. We also moved and leveled Guns ‘n Roses and Tommy. We lugged a Captain Fantastic out his basement but sadly the right flipper mechs were in bad shape.
I decided early in the week I would make some food for the event. I made nachos and caesar salad. I did all the prep work the night before (Thursday) so I wouldn’t have a time crunch. The venue was also providing sodas. Likewise on Thursday I stopped by my parents’ house to pick up the trophies since package delivery is safer there.
On Friday I picked up some last minute food supplies from the restaurant supply store near work, stopped by my apartment to pick up all the food I made the night before and headed for the gig.
The event was schedule to run from 7 -11pm. By around 7PM, 15 people already had shown up so I knew the event would be a success, and later that peaked around 40 people. From there I just relaxed and had fun. Everyone had a great time.
- Teresa Altvater getting ready for action
Onto the tournament details. Everyone who entered and paid their $5 came out ahead with a 2-for-1
pass to Playland not at the Beach worth $15. They also had a shot at the prizes if they did well and were likewise entered into a raffle for even more chances to win.
Pictures of the event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35597103@N08/sets/72157625176823774/
Split-Flipper Doubles (12 entries):
SPLIT FLIPPER CHAMPS: Tim Hansen and Chris Heileg
2. Mads Kristensen and Jon Olkowski
3. Alex Samonte and Stephen Kleckner
4. Kevin Johnson and Josh Lehan
AVATAR Tournament (26 entries):
NOVICE / UNDER 250 FINAL:
CHAMPION: Mike Haffner: (Trophy + $25 Family Pass to
Playland not at the Beach + Pacific Pinball Museum Club Card)
2. Ryan Avery ($25 Family Pass to Playland not at the Beach + Pacific
Pinball Museum Club Card)
3. Mark Altvater ($25 Family Pass to Playland not at the Beach +
Pacific Pinball Museum Club Card)
4. Kevin Johnson
GRAND CHAMPION: (NES) Neil Shatz (Trophy + $52)
2. David Joud (Trophy + $39)
3. (ELK) Mads Kristensen (Trophy + $26)
4. Alex Samonte ($13)
(continued results – IFPA results sorted by qualifier score, not
Novice Final order)
5. Kevin Johnson
6. Mike Haffner
7. Mark Altvater
8. Ryan Avery
– or – if Novice Final determines 5 – 8 order then it’s
5. Mike Haffner
6. Ryan Avery
7. Mark Altvater
8. Kevin Johnson
9. Eugene Gershtein
10. (JON) Jon Olkowski
11. (EGO) Chris Heilig
12. Stephen Kleckner
13. Louise Swainson
14. Tim Hansen
15. Eric Waggensonner
16. Mike Spears
17. John Lautmann
18. Michelle Rockholt
19. David Rockholt
20. (ANM) Andre Massenkoff
21. Mitch Tunick
22. Josh Lehan
23. John Haydn
24. Teresa Altvater
25. Walter Hurwitz
26. Jeannie Rodriguez
Thanks to all who attended. Around 40 people showed up for the
event. Jim Chen is toying with the idea of a Chinese NBA launch party
so maybe we can do it again soon. :-)
Thanks to Pacific Pinball Museum and Playland not at the Beach for
donating hundreds of dollars’ worth of Passes and Club Cards which
were awarded as prizes to the novice winners, given out in the raffle
and given to every tournament entrant. Thanks to Jim Chen of Audio
Images for hosting the event and to all the volunteers for helping run
the tournaments and setup/cleanup.