Colorado pinball expo draws bumper-to-bumper crowd

20140412__pinball1~p1The Denver Post recently covered the 2014 Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown in Denver, Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown is one of the over 1600 IFPA endorsed events held around the world where players can earn WPPR points to qualify for the IFPA World Pinball Championship, as well as qualify for the IFPA Colorado State Pinball Championship. Player interviewed included show organizer Dan Nikolich (ranked 2716th in the world). Click HERE to read the article.

The 20th century art of the pinball machine to be celebrated at Pinball at the ‘Zoo

14728242-largeMLive.com published an article on the upcoming Pinball at the Zoo tournament in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Pinball at the Zoo is one of the over 1600 IFPA endorsed events held around the world where players can earn WPPR points to qualify for the IFPA World Pinball Championship, as well as qualify for the IFPA Michigan State Pinball Championship. Click HERE to read the article.

How to be a pinball wizard: 5 ways to up your game

14762837-mmmainThe Oregonian published an article on the upcoming Portland Pinbrawl tournament at Ground Kontrol in Portland. The Portland Pinbrawl is one of the over 1600 IFPA endorsed events held around the world where players can earn WPPR points to qualify for the IFPA World Pinball Championship, as well as qualify for the IFPA Oregon State Pinball Championship. Click HERE to read the article.

Search is on for pinball wizard

untitledITV news in the UK  recently covered the South Coast Slam tournament. The South Coast Slam one of the over 1600 IFPA endorsed events held around the world each year where players can earn WPPR points to qualify for the IFPA World Pinball Championship. Players featured included show organizer Will Barber (ranked 1721st in the world). Click HERE to watch the video.

The arcade trying to bring pinball back

safe_image.phpIFPA HQ is in the news again. CNN Money stopped by Modern Pinball NYC to talk with Steve Zahler about the contributions being made towards reigniting the interesting in pinball. Click HERE to watch the video.

IFPA10 World Pinball Championship – Video of Championship Match

944357_10151484630238207_590542996_nWith the help of Andreas Thorsén (ranked 181st in the world) and his slick video editing skills, we're excited to release the video of the World Championship match from the IFPA10 World Pinball Championship between Jörgen Holm (ranked 5th in the world going into IFPA10) representing Sweden, and Zach Sharpe (ranked 3rd in the world going into IFPA10) representing the US. On the line was $1000 cash, a brand new pinball machine from Stern Pinball, the iconic Space Jet trophy and title of World Pinball Champion. Special thanks also to Adam Lefkoff and Cayle George for providing the commentary. Jörgen and Zach will both be Epstein Cup participants at the upcoming IFPA11 World Pinball Championship in Denver coming up in May. Click HERE to watch the video.

IFPA welcomes newest staff member

09-img-9The IFPA is proud to welcome our newest staff member, Charlotte Jane Sharpe.

She is currently responsible for all the delays in getting results up in a timely manner, as well as the delay in getting answers sent out to the many emails we have sitting in our inbox.

Please know we're doing our best to catch up as quickly as we can, so your patience is greatly appreciated.

Mustang Pinball Launch Party – April 2014!

LAUNCH POSTER Mustang_040814To celebrate the launch of the Mustang Pinball machine, Stern and the IFPA are teaming up to host 18 launch parties going on across the globe!

Click on the flyer to find the Launch Party nearest you!

There will be machines set up at each location on free play, with a cash prize tournament also being held throughout the party. Please see flyer for location information, and contact the IFPA at ifpapinball@gmail.com should you have any questions.

IFPA State Championship Series – April 2014 Update!

ifpa state championship series v2The first quarter of the 2014 IFPA State Championship Series season is in the books. Last year the IFPA saw over 5200 players compete in the SCS, and this year is on pace to shatter that record. 2649 players have already competed in the first 3 months of 2014.

We currently have 30 states included in the SCS, which will all culminate in the IFPA State Championship finals. These finals will all be held simultaneously on February 7th, 2015, with 480 finalists competing for not only a State Championship title, but also a spot in the IFPA US National Pinball Championship.

View the current SCS standings HERE.

For those players north of the US border, the IFPA Canada Provincial Championship Series is also currently in progress. Current standings for the Canada PCS are available HERE. A reminder that the Provincial Champions will also qualify to participate in the US National Championship starting in the 2014 season.

 

IFPA US National Pinball Championship – Projected first round matchups!

photoThe culmination of the first IFPA State Championship Series is just over 6 weeks away. It will end with the crowning of our first ever IFPA US National Pinball Champion. The National Championship is going to be held at Lyons Classic Pinball out in Lyons, CO on Sunday May 18th with players not only battling for the National Pinball Champion title, but also $2800 in cash.

As of this moment there are 27 players confirmed competing, which means that the top 5 seeds in the tournament will receive a first round bye. Assuming everyone that plans on competing shows up for the championship, here is how the bracket will shape up:

First round byes –> (1)Keith Elwin-CA, (2)Joshua Henderson-IL, (3)Bowen Kerins-MA, (4)Andy Rosa-MI, (5)Bob Matthews-AZ

(6)Jason Werdrick-WI vs. (27)Mark Kiefert-GA
(7)Steve Zahler-NJ vs. (26)Drew Cedolia-NC
(8)Cryss Stephens-PA vs. (25)Eric Shaffer-LA
(9)Derek Fugate-KY vs. (24)Brett Emerson-OK
(10)Sean Grant-NY vs. (23)Joe Schober-VA
(11)Joe Said-MD vs. (22)Todd Rafacz-TX
(12)Kevin Birrell-WA vs. (21)Timothy Street-AL
(13)Paul Madison-MN vs. (20)Atticus Palmer-FL
(14)Adam McKinnie-MO vs. (19)Jason Scheffelmaer-KS
(15)Rod Lawrence-OH vs. (18)Walt Wood-CO
(16)Phil Grimaldi-IN vs. (17)Zoe Vrabel-OR

Players will battle in head-to-head best of 7 matches until only one remains. Congratulations ahead of time to the competitors for having performed well enough at the State level to earn the right to compete for the National Championship title.