Pins & Pirates Pinball Rally 2019

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Pins & Pirates Pinball Rally is a 3 Day Pinball Tournament open to all Skill Levels of players.

DECEMBER 6, 7 & 8th

A Pre-INDISC Event

Captain’s Arcade Showroom
4411 E La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92807

The Pins & Pirates Pinball Rally (PPPR) tournaments consist of open qualifying Best Game Format and Match Play final rounds. During open qualifying, each player may make as many qualifying attempts as he or she likes. A point system is used to rank each player’s score on each machine. Those who rank highest at the end of qualifying will participate in the match play final rounds. In the final rounds, qualifying players play against each other in multiplayer games. A [different] point system is used to determine who advances to the next round and, ultimately, who wins the division.

Click HERE for more information.

Stern Rewards Program – Jurassic Park added!

The IFPA is excited to announce that Stern has added Jurassic Park Pro and Premium to the rewards program. A reminder that the 2018 rewards earned by players expire December 31st, 2019.

The following games are now available under the program (subject to change at anytime): Deadpool Pro (in stock), Deadpool Premium (in stock), Iron Maiden Pro (in stock), Iron Maiden Premium (in stock), Jurassic Park Pro (in stock),
Jurassic Park Premium (December), Guardians of the Galaxy Pro (November),  Star Trek Vault Pro (in stock), Star Trek Vault Premium (in stock), Star Wars Pro (in stock), Star Wars Premium (in stock), Munsters Pro (in stock), Munsters Premium (in stock), Beatles Gold (in stock), Black Knight Sword of Rage Pro (in stock), Black Knight Sword of Rage Premium (in stock).

Detailed rules for the $tern Rewards Program, including an updated list of qualifiers, and updated list of rewards available can be found HERE.

2020 IFPA Pin-Masters – Registration is now OPEN! (SOLD OUT!)

pinmastersThe IFPA is proud to announce that registration for the 2020 IFPA Pin-Masters is now OPEN! For details on the IFPA Pin-Masters, check out the Overview page HERE.

To register, click HERE! Please note registration will be capped at 144 players. New for 2020, spots will be RESERVED for any player that qualifies for the IFPA North American Pinball Championship and the IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship.
[We are SOLD OUT! To be put on the waitlist please contact]

Current Participants list is available HERE.

The 2020 IFPA Pin-Masters: World Pin-Golf Championships are scheduled for March 6-8th, 2020 at Game Exchange of Colorado in Denver, CO.

In addition, the IFPA North American Pinball Championship and the IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship will also be at Game Exchange of Colorado, and take place Thursday March 5th. This will include all the various State and Provincial Champions currently battling it out in the 2019-20 SCS and PCS (Canada), along with those women that qualify for the Women’s World Championship.

The 2020 IFPA Pin-Masters will also be on the 2020 Stern Pro Circuit.

Should you have any questions about our qualifying process or to find out more information about the tournament, please contact the IFPA at

2019 IFPA POWER 100 Championship – LIVE Results!

The 2019 IFPA POWER100 Championship is kicking off today!
Follow the results live HERE.
Live stream HERE.

For Its 33rd Year, OGN Adamantly Refuses To Report On The Pinball Expo ‘Flip Out’ Tournament Or Any Pinball-Related News

The Onion keeping up with the world strategy of nobody wanting to talk about competitive pinball. Don’t read the article HERE.

How pinball is making a comeback

For the 3rd hour of TODAY, NBC’s Savannah Sellers heads to Lyman’s Tavern in Washington, D.C., one of the many venues around the country where pinball competitions are springing back to life. Click HERE to watch the piece.

IFPA launches IFPA Women’s Advisory Board

The IFPA is excited to announce the addition of the IFPA Women’s Advisory Board.

The role of the IFPA Women’s Advisory Board is to provide expertise and guidance in all aspects of competitive pinball as well as to serve as a sounding board as the IFPA continues to grow and evolve. The participation of women in IFPA-sanctioned events continues to increase at a record pace, and the IFPA Women’s Advisory Board is here to offer expert counsel and insight to ensure the IFPA is optimizing opportunities for the continued growth and long-term success of women in competitive pinball.

The initial members of the IFPA Women’s Advisory Board are Olivia Helm, Karyn Kiser, Kim Martinez, Juana Summers, Zoë Vrabel, and Anna Wolk. All will join the IFPA as IFPA Directors. Although she will not be serving on the Board, the IFPA wants to recognize and thank Tracy Lindbergh for the critical role she played in the formation of this group.

The first initiative of the IFPA Women’s Advisory Board has been to collaborate with PAPA to update the Personal Conduct verbiage in the IFPA/PAPA official ruleset (Section III). Clarification of what kind of behavior is acceptable/unacceptable is paramount towards fostering a safe and welcoming environment for all participants at IFPA-sanctioned events. The IFPA looks to IFPA-sanctioned Tournament Directors to hold their players accountable based on the updated rules. The updated IFPA/PAPA rule set with this added verbiage is available HERE.

IFPA President Josh Sharpe commented, “Since launching 13 years ago, the IFPA has always relied on volunteers to move the organization forward. Having these women step up to volunteer their time to serve on the IFPA Women’s Advisory Board and more broadly as IFPA Directors will no doubt shape the world of competitive pinball for the better. The initiatives already being discussed by the Board excite me for the impact they can make now and in the future.”

“Including women’s perspectives in the IFPA governance structure is a critical step in making sure competitive pinball serves all interests and all communities, recognizing that different groups have different needs. Our board represents a diverse set of backgrounds and regions, and we are so excited to join the IFPA in developing competitive pinball in communities across the world,” said Zoë Vrabel, one of the founding members of the Board.

The Board can be reached via email at

‘THE OPEN’ IFPA World Championship – INDISC 2020

‘THE OPEN’ IFPA World Championship will be held at the Museum of Pinball in Banning, CA from January 9-12th, 2020 as part of the 9th annual “It Never Drains in South California Pinball Tournament”.

The Museum of Pinball will be OPEN for INDISC 2020! 500+ pinball machines on Free Play!

New this year for INDISC 2020:
~ ‘The OPEN’ IFPA Championship! The World’s 5th Major Championship!

~ Senior Division

~ Classic Target-Match Play tournament – Thursday Jan 9th!
(Match-Play tickets go on sale Sat, Oct. 26th at 9am PDT. Ticket link: [ 5.
Max 2 tickets purchased per player.) (100 person cap!)

Full schedule and more information HERE.

INDISC 2020 Video Announcement HERE.


Stern Rewards Winner – Dave Andersen!

Dave Andersen out of Fort Collins, CO finished 2018 as the 442nd ranked pinball player in the world. This qualified him for the Stern Rewards Program for finishing the year ranked in the top 1000. The rewards program allows qualifiers to purchase a brand new Stern pinball machine at a special IFPA price. Dave redeemed his reward for a Deadpool Pro.

So far in 2019, Dave has participated in 28 IFPA sanctioned events and remains in the top 1000 ranked players in the world (ranked 698th currently). He’s also currently sitting in 15th in the Colorado SCS qualifying for this season.

Congratulations to Dave, and remember if you’re interested in qualifying for the Stern Rewards Program, check out the rules here.

IFPA’s Player of the Month/Biggest Movers for August 2019!

Here are the August 2019 IFPA winners for Player of the Month and Biggest Movers:

Player of the Month:
Colin Urban (407.80 WPPR’s)

Biggest Movers:
Brett Smith (+32,933 spots), Tom Law (+27,086 spots) and Jessica Rausch (+23,807 spots)

These players have now all qualified for the Stern Rewards Program for 2019. Congrats to everyone!