2015 IFPA Pin-Masters – Registration is now OPEN!

pinmastersThe IFPA is proud to announce that registration for the 2015 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 108 players.

The 2015 IFPA Pin-Masters: World Pin-Golf Championships are scheduled for March 27th-29th, 2015 at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. The Pin-Masters coincides with the Amusement Expo held Wednesay and Thursday of that week where any players that pre-register will receive a complimentary badge into the trade show.

In addition, the IFPA US National Pinball Championship will also move to the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, and take place Thursday March 26th. This will include all the various State and Provincial Champions currently battling it out in the 2014 SCS and PCS (Canada).

The Flippin' With the Greats Grand Final will also be held as part of the Pin-Masters. The best finisher amongst the Flippin' With the Greats finalists will win a NIB Stern pinball machine.

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

$tern Rewards Program – October 2014 Update

The IFPA is excited to announce that the following players have been now qualified for the $tern Rewards Program based on their October 2014 IFPA endorsed tournament performance! These players have until August 15th, 2015 to exercise their reward option.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARD – Daniele Celestino Acciari
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Dan Thompson
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Doug Langs
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Jeffrey Wirth

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World Pinball Player Rankings – Biggest Movers of October 2014!

moversThe IFPA is pleased to announce that the following players saw the biggest jump in their world ranking based on their October 2014 tournament performance. 

The biggest movers for October 2014 included Dan Thompson from the US, who moved up 11,929 spots from the following results:

Stern Launch Party Tournament – Chicago
Main Tournament – Finished 25th – (0.46)
IFPA POP Fundraiser – Columbus
Side Tournament – Finished 12th – (0.53)
IFPA POP Fundraiser – Chicago
Main Tournament – Finished 10th – (1.70)
Pinball Chicago Party
Main Tournament – Finished 10th – (1.46)
Side Tournament – Finished 3rd – (4.06)
Pinball Expo Flip Out Tournament
Main Tournament – Finished 108th – (2.75)     
Dan moved up to a rank of 2856th in the world, and 75th in the Oklahoma SCS.

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Daniele Celestino Acciari – IFPA’s Player of the Month for October 2014!

1256The IFPA is pleased to announce that our Player of the Month for October 2014 is Daniele Celestino Acciari from Rocca di Papa, Italy. Daniele earned a total of 166.52 WPPR points in October. This included the following results:

Danish Pinball Open
Main Tournament – Finished 2nd – (37.36)
Side Tournament – Finished 1st – (23.94)

Pinball Expo Flip Out Tournament
Main Tournament – Finished 7th – (41.04)
Side Tournament – Finished 4th – (25.10)

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Flipping Out Over Pinball

applauseApplause on WVIZ/PBS in Cleveland did a piece on the resurgence of pinball in the area. Players featured in the video included Brian Hill (ranked 278th in the world), Sean Watterson (ranked 6183rd in the world), Ben Haehn (ranked 757th in the world), Don Johnson (ranked 246th in the world), Michelle McCleester (ranked 762nd in the world) and John Delzoppo (ranked 144th in the world). Click HERE to watch the video. 

IFPA State Championship Series – November 2014 Update!

ifpa state championship series v2There's 2 months left in the 2014 IFPA State Championship Series season, and we couldn't be more excited about the growth of interest compared to 2013. Last year the IFPA saw over 5200 players compete in the SCS, and this year we've eclipsed that with 5870 players having already competed through November 2014.

We currently have 33 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 over 500 finalists competing for not only a State Championship title, but also a spot in the IFPA US National Pinball Championship. The State Championship tournament details are being added to the IFPA calendar as the State Reps finalize those details.

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.

We are also excited to announce that the official satellite spots for the IFPA12 World Pinball Championship will come from the 2014-15 IFPA US National Pinball Championship, and the 2014-15 IFPA European Pinball Championship. The highest finisher in each final that has not yet qualified for IFPA12 will win a free spot into the World Championship.

 

IFPA Op-Ed: WPPR #1 for 2014

With his recent wins at Expo and the Danish Open, Jorian Engelbrektsson has retaken the #1 spot from Keith Elwin for the first time since Keith bumped him out of it at PAPA 13 in 2010.
 
Will Jorian stay #1 through year-end?  If Keith doesn't play in any more large events, yes.  Once all of their results decay to 12/31/2014 values, Jorian will be at 974.92, KME at 968.96 (subject to minor adjustments).  With Keith's #15 result being a 43.00 at that time, he'd need to replace it with a 49-point event to reclaim first place.  There's not much left at that level; not the Florida circuit event [47 pts].  His best bet, if he were interested, would be the San Francisco City Champ if he won both the main and side events [50 to 55 pts].  But there's not much point in that, since Jorian still has the 2014 Swedish Championships and Bitwalk ahead of him, in both of which he typically finishes high.  A decent performance at either one pretty much locks up #1 for Jorian no matter what Keith does stateside.
 
How good a year did they each have?  Let's see.

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Flippin’ With the Greats Pinball League – next raffle November 28th!

006 (960x1280)The IFPA / FWTG League is excited to announce – a Gottlieb Strikes & Spares Pinball is up for grabs!

This machine is shopped out and ready for your home game room.

Strikes & Spares will be awarded to a randomly selected FWTG League Participant on November 28th @ 9pm CST.

Winning player will be responsible for any shipping charges (we will help coordinate a wholesale carrier), or the Pinball can be available for pick up in the Minneapolis or Chicago areas. As an alternative prize, Gridiron Support is offering a set of (5) GGAF Hall of Fame Medallions with matching serial numbers, if the winning player declines the Strikes & Spares as their prize.

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$tern Rewards Program – September 2014 Update

The IFPA is excited to announce that the following players have been now qualified for the $tern Rewards Program based on their September 2014 IFPA endorsed tournament performance! These players have until August 15th, 2015 to exercise their reward option.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARD – Frank Romero
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Larry Paquette
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Paul Hawkins
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Matti Beramsingh

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World Pinball Player Rankings – Biggest Movers of September 2014!

sept2014moversThe IFPA is pleased to announce that the following players saw the biggest jump in their world ranking based on their September 2014 tournament performance. 

The biggest movers for September 2014 included Larry Paquette from Lisbon, ME, who moved up 11,132 spots from the following results:
Boston Pinball Association Tournament
Main Tournament – Finished 4th – (4.92)
The Maine Pinball Equinox
Main Tournament – Finished 23rd – (0.25)        
Larry moved up to a rank of 3634th in the world, and 34th in the Maine SCS.

Paul Hawkins from Wallingford, UK moved up 10,349 spots from the following results:
Pinburgher BBQ in the Rain
Main Tournament – Finished 28th – (1.12)
Side Tournament – Finished 9th – (2.98)
Paul moved up to a rank of 4771st in the world.

Matti Beramsingh from London, UK moved up 6889 spots from the following results:
London Pinball League
League – Finished 35th – (0.16)
Pinburgher BBQ in the Rain
Main Tournament – Finished 23rd – (1.52)
Side Tournament – Finished 33rd – (0.36)
Matti moved up to a rank of 3774th in the world.

Congratulations to Larry, Paul and Matti, as well as the other players that saw a jump in their ranking from their September tournament performance!

Frank Romero – IFPA’s Player of the Month for September 2014!

8208The IFPA is pleased to announce that our Player of the Month for September 2014 is Frank Romero from Rockland County, NY. Frank earned a total of 96.59 WPPR points in September. This included the following results:

Super Pingolf Summer At Yestercades
Finishing Position (original point value)
Main Tournament – Finished 1st – (30.90)
Side Tournament – Finished 1st – (15.46)

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