Pinball Players Rejoice! RadioShack and Stern Pinball Hail the End of Oakland’s Pinball Prohibition by Hosting Tournament

16f31c3bd228017b35d10c6eIron Man Pro Vault Edition Pinball Machine Ready for Play at Local RadioShack Store–High Score Wins Machine 

OAKLAND, Calif. – August 20, 2014 – For 80 long years, residents of Oakland were banned from playing pinball because the game was viewed as illegal gambling. All that changed last month when the city’s long prohibition on pinball was finally lifted. To celebrate this momentous occasion, RadioShack and Stern Pinball are teaming up to host a month-long pinball tournament inside RadioShack’s new Interactive Remodeled store in Oakland. 

Kicking off on August 20, RadioShack will place a brand new Iron Man Pro Vault Edition machine in its Fruitvale Station store location, with help from Stern Pinball and the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA). Participants are welcome to play for free and test their skills, no quarters required and no purchase necessary. More than mere bragging rights are on the line; whoever wins the tournament, wins the machine as a grand prize.  Here’s how the tournament will work:

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Flippin’ With the Greats League – Andrei Massenkoff wins week #1 raffle!

photoThe Flippin' With the Greats League raffled off the first prize of the preseason, with Andrei Massenkoff winning a set of 3 Hall of Fame GGAF Medallions featuring players Dan Hampton, Steve Largent, and "Mean" Joe Greene, all with matching serial numbers.

The prize for week #2 will not only be the same set of 3 Hall of Fame GGAF Medallions featuring players Dan Hampton, Steve Largent, and "Mean" Joe Greene, all with matching serial numbers. In addition, Gridiron Support dug deep into their medallion archives and is offering up these rare Penn State medallions from a past Limited Edition promotional strike. These valuable quality medallions are no longer available anywhere. They were snapped up by Penn State fans shortly after their release.

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PinBrawl 2014 Champions – IFPAPA (Sponsored by MPE)!

IMG_1402.JPG14 teams competed in the 2014 PinBrawl World Team Pinball Championships, held Wednesday August 13th at PAPA HQ. After 3 qualifying rounds, IFPAPA (Sponsored by MPE), made up of Doug Polka (ranked 1018th in the world), Mark Steinman (ranked 215th in the world), Zach Sharpe (ranked 3rd in the world) and Josh Sharpe (ranked 20th in the world) earned a spot in the playoffs by winning POD #2.

In the Semifinal round IFPAPA (Sponsored by MPE) defeated Stoned Drunk! 70-47, and followed that up with a 64-53 victory in the Finals over the defending champion Beavis and the Pin-buttheads. Zach Sharpe earned top honors as PinBrawl 2014's Most Valuable Player, earning 83 MVP points over the course of the tournament. Full results can be found HERE.

2014 PinBrawl World Team Pinball Championships – LIVE Standings!

PINBRAWL1PinBrawl 2014 is underway! We have 14 teams battling for the four spots in the finals. Click HERE to follow the results live as the matches end.

Stern Pinball Expands the IFPA Rewards Program

rewardWorld’s Leading Maker of Arcade-Quality Pinball Adds New Games
and Merchandise to the IFPA Rewards Program

MELROSE PARK, IL – August 12, 2014 – Stern Pinball, Inc. (SPI), the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games, announced in cooperation with the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) exciting changes to the $tern Rewards Program. The program rewards dedicated players by providing them with the opportunity to use their rewards to purchase new Stern Premium games and other Stern merchandise at special IFPA prices.

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IFPA announces the UK Championship Series!

ifpa uk championship seriesPinball players in the UK are now able to participate in an exciting new nationwide contest, with the launch of the IFPA UK Championship Series.

All the results from IFPA-sanctioned tournaments within the UK during the calendar year will count towards the IFPA UK Championship Series, including every main and side tournament. 

At the end of the year, the 20 top-ranked players will qualify for the national Series Final to be held the following January or February.  The Series Final will take place in different parts of the country each year, and will feature cash prizes to be won in every round, as well as cash and trophies for the top four players.

Every result from UK tournaments played so far this year has already been included in the rankings, giving the remaining tournaments an extra level of excitement with those qualifying places for the Series Final at stake.The IFPA UK Championship Series was devised by Craig Pullen and Greg Mott, and realised with the assistance of the IFPA’s Country Director, Martin Ayub. 

Full rules, schedules and current rankings are now available on the IFPA website at: ifpapinball.com/ukcs

Flippin’ With the Greats League – Weekly pre-season prize raffle starting August 14th!

gridiron (800x438)With the Flippin' With the Greats League and NFL Preseason officially underway, the IFPA and Gridiron Support are excited to announce that we will be filling the NFL Preseason with prizes that will be raffled off every week for FWTG League members.

The first prize to be raffled off on August 14th at 9pm CST will be a set of 3 Hall of Fame GGAF Medallions featuring players Dan Hampton, Steve Largent, and "Mean" Joe Greene, all with matching serial numbers. All FWTG League members at that time will be eligible for the prize.

Detailed pictures of these medallions along with the custom IFPA medallions can be viewed HERE.

A reminder also that the player leading each division at the end of the preseason will win the "Preseason MVP award" and earn a spot into the Grand Final and play for a NIB Pinball Machine. Currently Tim Zollner leads the NFC West, with all other divisions currently up for grabs. Updated FWTG standings are available HERE.

For details on the FWTG LEAGUE, including how to register, format, prizes and more, click HERE.

Gridiron Support is currently offering a Preseason 10% discount on "Tier 1" and "Tier 2" IFPA/FWTG personalized League Medallions. In addition, Gridiron Support is offering special "group" sales discounts on Medallion orders of 3 or more. Call Vicki (Gridiron Support) at 612-999-FWTG (3894) for more information!

The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund (GGAF) is a non-stock, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing financial grants and ‘pro bono’ medical assistance to retired NFL players in dire need. The organization focuses on the humanitarian side of post-football related issues, which include coordination of social services to retired players who are in need due to a variety of reasons including inadequate disability and/or pensions.

Get behind Coach Ditka's Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund and "LIKE" Gridiron Support on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gridironsupport.org.

Pinball is once again trending in Madison

586x286RecreationPinballJonesHilton3932Isthmus out of Madison, Wisconsin wrote an article on the resurgence of pinball in the area. Players featured included Hilton Jones (ranked 698th in the world – 9th in Wisconsin SCS). Click HERE to read the article.

IFPA Project Pinball Fundraiser Tournaments eclipse $20,000 in donations

projectblog post courtesy of Daniel Spolar

Well, sadly our month long IFPA/ Project Pinball Charity Campaign is coming to close, but we have plenty of good news to share.

Some of that good news is that, we were able to reach more people and had the opportunity to share awareness about our charity and its mission statement and goals across the US and Canada. There were a total of 43 main tournaments, 31+ side tournaments held in one month time. That is just incredible!

Over $20,000 was raised during this IFPA/ Project Pinball Charity Campaign. With this money, Project Pinball Charity has already purchased a brand new Star Trek Pro that will be introduced to a Children’s Hospital in two weeks time. This Children’s Hospital location will be announced soon as we can.

This campaign helped us get out into the communities, to be introduce to a lot of new ideas, new people that want to be involved and of course the discovery of new doors to open.

On behalf of everyone at Project Pinball Charity Group, we would like to give thanks to all the people that helped to make this campaign a huge success.

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Danish Pinball Open 2014 – the happiness edition

DPO2014 posterblog post courtesy of Bo Mertins

Wanna play pinball with the happiest people on Earth in the world’s most liveable city and go up against the world’s greatest players all at the same time?

Well look no further because Danish Pinball Open 2014 (DPO2014) is your chance to enter the nirvana of pinball!

DPO2014 is hosted by Denmark’s leading pinball lounge, The Pinlab, at Marktenderiet – one of Copenhagen’s hottest venue and the very same place where the IFPA World Pinball Championships will take place in 2017.

DPO2014 is part of the IFPA European Championship Series and will be featuring 24 top-notch pins, including titles such as Mustang LE, Metallica Premium, Avatar Pro, AC/DC Luci, Stern Star Trek Pro, AFM, TAF, CFTBL, TZ, JM, INDY500, FH, STTNG, IJ, RS, DM, Taxi and FB.

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