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.

IFPA fundraiser tournaments eclipse $25,000 raised!

Charity-Fundraising-under-MicroscopeQuick update on the fundraising totals from the competitive pinball community.

Between the Kids Fight Cancer campaign associated with the SCS, and the fundraiser events currently being organized for both Barry Oursler and Python Angelo, the IFPA is proud to announce that we've passed the $25,000 mark for funds raised. Special thanks to all the IFPA players that have competed for such great causes, along with Stern Pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball and Pinball Inc. for stepping up as sponsors.

There's still plenty of time to get involved by creating an event in your area as part of the Oursler and/or Python campaigns. Just contact the IFPA for details at ifpapinball@gmail.com

Tilt, rattle and roll: Eugene’s bringing pinball back in a big way

140401.NMS_.EMG_.Pinball-980x653The Daily Emerald at the University of Oregon published an article about the growth of competitive pinball in their community. Included is the Eugene Pinball League which meets once a month. The Eugene Pinball League is one of the over 100 IFPA endorsed leagues held around the world. Featured in the article is Chad Boutin (ranked 10,479th in the world). Click HERE to read the article.

Stern Mustang Pinball Launch Party . . . IFPA looking for volunteers!

MUSTANGPro-020314We're looking to round up some volunteers to help us with hosting the Stern Mustang Launch Party tournaments.

The date Stern is targeting is April 25-27th weekend.

If you are interested in helping serve as an IFPA representative for a launch party in your city, please send me an email (ifpapinball at gmail dot com) including the city you live in. We'll then get that information to Stern to try and find a distributor/operator/location owner in your area to match you up with to get the party set up.

IFPA representative duties would include game setup at the site, along with running the tournament portion of the party.

IFPA presents the 100K World Series of Pinball

29The IFPA is excited to announce that in partnership with Go4Johnny Entertainment and the Travel Channel, we will be organizing the World Series of Pinball.

This epic event is a free-to-enter tournament, where only players that have submitted a casting video for The Pinball Project will be eligible to participate. With the announcement of the biggest prize pool in competitive pinball history, Go4Johnny Entertainment has agreed to re-open the casting video submission website for 24 hours. To submit your casting video, please click HERE and go to "submit casting video" at the top of the page. Once the submission website is closed, there will be no additional opportunities to register for the tournament.

The World Series of Pinball will be a 100K winner take all event. Players will be placed in groups of 3 or 4 players and randomly assigned 1 machine to play on. Each player will start the tournament with 27 outs available, and will earn an out for each loss they receive throughout the group play matches. We will continue this format until only one player remains.

Additional details will be sent to those that have submitted their casting videos.

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April 2nd update . . .

This was an April's Fools joke! However, we do plan on doing something special for those that have submitted a casting video. 2015 will mark the return of the IFPA Pin-Masters in Las Vegas in conjunction with the IFPA US National Championship as well as the Amusement Expo. Anyone that has submitted a casting video will be eligible to receive additional cash prizes for any hole-in-ones they make in any round of play during the IFPA Pin-Masters. More details to come in the upcoming months.

$tern Rewards Program – February 2014 Update

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

PLAYER OF THE MONTH – Trent Augenstein
Trent earned a total 188.00 WPPR points in February, with the highlight being a victory at the Fairfax Pinball Open. Trent also finished in 12th in the Classics Division. During February Trent also had top 4 finishes at Cincinnati IFPA Oursler Fundraiser, Rowdy Bucks Rampfest Tournament, IFPA Ohio State Pinball Championship, Baltimore DC Championship Series and the Flippin With the Greats Grand Final.

BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Scott Reppert
Scott moved up 8012 spots by finishing in 48th and 47th place in the Ohio Pinball & Gameroom Festival Main and Classics Divisions respectively. Scott also finished in 32nd place at the Rowdy Bucks Rampfest Main Tournament, along with a 29th place finish in the Classics Tournaments. This netted Scott 2.57 WPPR points and moved him up to a rank of 5182nd in the world.

BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Jon Grieman
Jon moved up 6269 spots from his 10th, 5th and 1st place finishes at the Whopper Wednesday tournaments during February. Jon earned 2.54 WPPR points from this performance and moved him up to a rank of 4122nd in the world.

BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Sean Campbell
Sean moved up 5389 spots from his 9th place finish at the San Francisco IFPA Oursler Fundraiser. Sean earned 1.44 WPPR points from this performance, which moved Sean into now being the 7207th ranked player in the world..

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

World Pinball Player Rankings – Biggest Movers of February 2014!

untitledThe IFPA is pleased to announce that the following players saw the biggest jump in their world ranking based on their February 2014 tournament performance. A reminder that movement is tracked between February 1st and March 1st, and that tournaments held on March 1st are included.

The biggest movers for February 2014 included Scott Reppert from Fairmont, WV, who moved up 8012 spots by finishing in 48th and 47th place in the Ohio Pinball & Gameroom Festival Main and Classics Divisions respectively. Scott also finished in 32nd place at the Rowdy Bucks Rampfest Main Tournament, along with a 29th place finish in the Classics Tournaments. This netted Scott 2.57 WPPR points and moved him up to a rank of 5182nd in the world.

Jon Grieman from Vancouver, BC moved up 6269 spots from his 10th, 5th and 1st place finishes at the Whopper Wednesday tournaments during February. Jon earned 2.54 WPPR points from this performance and moved him up to a rank of 4122nd in the world.

Sean Campbell from San Francisco moved up 5389 spots from his 9th place finish at the San Francisco IFPA Oursler Fundraiser. Sean earned 1.44 WPPR points from this performance, which moved Sean into now being the 7207th ranked player in the world.

Congratulations to Scott, Jon and Sean, as well as the other players that saw a jump in their ranking from their February tournament performance!