World Pinball Player Rankings – Biggest Movers of August 2015!

Aug2015moversThe IFPA is pleased to announce that the following players saw the biggest jump in their world ranking based on their August 2015 tournament performance.

The biggest movers for August 2015 included Joe Valentini from Quebec, Canada, who moved up 14,057 spots from the following results:

Modern Pinball NYC Super League Main Tournament 71st Aug 31, 2015 5.30
WWE SummerSlam Fan Experience NYC Main Tournament 10th Aug 21, 2015 0.18

Joe moved up to a rank of 4916th in the world, and 255th in the New York SCS.

Tatiana Mora from the Miami, FL moved up 9,794 spots from the following results:

Modern Pinball NYC Super League Main Tournament 116th Aug 31, 2015 4.78
The Pinball Asylums King of the Hill Tournament Side Tournament 15th Aug 22, 2015 0.02
The Pinball Asylums PAPA Style Main Tournament 28th Aug 22, 2015 0.23
Pinburgh Match-Play Championship Main Tournament 610th Aug 2, 2015 0.07

Tatiana moved up to a rank of 4925th in the world, and 56th in the Florida SCS.

Roy Barham from Springfield, MO moved up 9,401 spots from the following results:

Queen City Pinball League League 1st Aug 11, 2015 8.27

Roy moved up to a rank of 3401st in the world, and 26th in the Missouri SCS.

Congratulations to Joe, Tatiana and Roy, as well as the other players that saw a jump in their ranking from their August tournament performance!

Kevin Birrell – IFPA’s Player of the Month for August 2015!

birrellThe IFPA is pleased to announce that our Player of the Month for August 2015 is Kevin Birrell from Seattle, WA. Kevin earned a total of 240.44 WPPR points in August. This included the following results:

NW Pinball Championships Classics Tournament 3rd Aug 28, 2015 21.76
Addaball Weekly Wednesday Flip Off Main Tournament 1st Aug 26, 2015 23.27
Addaball Weekly Wednesday Flip Off Main Tournament 1st Aug 12, 2015 21.22
Pinburgh Match-Play Championship Main Tournament 4th Aug 2, 2015 104.09
NW Pinball Championships Main Tournament 9th Aug 28, 2015 15.99
NWPC Pre-Tourney – Shortys Main Tournament 3rd Aug 23, 2015 4.29
8-Bit Arcade BBQ Annual Pinball Extravaganza! Main Tournament 7th Aug 22, 2015 10.60
Addaball Weekly Wednesday Flip Off Main Tournament 4th Aug 19, 2015 11.50
NWPC Pre-Tourney – Olafs Main Tournament 1st Aug 16, 2015 12.33
NWPC Pre-Tourney – FFDD Main Tournament 9th Aug 13, 2015 1.02
NWPC Pre-Tourney – 8Bit Main Tournament 11th Aug 9, 2015 0.90
Addaball Weekly Wednesday Flip Off Main Tournament 4th Aug 5, 2015 13.47

Kevin is currently leading in the Washington SCS and also moved himself up from 29th in the world to 18th.

The rest of the top 5 for the month of August included Raymond Davidson from Mukilteo, WA with 240.02 WPPR points, Keith Elwin from the Carlsbad, CA with 187.29 WPPR points, Steven Bowden from Franklin Township, NJ with 155.48 WPPR points, and Zach Sharpe from Chicago, IL with 144.91 WPPR points.

Congratulations to Kevin and the other top WPPR point earners of the month!

WPPR formula change to v5.2 for 2016!

Project Numbers 5.2Since the release of WPPR v5.1 back in April 2015, the IFPA has continued investigating ways to make the World Pinball Player Rankings more accurate for how we rank players across the globe. This latest change to the formula is not nearly as extensive as the change to version 5.0 where we completely overhauled how the value of a tournament was calculated.

These latest changes will be incorporated into WPPR v5.2 which will be implemented starting January 1, 2016.

Please note that for all 2015 IFPA related activities (qualifying for 2015-16 SCS, 2015-16 ECS, IFPA13, etc), version 5.1 will be used for that qualification process.

Below is an overview of changes for the updated 2016 formula:

  • The IFPA will no longer endorse tournaments that don’t have a DIRECT play component as part of the format. DIRECT play represents multiple players playing against one another on a given game (head-to-head or in a group). Many tournaments use an INDIRECT qualifying system where everyone plays the same game (PAPA style qualifying, Best Game qualifying, Pin-Golf). Those tournaments that use an INDIRECT qualifying system must now run a Finals round that consists of DIRECT play between the finalists to crown the winner. A tournament must advance a minimum of 10% but no more than 50% of those players to the Final. Examples of tournaments no longer eligible for WPPR points would be simple high score tournaments without finals, or Pin-Golf tournaments where you simply play your round/rounds.
  • Originally WPPR v5.0 rules used the longest theoretical path to determine the number of meaningful games used for TGP. This made for situations where the tournament was being given credit for a “longest path” that had an extremely low chance of actually happening. We are changing this to ‘expected value’ for # of rounds played for bracket/strike/match play tournaments. We’ve included a detailed breakdown of a few approved qualifying and finals formats, and the number of games that should be counted towards the TGP value here:
  • RATED players will be the metric that is used to determine the Dynamic distribution part of the WPPR points awarded for an event. For example a tournament with 300 players in which only 50 were rated will base the dynamic distribution of points as if it was a 50 player tournament.
  • Match play formats or formats that utilize PAPA style group finals with 4-player groups will be allowed to count each meaningful game played at 2X. For example, a 3-game round with 4-player groups will now count as 6 additional games added to TGP instead of just 3. This is detailed in the TGP Guide under the “PAPA Style Match Play” approved format.
  • The IFPA no longer gives additional credit to matches that are longer than 7 games towards the TGP calculation. For example, best-of-9 matches will still only add 7 games to TGP.

For full detailed information on the 2016 formula, click HERE. Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at Please check back when for announce that WPPR v5.2 has been implemented for 2016 as the details may always change prior to launch.

Lamplighter Pub to host Guinness World Record pinball marathon attempt

guinessPinball champion Eden Stamm to start his flipper marathon September 8th

For over 60 years, Guinness World Records have inspired people to feats of endurance, creativity, and strength in the attempt to add their names to the list of world record holders. Donnelly Group is excited to support one of those crazy dreamers as on September 8th, champion pinballer Eden Stamm will attempt to break the record for the “longest pinball marathon”.

He will begin his playing marathon at 3:00PM on Tuesday, September 8th at The Lamplighter Public House in Gastown with the task of breaking the current record of 28 hours of consecutive play. He’s allowed to take a five minute break every hour and will be supported and encouraged around the clock as he attempts to break the record which has stood since 2007.

If the marathon goes to plan, Stamm will reach the recording-breaking time at 7:00pm on September 9th in the midst of The Lamplighter’s New Replay Pinball Tournament, the World’s largest weekly pinball tournament. “We’ve been hosting our own pinball tournaments for some time now and we had the idea of trying to break a pinball world record”, said Damon Holowchak of Donnelly Group. “When Eden agreed to be part of the record attempt we got in touch with Guinness to begin the process of applying to have our record attempt certified”.

Eden Stamm brings a genuine pinball pedigree to the record attempt, having competed at the highest levels for over a decade, including time spent as one of the top 10-ranked players in the world. He remains the reigning BC Champion and a regular winner on the pinball tournament circuit.

“We’re hoping to honour the Guinness Records, which were of course founded by the historic brewery, by setting a record in Vancouver’s most historic pub, and we’re looking forward to welcoming pinball players and fans to be part of this record attempt.”

In order to be certified as a record by Guinness, two witnesses will be required at all times throughout the attempt. Donnelly Group is building a schedule of record witnesses and is inviting those who would like be part of a record attempt, and pinball history, to contact Emma Shaw

For more information about The Lamplighter and Donnelly Group, visit

SALAZAR Short Film “Wizard Mode” Released in Advance of Crowdfunding Campaign

vimeo_1000This August, SALAZAR released the short film, “Wizard Mode”, a sneak preview of their feature length documentary of the same name that will be crowdfunded in September in order to raise funds to complete the film. Since its release last week, the short film has garnered over 36,000 views on Vimeo and been featured in the Atlantic, the wellknown art blog Booooooom, and much more.

Wizard Mode is the story of Robert Gagno, one of the world’s best pinball players, who also happens to be autistic. As Robert comes of age while rising up the ranks of the international pinball circuit, he strives to gain his independence and transcend the label of autism. The story is presented by award-winning filmmaking team SALAZAR.

Robert is now sixth in the world and has dozens of pinball trophies to prove it. Wizard Mode tells the story of a person stigmatized by autism on a quest to live a fulfilling, independent and fun life
enriched by their wide range of interests and pursuits. The film hopes to stimulate a conversation around autism and contribute to the empowerment of those who are told from a young age that they can’t live “normal” satisfying existences. In order to reach wider audiences and find funding to ensure the film gets finished, SALAZAR is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo this September, with direct support from Vimeo & Indiegogo.

To watch the short film go to: and to learn more about the film, check out our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Media Contact
Sara Wylie

World Pinball Player Rankings – Biggest Movers May, June, July 2015

world_pinball_player_rankings_wppr1The IFPA is pleased to announce that the following players saw the biggest jump in their world ranking between May and July 2015. 

May 2015:
Winston Tuttle from Edmonton, AB, Canada (up 10,512 spots), Chris Keller from Brentwood, MD (up 10,174 spots) and Brian Service from Trappe, PA (up 9925 spots).

June 2015:
Kendra Zien from Richmond, CA (up 15,702 spots), Peter Olive from Seattle, WA (up 12,582 spots) and Zach Amador from Seattle, WA (up 11,589 spots).

July 2015:
Tatiana Mora from Miami, FL (up 7851 spots), Wesley Hoyle from Lancaster, UK (up 7242 spots) and Stacey Borg from Melbourne, Australia (up 6058 spots).

IFPA’s Player of the Month for May, June and July 2015

world_pinball_player_rankings_wppr1The IFPA is pleased to announce our Player of the Month for May 2015 through July 2015:

May 2015 –> Steven Bowden (255.14 WPPR points)
June 2015 –> Francesco La Rocca (111.83 WPPR points)
July 2015 –> Germain Mariolle (122.92 WPPR points)

Congratulations to Steve, Francesco and Germain, along with the other top WPPR point earners over these months!

WWE SummerSlam Fan Experience NYC – Pinball Tournament

11845170_10153509840359244_2476956718141403137_oJoin Stern, IFPA and the WWE at the worlds largest toy store, Toys-R-Us Times Square on Friday, August 21st from Noon to 5pm! We will have WWE Wrestlemania Pinball setup on free play for you to enjoy as a part of the WWE SummerSlam Fan Experience! You might even meet a WWE Superstar!

All scores set on the machine at Toys-R-Us during this time are eligible for our "King of the Ring" promotion currently underway. Grand Prize is $500 cash, a playfield trophy and tickets to a WWE event!

Click HERE for details!


Zach Sharpe wins 1st Major Championship!

11802615_10153131307428380_1836392337302094952_o(photo courtesy of Zac Wollons)

In the history of competitive pinball, very few (24 in fact) have had the chance to call themselves a Major Champion. Like professional golf or tennis, the opportunity to join this elite club only happens four times a year. The Pinburgh 2015 final brought together three finalists looking to add their name to this list (Raymond Davidson, Kevin Birrell and Zach Sharpe), with Keith Elwin looking to capture his record 9th Major Championhip and 2nd of 2015.

Following a tiebreaker with Raymond Davidson on Ironman, it was Zach Sharpe who became the 25th Major Champion in competitive pinball history. Having been one game away from winning PAPA, IFPA and the EPC over the course of his career, the 800 pound gorilla as being "the best player to have never won a Major" is finally off Zach's back. This was also Zach's 7th top 4 finish at a Major, one of only six players to accomplish this in a career (Elwin, Kerins, Sheats, Engelbrektsson, Acciari are the others).

With his 3rd place finish Keith Elwin added to his record for the most top 4 finishes in Major Championships, expanding that total to 14. Raymond Davidson increased his top 4 finishes in Major Championships to 2, while Kevin Birrell entered the record books with his first top 4 Major Championship finish (the 76th player to do so).

To view the most current list of Major Championship stats, click HERE.

IFPA and POP Team Up For Charity Tournaments!

poplogo2blog post courtesy of Greg Dunlap

We are pleased to announce that September will be POP month at the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA)! Tournament directors around the country will be holding events to benefit POP and its mission to improve the lives of children by sharing the history and excitement of the game of pinball. The funds raised in September will go towards our high priority projects including purchasing a van to transport games for charity events, ongoing outreach projects, and day to day operations at POP HQ where pinball is offered for free to kids everyday. 

All IFPA rules regarding ranking and points will remain the same for these tournaments as any other tournament. The 30 day rule is in effect for this campaign.

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