2014 European Championship Series – Standings through Event #3

ifpa-european-championship-series1The inaugural IFPA European Championship Series is through Event #3 out of 17. The 2014 European Pinball Championships were held March 21st-23rd in Italy. 17 countries were represented, with Krisztián Szalai from Hungary winning the Main tournament, and Robert Gagno from Canada winning the Classics tournament.

Michael Trepp takes over the lead from his Swiss counterpart Robert Sutter for top position of ECS standings. Full results from the 2014 European Pinbal Championships are available HERE. The current ECS standings are available HERE.

The next ECS event takes players to Norway, where the 2014 Oslo Pinheads Open will be taking place April 4-6th. Details of that event are available HERE. The entire ECS schedule can be found HERE.

IFPA fundraiser tournaments eclipse $20,000 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 $20,000 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

Sean Grant wins the First Inaugural Pioneers Tournament

DSCF2467blog post courtesy of Koi Morris and Francesco La Rocca

Sean Grant wins the 1st Inaugural Pioneers Tournament that was held at the Pioneers Bar and Lounge (between 6th and 7th Avenues on 29th St. in Manhattan) on Sunday, March 16, 2014! This tournament ,directed by Francesco La Rocca and Koi Morris ,was of a similar format to the Creek and Cave tournament that was held last month in Queens, NY. Four games were used in the tournament (Iron Man, Metallica, Star Trek Pro, and The Simpsons Pinball Party). There were 25 participants in the tournament. Each player played one game on each of the 4 games for their one entry in the tournament.

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IFPA presents World Championship Week for 2014!

IFPA11 world championship weekIn celebration of the upcoming World Pinball Championship this May, the IFPA will be taking over Denver with a WPPR point bonanza of tournaments for flipper fanatics to enjoy!

World Championship Week starts with the Lyons Spring Classic, the official IFPA Satellite event for IFPA11. Taking place May 16th-18th in Lyons, CO, the Lyons Spring Classic is an event on the 2014-15 PAPA Circuit. As the official IFPA Satellite event for IFPA11, there is ONE spot available to get into the field of 64 players and play for the right to be crowned World Pinball Champion. Full details of the Lyons Spring Classic can be found HERE.

The IFPA will be back in action starting Monday, May 19th with the Pre-IFPA 1up Lodo Tournament in Denver. Full details including schedule, format, entry fees, prizes will be available soon. Learn more about 1up Lodo HERE.

World Championship Week continues Tuesday, May 20th when the IFPA moves on to Pinball Jones in Fort Collins, where we will be hosting the Pre-IFPA Pinball Jones Tournament. Full details including schedule, format, entry fees, prizes will be available soon. Learn more about Pinball Jones HERE.

Wednesday, May 21st, we head back to Denver to the 1up Colfax. The IFPA will be hosting the PreIFPA 1up Colfax tournament. Full details for this tournament will also be available soon. Learn more about the 1up Colfax HERE.

The IFPA will also be crowing the first IFPA US National Champion, which is the culmination of the first SCS on Sunday, May 18th. The 2nd edition of the Epstein Cup where the 8 best players from Europe battle the 8 best players from North America will happen Thursday night, May 22nd. Finally, Sunday, May 25th, IFPA's World Championship Week concludes with the crowning of the new World Pinball Champion. Hosted by Game Exchange of Colorado, and sponsored by Stern Pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball, AAMA, AMOA, Marco Specialties, Gameworks, Play Meter Magazine, Raw Thrills, Betson, Brady Distributing, Pinball Center, Farsight Studios, Zen Studios, PAPA, Color DMD, Suzo Happ, Bay Area Amusements and Planetary Pinball Supply, the IFPA11 World Pinball Championship will feature the most competitive field of participants in pinball tournament history from 16 countries, including 7 current and former World Pinball Champions. IFPA11 will be happening all day on Friday and Saturday as we work the field down from the 64 qualifiers, to the 8 finalists that will be competing Sunday morning for the World Championship. Full details for IFPA11 are available HERE.

For any questions regarding any part of IFPA's World Championship Week, contact the IFPA at ifpapinball@gmail.com.

 

Trent Augenstein – IFPA’s Player of the Month for February 2014!

10The IFPA is pleased to announce that our Player of the Month for February 2014 is Trent Augenstein from Delaware, OH. 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.

The rest of the top 5 for the month of February included Cryss Stephens from Pittsburgh, PA with 122.53 WPPR points, Jörgen Holm from Stockholm, Sweden with 103.01 WPPR points, Brian Shepherd from Westerville, OH with 99.69 WPPR points, and Jason Werdrick from Park Ridge, IL with 98.63 WPPR points.

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

2014 European Championship Series – Standings through Event #2

ifpa-european-championship-series1The inaugural IFPA European Championship Series is through Event #2 out of 17. Switzerland held their ECS event on March 8th at the Nordwestschweizer-Flippermeisterschaft. 9 countries were represented, with Peter Schmidt winning the Main tournament, and Levente Tregova winning the Classics division.

Robert Sutter continues to sit in the top position of ECS standings. Full results from the Nordwestschweizer-Flippermeisterschaft are available HERE. The current ECS standings are available HERE.

The next ECS event is the first Grand Slam event of 2014, the European Pinball Championship, which which takes place in Italy on March 21st. Details of that event are available HERE. The entire ECS schedule can be found HERE.

Sean Grant The Storm wins the Pingolf League at Modern Pinball NYC

DSCF2435blog post courtesy of Francesco La Rocca

After couple of months, from January 13th until March 11th , the 1st League of Pingolf run by Francesco La Rocca ended on Tuesday at Modern Pinball NYC the HQ of the IFPA. During qualification 27 players played on a scorecard of 5 chosen machines ( out of 11) and 130 entries were played to get to a pot of $650. The top 9 players made it to the final day .Alberto Santana was the leader with 7, follow by Sean Grant 8, Francesco 11 and Steve Zahler 12. For the final, 5 games randomly picked ( Metallica,Family Guy, Fish Tales, World Poker Tour and Addams Family) were played by all. Sean Grant, the NY State Champion, with 18 passed Alberto (22) and won the league. Steve Zahler also with 18 was able to pass Francesco(22) ending up in 3rd place. On 5th position Steve Epstein was able to come back from 6th place also passing Mike Pantino. Chris Nosiglia finish 7th, Josh Boerman and Mikey Gabbard tied for 8th place.  Top 4 won money and from 5th to 8th place Modern Pinball offer 3 hours pass as prizes to the place.Great Job everyone!

Pinball Wizards of London

UntitledUniversity of Western Ontario's Western Journalism Report published a web slide show on the London Ontario Pinball League (LOPL). The LOPL is one of the over 100 IFPA endorsed leagues held around the world. Click HERE to see the slide show.

LOPL vs TCPL 1st Annual Summit Series Tournament

020blog post courtesy of Mike Dymus

On Saturday March 8th members of the London Ontario Pinball league (LOPL) travelled to compete in a head to head tournament against the Tri-City Pinball League (TCPL) mainly for bragging rights as it was not for any WPPR points. Inspired by the earlier Freestate/Pittsburgh league tournament this was to the best of our knowledge the first league vs league competition in Canada which was dubbed LOPL vs TCPL Summit Series.

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Zach Sharpe, Pinball Wizard!

indexTechTalk on WRLR 98.3 FM in Chicago had a chance to talk with 2013 World's Greatest Pinball Player, Zach Sharpe. Click HERE to listen to the interview.