Replay: New Wizardry Keeps Pinball Rolling in the Internet Age

P1-BR273_PINBAL_G_20140910173810The Wall Street Journal released an article on the current pinball renaissance. Included in the release is a radio and video spot as well. Featured in the article is Jessie Carduner (ranked 1200th in the world), Mark Steinman (ranked 209th in the world), Josh Sharpe (ranked 17th in the world), Michelle McCleester (ranked 785th in the world), Marvin Ortscheid (ranked 924th in the world), Matt Quirk (ranked 1392nd in the world), Chris Flohr (ranked 2503rd in the world) and Trent Augenstein (ranked 10th in the world). Click HERE to read, watch and listen.

Competitive Pinball Takes the Plunge at Tilt

Gaming1-1Seven Days newspaper out in Vermont wrote a piece covering the Vermont chapter of the New England Pinball League. Featured in the article is Matt Barewicz (ranked 2113th in the world), Todd Baumeister (ranked 9279th in the world) and Steve Daniels (ranked 621st in the world). Click HERE to read the article.

$tern Rewards Program – July 2014 Update

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

PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARD – Chris Tabaka
Chris earned a total of 139.72 WPPR points in July. This included victories in the Lansing Pinball League, Pinbowl Tournament and National Baby Food Festival Open Pinball Tournament. Chris is currently the top ranked player for the Michigan SCS, and is also currently qualified for Georgia(12th) and Wisconsin(13th).

BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Bobbi Douthitt
Bobbi 
moved up 10,376 spots by finishing in the top 20 of both the IFPA Project Pinball Fundraiser tournaments in Ft Myers and St. Petersburg (both Main and Side events). This netted Bobbi 2.80 WPPR points and moved her up to a rank of 5553rd in the world. Bobbi also sits in 53rd place in the Florida SCS.

BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Mike Pantoliano
Mike moved up 6205 spots from his victory at the Flip Flip Ding Ding Periodic Tournament and 11th place finish at the Seattle Pinball Rally Tournament. In total, Mike earned 2.90 WPPR points which moved him up to a rank of 4889th in the world. Mike also sits in 127th place in the Washington SCS.

BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – David Cohen US
David moved up 5745 spots from his performance at the IFPA Project PInball Fundraiser in Washington DC. David finished in 24th place in the Main Tournament, along with 14th and 20th place in each of the Side Tournaments. These results netted David 2.08 WPPR points for June, which moved him up to a rank of 4210th in the world. David also sits in 118th place in the New York SCS.

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 July 2014!

Jul2014moversThe IFPA is pleased to announce that the following players saw the biggest jump in their world ranking based on their July 2014 tournament performance. 

The biggest movers for July 2014 included Bobbi Douthitt from Gulfport, FL, who moved up 10,376 spots by finishing in the top 20 of both the IFPA Project Pinball Fundraiser tournaments in Ft Myers and St. Petersburg (both Main and Side events). This netted Bobbi 2.80 WPPR points and moved her up to a rank of 5553rd in the world. Bobbi also sits in 53rd place in the Florida SCS.

Mike Pantoliano from Seattle, WA moved up 6205 spots from his victory at the Flip Flip Ding Ding Periodic Tournament and 11th place finish at the Seattle Pinball Rally Tournament. In total, Mike earned 2.90 WPPR points which moved him up to a rank of 4889th in the world. Mike also sits in 127th place in the Washington SCS.

David Cohen US from Syracuse, NY moved up 5745 spots from his performance at the IFPA Project PInball Fundraiser in Washington DC. David finished in 24th place in the Main Tournament, along with 14th and 20th place in each of the Side Tournaments. These results netted David 2.08 WPPR points for June, which moved him up to a rank of 4210th in the world. David also sits in 118th place in the New York SCS.

Congratulations to Bobbi, Mike and David, as well as the other players that saw a jump in their ranking from their July tournament performance!

Chris Tabaka – IFPA’s Player of the Month for July 2014!

10308The IFPA is pleased to announce that our Player of the Month for July 2014 is Chris Tabaka from Jackson, MI. CHris earned a total of 139.72 WPPR points in July. This included victories in the Lansing Pinball League, Pinbowl Tournament and National Baby Food Festival Open Pinball Tournament. Chris is currently the top ranked player for the Michigan SCS, and is also currently qualified for Georgia(12th) and Wisconsin(13th).

The rest of the top 5 for the month of July included Kevin Birrell from Seattle, WA with 98.81 WPPR points, Frank Romero from Rockland County, NY with 87.09 WPPR points, Martin Ayub from London with 82.94 WPPR points, and Steve Zahler from New York with 82.58 WPPR points.

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

Family traits tilt towards talent

page0000011_high.jpg.ashxThe Franklin County News in New Zealand released an article on #3 ranked New Zealand player Danielle Peck. Click HERE to read the article.

Video from Pinball HQ Marathon

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Video from the Pinball HQ Marathon at Coogee Diggers in Australia – Click HERE to watch.

Pinball HQ Marathon, August 9, 2014, IFPA endorsed tournament
Duration: SAT 11AM to SUN 1:15AM
Number of players: 52
Number of competition machines: 11
Game's List: Elvis, Metallica, 24, Mustang, Star Trek, Getaway, Fun House, Dirty Harry, Who Dunnit, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Revenge From Mars
Number of games played in qualifying rounds: 572
Number of games played in final rounds: 64
Interstate participation: NSW, VIC, S.A. QLD, ACT
Prize Pool: $1000
Winner: Richard Rhodes (RGR)

Flippin’ With the Greats League – Week #4 raffle update!

FWG-Logo-AThe Flippin' With the Greats League, preseason Week 4 winner is Curtis Baker (playing for the Patriots). Curtis will be receiving an autographed photo of Coach Ditka, a Bronze Ditka "Hall of Fame" Medallion, and a congratulatory letter from the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, naming him the "Honorary Captain"  of the 2014 Flippin' With the Greats competitive Pinball campaign.

Now that the NFL season is officially underway, we are stepping up the prize packages!
 

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Flippin’ With the Greats League – Preseason MVP awards!

11863262With the kickoff of the NFL regular season last night, the FWTG League is excited to announce the Preseason MVP's for 2014.

The player that was leading each division as of last night's cutoff won the Preseason MVP award. These MVP's each have earned a spot into the Grand Final to be held early next year, and will be playing for a chance to win a NIB pinball machine.

Congratulations to the following MVP's:

AFC North – Trent Augenstein (Bengals)
AFC South – Zach Sharpe (Titans)
AFC West – Brian Shepherd (Chiefs)
AFC East – Chris Basler (Dolphins)
NFC West – Kevin Birrell (Seahawks)
NFC North – Josh Sharpe (Bears)
NFC South – Damien Charlety (Saints)
NFC East – Jon Drew (Cowboys)

The FWTG League will continue through the rest of 2014, and we have some pretty great raffle prizes lined up during the course of the season, including a few actual pinball machines that will be given away.

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 (3984) 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.

Flippin’ With the Greats League – Week #3 raffle update!

ditkaThe Flippin' With the Greats League raffled off the third prize of the preseason, with Jon Drew winning a limited "proof" (stamped in coin) struck Rich Gannon 2002 MVP Medallion with color fill trim, along with an autographed action photo.

To cap off our final week of preseason FWTG recruiting we will be giving away a Super prize combination from Da Coach himself!

The winner of this week's drawing will receive an autographed photo of Coach Ditka, a Ditka Hall of Fame Medallion, and a "Thank you" letter from Ditka's Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund naming the winner the "Honorary Captain" of the 2014 Flippin With the Greats / IFPA pinball campaign.

The week #4 prize will be raffled off on September 4th at 9pm CST. All FWTG League members at that time will be eligible for the prize.

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 Andrei Massenkoff leads the NFC West, Damien Charlety leads the NFC South, Jon Drew leads the NFC East, Zach Sharpe leads the AFC South, Josh Sharpe leads the NFL North, Rob Ferullo leads the AFC East and Trent Augenstein leads the AFC North. The AFC West is still 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 (3984) 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.