IFPA Op-Ed: WPPR #1 for 2014

With his recent wins at Expo and the Danish Open, Jorian Engelbrektsson has retaken the #1 spot from Keith Elwin for the first time since Keith bumped him out of it at PAPA 13 in 2010.
Will Jorian stay #1 through year-end?  If Keith doesn't play in any more large events, yes.  Once all of their results decay to 12/31/2014 values, Jorian will be at 974.92, KME at 968.96 (subject to minor adjustments).  With Keith's #15 result being a 43.00 at that time, he'd need to replace it with a 49-point event to reclaim first place.  There's not much left at that level; not the Florida circuit event [47 pts].  His best bet, if he were interested, would be the San Francisco City Champ if he won both the main and side events [50 to 55 pts].  But there's not much point in that, since Jorian still has the 2014 Swedish Championships and Bitwalk ahead of him, in both of which he typically finishes high.  A decent performance at either one pretty much locks up #1 for Jorian no matter what Keith does stateside.
How good a year did they each have?  Let's see.

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Flippin’ With the Greats Pinball League – next raffle November 28th!

006 (960x1280)The IFPA / FWTG League is excited to announce – a Gottlieb Strikes & Spares Pinball is up for grabs!

This machine is shopped out and ready for your home game room.

Strikes & Spares will be awarded to a randomly selected FWTG League Participant on November 28th @ 9pm CST.

Winning player will be responsible for any shipping charges (we will help coordinate a wholesale carrier), or the Pinball can be available for pick up in the Minneapolis or Chicago areas. As an alternative prize, Gridiron Support is offering a set of (5) GGAF Hall of Fame Medallions with matching serial numbers, if the winning player declines the Strikes & Spares as their prize.

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$tern Rewards Program – September 2014 Update

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

BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Matti Beramsingh

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World Pinball Player Rankings – Biggest Movers of September 2014!

sept2014moversThe IFPA is pleased to announce that the following players saw the biggest jump in their world ranking based on their September 2014 tournament performance. 

The biggest movers for September 2014 included Larry Paquette from Lisbon, ME, who moved up 11,132 spots from the following results:
Boston Pinball Association Tournament
Main Tournament – Finished 4th – (4.92)
The Maine Pinball Equinox
Main Tournament – Finished 23rd – (0.25)        
Larry moved up to a rank of 3634th in the world, and 34th in the Maine SCS.

Paul Hawkins from Wallingford, UK moved up 10,349 spots from the following results:
Pinburgher BBQ in the Rain
Main Tournament – Finished 28th – (1.12)
Side Tournament – Finished 9th – (2.98)
Paul moved up to a rank of 4771st in the world.

Matti Beramsingh from London, UK moved up 6889 spots from the following results:
London Pinball League
League – Finished 35th – (0.16)
Pinburgher BBQ in the Rain
Main Tournament – Finished 23rd – (1.52)
Side Tournament – Finished 33rd – (0.36)
Matti moved up to a rank of 3774th in the world.

Congratulations to Larry, Paul and Matti, as well as the other players that saw a jump in their ranking from their September tournament performance!

Frank Romero – IFPA’s Player of the Month for September 2014!

8208The IFPA is pleased to announce that our Player of the Month for September 2014 is Frank Romero from Rockland County, NY. Frank earned a total of 96.59 WPPR points in September. This included the following results:

Super Pingolf Summer At Yestercades
Finishing Position (original point value)
Main Tournament – Finished 1st – (30.90)
Side Tournament – Finished 1st – (15.46)

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2015 IFPA Pin-Masters – Registration is now OPEN!

pinmastersThe IFPA is proud to announce that registration for the 2015 IFPA Pin-Masters is now OPEN! For details on the IFPA Pin-Masters, check out the Overview page HERE.

To register, click HERE! Please note registration will be capped at 108 players.

The 2015 IFPA Pin-Masters: World Pin-Golf Championships are scheduled for March 27th-29th, 2015 at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. The Pin-Masters coincides with the Amusement Expo held Wednesay and Thursday of that week where any players that pre-register will receive a complimentary badge into the trade show.

In addition, the IFPA US National Pinball Championship will also move to the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, and take place Thursday March 26th. This will include all the various State and Provincial Champions currently battling it out in the 2014 SCS and PCS (Canada).

The Flippin' With the Greats Grand Final will also be held as part of the Pin-Masters. The best finisher amongst the Flippin' With the Greats finalists will win a NIB Stern pinball machine.

Should you have any questions about our qualifying process or to find out more information about the tournament, please contact the IFPA at ifpapinball@gmail.com.

Flippin’ With the Greats Pinball League – Seahawks ticket winners!

unnamedThe IFPA / FWTG League courtesy of Rich Gannon gave away a pair of tickets to the Seattle Seahawks game last week. FWTG member Kevin Birrell won the tickets, and fellow top 40 ranked player Raymond Davidson joined him to check out the action. 

The raffles continue with the FWTG League, and the December fundraiser tournaments are also being added to the IFPA Calendar daily. Check out the IFPA calendar for the FWTG Tournament nearest you, and join the FWTG League to start getting involved in chances to win all these great prizes. Over $50,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs!

Please make sure to "Like" Gridiron Support and the IFPA on Facebook as well!

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Flippin’ With the Greats Pinball League – NFL ticket update!

jets (554x1280)The IFPA / FWTG League couresy of Rich Gannon gave away a pair of tickets to the NY Jets vs. Buffalo Bills last week. Rich is doing it again this upcoming weekend, offering a pair of tickets for the upcoming Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders game. These tickets will be waiting at will call for one lucky FWTG member. To be eligible simply contact the IFPA at ifpapinball@gmail.com to be included in the drawing. All current FWTG members are eligible, as well as anyone that signs up between now and 12pm EST this upcoming Saturday. We will then contact the winner shortly after via random draw.

Remember, you MUST join the FWTG League to win.

Most importantly, your participation in FWTG League directly benefits Coach Ditka's Charity…Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.

Please make sure to "Like" Gridiron Support and the IFPA on Facebook as well!

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Guide to WPPR 5.0 – Making Your Event Count

world_pinball_player_rankings_wppr1blog post courtesy of Bob Matthews

The new WPPR system presents a challenge for tournaments that want to obtain full value.  Not all events can or should seek full value; your tournament’s goals are your own to choose.  If high value is one of them, though, here’s an overview of various current formats, what happens to them under WPPR 5.0, and some options for change.  This does NOT address the need to have 64 players for full value; here, I’m just looking at the factor for the Tournament Grade Percentage [TGP] to be applied to your event and how to get the most out of it.

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2014 European Championship Series – Standings through Event #14

ifpa-european-championship-series1The inaugural IFPA European Championship Series is now through Event #14 out of 17, after Finland hosted the K15 Open. Full results for K15 Open are available HERE.

An incredible 1050 players have taken part in at least one ECS tournament, with Michael Trepp maintaining his lead by 21 WPPR points over fellow Swiss Robert Sutter and 26 WPPR points over Daniele Celestino Acciari. The current ECS standings are available HERE.

The next ECS event takes players to Hungary (the Denmark event happened this past weekend), where the 2014 Hungarian Pinball Open will be taking place November 7-8. Details of that event are available HERE. The entire ECS schedule can be found HERE.