While nearly 600 players were battling throughout the US and Canada on February 7th, Switzerland was playing host to the inaugural IFPA European Championship Series Final. The top 32 players in the ECS standings faced off to crown the IFPA's first European Pinball Champion. Daniele Celestino Acciari from Italy defeated Markus Stix from Austria to earn the title of IFPA European Pinball Champion. Full results for the 2014-15 IFPA European Pinball Championship are available HERE. Pinball News also has a write up with plenty of pictures on the ECS final available HERE.
We're now off the ground and running on the 2015-16 ECS season, with one event already in the books. The Nordwestschweizer-Flippermeisterschaft tournament was held this past weekend in Switzerland, with Michael Trepp emerging victorious. Full results of that tournament are available HERE. The current ECS standings are available HERE.
The next ECS event takes players to Spain and the Netherlands with Torneo de Pinball Ciudad de Silla and the Dutch Pinball Masters both taking place April 18-19th weekend.The entire ECS schedule can be found HERE.
Nationals will be played on Thursday March 26th, with the IFPA Pin-Masters starting the following day. A reminder that registration for the IFPA Pin-Masters closes March 1st.
Here is the tentative game list. Please note that this list is subject to change, and that at maximum, only 9 games will be used for the IFPA Pin-Masters. The most current available game list will be available HERE.
Bank-a-Ball (Gottlieb – 1965)
Cross Town (Gottlieb – 1966)
Old Chicago (Bally – 1976)
Evel Knievel (Bally – 1977)
Rock Star (Gottlieb – 1978)
Firepower (Williams – 1980)
Royal Flush Deluxe (Gottlieb – 1983)
Elvira and the Party Monsters (Bally – 1989)
Indianapolis 500 (Bally – 1995)
Medieval Madness (Williams – 1997)
Batman (Stern – 2010)
Tron LE (Stern – 2011)
Team USA currently holds the Epstein Cup for another 3 months before it is once again up for grabs at IFPA12 in Sweden. 8 players per side earn the right to represent their country in this prestigious event, so let's take a closer look at the rosters for both sides.
Team Europe includes current IFPA World Pinball Champion and 2014 World's Greatest Pinball Player Jorian Engelbrektsson from Sweden, current IFPA European Pinball Champion and 2-time IFPA World Pinball Champion Daniele Celestino Acciari from Italy, former IFPA World Pinball Champion Jörgen Holm from Sweden, 1-time Major Champion Robert Sutter from Switzerland, 2-time Major Finalist Mats Runsten from Sweden, 1-time Major Champion Roy Wils from the Netherlands, 1-time Major Finalist Michael Trepp from Switzerland and 1-time Major Champion Paul Jongma from the Netherlands. The 8 members of Team Europe 2015 have accounted for 10 Major Championships won along with 27 Major Championship Top 4's.
Team USA includes 2013 World's Greatest Pinball Player and 6-time Major Finalist Zach Sharpe from Chicago, current PAPA World Pinball Champion Cayle George from Seattle, 1-time Major Finalist Trent Augenstein from Ohio, 2-time Major Finalist Cryss Stephensfrom Pittsburgh, 4-time Major Finalist Josh Sharpe from Chicago, Jon Replogle from Pittsburgh, 2-time Major Finalist Sean Grant from New York and 2014 Missouri State Pinball Champion Chris Basler from St. Louis. The 8 members of Team USA 2015 have accounted for 2 Major Championships (thanks Cayle!) along with 21 Major Championship Top 4's.
For more details on the event, click HERE.
On February 14, 2015, IFPA player and OCPC League member Keri Censi (ranked 4345th in the world) was involved in a horrible car accident which broke her spine completely and left damage along the lower cervical nerves of her spinal cord, including cervical vertebraes c5-c7, with others left fractured. Without the occurrence of a miracle, Keri is expected to experience total paralysis of her wrists, hands, trunk and legs. Keri is currently receiving breath support from a ventilator. Keri remains in the hospital and operations are ongoing. Upon being released from the hospital, Keri will require life-long support including rehabiliation therapy and facilitative equipment to enrich daily needs and enhance quality of life.
To ease financial stress, any donations that can be made on behalf of Keri and her family would make a world's difference. Please maintain warm and positive thoughts and prayers for such a special family during this difficult time.
A GoFundMe page has been set up HERE.