Jorian Engelbrektsson wins 5th Major Championship!

jorian(photo courtesy of Penni Epstein)

The legacy for current World #1 Jorian Engelbrektsson grew even greater this weekend, as he became the 3rd player in competitive pinball history to capture his 5th Major Championship (Bowen Kerins also has 5, while Keith Elwin has 8). With respect to the European Pinball Championship, Jorian became the first 3-time winner in tournament history. For Jorian, this was also his 10th top 4 finish at a Major, putting him into an elite club with both Elwin(14) and Kerins(11), along with fellow EPC 2015 finalist Lyman Sheats.

Speaking of Lyman Sheats, while he fell just short of capturing his 5th Major Championship, his legacy as one of the greatest to ever play this game also grew this weekend. He was able to reach the podium for the 12th time in his Major Championship career, marking a great return for Sheats who last placed in the top 4 back in 2008 with a 3rd place finish at PAPA 11.

With his 3rd place finish Paul Jongma expanded his top 4 finishes in Major Championships to 4, while Jochen Ludwig entered entered the record books with his first top 4 Major Championship finish (the 77th player to do so).

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

PAC-MAN Premium LED Desk Clock

91FxNg9aGAL._SL1500_This may not be pinball related, but since Raw Thrills is a HUGE IFPA sponsor we wanted to pass along a new retail product that Raw Thrills is bringing to market.

The PAC-MAN Premium LED Desk Clock features 512 Vibrant LED’s that display classic animations from the hit arcade game. It is officially licensed by Namco.

Check out the details and purchase through the Raw Thrills Amazon store here:

PAC-MAN Premium LED Desk Clock – 512 Vibrant LED’s Display Classic Animations From the Hit Arcade Video Game – Officially Licensed Merchandise – Great 8-bit Retro Gift!

A video of the clock in action is available HERE.

Local pinball league keeps the flippers flying

55fb5b43552f6.imageThe Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Virginia released an article/web video piece on the Dominion Pinball League. Click HERE to check it out.

Austrian Pinball Open 2015 report

unnamedblog post courtesy of Stefan Riedler
picture courtesy of Martin Ayub

On the weekend from 18th to 20th September 2015 was the Austrian Pinball Open 2015 held by Flippnic Pinball club ( at the Hall of Pinball Fame in Badendorf near Graz.

The Austrian Pinball Sport Association “Union – Flipper Sportverein Austria” ( supported the event very strong in the preparation and also during the tournament with organization like tournament director and also a live streaming of the final matches on the second day. Read more …

IFPA Women’s Pinball Championship – Coming in 2016!

ifpa.jpg-w227h210We’re excited to announce that we are creating the official IFPA Women’s Pinball Championship, to be held in conjunction with the IFPA US National Pinball Championship out in Las Vegas on March 17th, 2016.

The IFPA plans on inviting the top 16 ranked women from around the world to battle it out in a best-of-7 single elimination format to crown the IFPA Women’s Pinball Champion. Similar to the qualifying process used for the IFPA World Pinball Championship we will use the rankings as of January 1, 2016 to determine the qualifiers. Full details of the event including schedule, entry fee, prizes, etc. will be available soon.

The current Women’s Rankings are available HERE.

For those women that do not find themselves on the ranking, please contact the IFPA and we will update your profile.

Stern Game of Thrones Pinball Launch Party . . . IFPA looking for volunteers!

GOTproGAMEpageWe’re looking to round up some volunteers to help us with hosting the Stern Game of Thrones Pinball Launch Party tournaments.

The date Stern is targeting is October 16-18th weekend.

If you are interested in helping serve as an IFPA representative for a launch party in your city, please send me an email (ifpapinball at gmail dot com) including the city you live in. We’ll then get that information to Stern to try and find a distributor/operator/location owner in your area to match you up with to get the party set up.

IFPA representative duties would include game setup at the site, along with running the tournament portion of the party.

IFPA adds another to the staff!

12001069_10156042824495291_4409618190106607904_oThe IFPA is proud to officially welcome our newest staff member, Crystal Sharpe.

Despite causing insane delays in getting results up in a timely manner, as well as the delay in getting answers sent out to the many emails we have sitting in our inbox, we have hired Crystal to the position of Head Nutritionist of the IFPA. Her responsibilities will include overseeing all meal plans for IFPA staff during our World Championship travels.

Congrats to IFPA Vice President Zach Sharpe on helping secure her addition to the IFPA team. A video of her accepting the position is available HERE.

Please know we’re doing our best to catch up as quickly as we can, so your patience is greatly appreciated.

Save the date for Danish Pinball Open 2015

DPO2014 – Final 4blog post courtesy of Bo Mertins

The NO T-shirts allowed edition – in Copenhagen, October 24th from 10am to 11.59pm

Danish Pinball Open 2015 is your chance to look as sharp as your pinball skills. That’s right – we celebrating the true gentlemen and snappy dressers of the classy sport of pinball.
So for one day only The Pinlab is moving out of the basement, replacing the lukewarm canned beer with cocktails and suiting up. It’s DPO2015: NO T-Shirts allowed edition!

With the cool and casual Mr. Jorian Engelbrektsson as the winner of DPO2014 and the sassy urban Mr. Zach Sharpe as the ruler of DPO2013 it will take a noble pinball gentleman extraordinaire to take home the honour as the victor of DPO2015.

DPO2015 is part of the IFPA European Championship Series and is open to all nationalities but is limited to 64 contestants. The event will take place on October 24th 2015. Ticket are available from September 24th @ Last year we sold out in less than 10 hours so be ready.
Link for registration open at 06.00am 24th September

Pinlab are hosting IFPA14 in 2017. This is you chance to see the venue and play some of the many machines that will play in the World Cup. The standards are very high, and you will play on some of the best machines the sport of pinball can offer.
Questions can be answered on – Bo Mertins

Keep your shirts on and hope to see y’all!
The Pinlab gents

$tern Rewards Program – August 2015 Update

The IFPA is excited to announce that the following players are now qualified for the $tern Rewards Program based on their August 2015 IFPA endorsed tournament performance! These players have until August 15th, 2016 to exercise their reward option.



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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!