Canton Township man headed to Vegas for pinball champs

The Observer-Reporter wrote an article on the current IFPA West Virginia State Champion Pete Hendricks in advance of his trip to Last Vegas for the Nationl Championship. Click HERE to watch the video.

Pinball wizards compete for state championship

The Democrat & Chronicle covered the Upstate New York Pinball Championship that happened in East Rochester, NY over the weekend. Click HERE to watch the video.

Australian Pinball Championship Series held in Adelaide for the first time

Roxanne Wilson from The Advertiser wrote a piece on the upcoming IFPA Australian Championship Series Final and resurgence of competitive pinball. Click HERE to read the article.

Pinball resurgence rolls along with passionate players in Akron, Cleveland and beyond

Joe Bertolini (left) of Akron and Pamela Sams of Green play pinball during a meeting of the Stonehedge Pinball League at Stonehedge in Akron. The league meets twice a week for Knockout Mondays and Casual Thursdays. (Karen Schiely/Beacon Journal/Ohio.com)

Clint O’Connor from the Akron Beacon Journal wrote an article on the resurgence of pinball in Northeast Ohio. Click HERE to read the article.

Fort Wayne Pinball Wizard’s World Arcade hosts largest ever Indiana Women’s Pinball Tournament and the 2nd largest in the World for 2018

blog post courtesy of Mike Burgess

Saturday February 3rd, 32 Women from across the midwest, ages 11 to 70, battled it out in a 12 round three strike knockout tournament to build points toward 8 wild card invitations to the 2019 Women’s World Championship.
Danielle Alexander from Lafayette Indiana, whose home arcade is Main Street Amusements, claimed the Championship by besting Shannon Egnor, whose home arcade is Fort Wayne Pinball Wizard’s World, in the sudden death winner take all 12th round.
Kelsey Irmiter was the only player to hand Alexander and Egnor a loss before the finals, was knocked out of the tourney by losing her three games against the top duo (2 losses to Egnor and 1 to Alexander). Irmiter had the longest winning streak of the day at 6 games.
In the battle of the bottom (first four out of the tournament) Priscilla Burch won the title of the biggest loser.
A lot of Pinball and great times were had by all participants. Over $200 in cash and prizes were handed out to the winners.
Our next Women’s Tournament is Saturday March 3rd at 1pm.
For pictures and additional information visit https://www.facebook.com/FWAPinball/

Brackets are set for 2018 Nationals and Women’s Championships!

We’ve gotten all the player confirmations in, so while this is subject to change with any players dropping out prior to March 1st, the brackets are set!

Click HERE to view the US National Pinball Championship bracket.

Click HERE to view the Women’s World Pinball Championship bracket.

Best of luck to all the competitors heading to Las Vegas next month!

Stern Army help needed!

Looking for some volunteers to help both Stern and IFPA to assist some Family Entertainment Centers in getting pinball events off the ground:

Virginia Beach, VA – Flipper McCoy’s

Auburn Hills, MI – Round One

Mentor, OH – Round One

If you’re around these locations, let me know if you’re interested in helping, and I’ll follow up with more details.

$tern Rewards Program – Aerosmith Pro and Ghostbusters Pro are back in!

The IFPA is excited to announce that Stern has added Ghostbusters Pro and Aerosmith Pro back to the rewards program. A reminder that the 2017 rewards earned by players expire December 31st, 2018.

The following games are now available under the program: Wrestlemania Pro, Ghostbusters Pro, Ghostbusters Premium, Aerosmith Pro, Aerosmith Premium, Star Wars Pro, Star Wars Premium, Batman 66 Premium

Detailed rules for the $tern Rewards Program, including an updated list of qualifiers, and updated list of rewards available can be found HERE.

The Pinball Asylum’s First IFPA Women’s Division Tournament

blog post courtesy of David Denholtz

This past Friday night, January 26th, The Pinball Asylum in Fort Myers, Florida hosted its first-ever Women’s Division IFPA Pinball Tournament.  The 3-Strikes tournament was an amazing success, and was extraordinary for a number of reasons.
The tournament—  ably directed by our own Asylum “Inmate” Ceil Beagle— was the largest Women’s Division Tournament ever held in the state of Florida with 23 players.
Players ranged in age from 15 to 75, making it perhaps the widest array of ages and skill sets The Pinball Asylum has ever seen in any tournament.
Players included Holly Danowski from Connecticut,  the current 24th world-ranked woman player in the IFPA, and most of the best women players in the state of Florida.
The winner of the Women’s Tournament was our long-time “Inmate” Staci Webb, who was not only playing in her first ever IFPA tournament, but who took no strikes in ten rounds. She finally won on the twelfth round after getting two strikes. We always knew that Staci was amazing player, even though she had to be coerced into competing by her fellow Inmates.
Our second place player, Gwyneth Austin, was also the youngest player at 15 years old. She and her dad Mitchell are regulars at The Pinball Asylum, and great players both.
Maritza Chirichigno, a third season Asylum Inmates League player, took third in a very well-fought series of matches.  Holly Danowski, visiting from Connecticut, played extremely well, and took fourth.
In an elegant and humorous touch, as players dropped out, they were served champagne on a silver tray by one of The Asylum’s male board members.
Overall, it was a very well-attended, very well-run tournament that had perhaps the biggest group of spectators The Asylum has ever seen for the last few finals matches.  You can find Facebook Live videos with commentary by IFPA US National Champ Eric Stone that were recorded live at the event.  (https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheAsylumInmatesPinballLeague).
Women’s pinball is definitely on the move, and The Pinball Asylum aims to be part of it!  Keep a look out for more Women’s tourneys at The Pinball Asylum in 2018.

2018 Epstein Cup teams are set!

Team Europe currently holds the Epstein Cup for four more months before it is once again up for grabs at IFPA15 in Toronto. 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 USA includes current world ranked #1 Zach Sharpe from Chicago, 2-time Major Champion Cayle George currently living in the Netherlands but representing Seattle, 1-time Major Champion Raymond Davidson from Mukilteo, WA, 2-time Major Finalist Trent Augenstein from Delaware, OH, 1-time Major Champion Robert Gagno from Burnaby, Canada, current US National Champion Eric Stone from Fort Myers, FL, 2016 IFPA Player of the Year Steven Bowden from Franklin Township, NJ and 1-time Major Champion Jim Belsito from Murrieta, CA. The 8 members of Team USA 2018 have accounted for 6 Major Championships along with 31 Major Championship Top 4’s.

Team Europe includes 4-time Major Champion Daniele Celestino Acciari from Italy, 6-time Major Champion Jorian Engelbrektsson from Sweden, 2-time Major Finalist Julio Vicario Soriano from Spain, Marcus Hugosson from Sweden, Johannes Ostermeier from Germany, Johan Genberg from Sweden, Jan Anders Nilsson from Sweden and Benjamin Gräbeldinger from Germany. The 8 members of Team Europe 2018 have accounted for 10 Major Championships won along with 22 Major Championship Top 4’s.

For more details on the event, click HERE.