$tern Rewards Winner – Mike Burgess!

In September 2017, Mike Burgess out of Fort Wayne, Indiana moved himself 11,581 spots up the World Pinball Player Rankings. This earned him a “Biggest Mover” award and qualified him for the $tern Rewards Program. The rewards program allows qualifiers to purchase a brand new Stern pinball machine at a special IFPA price. Mike redeemed his reward for a Batman 66 Premium.

Since September ended, Mike has played in 5 more events in 2017, moving himself up from 7942nd to 5394th in the world.

Congratulations to Mike, and remember if you’re interested in qualifying for the $tern Rewards Program, check out the rules here. A reminder for anyone with a 2016 reward, you have 3 more weeks to redeem it before it expires.

IFPA/POP GoFundMe hits $200 in first 3 days!


Just a quick thanks for those that have already helped us to cross the $200 mark towards our goal of raising $1000 for both the IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship and Pinball Outreach Project!

At $200 and the 50/50 split for the campaign, this puts the prize pool for the Women’s World Championship at $1800 and counting, with $100 going to POP!

Visit the GoFundMe campaign here and spread the word!

Madison Pinball sponsors 2018 IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship!

Shortly after the announcement of Spooky Pinball’s sponsorship of the IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship the IFPA received a matching sponsorship from Madison Pinball!

The $250 sponsorship to the Women’s World Championship will go to the 5th through 8th place finishers distributed equally at $62.50 each.

This now puts the total prize package at $1700 . . . and growing! We will certainly follow up with any future news!

A reminder that our GoFundMe campaign is still going as well HERE.

Help raise money for IFPA and POP!

gofundmeThe International Flipper Pinball Association and Pinball Outreach Project are teaming up on a GoFundMe campaign to try and raise some funds for both the POP charity and the Women’s World Pinball Championship.

In 2016 the International Flipper Pinball Associated crowned the world’s first Women’s World Pinball Champion. Featuring the top 24 ranked women from around the world, we’re excited to announce that the 3rd annual championship has been scheduled for March 2018.

We’re reaching out to the community to try and help increase the prize money for the eventual Women’s World Pinball Champion. Currently the prize pool is made up solely of entry fees from the competitors resulting in a $480 prize to the winner. Our goal is to try and at least double that prize through this fundraiser.

We are teaming up with the Pinball Outreach Project who’s mission has been to improve the lives of children by sharing the history and excitement of the game of pinball.

POP has done this through:
– Bringing the game of pinball directly to children in hospitals, schools and community centers
– Making pinball accessible to children by offering a family friendly venue to play free pinball.
– Spreading awareness of our mission by hosting fundraisers and tournaments.

The money generated by this fundraiser will go a long way towards helping both organizations.

Our plan is a simple 50/50 fundraiser, so every dollar donated will go 50% to POP and 50% to the Women’s World Champion prize.

Let’s raise a bunch of money for POP and give our next Women’s World Champion a prize to be excited about!

Click HERE to visit the GoFundMe page.

Spooky Pinball sponsors 2018 IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship!


We’re excited to announce that Spooky Pinball is once again stepping up to sponsor the Women’s Championship by adding an additional $250 of cold hard cash to the woman that claims the title of World Champion in March 2018.

Spooky Pinball is Wisconsin’s only pinball manufacturer, and the worlds oldest active pinball podcast. Learn more at www.spookypinball.com.

IFPA North American Championship Series – Starting in 2018!

Starting on 1/1/18, the IFPA is implementing an endorsement fee that will be required for any event that wishes to be counted as part of the IFPA World Pinball Player Rankings. Please note this is for North American events ONLY. The IFPA NACS will consist of the State Championship Series (SCS) in the United States, the Provincial Championship Series (PCS) in Canada and the District of Columbia Series (DCS) in Washington D.C.
The fees collected will be used to exclusively create individually self funding prize pools for the 2018-19 NACS season.

Below is how the endorsement fee will work:
  • Endorsement fees are required for each and every event submitted to the IFPA that wishes to receive WPPR points.
  • The fee is $1 per player per event for endorsement. (For example, 35 participants in an event would mean a $35 endorsement fee)
  • TDs are responsible for submitting payment to IFPA after results are approved. WPPR points will not be posted until payment has been received by the IFPA. Tournament directors will be able to make deposits into their account via check, money order and Stripe. A detailed walkthrough of how the payment process will work is available HERE.
  • Fees will only be paid based on when results are submitted. For example, a 20 player event that meets monthly is welcome to submit results monthly, and pay $240 over the course of the year. Each monthly event will be awarded WPPR points separately. Organizers are also welcome to pool together individual events into a league, keep their own internal standings for that period of time, and then submit those results annually instead. This would result in an endorsement fee of $20 for the year, however WPPR points would only be awarded one time per year based on that single submission. We leave that flexibility up to the organizers and players within each individual community. In addition, tournament directors are welcome to allow players in their event to opt-out of being included in the results submitted to the IFPA. In that case the fee for those players will not need to be paid.
  • Fees will be broken down as follows –> 75% contributes towards the relevant individual State/Province Championship prize pool, 20% contributes towards the North American Championship prize pool, 5% will be withheld to cover processing fees related to those payments.
  • ALL qualifiers for the various SCS/PCS/DCS championships will be included in the prize structure. In addition ALL participants in the IFPA North American Pinball Championship will be included in the prize structure. Details for those payouts will be available on the NACS official rules page.
  • Canadian Provinces will make payment in CAD, however their contribution to the NACS prize pool will be based on USD.

Rules changes for the 2018-19 NACS season:

  • Best 20 results within a State/Province/District will count for each player (similar to the way the World Rankings are calculated).
  • “Super States/Provinces” expansion of the qualifying field will be in play. Any States/Provinces that have a minimum of 400 unique players and 100 events held within that state during the calendar year will be eligible for that expanded 24 player final.
  • The title for the NACS will be the “North American Pinball Champion”. In addition, the highest finisher at the NACS from any SCS participant will be crowned the “US National Pinball Champion”. The highest finisher at the NACS from any PCS participant will be crowned the “Canadian National Pinball Champion”.

WPPR formula change to v5.4 for 2018!

Since the release of WPPR v5.3 for the 2017 season, the IFPA has continued investigating ways to make the World Pinball Player Rankings more accurate for how we rank players across the globe.

These latest changes will be incorporated into WPPR v5.4 which will be implemented starting January 1, 2018.

Please note that for all 2017 IFPA related activities (qualifying for 2017-18 SCS, 2017-18 ECS, IFPA15, etc), version 5.3 will be used for that qualification process.

Below is an overview of changes for the updated 2018 formula:

  • We are rolling back the “50%+” participation rule to be just the “50%” rule. Under WPPR v5.3, the participation percentage was be based on the number of participants for any event with greater than 50 players. For example, a tournament with 75 players will only be allowed to submit results where a player participated in at least 75% of the qualifying requirements. Any tournament with 100 players or more can only include players that have participated in 100% of the qualifying requirements. For 2018, no matter the player count, any IFPA-endorsed tournament or league with a qualifying portion, players can only be included in IFPA final results if they have met at least 50% of all qualifying requirements. Players that advance to the final round despite not meeting this percentage may also be included in the final standings submitted to the IFPA.

For full detailed information on the 2018 formula, click HERE. Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at ifpapinball@gmail.com. Please check back when we announce that WPPR v5.4 has been implemented for 2018 as the details may always change prior to launch.

IFPA Pin-Golf Tour – 2018 Pin-Masters Satellite Tournaments

The IFPA is excited to announce the official launch of the 2018 IFPA Pin-Golf Tour!

Every Spring we host the IFPA Pin-Masters: World Pin-Golf Championships in conjunction with the Amusement Expo. New for this upcoming season, we will be offering tournament directors a chance to join the IFPA Pin-Golf Tour by hosting an official IFPA Pin-Masters Satellite Tournament. Every winner of a 2018 IFPA Pin-Masters Satellite Tournament will earn the right to 50% off their registration fee into the 2019 IFPA Pin-Masters ($50 value).

For tournament directors looking to get their event included on the IFPA Pin-Golf Tour, here are the requirements:

  • Event must have at least 32 participants
  • Event must consist of at least one 9-hole qualifying round
  • Event must use the IFPA Pin-Masters format structure, ruleset and scoring system (available HERE), including the following items:
    • Games set to 5-ball play, using the max 10 stroke scoring system
    • Event must advance 16 players to finals
    • Finals format must be PAPA style, 3 holes per round

Please contact the IFPA for any questions at ifpapinball@gmail.com. A list of registered satellite events will be listed on the IFPA Pin-Masters page throughout the year (HERE).

IFPA POWER 100 Championship – Coming in 2018!

Back in September we announced the addition of a new player ranking metric, called the “POWER 100”.  Read up on it HERE.
We’re now excited to launch for 2018 the IFPA POWER 100 Championship! This high stakes match play invitational will be restricted to any players that finish in the “POWER 100” at the end of the calendar year.
The IFPA POWER 100 Championship will be held at IFPA HQ in the suburbs of Chicago, in conjunction with Pinball Expo on Friday, October 19th, 2018. More details of the event will be posted soon on our website.
The current POWER 100 list is available HERE.

$tern Rewards Program – Star Wars added!

rewardThe IFPA is excited to announce that Stern has added Star Wars Pro and Premium models to the rewards program. A reminder that the 2016 rewards earned by players expire December 31st, 2017.

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

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