CureSearch Flips Off Cancer at The Silver Ballroom

blog post courtesy of Ian Taylor

Please join us for our knockout tournament at The Silver Ballroom (St. Louis, MO) on Saturday, Aprill 8th  2017 as we raise money for CureSearch, a wonderful organization dedicated to funding targeted and innovative research to end children’s cancer. For over 25 years CureSearch has provided assistance for those undergoing diagnosis and treatment. They support those at the forefront of children’s cancer research through their Acceleration Initiative and Young Investigator Program, among many other approaches. For more information on how CureSearch provides such necessary assistance please click on their link below and consider being a sponsor today.

https://curesearch.org/

The format for our tournament will be 2-Strike Group Knockout. The limited number of strikes reflects an anticipated high turnout plus a fun and easy way for novice players to experience an IFPA sanctioned tournament without having to commit to too strenuous an amount of time. There will be unsanctioned side tournaments and a raffle featuring items from both national and local sponsors ranging from breweries, award winning restaurants, bars, tattoo parlors and more. Entry will be $15 and all proceeds from entries and the raffle will go directly to CureSearch. Separate donations are both gratefully welcomed and encouraged. For more information on the tournament please follow the links to our Facebook event page or the IFPA calendar below or contact Doc or Ian at thesilverballroom@gmail.com.

Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/387209694987991/

IFPA Calendar Event Page:

https://www.ifpapinball.com/tournaments/view.php?t=18200#

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Fargo pinballer competes nationally

Detroit Lakes Online published an article on North Dakota State Champion Dan Stephney in advance of his trip to Nationals. Click HERE to see the coverage.

$tern Rewards Program – January 2017 Update

The IFPA is excited to announce that the following players have been now qualified for the $tern Rewards Program based on their January 2017 IFPA endorsed tournament performance! These players have until August 15th, 2017 to exercise their reward option.

TOP 1000 RANKED PLAYERS
Any eligible players that finished in the top 1000 for the end of the year World Pinball Player Rankings.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH – Jörgen Holm
PLAYER OF THE MONTH – Germain Mariolle
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Steve Dobbins
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Paul Higginbotham
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Mathieu Taggart
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Jim Brady
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Philip Joupperi
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Travis Kerr

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

World Pinball Player Rankings – Biggest Movers of February 2017!

The IFPA is pleased to announce that the following players saw the biggest jump in their world ranking based on their February 2017 tournament performance.

The biggest movers for February 2017 included Jim Brady from Ireland, who moved up 19,654 spots from the following results:

UK Pinball League Final League 51st 3.7

Jim moved up to a rank of 6336th in the world.

Philip Joupperi from Maple Vallaey, WA moved up 17,559 spots from the following results:

8-bit Arcade Weekly Main Tournament 5th 0.56
Triple Knock XXX Main Tournament 3rd 1.57
Triple Knock XXX Main Tournament 20th 0.12
Triple Knock XXX Main Tournament 6th 0.77

Philip moved up to a rank of 5075th in the world, and 82nd in the Washington SCS.

Travis Kerr from Eugene, OR moved up 13,248 spots from the following results:

Eugene Pinball knights Main Tournament 2nd 1.53
Eugene Pinball knights Main Tournament 14th 0.08
Eugene Pinball knights Main Tournament 1st 2.74
Eugene Pinball knights Main Tournament 9th 0.07

Travis moved up to a rank of 13,851st in the world, and 52nd in the Oregon SCS.

Congratulations to Jim, Philip and Travis, as well as the other players that saw a jump in their ranking from their February tournament performance!

World Pinball Player Rankings – Biggest Movers of January 2017!

The IFPA is pleased to announce that the following players saw the biggest jump in their world ranking based on their January 2017 tournament performance.

The biggest movers for January 2017 included Steve Dobbins from Corinth, TN, who moved up 20,113 spots from the following results:

Cold Hands Tournament Main Tournament 1st 2.08

Steve moved up to a rank of 8054th in the world.

Paul Higginbotham from Canberra, Australia moved up 11,395 spots from the following results:

Coogee Flip Frenzy Main Tournament 2nd 7.33

Paul moved up to a rank of 3154th in the world.

Mathieu Taggart from Montreal, Canada moved up 11,218 spots from the following results:

Ottawa Pinball Medics IFPA Classics Tournament Classics 33rd 0.21
Ottawa Pinball Medics  EM Division 40th 0.06
North Star Pinball Tournament Classics 16th 0.21

Mathieu moved up to a rank of 13,851st in the world.

Congratulations to Steve, Paul and Mathieu, as well as the other players that saw a jump in their ranking from their January tournament performance!

Jörgen Holm – IFPA’s Player of the Month for February 2017!

The IFPA is pleased to announce that our Player of the Month for February 2017 is Jörgen Holm from Stockholm, Sweden. Jörgen earned a total of 88.02 WPPR points in February. This included the following results:

Matchstick Pinball Open Main Tournament 3rd 35.2
Matchstick Pinball Open Classics 3rd 35.2
Stockholm Pinball Månadstävling Main Tournament 1st 17.62

Jörgen is currently ranked 9th in the world, and 18th in the 2017-18 ECS.

The rest of the top 5 for the month of February included David Dahl-Hansson from Sweden with 75.67 WPPR points, Jorian Engelbrektsson from Sweden with 75.67 WPPR points, Peter Franck from Sweden with 68.87 WPPR points, and Tommy Bizzi from Strongsville, OH with 60.93 WPPR points.

Congratulations to Jörgen and the other top WPPR point earners of the month!

Germain Mariolle – IFPA’s Player of the Month for January 2017!

The IFPA is pleased to announce that our Player of the Month for January 2017 is Germain Mariolle from Redmond, WA. Germain earned a total of 110.57 WPPR points in January. This included the following results:

8-Bit Arcade Monthly Matchplay Pinball Tournament Main Tournament 1st 20.83
It Never Drains In Southern California Classics 7th 24.97
FFDD’s Happy 2017 Annual Tournament! Main Tournament 2nd 30.06
Seattle Pinball Super League Main Tournament 3rd 10.54
It Never Drains In Southern California Main Tournament 18th 10.27

Germain is currently ranked 34th in the world, and 2nd in the Washington SCS.

The rest of the top 5 for the month of January included John Delzoppo from Cleveland, OH with 103.72 WPPR poitns, Keith Elwin from Chicago, IL with 94.60 WPPR points, Steven Bowden from Franklin Township, NJ with 93.18 WPPR points, and Dave Stewart from Carnation, WA with 88.58 WPPR points.

Congratulations to Germain and the other top WPPR point earners of the month!

Flippin’ With the Greats – Pinball Party Showdown

Just announced, Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock, Coach Ditka’s Gridiron Greats, and Cooper’stown have made available a small number of entries to their fans.

Any Pinball, Football, or Rock and Roll Fans interested in participating in theCooper’stown Pinball Party, just follow the links!

https://www.gridironsupport.org/shop/cooperstown-pinball- showdown-entry- medallion-limited/

There will be great prizes (including a new Pinball Machine!) available, with awesome swag for all! And certainly a few SURPRISES!

Details available HERE – https://www.gridironsupport.org/pinball-party-showdown/

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Women’s World Pinball Champion and US National Pinball Champion Crowned!

16 finalists for the Women’s World Pinball Championship, along with 40 finalists for the US National Pinball Championship began competing at 10am and continued nonstop until nearly midnight when the winners were crowned.

Huge congratulations to the new Women’s World Pinball Champion Helena Walter from Sweden. She went 16-5 in her four rounds of play on her way to the championship.

The new US National Pinball Champion is Eric Stone from Florida. Eric compiled a 20-1 record defeating the representatives from Washington, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon and Illinois to capture the crown.

Congrats to Helena and Eric! They have been added to the IFPA Hall of Fame!

Brackets for the championships can be found here:

WOMENS –> http://challonge.com/2017IFPAWomenChampionships
NATIONALS –> http://challonge.com/2017IFPANationals

Local pinball league just as fun as it is competitive

FOX45 WBFF in Maryland visited the Crabtowne Pinball Club to check out the resurgence of interest in competitive pinball. Click HERE to see the coverage.