IFPA Tournament Director Stories – Colin Macalpine/Phil Grimaldi

With the Texas Pinball Festival coming up shortly, the second interview in the IFPA Tournament Director Stories series brings us the TD’s from that event. Louis Marx interviewed Colin Macalpine and Phil Grimaldi.

To read the interview, click HERE.

IFPA’s Player of the Month/Biggest Movers for January 2019!

Here are the January 2019 IFPA winners for Player of the Month and Biggest Movers:

Player of the Month:
Raymond Davidson (142.38 WPPR’s)

Biggest Movers:
John Aruta (+18,664 spots), Matt Kapelewski (+14,974 spots) and Tim Hovey (+13,563 spots)

These players have now all qualified for the Stern Rewards Program for 2019. Congrats to everyone!


Australia’s pinball champion was just crowned in a Belconnen bar

The Canberra Times published a piece on the IFPA Australian Championship Series Final held this weekend in Belconnen. Richard Rhodes earned the title of Australian National Champion. Click HERE to read the article.

TV weatherman by day, pinball champion by night

The News-Press in Fort Myers published a player piece on 2016-17 IFPA US National Pinball Champion Eric Stone. Click HERE to view the piece.

A Pinball Tournament: IFPA NY State Championship

Matthew Carlson created a documentary covering the IFPA New York State Pinball Championship. Check it out HERE.

Roberto Pedroni wins 2018-19 IFPA European Pinball Championship!

The 5th annual IFPA European Championship Series saw 929 players compete across 15 events throughout Europe. The top 64 finalists faced off in Germany at the ECS Final where Italy’s Roberto Pedroni defeated fellow countryman Danny Iuliano to capture the title of IFPA European Pinball Champion.

The event was streamed on JDL_PINBALL’s channel. The final match is available to watch via Youtube HERE.

The 2019-20 ECS season is in full swing right now. Click HERE for details.

Pinball champ heading to Vegas

NBC6 in Omaha, NE broadcasted a video on the IFPA Nebraska State Pinball Championship held last month. Click HERE to read the piece.

Full Tilt – How local pinball champs and arcade bars are keeping the game alive

Salt Lake City Weekly published a piece on the IFPA Utah State Pinball Championship held last month. Click HERE to read the piece.

Adam Becker on vacation . . . approval delays (2019 version)

Adam Becker has let me know that his wifi in Punta Cana just isn’t strong enough to be able to approve calendar submissions and results this week. We know how anxious tournament directors and players are to see their calendar submissions approved and results posted quickly, so we wanted to let you know that approvals will not be happening this week.

If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard back from the IFPA regarding your event, that’s why.

Adam will be back next week. If you see him in Punta Cana feel free to bug him about the importance of your approval.

IFPA presents World Championship Week for 2019!

In celebration of the upcoming World Pinball Championship this June, the IFPA will be taking over Italy with a WPPR point bonanza of tournaments for flipper fanatics to enjoy!

World Championship Week starts with the Double Weekend Challenge on June 1st-2nd (Saturday-Sunday) featuring both a Main and Classics event.

Monday June 3rd brings us the Hot Monday Tournament. Details of that event is available HERE.

Wednesday June 5th brings us the Mid-Week Pin-Golf Cup. Details of that event is available HERE.

The 7th edition of the Epstein Cup where the 8 best players from Europe battle the 8 best players from North America will happen Thursday night, June 6th.

Finally, Sunday, June 9th, IFPA’s World Championship Week concludes with the crowning of the new World Pinball Champion.

For any questions regarding any part of IFPA’s World Championship Week, contact the IFPA at ifpapinball@gmail.com.