2019 IFPA Pin-Masters – Field is FULL!

While it wasn’t a Pinburgh style 45-second sellout, we’re excited to see that all 72 spots for the 2019 IFPA Pin-Masters have been claimed in just over a week. For details on the event, which will be taking place March 29-31, 2019 in Las Vegas, click HERE.

For anyone interested in getting on the waiting list, please email us directly at ifpapinball@gmail.com. We’ll keep a live list of the alternates on the Participants page – available HERE.

IFPA Youth Rankings – Age updated to under 18

A few years back we started including a rankings filter for the best Youth pinball players in the world. The age limit to be included on the rankings list has been ‘under 16’.

We’ve received some feedback from both youth players and parents about the ability for these youth players to utilize their World Youth Ranking as a resource to help them stand out on their college applications. With that application process taking place after that player turned 16, they haven’t been able to reference their place on the Youth ranking system.

We’ve decided that effective immediately we’re expanding these Youth standings to include all players under the age of 18. We’re excited about being able to offer this opportunity for all of the youth players to use this as a resource if they so choose.

The Stern of the Union – October 2018

Sponsored blog post courtesy of Stern Pinball

The Stern of the Union Address will be on the first Tuesday of every month (holiday and vacation pending!). To read the full recap, please visit – http://www.sternpinball.com/…/stern-of-the-union-address-oc…

Here are a few highlights:

– 34th Pinball Expo which can only mean an official Stern Pro Circuit event, official Stern Factory tour, lots of seminars and the Stern-O-Rama party! Free beer and DJ courtesy of Logan ArcadeIFPA – International Flipper Pinball Association Deadpool pinball tournament with a chance to meet the entire design team, all hosted by none other than Dead Flip : Pinball Streaming Jack Danger!

– The Stern Army continues to grow with members spreading the word of pinball across the globe. Welcome Private Katie Schowengerdt of Missouri (Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade), Private Mike Lund of Utah (Kiito’s Brewery and Quarters Arcade Bar), Private EJ Osis of Michigan (Offworld Arcade) and Private Evan Williams of Michigan (Pinball Pete’s).

Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Private to Private First Class. Private First Class Neil Shelton of Colorado (Wonderland Brewing Company), Private First Class Brian Dye of West Virginia (Fallout Shelter), and Private First Class Josh Noble of Missouri (Silverball)

For more information or to become a part of the Stern Army, please reach out to SternArmy@sternpinball.com

– Stern Army Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast Tournament! Stern Pinball, Iron Maiden and the International Flipper Pinball Association are teaming up to sponsor a Stern Army High-Score Tournament on Iron Maiden Pro, Premium and LE pinball machines. Players can enter by participating in any IFPA-sanctioned Stern Army events that include Iron Maiden in the tournament. For full details on this exciting tournament visit – https://www.ifpapinball.com/maiden/

– Congrats to Keith Elwin for winning the Cleveland Pinball & Arcade Show and to Raymond Davidson for winning the Vancouver Flipout Stern Pro Circuit events! The next Stern Pro Circuit events will be the Pinball Expo Flip Out Tournament (October 18-21), Pittsburgh Pinball Open 9Pittsburgh Pinball Open (October 25-28), the Danish Pinball Open 2018 -Stern Pro Circuit (October 27-28), and the 24 Hour Final Battle at the Sanctum (November 3-4).

With only 7 events left on the 2018 Stern Pro Circuit calendar, who will be the 40 finalists competing in the Stern Pro Circuit final next March? For full details on the Stern Pro Circuit and to keep up with the current standings, please visit – https://www.ifpapinball.com/circuit/

– This month’s Stern Spotlight featuring Carson Gunby!

2019 IFPA Pin-Masters – Registration is now OPEN!

pinmastersThe IFPA is proud to announce that registration for the 2019 IFPA Pin-Masters is now OPEN! For details on the IFPA Pin-Masters, check out the Overview page HERE.

To register, click HERE! Please note registration will be capped at 72 players.

The 2019 IFPA Pin-Masters: World Pin-Golf Championships are scheduled for March 29th-31st, 2019 at Flipperspiel Underground Arcade Club in Las Vegas, NV. The Pin-Masters coincides with the Amusement Expo held Wednesday and Thursday of that week where any players that pre-register will receive a complimentary badge into the trade show.

In addition, the IFPA North American Pinball Championship and the IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship will also be at Flipperspiel Underground Arcade Club, and take place Thursday March 28th. This will include all the various State and Provincial Champions currently battling it out in the 2018-19 SCS and PCS (Canada), along with those women that qualify for the Women’s Championship.

The 2019 IFPA Pin-Masters will also be on the 2019 Stern Pro Circuit.

Should you have any questions about our qualifying process or to find out more information about the tournament, please contact the IFPA at ifpapinball@gmail.com.

IFPA’s Player of the Month/Biggest Movers for Jul/Aug2018!

Here are the July and August 2018 IFPA winners for Player of the Month and Biggest Movers:

Player of the Month:
July 2018 – Trent Augenstein (217.61 WPPR’s)
August 2018 – Trent Augenstein (166.98 WPPR’s)

Biggest Movers:
July 2018 – Isaac Rihn (+17,196 spots), Graham Stiver (+16,605 spots) and Kevin Corsmeier (+15,039 spots)
August 2018 – Mike Kulikowski (+15,944 spots), Jean-Guy Pagé (+13,453 spots) and Sven Nyström (+12,876 spots)

These players have now all qualified for the Stern Rewards Program for 2018. Congrats to everyone!

Ottawa Pinball Show Looking for support!

The Ottawa pinball show was supposed to occur on Sept 22nd – 23rd 2018, but devastating Tornadoes that occurred in the area took out power in the area, as a result the show was unable to occur. This left organizer Josh Mckay with with no opportunity to recoup the costs involved in setting this show up. The local community is trying to step up and make him whole so this natural disaster doesn’t destroy a pinball show as well.

If you would like to help donations can be made here: Go Fund Me

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Sharon’s Retro Arcade puts pinball back in style

NBC affiliate WFMJ-TV 21 in the Youngstown, OH area visited Sharon’s Retro Arcade in Sharon, PA to cover the resurgence of pinball. Click HERE to watch the piece.

Pinball is Back, And Fans Are Playing in Record Numbers

Newsweek published an article on the resurgence of pinball. Check it out HERE.

IFPA adds Star Wars Pro to prize pool for 2019 IFPA Heads-Up Pinball Championship

The IFPA is proud to announce that the IFPA Heads-Up Pinball Championship will return for 2019! A new twist on competitive pinball, players will be battling head-to-head simultaneously on two different machines of the same title attempting to complete challenges the fastest.

Through the help of our corporate sponsors, the IFPA has stepped up to purchase a Star Wars Pro to be added to the prize pool.

The IFPA Heads-Up Pinball Championship will once coincide with the Stern Pro Circuit Final weekend in March 2019. Additional details will be announced soon!

Stern Pinball sponsors 2019 IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship!

We’re excited to announce that Stern Pinball has stepped up in a huge way in support of the 4th annual IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship. The 2019 Women’s World Pinball Champion will be receiving a brand new Stern Pro pinball machine as the top prize!

The 4th annual IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship is scheduled for Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at Flipperspiel Underground Arcade Club in Las Vegas, NV.

Featuring 24 of the world’s greatest female players, the IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship is the most prestigious women’s tournament in competitive pinball.

We will be using our World Pinball Player Rankings as of January 1st, 2019 to field 16 qualifiers for the championship, along with our Women’s World Ranking system fielding an additional 8 wild card spots. The current Main Rankings are available HERE. The current Women’s Rankings are available HERE.

Any individual or organizaiton that is interested in sponsoring the Women’s World Championship, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at ifpapinball@gmail.com. We’re always interested in trying to boost the prize pool through the support of the community like we have in previous years.