World Pinball Player Rankings update – closing out 2023 and moving to WPPR v6.0

As we come to the end of another year, the 2023 season brings the changeover to our WPPR v6.0 system. Details on the WPPR v6.0 changes can be found HERE. The 2024 season also brings us some additional challenges with the IFPA sanctioning fee expanding to include Women’s only events held in North America.

In order to close the books on 2023, we ask any organizer with open tournament results to submit those to us by Thursday, January 4th. Furthermore, any corrections to player misspellings, incorrect results, improper scoring issues, etc., need to be addressed by January 4th as well. Please take some time to review your own personal results to see if anything looks out of place.

Our plan is to lock down 2023 rankings on January 4th, and use the standings at that time for any IFPA-related campaigns (IFPA19 World Championship qualifications, IFPA Women’s World Championship, Stern Rewards Program, Player of the Year, etc.). Any errors caught after that point in time will NOT impact the 2023 standings, although those changes will be reflected in the 2024 rankings going forward.

The 2024 season brings with it the start of qualifying for the following IFPA campaigns:
– IFPA North American Championship Series
– IFPA Women’s North American Championship Series
– IFPA European Championship Series
– any IFPA Country Championship Series
– IFPA20 World Pinball Championship
– IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship
– Stern Pro Circuit (2024 season)

Any questions please contact us at, and remember that if your profile doesn’t say ‘Registered’ with a green check mark, that we do NOT have your email address on file. Players that don’t have their profile ‘Registered’ are ineligible to participate in any IFPA Championship Series.

With the North American Championship Series (NACS) and Women’s North American Championship Series (WNACS) planned for January 20th and 21st, 2024 respectively, registration process is going to be fast. Players will have until the end of January 7th, 8pm CST to declare the State/Province they wish to compete in. Contact your IFPA State Representative to make sure you are registered for the state you wish to play in. Contact the IFPA Women’s Advisory Board at for questions on the WNACS.

IFPA’s Player of the Month/Biggest Movers for October 2023!

Here are the October 2023 IFPA winners for Player of the Month and Biggest Movers:

Player of the Month:
Carlos Delaserda from Columbus, OH (521.37 WPPR’s – MAIN)
Jane Verwys from the Chicago, IL (76.27 WPPR’s – WOMEN’S)

Biggest Movers:
Chris Campbell from San Francisco, CA (+34,375 spots)
Richard Cornell from Sharon, PA (+20,745 spots)
Phillip Hall from Knoxville, TN (+20,335 spots)

These players have now all qualified for the Stern Rewards Program for 2023. Congrats to everyone!


Fort Wayne Pinball Wizard’s World Arcade – November 2023 update

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Jonny Fairplay changed the game of Survivor.
Stern Changed the game of Pinball.
Get ready for an epic pinball battle that’ll put granny in her grave!
Jonny Fairplay vs The Pinball Wizards of Wizard’s World.
Friday, December 1st, 2023, 6 pm – 9 pm Wizard’s World Pinball Arcade.
Will Jonny play fair against you and The Pinball Wizards of Wizard’s World? Come join us and challenge Jonny on one of our 144 pinball machines.
Head over to and get some of his merch. He’ll even sign it!

Pin Stadium – Black Friday Sale is Now!

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Petition – Save Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum!

“Wouldn’t the world be better off if we took nonsense more seriously?”

These are the words of the late Marvin Yagoda, who (Using this philosophy) set out to create the largest collection or animatronic machines and staright up wacky things. Being founded in the early 80’s in the (now defunct) Tally Hall in Farmington Hills Michigan, Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum not only stands as a monument to all things silly and goofy, but as a testament to Yagoda’s philosophy. This treasure has served the people of Farmington Hills, as well as visitors from around the world, since it’s conception, and today this iconic museum faces demolition. They want to build a new Meijer’s store in place of Marvin’s, and that would be quite the mistake.  Marvin’s is survived by Marvin’s son, Jeremy Yagoda, who oversees all operations. Coupled with newfound popularity from the 2000’s indie band “Tally Hall”, Marvin’s has its fair share of fans everywhere who would be devastated to see the building be torn down. If you want to do more than sign a petition, you can attend the Farmington Hills City Council Chambers meeting on 11/16/2023 and show your support for marvin’s and your disdain for a new Meijer’s. Now is the time to act before we lose this eighth wonder of the world.

Click HERE to view the petition.

Flightless Bird: Pinball – Armchair Expert

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand America’s obsession with pinball. He heads to Long Beach California for a meeting of the Long Beach Pinball League, headed by passionate pinball man Tom Walker. His league is part of the International Flipper Pinball Association which is made up of 96,000 players from 45 countries. David then meets Tom Radar, a man who has been obsessively collecting pinball machines for years. Click HERE to listen to the podcast.

Stern Rewards Program – Stranger Things is Back!

The IFPA is excited to announce that Stern has added Stranger Things Pro and Premium back to the rewards program. A reminder that the 2022 rewards earned by players expire December 31st, 2023.

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

Stern Pro Circuit – Final Call for 2024 Applications – deadline October 31st

We announced last month the opportunity for tournament organizers to add themselves to the eligibility list for inclusion on the Stern Pro Circuit for the 2024 season. Organizers have until October 31, 2023 to apply. Click HERE for those details.

This will be the last warning to organizers to get your application into the IFPA before the end of the month.

Currently here is the top 5 list as it stands at the moment for events to be added to the Stern Pro Circuit next season:

1 The Amazing Pinball Race (69.58 WPPR average)
2 California Extreme (66.84 WPPR average)
3 Pincinnati (50.92 WPPR average)
4 PSL & Enterrium: SSS Target Matchplay/PAPA Finals (49.49 WPPR average)
5 THE BEAST: Main Tournament (40.41 WPPR average)

Please note this list can change based on events that apply before the deadline.

IFPA’s Player of the Month/Biggest Movers for September 2023!

Here are the September 2023 IFPA winners for Player of the Month and Biggest Movers:

Player of the Month:
Raymond Davidson from Elk Grove Village, IL (548.46 WPPR’s – MAIN)
Zoe Vrabel from the Portland, OR (51.51 WPPR’s – WOMEN’S)

Biggest Movers:
Chris Benner from Surprise, AZ (+20,199 spots)
Sean Fitzpatrick from Boston, MA (+18,801 spots)
Thadius Maximus from Vancouver, BC, Canada (+16,562 spots)

These players have now all qualified for the Stern Rewards Program for 2023. Congrats to everyone!


‘Pinball: The Man Who Saved The Game’: Official Merch

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