As the 2009 season winds down, we couldn’t help but notice how close the race for the IFPA’s “World Greatest Pinball Player” title is between current #1 Jorian Engelbrektsson and 3-time WPPR King Keith Elwin. With Keith missing this year’s IFPA World Pinball Championship, his opportunity to 4-peat may have been lost. How close is it?? The IFPA takes a closer look!
Jorian’s current 50 point lead is deceiving in that it doesn’t take into account the points each player will be losing before the end of year (based on our 100/75/50/0 decay as tournaments age). The IFPA did a quick analysis, and based on our calculations using today’s rankings, if Jorian and Keith sat out the rest of the season, Jorian would finish at 671.92 besting Keith who would finish at 665.11. This margin of 6.81 points would be the closest in the short history of the IFPA’s World Pinball Player Rankings.
However, this does not include Keith’s recent performance at this year’s PPE (1st place in the Modern Division, 1st place in the 80’s division, and 2nd place in the 90’s division). This will surely make up that 6.81 point deficit, which puts the pressure back on Jorian to perform in his final events of the season.
Fortunately for Jorian, he still has both the Stockholm Open and the Swedish Championships on his calendar. A top 4 finish at the Stockholm Open, or a top 8 finish at the Swedish Championships could give Jorian the points he needs to overtake Keith before the calendar turns to 2010.
How many points will that stellar PPE performance get Keith? How will Jorian react to the pressure of playing from behind? Is Keith’s season over, or is a visit to Shorty’s Annual Pinball Tournament (Seattle) in his future?
Best of luck to both Keith and Jorian for the 2009 title! We couldn’t be more excited to see how things play out!