IFPA Pin-Masters Overview

The IFPA and Game Exchange of Colorado are teaming up to host a pinball tradition unlike any other . . .

The IFPA Pin-Masters will be held March 6th-8th at Game Exchange of Colorado in Denver, CO.

Below you will find important information about the tournament including how to qualify, tournament format, prize breakdown and more! Any questions please contact the IFPA at ifpapinball@gmail.com.

WHERE ARE THE IFPA PIN-MASTERS GOING TO BE HELD?

Game Exchange of Colorado
2650 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80204
 
 
HOW DO YOU QUALIFY TO PLAY IN THE IFPA PIN-MASTERS?

The tournament is open for anyone to participate in. Players need to pre-register with the IFPA before February 1, 2020 HERE. There will be 2 tee times available (10am and 3pm). Players will rank their preference with respect to a preferred start time, and the IFPA will do our best to accommodate. We are currently limiting the field for the 2020 IFPA Pin-Masters to 144 players, 72 for each tee time. Please note spots will be RESERVED for any player that qualifies for the IFPA North American Pinball Championship and the IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship.

Each participant is guaranteed 2 full rounds with their paid admission into the tournament. The top 24 players after these Qualifying rounds will advance to the Finals, which will be 4-player group play continuing to use our golf scoring. The top 4 players not in the top 24 that are ranked 251+ in the World Pinball Player Rankings will advance to the Novice Final.

WHAT GAMES WILL BE USED IN THE TOURNAMENT TO MAKE UP THE PIN-GOLF COURSE?

Tournament games will consist of 18 games spanning all eras (Electromechanical through the latest DMD/LCD games). The game list will be published prior to the tournament so participants have plenty of time to get familiar with game rules and develop a strategy beforehand, although this list is tentative and is subject to change leading up to the event.

QUALIFYING ROUNDS

Players will complete 2 rounds of 9 Pin-Holes during Qualifying. Each Pin-Hole will consist of a pinball machine with a target score. The number of balls it takes for the player to reach that target score will represent the number of Pin-Strokes earned for that hole. Should a player not reach the target score after a full game is completed, a stroke value will be determined based on how close the player was to the target score at the end of their game.

For example, the target score of CSI may be set at 10 million points. A player will continue playing the game until he reaches 10 million points. If reached, the number of balls it took to reach that score will be recorded for that Pin-Hole. If the player fails to reach the target score after 5 balls are played, they will be awarded a score based on how close they were to that target:

8,000,000 – 9,999,990 points  = 6 strokes [80% of par]
6,000,000 – 7,999,990 points = 7 strokes [60% of par]
4,000,000 – 5,999,990 points = 8 strokes [40% of par]
2,000,000 – 3,999,990 points = 9 strokes [20% of par]
0 – 1,999,990 points = 10 strokes [<20% of par]

A maximum of 10 Pin-Strokes per Pin-Hole will be enforced.

The 24 players with the lowest Pin-Stroke total after their 2 qualifying rounds will advance to the Final Round to be held Sunday morning. The Final Round consists of 4-player group play, with 3 games per round using the same golf scoring.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Entry fee is $100 per player, which is payable by check or via Paypal at the time of registration. All funds collected minus trophy costs, IFPA endorsement fees, Stern Pro Circuit fees and Paypal fees will be paid out.

Cancellations are refunded 50% of their registration fee. Any excess funds from player refunds will be added to the prize pool.

PRIZE PACKAGE

1st place – 28% of the prize pool
2nd place – 16% of the prize pool
3rd place – 10% of the prize pool
4th place – 6% of the prize pool
5th through 8th place – 4% of the prize pool each
9th through 16th place – 2% of the prize pool each
17th through 24th place – 1% of the prize pool each

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, 10am – 11am -> PRACTICE SESSION

Friday, 10am – 3pm -> GROUP 1 QUALIFYING
Friday, 3pm – 8pm -> GROUP 2 QUALIFYING

Saturday, 10am – 3pm -> GROUP 1 QUALIFYING
Saturday, 3pm – 8pm -> GROUP 2 QUALIFYING
Saturday, 8pm-11pm -> TIEBREAKERS + ROUND OF 24 FINALS

Sunday, 9am – 4pm -> TOP 16 through remainder of FINALS

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS

Please contact the IFPA at ifpapinball@gmail.com with any questions or comments you may have.