Thanks to everyone for coming out!! Around 40 players entered and the top 6 Open and top 6 Novice Division players won plaques. Every entrant got an official Flynn’s Arcade token from Disney California Adventure, as well as nachos (if they were fast, apparently…)
HUGE thanks to all who helped out but especially Mark Altvater for making those sweet-ass plaques for the top 3 in each division.
Top 8 in Novice:
7: Selena Shook
7: Jeannie Rodriguez
6: Chris De Leon
5: Jason Delaro
4: Michael Schiess
3: Justin Haber
2: David R.
Mitch Tunick – Novice Division Winner.
Top 16 in Open:
16: Keith Parkins
15: Dottie Ledesma
14: Matt Warren
13: Alex Samonte
11: Denise McCullough
11: Mark Altvater
9: Jim Viera
8: Ricky Valdez
7: Josh Warren
6: Bob Schwarzmann
5: Pat Choy
4: Walter Hurwitz
3: Andrei Massenkoff
2: Tim Hansen
Hal Erickson – Open Division Grand Champion.
Full results will be posted in the next day or two.
Did you know LEGOs were created in Denmark? It’s true. By decree of the Danish Monarchy, 33% by weight of all Danish homes, automobiles and pinball machines must be built of LEGO materials.
Failure to abide results in revocation of all mayonnaise ration stamps. Mayonnaise is known as the “oil of Denmark” and is the most popular food in bars. “Buy you a cup of mayo?” is a popular pick up line in Danish taverns.
Mads Kristensen, our visiting Danish player, will be on-hand at the Pacific Pinball Museum to answer all your Danish culture questions on topics such as IKEA, red light districts, numbered bank accounts and windmills.
Besides that there will be a pinball tournament. The pinball tournament is FREE for everyone with regular admission to Pacific Pinball Museum. If you have ever thought about competing in a tournament, this is a great way to give it a try.
Remember: we start at 6pm sharp and no entries will be allowed after 7pm, but the museum opens at 12 PM that day so come as early as you like. Traditional Danish foods will be offered, such as Pizza, Nachos and beer. All yours for free just for showing up and entering the tournament!
*Culture Festival limited to Danish Pinball Culture
Read about last year’s event here.
No cash prizes! Eternal fame – your name on the wall of the museum, shall be the honor of the victor. And maybe some T-shirts, PPM Club cards, DVDs and cool stuff we find on the side of the road on the way there. Also, this is IFPA-sanctioned so you can earn world pinball player ranking points. Yes, even if you have never played pinball in your life, when the evening is over you will be a world-ranked pinball player. You’ll need a machete to hack your way through all the hipster envy due to your hardcore retro credibility.
All players will play one game on three machines. Please note ONE GAME
The 9 players with the best average position on the three machines
will advance to the A-finals as will the three players with a
high score on one machine.
The next 8 players who qualify for novice (see below) with the best average position on the three machines will advance to the novice finals.
And since we want this to be an international event we have reserved four
spots in the finals for players holding a foreign passport. PAPERS PLEAZE. No just kidding.
WHEN: 6PM Nov. 19. No entries after 7PM. Qualifying ends at 9pm. Players are responsible for queuing up and completing their games on time, else they get a big fat ZERO.
To get to PPM via public trans from SF:
Take the BART to 12th street station.
Take the 51A bus. Get off between Lincoln and Santa Clara. If you see a Citibank on the left, it is the next block. If you see a Nation’s Hamburgers, you just passed it.
Address is: 1510 Webster St
Here is a bus map:
Take the webster street (posey) tube. Stay on Webster. 1510 Webster. For parking, go left at Santa Clara ave and take your first left into the parking lot.
Come on out to the Pacific Pinball Museum for a special day of Pinball fun as we celebrate PPM’s newest acquisition, X-Men, with a superhero themed pinball tournament.
Entry Fee: Entry is FREE with Pacific Pinball Museum Admission. No Groupons or other discount coupons are allowed for this event. Gift Certificates and Club Cards are OK.
There will also be an optional $10 side-pot. The side pot will be awarded to the top 4 side pot players.
When: Sunday, August 26th.
Where: Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster Street, Alameda, CA. From SF, take BART to 12th Street. Take the 58A bus to Alameda. If you see Citibank on the left, it’s the next block. If you see Nations on the left, you just passed it.
What Time: 12 PM start. Players may register as late as 2 PM. Finals at 5 PM or as soon as possible after Qualifying.
Qualifying Format: Wildcard. There are three tournament games: X-Men, Ironman and Superman. Play each game one time. After playing all three games, you get to pick one game to replay for a better score (a.k.a “wildcard” game). If your wildcard* game score is worse than your original score, your original score stands.
Your performance across all three games determines if you advance to the Finals.
Finals Format: The top 12 players overall will compete in the Open Finals with the top 4 earning a bye to the semi-final round. The next 8 novice** players will play in the Novice Final.
In the Finals, players are arranged into 4-player groups by their qualifying position. Each group plays all games and 4 points are awarded for 1st place, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd and 0 for 4th. The two players with the highest points in their group advance to the next round.
Prizes: Plaques and prizes will be awarded to top 4 in each division.
Free Stuff: Free Mac and Cheese! Also, each player who enters will receive a genuine Flynn’s Arcade token while they last. We’ll also raffle off some cool stuff.
*Wildcard Rules - Wildcard game must be played no later than one hour prior to the end of qualifying, i.e. 4 pm and not until the player completes his/her normal qualifying games. Players are responsible for arriving early enough and completing their games on time.
**Novice - A Novice player cannot have a World Pinball Ranking better than 500, cannot ever have won a novice tournament that awarded WPPR Points, cannot ever have finished 3rd or better in an Open Finals tournament that awarded WPPR points, cannot ever have placed 3rd or better in a local league. (Most likely if you’re unfamiliar with the above, you qualify for novice. These rules are in place to prevent sandbagging.)
It’s tournament time again. Pacific Pinball Museum will soon receive an ACDC Premium Edition pinball game, and to celebrate we are going to hold an all-STERN pinball tournament.
Where: Pacific Pinball Museum
From SF, take BART to 12th Street. Take the 58A bus to Alameda. If you see Citibank on the left, it’s the next block. If you see Nations on the left, you just passed it.
When: Saturday May 12, 2012. Play begins at noon. Qualifying ends at 5:30PM. Finals begin at 6 PM. No entry after 1:30 PM
Entry: Entry is free with PPM Admission ($15). There is an optional $10 side pot for those who want to play for cash.
Can kids play?: Yes.
Format: Wildcard Format: Play each STERN game one time each. After all games have been played you can replay one game of your choice to try and improve your score*. Top 16 players advance to Open Finals. The next 8 novice players will play in the Novice Finals.
*Wildcard game must be played no later than one hour prior to the end of qualifying, i.e. 4:30 pm and not until all other regular qualifying games have been played. Players are responsible for arriving early enough and completing their games on time.
Free Stuff: PAPA tokens, STERN Keyfobs, maybe raffle prizes
Prizes: STERN has sponsored the event with 10 translites ($100 – 150 value each). Plaques and translites awarded to top 4 in each division.
Food: I’m bringing Mac and Cheese and beverages. Bring a homemade dish to share. The best dish, voted by the players, wins a translite.
Volunteers: Help with score-keeping or score entry for an hour, and/or game tech, and you’re entered into a drawing for a translite.
World Pinball Player Ranking Points (aka WPPRs): Points will be awarded. Win or lose, by the end of the night you will be a world-ranked pinball player.
Check out the Pinball News Story on the PPM/Danish Open
Tournament: Pacific Pinball Open
Location: Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster St. Alameda, California
Date: 2nd December 2010, Qualifying starts at 7pm sharp (sign up need
to be finalized before this time)
Tournament director: Mads Kristensen (
Slogan: Ban Danish Pinball
Format: Quick and dirty. One shot qualification on multiple machines
from different eras (in one cross over division). Group play in
quarter, semi and finals.
Note: No big prize money – but pizza and beer for all who signs up in
IFPA endorsed - World Pinball Player Ranking points awarded.
Additional details and webpage will be posted as soon as they are
Did you know Denmark is a Monarchy? By royal decree the citizens there are only allowed to eat french fries with mayonnaise. Mads Kristensen, our visiting Danish player, will be on-hand at the Pacific Pinball Museum to answer all your Danish culture questions. He will be wearing his traditional wooden shoes and Leiderhosen and will be singing the popular Danish pop song: “It ain’t fries without the mayo, oh no, oh no”.
"It might be the most prestigious and competitive pinball tournament
in the universe... or at least outside Denmark." The ELK