Pinball Tournaments

 
 

In addition to a huge selection of free-play pinball machines and entertainment, we will be featuring three pinball tournaments throughout the weekend. 

 

Baltimore City Pinball Championship (Fri & Sat Qual, Sun Finals)

Divisions: Two divisions of play (A and B division). Top 24 players qualify for A division playoffs on Sunday, 25 - 40 qualify for B division on Sunday.

Qualifying: Unlimited qualifying Friday and Saturday from 12 noon to 10pm. Qualifying attempts that begin before 10pm will be allowed to be completed after 10pm.

Format: Modified HERB best score format with Match Play finals.

What the heck does that mean?

  • All day Friday and Saturday, you can purchase an "entry" which entitles you to play 1 pinball machine out of a bank of approximately 12 total machines. (Entries are transferable between Main and Classics tournaments.)  

  • You can play any pinball machine as many times as you would like.

  • Only your best score on a machine counts!  Your best score of the weekend on a machine will be weighted against all other competitors’ best scores on that machine.

  • This is a Modified Best Score tournament. That means…

    • Highest score on a machine all weekend = 100 points

    • 2nd highest score on a machine all weekend = 95 points

    • 3rd highest score on a machine all weekend = 90 points

    • All other positions are reverse-sequential. E.g. 4th highest=89, 5th highest = 88, 6th highest = 87, etc.

  • Your best attempt on 5 different machines will count toward your overall qualifying score. A perfect score would be considered 500 points as you would have the top score of the weekend on 5 different pinball machines out of 12.

  • The top 24 qualifiers will be placed in the A division. Next 16 players will qualify for B division.

    • Note that B division is only used to determine prize winnings, and final IFPA qualifying will be determined by A playoffs results and final qualifying position for competitors that do not qualify for A playoffs.

Finals: If you have a score high enough to qualify for finals on Sunday you will be entered into a 2 player match play best-of-3 match. Top seed in each group will choose the bank of three machines that will be played in each round for their group. Player order will be chosen for the first game by seeding (lower seed chooses order on first game) while order for the following games will be chosen by loser in the previous game played. In A division, top 8 qualifiers receive a first round bye. In B division there will be no byes.

Qualifying Machine Malfunctions: We will be using the 33% rule. If a machine goes down in the first 33% of qualifying, the machine will be eliminated, scores will be nullified and a new machine will be brought into the qualifying bank. If a machine goes down 33% - 66% of the way through qualifying, the machine is replaced but the scores for that machine are kept and the total amount of qualifying machines is increased by 1. If a machine goes down in the final 34% of qualifying, the machine is removed, scores are kept, and the machine is not replaced.

Qualifying

Friday 9/14 & Saturday 9/15
12pm to 10pm

Finals

Sunday, 1pm

 

Classics 1 (Friday)

Divisions: One Division of Play 

Qualifying: Top 24 players qualify for playoffs.

Format: Modified HERB best score format with Match Play finals.

What the heck does that mean?

Classics pinball machines are Electro-Mechanical and Solid State pinball machines made in the 1960's - 1980's.

  • From 12 - 6 pm Friday, you can purchase an "entry" which entitles you to play 1 pinball machine out of a bank of approximately 6 total machines. (Entries are transferable between Main and Classics tournaments.)  

  • You can play any pinball machine as many times as you would like.

  • Only your best score on a machine counts!  Your best score during qualifying on a machine will be weighted against all other competitors’ best scores on that machine.

  • This is a Modified Best Score tournament. That means…

    • Highest score on a machine all weekend = 100 points

    • 2nd highest score on a machine all weekend = 95 points

    • 3rd highest score on a machine all weekend = 90 points

    • All other positions are reverse-sequential. E.g. 4th highest=89, 5th highest = 88, 6th highest = 87, etc.

  • Your best attempt on 4 different machines will count toward your overall qualifying score. A perfect score would be considered 400 points as you would have the top score of the day on 4 different pinball machines out of 6.

  • The top 24 qualifiers will qualify for finals, which starts at 7pm.

Finals: If you have a score high enough to qualify for finals you will be entered into a 2 player match play best-of-3 match. Top seed in each group will choose the bank of three machines that will be played in each round for their group. Player order will be chosen for the first game by seeding (lower seed chooses order on first game) while order for the following games will be chosen by loser in the previous game played. The top 8 qualifiers receive a first round bye.

Qualifying Machine Malfunctions: We will be using the 33% rule. If a machine goes down in the first 33% of qualifying, the machine will be eliminated, scores will be nullified and a new machine will be brought into the qualifying bank. If a machine goes down 33% - 66% of the way through qualifying, the machine is replaced but the scores for that machine are kept and the total amount of qualifying machines is increased by 1. If a machine goes down in the final 34% of qualifying, the machine is removed, scores are kept, and the machine is not replaced.

Qualifying

Friday, 9/14
12pm-7pm

Finals

7:30pm

 

Classics 2 (Saturday)

Divisions: One Division of Play 

Qualifying: Top 24 players qualify for playoffs.

Format: Modified HERB best score format with Match Play finals.

What the heck does that mean?

Classics pinball machines are Electro-Mechanical and Solid State pinball machines made in the 1960's - 1980's.

  • From 12 - 6 pm Saturday, you can purchase an "entry" which entitles you to play 1 pinball machine out of a bank of approximately 6 total machines. (Entries are transferable between Main and Classics tournaments.)  

  • You can play any pinball machine as many times as you would like.

  • Only your best score on a machine counts!  Your best score during qualifying on a machine will be weighted against all other competitors’ best scores on that machine.

  • This is a Modified Best Score tournament. That means…

    • Highest score on a machine all weekend = 100 points

    • 2nd highest score on a machine all weekend = 95 points

    • 3rd highest score on a machine all weekend = 90 points

    • All other positions are reverse-sequential. E.g. 4th highest=89, 5th highest = 88, 6th highest = 87, etc.

  • Your best attempt on 4 different machines will count toward your overall qualifying score. A perfect score would be considered 400 points as you would have the top score of the day on 4 different pinball machines out of 6.

  • The top 24 qualifiers will qualify for finals, which starts at 7pm.

Finals: If you have a score high enough to qualify for finals you will be entered into a 2 player match play best-of-3 match. Top seed in each group will choose the bank of three machines that will be played in each round for their group. Player order will be chosen for the first game by seeding (lower seed chooses order on first game) while order for the following games will be chosen by loser in the previous game played. The top 8 qualifiers receive a first round bye.

Qualifying Machine Malfunctions: We will be using the 33% rule. If a machine goes down in the first 33% of qualifying, the machine will be eliminated, scores will be nullified and a new machine will be brought into the qualifying bank. If a machine goes down 33% - 66% of the way through qualifying, the machine is replaced but the scores for that machine are kept and the total amount of qualifying machines is increased by 1. If a machine goes down in the final 34% of qualifying, the machine is removed, scores are kept, and the machine is not replaced.

Qualifying

Saturday, 9/15
12pm-7pm

Finals

7:30pm