Andrei Massenkoff a pinball wizard from San Francisco, has just captured the most prestigious crown in the pinball universe by winning the Expert Division of the Professional Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) World Championships, held annually in Pittsburgh, PA, among an international field of top competitors. Through three days of grueling qualifiers, he went into the Playoff rounds as the the 3rd highest seed, and then went on in the Finals to unseat reigning champion Keith Elwin, who has won the event a staggering three years in a row.
Andrei went into the event ranked 11th in the world, and had a 3rd place finish at California Extreme. He took 2nd at the PAPA event last year and should move into top 5 territory in the World Rankings with the victory.
Massenkoff, a longtime competitor and member of the Bay Area Pinball Association, extends the legacy of the club which includes previous World Champions Bowen Kerins and Rick Stetta.
For his efforts, Andrei takes home a check for $10,000, and in keeping with the tournament's tradition, likely a very large trophy.
On a personal note, having played quite a bit with Andrei, I feel he's the best "on the fly" shooter in the world. He's sort of the antithesis of "ultra-control" play that is quite prevalent. In multiball, he prefers to keep all balls moving as opposed to trapping one or two balls and playing with one. His ultra-fast reflexes and strategic brain keep the point train firmly on the tracks. I have learned a lot from playing with him!
Andrei is also a great supporter of pinball tournaments and always takes time to help players improve their game.
He's super hungry, super-competitive, super positive, and practices constantly. He worked for the win and got it when the pressure was on. Huge congrats!!
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