Based on the positive feedback on this thread, I am going to run a Bubble Hockey Tournament at the upcoming Houston Arcade Expo, November 7-8.
I will be bringing two games and the format is going to be very player friendly. The format will be great for experienced players, and noobs, alike. The goal is to get Bubble Hockey out in front of the pinball crowd and to have fun, make new friends. If enough interest could be generated over the weekend, I am envisioning a Houston Area Bubble Hockey League being put together. But it wil depend on feedback and interest at the expo.
open qualifying will be Friday night and Saturday morning. qualifiers will be a "3 person race to three". Here's how it works:
Three players will be put on a table. players wil do rock/scissors/paper to determine which 2 players play first. Winner stays on, and switches sides. Loser sits out. First player to win 3 games wins the "race to 3".
The top 16 winners of the races to three will qualify for the tournament championship round. Tiebreakers will be goals for, goals for/against differential, coin flip.
Qualifiers will be updated through the qualifying round, and there is no limit to the number of attempts a player can make to qualify for the tournament.
Tournament round will be "best of" series, as shown on the link below, to determine the overall champion.