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Philadelphia-Area Pinball Leagues and Tournaments


By coreyhulse

3 years ago



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    #1 3 years ago

    Hi Everyone!

    I wanted to start a post dedicated to Philadelphia-Area Pinball Leagues and Tournaments. The goal is to use this as an area to discuss the league and tournament scene in and around Philly. We'll try to take advantage of the new Pinside "Topic Indexing" feature as well.

    Let's get more people out to play pinball in Philly!

    [I will attempt to edit this post when new information is shared.]
    [Last Updated: 2017-06-28]

    Here's a link to a Facebook group regarding local Philly-area events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/690213844468523/

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    League and Tournament Location Information:

    PinCrossing – Linfield, PA – http://www.pincrossing.com
    Pinball Gallery – Malvern, PA – http://www.pinballgallery.com
    Philly Pinball Club – Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, PA – http://phillypinball.club
    Penn Skate - Allentown, PA - https://www.facebook.com/groups/690213844468523/
    River City - Harrisburg, PA - https://www.facebook.com/RiverCityPinball/

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    Known Philadelphia-Area Leagues:

    Wednesdays – PinCrossing [Match Play]
    10-Week Season (3 different 3-Week Sessions + Finals Week), 4 Seasons a Year

    Wednesdays – Pinball Gallery Women’s League [Match Play]
    10-Week Season, 3 Seasons a Year

    Thursdays – Pinball Gallery [Match Play]
    10-Week Season, 3 Seasons a Year

    Thursdays – River City [Match Play]
    8-Week Season, 4 Seasons a Year

    Thursdays - Philly Pinball Club [Best Game]
    4-Week Season meeting every other week, Summer Season coming soon

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    Known Philadelphia-Area Monthly & Quarterly Tournaments:

    PHILA-Pinball - A multi-location regional qualifier with an in-person Finals:
    http://www.philapinball.com

    First Tuesday of Month – Pinball Gallery Monthly, 7pm
    Two or Three Strike Knockout

    Third Saturday of Month - River City Monthly, 4pm
    Group Knockout Format

    Last Tuesday of Month – Penn Skate Monthly, 7pm
    Two or Three Strike Knockout

    Once Per Quarter – PinCrossing Quarterly Series
    Limited Entry Best Game Qualifying; PAPA-Style Finals
    - Winter - February 27, 2017
    - Spring - May 5 & 6, 2017 [At PinFest in Allentown]
    - Summer - August 26, 2017
    - Fall - TBA

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    Known Philadelphia-Area Yearly Events:

    May – Pinfest Tournament (Allentown, PA) [Classics Friday, Main Saturday]

    #2 3 years ago

    Results from the North Bowl Can-Crusher Event: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/north-bowl-philly-pbrs-can-crusher-pinball-challenge#post-3467564

    Congrats to Rick Prince (Main) and Francesco La Rocca (Side)!

    #3 3 years ago

    PinCrossing's three-week Holiday League will be starting up this week:

    More details on the Facebook invite:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1003806553098983/

    #4 3 years ago

    Nice thread! looking forward to January when I can finally get to the Pincrossing monthly again. Might try to stop down and see what scores I can put up for the this month's selfie though.

    #5 3 years ago

    Any word if Pincrossing is continuing the selfie league in 2017?

    #6 3 years ago
    Quoted from Philk:

    Any word if Pincrossing is continuing the selfie league in 2017?

    I think it depends on any final changes in WPPR 5.3 and whether it completely nukes the value of the events. That being said, what do others think? I know that I enjoy visiting PinCrossing knowing there are a few targeted machines that I want to play, and it personally helps me learn those machines more in depth.

    #7 3 years ago

    I've edited the first post to be more like an index of known tournaments and events. If others have other ones they know about (especially in the yearly tournament section) please let me know and I'll be happy to edit the list further.

    1 week later
    #8 3 years ago

    PinCrossing's Monthly Tournament is this Saturday at 1pm!

    Selfie League finals are taking place at 11am before the main tournament.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/214090532373684/

    #9 3 years ago

    Hi Everyone,

    Results from today's PinCrossing event:

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    A Division was won by Sam Miller on a fierce Centaur II battle over Corey Hulse. Brandon Service finished 3rd and took family bragging rights over Brian Service, who finished 4th.

    Jay Robinson defeated Bill Shupp in B Division action with a final showdown on Game of Thrones.

    In Selfie League, Nathaniel Gibson swept all four games to secure the win for A Division over Ken Martin, and Justin Semke won the B Division in a playoff against Bill Shupp on TX (TX TX).

    Special thanks to the players from The River City Pinball League who drove out from Harrisburg to play today!

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    1 month later
    #10 3 years ago

    I edited the post today to reflect the switch to a Quarterly format at PinCrossing. The next event there is the PinCrossing Winter Open on February 25.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/584296221781671/

    #11 3 years ago

    Any others? Any private leagues? Both PinCrossing and Pinball Gallery are too far away -- especially on weeknights when they are held. I live along 309 halfway between Philly and Allentown.

    #12 3 years ago
    Quoted from tbanthony:

    Any others? Any private leagues? Both PinCrossing and Pinball Gallery are too far away -- especially on weeknights when they are held. I live along 309 halfway between Philly and Allentown.

    Not that I know of. But if you find something or want to try and tag team putting something together, let me know. I'm in the same boat just up 309 in Quakertown. The lack of pinball is driving me nuts.

    #13 3 years ago
    Quoted from mkecasey:

    The lack of pinball is driving me nuts.

    Think the state of pinball in the burbs is pretty decent, sure you have to drive a little but there are games out there. There's a couple places right in Q'town!!

    #14 3 years ago

    I'm in the area and they are the 2 closest leagues. Pinball Gallery is closest location to you. There are a few places to play, but only those 2 that have leagues.

    Quoted from tbanthony:

    Any others? Any private leagues? Both PinCrossing and Pinball Gallery are too far away -- especially on weeknights when they are held. I live along 309 halfway between Philly and Allentown.

    #15 3 years ago

    In Ohio, I was in a private league for a while and we rotated to different members homes. A few of the guys had really nice collections of 15 to 20 games, so it was pinball heaven to go play their collections. I never hosted because I had only about 4 working machines at anytime, but we'd rotate taking turns providing the food/drink. We had about 20 to 25 guys in the league. Right around when I moved to PA, I think it stopped. Two of the guys really got into routing the games and so they started pushing leagues on location -- still fun, but also just as much a money making enterprise for them. There is a pinball place close to Hatfield but the guy definitely marching to the beat of a different drummer and his games are a wreck. Too bad because he has some top titles. I checked it out last year. If it was in better condition, it would be nice to host a league there. Instead, I either need to find some guys with nice private collections willing to share or some other location with enough machines. My own collection is only 4 machines -- with 2 needing some work, although I'd like to grow my collection again in the future.

    1 week later
    #16 3 years ago

    For anyone interested, PinCrossing's Wednesday Night Winter League starts up again tonight (Session #2).

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1869156806630130/

    2 weeks later
    #17 3 years ago

    Two PinCrossing events coming up:

    Winter League Session 3 starts this Wednesday, Feb 22: https://www.facebook.com/events/138560413327976/
    Winter Open Quarterly Tournament is this upcoming Saturday, Feb 25: https://www.facebook.com/events/584296221781671/

    4 weeks later
    #18 3 years ago

    Updated the post to add in the Philly Pinball Club in Northern Liberties plus the dates of the next PinCrossing Quarterly, which will be May 5 & 6 at PinFest in Allentown.

    1 week later
    #19 3 years ago

    Two Spring League Notifications:

    PinCrossing - Starts Wednesday, March 29 - https://www.facebook.com/events/1737547839891717/
    Philly Pinball League - Starts Thursday, March 30 - https://www.facebook.com/events/346925159036774/

    2 weeks later
    #20 3 years ago

    Lots of great pinball events in the Philly area coming up!

    April 13 - PhillyPinballClub Meetup #2 (North Bowl) - https://www.facebook.com/events/292462431185270/
    April 19 - PinCrossing Spring League Session #2 - https://www.facebook.com/events/170802710108703/
    April 21-23 - Sip and Flip (Pottstown, hosted by Pinball Gallery at the Manatawny Still Works) - https://www.facebook.com/events/1278550802237308/
    May 5-6 - PinFest IFPA Tournament (Allentown) - https://www.facebook.com/events/140441396490780/

    2 months later
    #21 3 years ago

    Hi Everyone! I've updated the main post to include information on events in Allentown and Harrisburg.

    A few upcoming events in the Philly Area:
    July 6 - River City Pinball Club League Orientation Night: https://www.facebook.com/events/329213597516991
    July 11 - Pinball Gallery Monthly: http://www.pinballgallery.net/tournaments/
    July 12 - The next PinCrossing League starts: https://www.facebook.com/events/1209850272471156
    July 25 - Skate Park Monthly Tournament: https://www.facebook.com/events/1938423439765620/

    #22 3 years ago

    Did that Pincrossing event for 7/5 get cancelled? I saw that it was no longer on the IFPA site?

    #23 3 years ago
    Quoted from Philk:

    Did that Pincrossing event for 7/5 get cancelled? I saw that it was no longer on the IFPA site?

    Hey Phil, unfortunately we had to cancel it. After scheduling it, we found out that Railroad is going to be closed for the week for the 4th of July holiday. We may look to reschedule it because I think it's a cool format. Also, we're going to be announcing the dates for the Summer Classic soon, so I'll post the date as soon as we know it.

    #24 3 years ago
    Quoted from coreyhulse:

    Hey Phil, unfortunately we had to cancel it. After scheduling it, we found out that Railroad is going to be closed for the week for the 4th of July holiday. We may look to reschedule it because I think it's a cool format. Also, we're going to be announcing the dates for the Summer Classic soon, so I'll post the date as soon as we know it.

    Yeah thought the format sounded fun, will keep my ears open. Thanks for the update

    1 week later
    #25 3 years ago

    Just wanted to say thanks for posting this info! Had a blast at Pinball Gallery last night and I would have missed it if not for this post.

    #26 3 years ago

    The first tournament of a new monthly series at Penn Skate Arcade is a week from tomorrow! If anybody has any questions about the tournament, location, games, etc. please let me know. I'm happy to help. Hope to see some of you there.

    #27 3 years ago

    Do you have a gamelist? this is the first time I heard of Penn Skate Arcade and I'd like to visit.

    Quoted from mkecasey:

    The first tournament of a new monthly series at Penn Skate Arcade is a week from tomorrow! If anybody has any questions about the tournament, location, games, etc. please let me know. I'm happy to help. Hope to see some of you there.

    #28 3 years ago

    Sure do. The current list is: Rocky & Bullwinkle, BMX, Blackwater 100, Domino, Escape From The Lost World, Hook, Last Action Hero, Pirates of the Caribbean, Millionaire, Playboy 35th Anniversary, Pool Sharks, Radical, Secret Service, and Vulcan.

    I'll do my best to get it added to the Pinside map shortly. It's definitely a unique lineup compared to most places in the area. Lots of Bally and Data East!

    Hope you can check it out soon. Just as a heads up, the arcade is only open on weekends (Friday-Sunday). The only time it is open on a weekday is for the Tuesday tournament. More info at facebook.com/pennskatearcade

    #30 3 years ago

    I don't know how I completely missed this thread. Thanks for adding us (River City Pinball).

    We officially began our League last Thursday, but we have room if anyone is still interested in joining.

    You'll just take a zero for the first week, but things get broken down into divisions, so you'll definitely still have a shot at taking home a trophy and some cash.

    We also hold monthly tournaments on the third Saturday of each month.

    #31 3 years ago
    Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

    You'll just take a zero for the first week, but things get broken down into divisions, so you'll definitely still have a shot at taking home a trophy and some cash.

    Let just say that is what i did for the first week, lol!

    #32 3 years ago
    Quoted from mkecasey:

    The first tournament of a new monthly series at Penn Skate Arcade is a week from tomorrow! If anybody has any questions about the tournament, location, games, etc. please let me know. I'm happy to help. Hope to see some of you there.

    We're planning on making the trip up for it. Looking forward to playing some of those titles - don't see them very often.

    #33 3 years ago
    Quoted from emkay:

    We're planning on making the trip up for it. Looking forward to playing some of those titles - don't see them very often.

    That's awesome, happy to hear it!

    #34 3 years ago

    Three events this week!

    Tuesday at Penn Skate Park - https://www.facebook.com/events/1938423439765620/
    *new* Wednesday Non-IFPA Three Strikes - https://www.facebook.com/events/1575165342554903/
    And of course, Pinburgh! Technically not Philadelphia, but absolutely worth the trip! - http://www.replayfx.org

    #35 3 years ago

    Just a recap since Penn Skate Park is a new event...

    $10 to play the games all night. There is no tournament entry fee this month since it is the first tournament at this location and we want to see what turnout is like and if people are interested in buying in. There will be prizes though (and IFPA points).

    Registration begins at 6:30 with the event starting at 7:00.

    Lots of unique games in this collection including many that you don't frequently see in tournaments.

    If there is enough interest in these monthly tournaments, a league will likely begin in the fall.

    Hope to see you there!

    #36 3 years ago
    Quoted from mkecasey:

    The current list is: Rocky & Bullwinkle, BMX, Blackwater 100, Domino, Escape From The Lost World, Hook, Last Action Hero, Pirates of the Caribbean, Millionaire, Playboy 35th Anniversary, Pool Sharks, Radical, Secret Service, and Vulcan.

    Wow that was fun and so nice to see well-kept examples of games you don't find in the wild often. The owner was telling me they're getting ready to blow out a wall and put even more games in there so this is a pretty neat development all around.

    Thank you again Casey for your efforts putting this together.

    #37 3 years ago

    Penn Skate Arcade's first tournament was a success. Congratulations to the top 3 (1. Jerry K., 2. emkay 3. (tie) coreyhulse and Joel Z. (Joel left before I could get him in the picture).

    The champioinship belt is our traveling trophy of sorts. Hope to see everybody next month and thanks for coming.

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    #38 3 years ago
    Quoted from emkay:

    Wow that was fun and so nice to see well-kept examples of games you don't find in the wild often. The owner was telling me they're getting ready to blow out a wall and put even more games in there so this is a pretty neat development all around.
    Thank you again Casey for your efforts putting this together.

    I'm happy you were able to come up and glad to hear you had a great time. Your support means a lot!

    #39 3 years ago

    The 2017 PinCrossing Summer Classic has been announced! Saturday, August 26, 2017.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pincrossing-summer-classic-2017
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1948786548673680/

    1 week later
    #40 3 years ago

    Recap of a few things going on in August

    August 19 - River City Pinball Monthly (Harrisburg, PA) http://www.rivercitypinball.com/tournaments.html
    August 19 - Star Wars Launch Party at Pinball Gallery (Malvern, PA) https://www.facebook.com/events/119975475291255/
    August 22 - Penn Skate Arcade Monthly at Penn Skate (Allentown, PA) https://www.facebook.com/events/107875953195528/
    August 26 - PinCrossing Summer Classic at Railroad Street Bar & Grill (Royersford, PA) https://www.facebook.com/events/1948786548673680/

    1 week later
    #41 3 years ago

    Bump for a reminder about upcoming events. Lots of local pinball!

    August 19 - River City Pinball Monthly (Harrisburg, PA) http://www.rivercitypinball.com/tournaments.html
    August 19 - Star Wars Launch Party at Pinball Gallery (Malvern, PA) https://www.facebook.com/events/119975475291255/
    August 22 - Penn Skate Arcade Monthly at Penn Skate (Allentown, PA) https://www.facebook.com/events/107875953195528/
    August 26 - PinCrossing Summer Classic at Railroad Street Bar & Grill (Royersford, PA) https://www.facebook.com/events/1948786548673680/
    September 6 - "Pinball Pinball Pinball" Event at Railroad Street Bar & Grill (Royersford, PA) https://www.facebook.com/events/1847759322209030/
    September 13 (Every Wednesday) - PinCrossing Fall League - https://www.facebook.com/events/1636502946367894/

    #42 3 years ago

    Tonight is the Penn Skate Arcade Monthly in Allentown, PA. More information available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/107875953195528/

    Current lineup is pretty extreme and includes: Radical!, BMX, Blackwater 100, and more. 16 games in total plus other arcade games all set on replay. Arcade entry is $10 with games set on free play. The tournament itself is free. Hope to see you there.

    3 weeks later
    #43 3 years ago

    Bump for Local Events!

    September 13 (and Every Wednesday) - PinCrossing Fall League - https://www.facebook.com/events/1636502946367894/

    September 16 - River City Pinball Monthly
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1478443618912743

    September 23 - First State Flip-Off - Milford, DE
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/delawares-first-annual-state-pinball-tournament

    September 26 - Penn Skate Monthly (Now with optional cash buy-in!)
    https://www.facebook.com/events/139250096680677/

    September 30 - White Rose Gameroom Show in York, PA - IFPA Match-Play Tournament
    https://www.ifpapinball.com/tournaments/view.php?t=20695#

    October 3 - Pinball Gallery Monthly
    http://www.pinballgallery.net/tournaments/

    1 week later
    #44 3 years ago

    Hi Everyone,

    We're announcing the PHILA Pinball League, a multi-location pinball league:

    http://www.philapinball.com

    More information is on a separate Pinside thread here:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/phila-pinball-multi-location-regional-league

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    #45 3 years ago

    Sweet! Very cool to see Village Arcade on there, I'll take the home field advantage..

    (now I just gotta get Bob to raise the pitch on Triple Strike)

    #46 3 years ago

    I NEED to get over to Village Arcade soon. I can't believe I still haven't gotten over there. It'll definitely be happening in the next month now that this is happening.

    #47 3 years ago

    Friendly reminder that tomorrow is the next Allentown pinball tournament (https://www.facebook.com/events/139250096680677). Come and play in our monthly tournament (now with cash prize pool).

    Penn Skate is also a participant in the PHILA regional pinball tournament. Between rounds you are welcome to put up scores and submit them to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PHILAPinball/

    Other upcoming events include:
    September 30 - White Rose Gameroom Show in York, PA - IFPA Match-Play Tournament
    https://www.ifpapinball.com/tournaments/view.php?t=20695#

    October 3 - Pinball Gallery Monthly
    http://www.pinballgallery.net/tournaments/

    #48 3 years ago

    River City Pinball League in Harrisburg is holding League Orientation tonight (9/28/17) if anyone wants to stop by at 7pm.

    The league starts next week (10/5/17) if anyone is interested.

    2 weeks later
    #49 3 years ago

    A very nice local news write-up about the Monthly Tournaments in Allentown, PA and a shout-out to PHILA Pinball.

    http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/10/pinball_tournament.html

    #50 3 years ago

    The River City Monthly Tournament is this Saturday, October 21st at 4pm. I hope to see everyone there!

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