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PinFest 2020 IFPA Tournament - A Stern Pro Circuit Event

By coreyhulse

9 months ago

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    #1 9 months ago

    We are happy to announce information about the PinFest Pinball Tournament (A Stern Pro Circuit Event), taking place on May 1 and May 2 in Allentown, PA.


    This year we are running the event as a charity tournament.  All proceeds will benefit a few to-be-named non-profits, and non-cash prizes will be awarded to top competitors.

    Main Event format is similar to years past.
    * A Stern Pro Circuit Event
    * First four entries are still free; max 20 entries like last year
    * Best 4 games count
    * Additional entries are 2/$10, which is a reduction in price from 2019
    * Women, Seniors, Kids, Teens, & Newbies Sub-Divisions will be held once again.  However, standings will be locked in at Qualifying (and not final event placement)
    * Top 24 will make Finals, which will be an eight-strike Fair-Strike Finals with advantages given to top seeds.
    * There will be no additional Divisions (B, C, D, E, etc.) this year to allow non-qualifiers the opportunity to play in the Saturday Gauntlet
    * All Solid States will be 3-Ball; Any EMs in the event will be set to 5-Ball (and if there end up being exceptions to this rule, we will post that clearly on the game itself)

    We will have two one-day-only Tournaments (a Powerball Gauntlet on Friday, a Silverball Gauntlet on Saturday)
    * Two Independent Events; one on Friday and one on Saturday
    * $20 Entry Fee for each day
    * Entry Fee gives you 6 entries
    * 6 Games available; Best 5 games count
    * Games can be queued up individually; no more “single line” to play games
    * Friday - All games will have a Powerball
    * Saturday - Same games as Friday; All games will have a Silverball
    * Saturday Gauntlet Finals and Main Event Finals will overlap; rules will be in place to govern players who might qualify for both.

    One-Ball Charity Challenge!
    * Friday and Saturday will each have a one-ball challenge game
    * Top 4 will duke it out for prizes
    * 4% TGP!

    More detailed information below.

    **Looking For Machines!**

    Pinball machines are what makes this event possible and we are hoping to have about 20 available for the tournament. If you are interested in bringing a machine, please go to this Survey and let us know:
    This year we are offering $80 in tournament credit or $60 in cash for machines that are part of the event. Please check out this page for more information:

    **Looking for Volunteers!**

    We are also once again seeking volunteers! We are looking for help with set-up and during the event. Let us know if you are interested by filling out the Survey here   and you will be the first to have an opportunity to select timeslots. Volunteers get $20 in Tournament Credit for each two-hour slot and all volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in the Volunteer Hour of Main Event qualifying on Friday evening. Please check out this page for incentives and to sign-up!

    We encourage everyone to check out our website at

    Please reach out if you have any questions or comments. We’re happy to answer any questions here or you can drop us a line directly at


    **Main Event - May 1 and May 2**
    Qualifying - Friday (All Day) + Saturday (Morning)
    Best Game Limited Entry
    Best 4 Games Count
    **First 4 Entries Free**
    2/$10 an Entry for Additional Entries
    Max 20 Entries

    Saturday Afternoon
    Top 24 Make Finals
    8-Strike Fair Strike Finals, with advantages given to top seeds

    There will be Divisions where prizes will be provided to the top players in each of the following categories:
    - Open Division (All competitors)
    - Women
    - Seniors (Ages 55+)
    - Young Adults (Ages 13 to 17)
    - Kids (Ages 0 to 12)
    - Newbies (4 or Less IFPA Events)

    Aside from the Open Division, there will be no playoff conducted for any division.  Finishing position after qualifying ends on Saturday will be used to determine the winners within these categories.

    **Friday Powerball Gauntlet Event - May 1**
    Qualifying (Early Afternoon)
    “The Gauntlet”
    **Every Game Has a Powerball**
    Card-Based Entry
    Only One Entry Allowed Per Person!
    5 Games Available - Play Each Game Once
    $20 to Enter

    *Finals (Late Afternoon)*
    Top 12 Make Finals
    PAPA-Style Groups of 4 where all four games are played at once!

    **Saturday Silverball Gauntlet Event - May 2**
    Qualifying (Early Afternoon)
    “The Gauntlet”
    **Same Games as Friday; Every Game Has a Silverball**
    Card-Based Entry
    Only One Entry Allowed Per Person!
    5 Games Available - Play Each Game Once
    $20 to Enter

    *Finals (Late Afternoon)*
    Top 12 Make Finals
    PAPA-Style Groups of 4 where all four games are played at once!

    **One Ball Challenge! - May 1 and May 2 (Individual Events on Each Day)**
    Qualifying - Friday (Early Afternoon) + Saturday (Morning into Early Afternoon)
    Single-Ball Game
    Unlimited Qualifying
    2 Attempts for $5

    *Finals - Friday (Early Evening) + Saturday (Early Evening)*
    Top 4 Make Finals
    Single Game to Determine the Grand Champion!
    100% of the proceeds will be donated to a to-be-named 501(c) charity.
    4% TGP.  The lowest allowable by law!

    More information about the tournament format can be found at:

    Rules and Format are subject to change up to the start of the event. More information and a detailed rules document will be published as we get closer to the event.

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    #2 9 months ago

    Looking forward to supporting this event another year!

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