NOTE: I originally posted the wrong dates for qualifying and finals next weekend. To be clear, qualifying is today and Friday 12/3, Finals starts at 1pm on Saturday 12/4.
It’s time for Pinball in Wonderland’s annual Silver Balls Rock Tournament with extended qualifying hours, split over two Saturdays for your convenience and Finals on December 4th at 1pm. This year’s event coincides with Wonderland’s Godzilla Launch Party so there will be a side tournament for high score played on their Godzilla Pro. Plus Neil will have Silver Balls Rock 2021 shirts available for purchase, as is tradition. Plus-plus Wonderland now serves food! What more could you want??
Qualifying Hours: Saturday November 27th from 12p – 5p and Friday December 3rd from 6p – 9p Entry: $10/5 games or $20/10 plus quarters to play each machine Qualifying Format: Unlimited entry with your top 5 unique scores out of 8 available machines. Scoring: 100, 90, 85, 84…
Everyone who plays will be seeded and placed in either A or B Finals. If there are 24-31 total players then the top 12 will make A Division (top 4 get byes). If there are 32+ players, then the top 16 will make A. Everyone else will be placed in B Division.
Finals: Saturday December 4th starting at 1p Finals Format: A and B Finals will use the same format of group match play, 7/5/3/1 scoring and 3 games per round. The top 2 players from each group advance to the next round.
Note: While masks have not been mandated at the time of this post, please be ready for the possibility.
Following the success of the women’s tournament at Blizzard Mountain earlier this month and the Belles & Chimes League that is currently running at 1Up Colfax, the ladies are following through on their promise to keep these events coming. Please tell your friends and help spread the word!
Lyons Classic Pinball will be holding the first of their bi-monthly Women’s Tournament Series on Saturday December 4th at 3pm and it’s free to enter! You’ll just need quarters for the machines. All abilities are welcome and encouraged to play. Women’s WPPRs will be awarded and the winners will take home some sweet swag from Comet Pinball!
The format will be the same as LCP’s monthly Open Tournament. Players will be split into groups and each group will play a round robin of 1v1 single game matches. The top 8 players will advance to Finals. Finals will consist of 4-player groups playing 3 games with the top 2 players from each group advancing.
Ladies, I’ve got some great news for you – the women’s pinball scene has officially landed in Colorado. In addition to the Belles & Chimes Denver League that Gretchen Garcia runs at 1Up Colfax, Laura McCarthy and Cindy Grote have stepped up to host women’s tournaments at Blizzard Mountain (tonight at 6p) and Lyons Classic Pinball (December 4th at 3p) – both of which will be awarding women’s WPPRs!
Tonight’s tournament starts at 6pm at Blizzard Mountain Pinball in Conifer. There’s a $5 entry fee (plus cost of games played) with all the entry fees going into a pot to be awarded to the top players. The number and amount of prizes will be determined by the overall number of entrants.
Format: Flipper Frenzy for 2 hours, followed by knockout finals with 4-player groups, 3-games per round (7-5-3-1 scoring). Number of people advancing to finals will be dependent on the overall number of entrants.
Colorado is lucky to have such a solid trio spearheading these tournaments and leagues. They aim to remove any barrier of entry women may have about participating in pinball while fostering community and skillful competition. These events are open to all abilities and your participation will improve your game. Fact. So come out and play!
Congratulations to two-time, back-to-back Chicago Pinball Expo champion Escher Lefkoff! Zach McCarthy made his name known on a grand stage with his second place finish and helped to cement the fact that Expo will continue to be dominated by the young. Also taking home a super sweet trophy, Mark Blehm (camera shy) – who took third in B Division!
Chicago Expo happening all this weekend and Colorado players are dominating! Congrats to Escher and ZMac for taking the first and second qualifying spots (and a whopping 10 byes in the finals bracket)! I predict another epic battle of the under 20 years old crowd again this year.
Also cheering on in A Division: Adam Lefkoff (seed 10), Zen (34th), Paul Kardell (35th), Will Schlatmann (37th), Tai Tran (39th way to go dude!), Ryan Wanger (40th), Nick Brown (58th), Dean Grover (63rd), and Ffej W Knar (70th)! In B Division: Mark Blehm and Cindy Groot!!
New format this year with a guaranteed $2000 prize pool! 1Up has even hooked up six overhead cameras connected to wall-mounted TVs for some fantastic gameplay viewing!
Location:1Up Greenwood Village Time: 5pm sign-up, 6pm start (don’t be late!) Cost: $40 to enter + quarters for games Qualifying: Head-to-head, 2-3 hours Finals: Top 16 A Division, the rest in B Division Finals Format: 4-player groups with one game per round. The 4th place from each group gets knocked out and the next round starts with 3-player groups. Lowest place from each group is out.
Also! Double your fun by playing in the Sunday monthly also at 1Up Greenwood – this Sunday at 6pm. $5 to enter.