IFPA Pin-Masters Day 2 Qualifying & 1st Round Playoffs – Live at 10am Today!

Continuing coverage of IFPA Pin-Masters Qualifying and the first round of playoffs (seeds 9-24, the top 8 receive byes).

Click for tournament overview, game list, participants, rules and standings.

Watch live on CPC’s Twitch Channel starting at 10am.

March 4-8 – NACS, WWC, IFPA Pin-Masters, Side Tourneys & Broadcast Coverage – What to Expect

The heavy hitters of North American pinball will be descending upon Denver soon. Why? The North American Championship Series (NACS), Women’s World Championship (WWC) and IFPA Pin-Masters are all going down March 5-8 at Game Exchange of Colorado.

In order to keep the traveling players entertained there are several side tournaments being held throughout the Denver-metro area. Thanks to all those who stepped up to TD these events.

Tournament Schedule

Wednesday March 4

1up Welcomes the State Champs!
Location: 1up – Greenwood
Start time: 6:30pm
Entry: $10 entry
Player Limit: 72
Format: 3 Strike Knockout, heads up matches
Reserve your spot
TD: Donavan Stepp

Thursday March 5

NACS and WWC Tournaments
Location: Game Exchange
Start time (both tourneys): 11am
More info NACS | More info WWC

Pre-Pinmasters Tournament
Location: 1up Colfax
Start time: 6pm
Entry: $10
Player Limit: 88
Format: 5 Strike Group Knockout, Progressive Strikes
Reserve your spot
TD: Mat Brundage

Friday & Saturday March 6-7

Qualifying Groups 1 & 2: 10am & 3pm (both days)
First round of playoffs (seeds 9-24): 8pm Saturday
More info Pin-Masters

Sunday March 8

Finals (top 16 seeds): 9am

Blizzard Masters Flipper Frenzy
Location: Blizzard Mountain Pinball
Start time: 10am
Entry: $10
Player Limit: 60
Format: Flip Frenzy (two 90 minute sessions), followed by finals, ending at roughly 5pm
Reserve your spot
TD: Kevin McCarthy

CPC’s Live Broadcast on Twitch

Join us for our live Twitch broadcast of the 2020 NACS, WWC and IFPA Pin-Masters – March 5-8. We’ve put together an A-Team of volunteers to pull off this effort and have some very cool things in store.

We, Paul Preston and Snow Galvin, have put a lot of effort and resources into beefing up our gear, production value and tournament coverage.

For NACS and WWC we’ll have an in-the-field reporter who will be monitoring matches for noteworthy events as well as fetching information on viewer requested updates. In addition, Paul’s been working on a Challonge (bracket) widget that will display player records and match updates on screen in real-time.

On top of all that we’ll have a team of viewers watching remotely to help tell us where to move the cameras in order to catch upcoming meaningful matches – a deciding game that sends someone home or a match involving a player requested by our chat.

For IFPA Pin-Masters we’ll be using Karl DeAngelo’s super awesome Drains Tournament Manager and Scorbit will be installed in all but the EM machines.

In an effort to help viewers understand the strategy of all 20+ games being used in the tournaments and avoid over-explanation of rules during the match, Snow’s created mini PinPals to help you get up to speed. We want to bring you coverage that focuses on the players and action that’s happening; not glossing over their victories and follies with more chatter about how to start a mode…again. So make sure you RTFM.

All of this couldn’t happen without our fantastic team of volunteers. We’d like to give the warmest of thanks to Dave Johnson (aka Pez), Ryan Wanger, Jordan Dechaine, Howard Dobson, David Barber and Neil Oney.

New to Twitch?

If you’re new to Twitch, we suggest creating an account and following our channel by going here and clicking the heart at the top righthand corner. This allows you to be notified when we go live and more importantly interact with other viewers as well as our broadcast team during the event.

While watching you may be curious about the status of a specific player, game strategy or tournament format. Ask us in chat and we will get that info to you by chat message, live commentator response, player interview or through our in-the-field reporter. How’s that for on demand?

With a Twitch account you’ll also be able to use chat commands. Type one into the chat while we’re live to see what they do. (Yes, you must put the exclamation point before the word)


NACS and WWC – Cheer on Colorado!

There will be 54 players representing 7 Canadian provinces, 46 US states and the District of Columbia in the 2020 NACS. Click here for tournament overview & rules.

Thursday March 5 starting at 11am be sure to cheer on Colorado’s State Champion Donavan Stepp who is entering the NACS tournament as seed 13. Up for grabs is the title of North American Champion but also an invitation to the IFPA17 World Championship being held at The Pinball Asylum in Fort Myers, Florida May 29-31, 2020. I got a good feeling about his chances of grabbing that Florida spot. Go DNO go!

But there’s more cheering to be done on Thursday because Colorado has two players competing in the Women’s World Championship: Snow Galvin and Women’s World Champ 2017 Helena Walter Higgins!

There will be 24 women competing – 16 from the open rankings and 8 from the women’s rankings. Click here for tournament overview & rules.

NACS Bracket | WWC Bracket

IFPA Pin-Masters – What to Expect

With an expanded field of 144 players and a full 18 hole course this year’s IFPA Pin-Masters won’t disappoint. Qualifying is spread over two days and players are broken into two tee times – 10am and 3pm.

Click for tournament overview, game list, participants, rules and results.

Friday and Saturday will feature qualifying for IFPA Pin-Masters and we’ve got a lot of Colorado players in the mix. For broadcast purposes we will be following one group from each tee time on each day. That’s 4 different groups total. Though your favorite player may not be featured during the qualifying broadcast, we will do our best to keep the live audience updated with stats and ‘in the field reporting’ of notable events.

Playoffs will begin Saturday night at 8pm and continue Sunday morning at 9am. The top 24 players will be taken into the playoff rounds.

Colorado Players by Tee Time

Friday and Saturday – Group 1 – 10am
Aaron Johnson
Adam Lefkoff
Bridge Morgan
Dave Andersen
Donavan Stepp
Escher Lefkoff
Jason VonLembke
Mat Brundage
Mateo Leyba
Robert Slyker
Ryan Altermatt
Shawn Savageau

Friday and Saturday – Group 2 – 3pm
Adam Higgins
Adam Jordan
Dean Grover
Elliott Layne
George Fisher
Helena Walter Higgins
Jason Thomas
Jordan Dechaine
Justin Rausch
Kevin McCarthy
Nathan Hart
Nick Brown
Ryan Wanger
Snow Galvin
Zach McCarthy
Zen (yea he’s a NYC guy now, but we still claim him)

Important Dory Hill Updates

We’re two weeks away from Dory Hill X! In preparation Russell Linsky posted tips and reminders on Facebook which I am sharing here.

For full Dory Hill X event details go here.

Hello Everyone,

Dory Hill X is fast approaching. Remember, this is September 6-8, only 2 weeks away.

Particularly for those of you who have never attended before, I thought I’d send out a general information message so you can know what to expect. Sorry this is so long, but please read through this.

Base Camp at Golden Gate is a camping setup with some amenities. The cabins have power outlets, and all but one has a space heater. The RV sites have power outlets and hookups (I know nothing about RVs, but I think it’s a standard setup). There are (newly renovated) bathrooms with shower facilities. There is a convenience store at Base Camp with basic snack food, drinks. They also have a liquor store. They will have wood for sale if it turns out it is safe to have campfires.

Here are some things you might think about bringing for the trip:

1. Extension cords
2. Tarpaulins
3. Clamps as indicated below
4. Bungee cords
5. Pinball tools, especially for installing legs, leveling games, game maintenance
6. Dollies for moving games around, setup
7. Packing/moving blankets 
8. Flashlights and/or headlamps (it gets DARK)
9. Water Coolers
10. Camp Chairs
11. Cold weather gear (it has snowed occasionally)
12. Rain gear (it has rained occasionally)
13. Toiletries
14. Bath towel
15. Flip-flops to get to and from the shower
16. Food & drink
17. Trash bags for cleanup (please try to keep your site spotless this year)
18. Cash (for any fees you haven’t yet paid)
19. Ashtrays (this one is very important if you smoke, no cigarette butts this year)

For check-in on Friday, whoever is the official renter of each site much check-in at the front desk of Base Camp. They will have a list of the official renters. You will have to leave a credit card for a security deposit, and cabin folks with receive a key. If there is no damage, the site is clean etc. you should not be charged anything.

If you are bringing a game, please have it setup and operational by 6:30pm on Friday at the latest. Modern games should be set to 3 balls, and set to tournament mode. (this will need to be changed to 5 balls for Saturday/Sunday) We will have a “drivers’ meeting” at 7:00pm where we will go over any additional details. The Friday side tournament should begin promptly at 7:30pm. I anticipate this will run until 9:30, followed by finals.

We are trying to remove any bottlenecks to the check-in process. Nobody will be allowed to play in any events if they have not paid their tournament entry fees. It’s $50. You will be able to pay upon your arrival. But, please pay your tournament fees in advance. If you haven’t yet confirmed your attendance with me and paid your tournament entry fees, please do so at your earliest convenience. We are also trying to get a feel for how many people will be attending, so PLEASE, confirm and pay if you’re coming.

Finally, Base Camp is asking for a detailed list of who is staying where. This is due to problems with certain sites in the past. So, if you’re staying on site, I must know where. There is no random “crashing” or popping a tent allowed. So, please help us clarify who is staying on which site.

I think this is going to be a great year for Dory Hill. We will likely have more games and more players than ever before. This even has the potential to be the largest pinball tournament in Colorado history!

Thanks so much to Ryan Wanger, Zach Smith, Snow Galvin, Bill Reeves, Kevin Ryan, JJ Babich, Steve Trujillo and everyone else who has already pitched in so much to make this event happen.

Let me know if I can help in any way, and I’ll SEE YOU THERE!

Russell Linsky