Fall Flip Out November 10th & 11th in Fort Collins!

This year’s Fall Flip Out Tournament will be held at both Pinball Jones locations in Fort Collins. New Belgium Brewery is sponsoring the event and all participants will receive a free Fall Flip Out / New Belgium t-shirt with entry! Sizes first come first serve.

There will be an A, B and Novice Division – so there’s lots of opportunity to advance! There’s even a Side Tournament on Saturday to keep you occupied. So plenty of reason to spend the whole weekend in Fort Collins playing pinball!

Never Drains software will be used for both tournaments.

Qualifying - PBJ Campus West

Saturday, November 10th from 10am – 8pm
$30 entry, all games on free play
Limited Herb format: 15 attempts on a bank of 10 games. Top 5 unique scores count.
Side Tourney qualifying until 5pm with Finals starting at 6pm.

Finals - PBJ Old Town

Sunday, November 11th starting at 10am
Top 16 players play A Finals (assuming at least 32 players enter tournament). Next 8 play in B Finals. Next 4 players ranked outside the top 4000 will play in Novice Finals.

Qualifying - Full Details

Main Tournament: Qualifying at Pinball Jones Campus West on Saturday Nov 10th 10 AM – 8 PM (Volunteers will get bonus time after 8pm until 9pm to finish any tries not used yet. Anyone gracious enough to help out can sign-up here)

$30 entry free / Qualifying games on FREE PLAY
all entry fee money goes to pot for payouts
Pinball Jones is adding $300 to the event (some of this is used for trophies and medals, rest to the pot)
Limited Herb 15 Tries on a bank of 10 games
Best 5 go towards your total (1 score per machine)
Scoring 100 for first, 95 for second, then 90, 89, 88 etc.

Main Tournament Qualifying Bank (subject to change)

Metallica, Congo, Eight Ball Deluxe, Dialed In!, Iron Man, Strikes and Spares, The Walking Dead, Judge Dredd, Spider-Man and Total Nuclear Annihilation

Side Tournament (PBJ Campus West)

Saturday – Qualifying from 10am to 5pm.
Finals also on Saturday at 6pm.

$5 per entry (unlimited buy in)
all money goes to pot
Games on COIN DROP
1 entry is 1 play on each of the 3 games
Same scoring 100, 95, 90, 89, etc
Top 4 make finals
Finals Group on same 3 games. 4, 3, 2, 1

Side Tournament Qualifying Bank

Side Tournament Games (subject to change): Game of Thrones, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Terminator 2

A, B and Novice Division Finals

FINALS Sunday Nov 11th 10 AM at Pinball Jones OLD TOWN
Field must be cut at least in half. We will take 16 to finals if we have at least 32 players.

“A” restricted players – If you do no qualify for “A” you do not advance. “A” restricted players are ranked 500 or better

Groups of 4 on a bank of 4 games (banks TBD)
Scoring – 4, 3, 2, 1
Top 2 from each group of 4 Advance

8 for B finals, no byes , same rules as A
Players ranked 4000 or better are restricted to “B” and cannot play in Novice but can play in B or A

4 for Novice finals, same rules as A 
Any player that is ranked 4001 or less can play in Novice, B or A

Got Questions?

Dave Andersen has answers. Shoot him an email here.

Colorado Pinball is Coming to Buffalo, NY!

Event Canceled 🙁

Unfortunately our travel plans have changed due to family circumstances so we won’t be making our annual trip to Buffalo. Sorry, friends.

Snow and Paul will be making their annual trip out to Buffalo, NY for Thanksgiving and sadly just can’t coordinate travel plans with pinball tournaments. So just like Jeff Teolis did when he came to Denver, we’re throwing ourselves a tournament! Nothing crazy, just group match-play with 2 hours qualifying and a 3 game finals round for the top 4 seeds.

This fashionable bison is wearing columbines in its mane. The columbine is Colorado's state flower, not marijuana.
Match-Play Tournament

When: Sunday November 25, 2018
Start Time: 6pm
Where: Misuta Chow’s 
Cost to Enter: $10 plus quarters to play games
Format: 4-player group match-play. 100% payout to top 3 finishers less the $1/player IFPA fee. Winner gets a trophy! 

Note: There is a 20 player cap.

Player Sign-up

This location has 5 machines which means there will be a 20 player cap. You can sign up between 5-6pm the day of the event but if you’d like to secure your spot, you can email Snow here.

Format Details - Qualifying

For the first round players will be randomly placed into 4-player groups and assigned a game. The winner gets 7 points, second place gets 5, third place gets 3 and fourth place receives 1 point. If 3-player groups occur, scoring will be 7-4-1.

The next round will work the same as the first. Match-Play software will be used to draw balanced group and game assignments.  Balanced pairing will be used rather than Swiss because this tournament is meant to be social! Hopefully Colorado will be in a group with all the ‘Buffalonians’ who come out to play as Paul likes to say.

We will play as many rounds as we can until we hit the 2 hour mark. The 4 players with the highest point totals by the end of qualifying will move on to Finals. 


Should a tie-breaker be needed, the player with the most first place finishes will advance. If a tie remains, then second place finishes will be used. Then third place and fourth if required. In the super unlikely event that there is still a tie – we flip a coin.

We don’t want to keep you lovely people out all night on a Sunday.


The four players who advance to Finals will play 3 games with 7-5-3-1 scoring. The top seed will get to drive the bus! That means he/she will be able to choose all 3 games.

Once the game is selected, the second highest seed will get to choose their position, then seed 3 and seed 4. The top seed will take the remaining position. The top seed may instead choose to take their preferred position on a game, in which case the second seed will have their choice of game.

A player’s seed stays with them throughout finals, so game selection and player order follows the same rules stated above. No game can be played twice in the Final round.


Pay-outs will be 100% of the total entry fees less $1 per player as that is paid to the IFPA for sanctioning this event so you can get your WPPRs!

1st place 50% of purse +trophy!
2nd place 30%
3rd place 20%

Thank you to Buffalo Pinball

Seriously, these guys are great! Please checkout their podcast and Twitch stream if you haven’t already. They’ve done so much to grow pinball both in Buffalo and at-large. Colorado loves you guys. <3

Pin-toberfest! XI: Battle In The Barn

The Cuckoo’s Nest may be gone, but Pin-toberfest! is back.

October 26 – 27, 2018
The Vermillion Barn – Longmont, CO

Quick Tourney Details:
Unlimited entry, best game format – top 3 scores on a bank of 8 games. $10 for 3 entries. 

Friday, 10/26/18 from Noon til 10PM
Saturday, 10/27/18 from 9AM til 12PM

Finals start on Saturday, 10/27/18 at 1PM

Side team tournament on Friday for Stern Schwag!!

Since the Cuckoo’s Nest closed down, Adam Lefkoff has stepped up to host the 11th annual event at his private residence. Beyond the 8 games included in the tourney bank, all other games (of which he has many) will be available on free play. There may also be a turkey or two trotting around the barn.

Don’t miss out on this Colorado tradition for over a decade!!!

Qualifying Bank

Dirty Harry





Iron Maiden Premium

Attack From Mars


Deadpool Launch Party – Denver 1up Colfax

Stern Deadpool Pinball Launch Party.

Come play the new Deadpool PRO pinball SweDen style tournament. Cash prizes and Stern giveaways !!! And a cool trophy for the winner. WPPR points will be awarded to all competitors. $10 entry. Park at street meters but check for time limits. You can also park on the side streets, check signage.
Don’t park behind the 1up or in parking lots of businesses across the street, they will tow you.

100% payout to the top 4.

Qualifications format is Swe-Den style, a format I learned to love playing with Stockholm Pinball in Sweden: Match play Head 2 Head, Double Round Robin. Groups will be formed based on IFPA rankings. The tournament participants are divided up into groups of around 6 people where everybody in the group play each other twice on games “drawn from a hat”, best of 1 game. That is typically something like 10 matches per person and should take 4 hours.

Playoffs: Bracket. 12 players (or around top 25% per group) advances to playoffs. 4-player group matches. 3 games per match. Top 2 per group advances until a 4-player final is played.
The number of groups, players per group and number of players advancing to playoffs may change depending on the total number of participants.

Deadpool Launch Party – Press Play

Deadpool Launch Party! Winner gets an official launch party trophy. Will be giving away a translite or two as well.

Four hours of qualifying on Deadpool. Top four scores of the period will advance to the semi-finals. (May be limited to three attempts if attendance is high). Other fun side events will be running for those waiting to play.

No entry fee. WPPRs awarded…but probably not many. 🙂