IFPA Colorado State Championship 2018-19

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Congratulations to Donavan Stepp – our Colorado State Champ! Mat Brundage took him to game 7 and deserves a very sincere attaboy. Escher Lefkoff rounded out the top 3 with an incredible game on Iron Maiden, 1B on ball one and finished with just over 2B. His points per minute are the stat to truly watch.

Thank you to everyone who came out and especially to Dan Gutchess for all his hard work. I think he ran off with some Budweiser Girls towards the end.. 🍺

Today at 10:30am the top 24 players in Colorado will be battling at the 1up Colfax in a single elimination, best-of-seven bracket for the title of IFPA Colorado State Champion!

You can follow along with the winner’s bracket here. If you’d also like to see how the other 23 positions shake out, there are consolation brackets here.

Denver’s Annual Tournaments: Ultimate Pinball Carnage and Ultimate Pinball Challenge are happening this weekend!

It’s time for Denver’s end of the year annual tournaments! Donavan Stepp, Adam and Escher Lefkoff are all likely to play in at least one, if not both of these tourneys. Plus – word on the street is Mr. Trent Augenstein will be making appearances at both! So come one, come all to get your last minute WPPRs!

Ultimate Pinball Carnage

Saturday December 15th at 1pm
The 1up Colfax, $20 entry

This event will be the same format as the 3rd Sunday monthly also known as the Helenament. In fact this IS December’s Helenament, it’s just being held on Saturday. There will be no monthly tourney at 1up Colfax on Sunday. If you’re not familiar with that format, get all the details here.

Don’t be bummed if you can’t make it because the very next day is the…

Ultimate Pinball Challenge

Sunday December 16th at 1pm
The 1up LoDo, $20 entry

Very exciting as this year will be the first time Dan’s using the “fair strikes” format and to my knowledge, the first time anyone has run this format in Colorado (though Ryan Wanger may have done it before – he likes to mix things up at the monthly Boulder tourneys).

This will be a 12 strike tournament. Yep, you read that right. But in reality, it’s more like the annual 4-strike format we’re used to during U.P. Challenge. Here’s how it works:

Players are paired against each other in groups of four. In that group, 1st place gets to smile (receives no strikes). 2nd place gets 1 strike, 3rd place gets 2 strikes, 4th place gets 3 strikes. Once a player gets 12 strikes, that player is eliminated. Last person standing is the winner.

So as you see, absolute worst case scenario, you take 4th on 4 games in a row and you’re out. Should be interesting indeed! And it should work out to 100% TGP. It’s like it’s Christmas!

Novice Tournaments Dec 7th & 21st!

Never tried a pinball tournament before? Or maybe you have but were overwhelmed? Then this one’s for you – courtesy Ryan Wanger! View the event’s Facebook page here.

When: December 7th & 21st at 7:00p
What: Casual pinball tournament (format TBD). Free to enter, you only pay to play the machines. Prizes & giveaways for top finishers. No WPPRs, just fun and glory!

Silver Balls Rock III – This Friday and Saturday!

The 3rd annual Silver Balls Rock tournament is happening this weekend – now with a new format and non-conflicting weekend! This year’s tournament will be a multi-day, limited entry, Herb-style format and as always Neil’s got swag to give away!

And there will be FREE WINGS courtesy Cory Moren and Buffalo Wild Wings!

Get the full details on our calendar or on the Facebook event page.

Friday December 7, 2p-9p &
Saturday December 8, 9a-11:30a
December 8, 1pm

2018-19 Colorado State Championship

2018 is quickly coming to a close and with that comes the close scrutiny of our state’s pinball standings

For those who might not know, playing in IFPA-sanctioned events earn you WPPRs (world pinball player ranking points) that contribute to both your world and state rank (or province/district rank for those in Canada or  Washington DC). Only points earned playing in tournaments held in Colorado in the current calendar year will contribute to your Colorado state rank.

Changes for 2018-19

  • First of all, Colorado is an IFPA Super State which means the top 24 ranked players will be invited to play in our State Championship with those ranked 1-8 getting first round byes!
  • Secondly, there will be no entry fee this year and we’ll be paying out to all 24 players who compete!
  • Finally, Adam Lefkoff who has been Colorado’s long-serving IFPA State Representative has passed the torch to Snow Galvin who will be running this year’s State Championship. So a giant thank you is in order to Adam for his time and commitment to pinball in Colorado over the many years. I personally would like to thank him for his ongoing support and encouragement from literally my first tournament to today. 

For Those on the Bubble

The When and the Where

Colorado State Championship
When: January 19, 2019
Where: The 1up – Colfax
Practice: 10am – 10:30am
Start Time: 10:30am

Qualified Player Invitations

On January 1st all qualified players will receive an emailed invitation. If anyone in the top 24 declines to play, I will work my way down the list of players until all spots are filled. The two players just beyond the cutline will be asked to appear as alternates in case of no-shows.

Tournament Format

The tournament will be run as a best-of-seven, single elimination bracket with the top 8 ranked players receiving first round byes. There is no entry fee, just quarters needed to play machines. Payouts to all 24 players. DO NOT LEAVE without getting your cash. Don’t make me chase you down, please.

Each match will be a best-of-seven. The higher seeded player will have choice of machine or position for the 1st game, with the loser of each subsequent game having choice of machine or order, until someone has won 4 games. A machine may not be played more than once in the same match.

Each player will have the opportunity for 30 seconds of practice time before starting every game of every match. This is to ensure that both players have a chance to get familiar with the machine.

The winner of the match advances to the next round, while the loser is eliminated.

The 3rd/4th place Consolation Final will be played as a best-of-three instead of a best-of-seven like all other rounds, using the same rules. This match is required due to payouts.

Read the full State Championship Rules here.


  • 1st place – 28% of the prize pool
  • 2nd place – 16% of the prize pool
  • 3rd place – 10% of the prize pool
  • 4th place – 6% of the prize pool
  • 5th through 8th place – 4% of the prize pool each
  • 9th through 16th place – 2% of the prize pool each
  • 17th through 24th place – 1% of the prize pool each

You can see the payouts as they exist with the tournament results that have been posted thus far on the Colorado’s IFPA ‘stats’ page. (Yes, I know the IFPA and/or our TDs are a little behind with posting/submitting results.)

In addition to money, the winner will receive a trophy and secure his/her spot in the IFPA National Championship. If Colorado’s Champion is unable to attend the IFPA National Championship, our runner-up will take his/her spot.

The sixth annual IFPA National Championship will be held on Thursday, March 28th, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. Additional details on the format and prizes can be found HERE.

So get to practicing at The 1Up Colfax!