NOVA/MD WPPR WEEKEND!

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Can you get away to Northern Virginia this weekend?  If so, you can get in three IFPA/WPPR tournaments in a two day period.

Start out at noon on Saturday at Mighty Mike’s in Sterling, VA for Flippin’ With the Greats

Make your move to Pinholics Anonymous to close out Saturday

If you are still standing and need more pinball Sunday head north to – Third Annual Day After Kevin Stone’s Quarterly Tournament

Can you handle it?

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Flip This 2014 in the books

Flip This 2014 was held this past weekend by Taylor.  Many members of River City Flippers were in attendance.  There were also players who came down from Northern Virginia and some players who came up from North Carolina.  As usual, Taylor’s machines were playing very well and were set to the hardest settings.

The main tournament was a three-strike knockout tournament run on Brackelope.  The machines in the tournament were: WCS94, Bram Stokers’ Dracula, Indy 500, Monopoly, Attack From Mars, Safecracker and Dr. Who.  There was also a one ball side tournament on Wizard of Oz.  The Wizard of Oz tournament was open for four hours with the top four scores playing in a one ball game.

The Wizard of Oz tournament ended up: (1) Taylor Reese (2) Chris Booberg (3) Joe Said and (4) Chris Newsome.

The main tournament ended up: (1) Chris Newsome (2) Taylor Reese (3) Jeremy Hakes and (4) Rob Cordoba.

Both tournaments were eligible for IFPA WPPR points.

As usual, it was a very fun tournament that was followed by some cash game action until the wee hours.

Thanks to Taylor for a great tournament.

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Wizard of Oz side tournament entries.

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IMG_0423  Dr. Who stucky.

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IMG_0429 Side tournament winners.

The full results were as follows:

Main Tournament
1. Chris “Maximillion” Newsom
2. Taylor Reese
3. Jeremy Hakes
4. Rod Cordoba
5. Dave Klionsky
5. Paul McGlone
5. Scott Durfee
8. Chris Booberg
8. Greg Lambert
8. Jeff McElhannon
8. Joe Said
8. Jack McHale
13. Mike Ogilvie
13. Malik Berger
15. Dan Cotter
15. Sam Rugg
15. Matt Lively
18. Bayless Rutherford
18. Dale Geiger
18. Joe Cummins
18. Paula Bailey
18. Rob Hurley

Side Tournament
1. Taylor Reese
2. Chris Booberg
3. Joe Said
4. Chris Newsom
5. Paul McGlone
6. Dale Geiger
7. Dave Klionsky
8. Jeremy Hakes
9. Dan Cotter
10. Mike Ogilvie
11. Rob Hurley
12. Malik Berger
13. Sam Rugg
14. Joe Cummins
15. Jack McHale
16. Scott Durfee
17. Greg Lambert
18. Bayless Rutherford
19. Jeff McElhannon
20. Paula Bailey
21. Rod Cordoba

Whirlwind and Indy 500 on location in Richmond – glavekocen gallery

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Richmond Artist Matt Lively has made a name for himself with beecycle paintings and many others than can be found on the outside and inside of buildings in Richmond and beyond.  He has assembled his newest works for a fantastic show at the glavekocen gallery here in Richmond.  The show is called Playfield and will kick off on Friday, November 7 and will run through November 29.

What does this have to do with pinball?  Matt was inspired by pinball art in creating the works exhibited.  The influence of playfield art can be seen in Matt’s vibrant colors, his use of line and his use of varnish over bare wood to serve as the backdrop for a number of the works.

As part of the show, Matt asked me and Taylor to loan him pinball machines to have in the gallery during the course of the show.  Taylor and I delivered Indy 500 and Whirlwind to the gallery yesterday.  The machines look great in the gallery.  Taylor and I had a chance to see the work that Matt has included in the show.  Matt’s art is exciting and accessible and I hope that you will stop by to check out his work and play some pinball if you are in the area.

The top score during the show will win one of Matt’s paintings.

Season 3 Round 1

Had a great turnout for the 1st round of season 3 with a total of 16 players in attendance. A couple of the the veterans unfortunately missed due to prior commitments but that just means they’ll bring the heat next round. We had several new players make a showing with some strong play. Looks like season 3 is going to be a competitive one. Can’t wait!!!

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Standings after round 1

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Season 3!

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Only one week out from Season 3 of the RPL!! Woo Hoo!

This season should be an exciting one as we have added several members are now looking at a 16 person field to vie for title of RPL Champion!! We have a couple rule changes to this season to reflect players true rankings amongst other players in the league.  That should make for some tight races across the board. Below is our new scoring system. Hopefully this will end up being a stable and easy to use system from here on out.

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Stay tuned for updates over Season 3. Thanks for looking.

RPL Regular Season Final Standings

With a possible 19 points on the line in this weekend’s tournament the race for second and third place is very tight. First place for the overall season is locked up as long as I can roll out of bed.

The tournament consist of 2 qualifying tournaments. Both are 2 out 3 double elimination tournaments at two locations. Top spot at each location is awarded 8 points, 2nd with 7 and so on. Any place below 8th also receives one point. The top player at each location will play in a best 2/3 to determine overall winner.  Players coming in 2nd at each location will play for 3rd and fourth place overall.

Convoluted but it works. 🙂

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The Road to Pinburgh

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Get ready….

Get set……

REGISTER!

Today may have seen the biggest sign that pinball is back. In under 2 hours 400 people from across the globe signed up for the largest pinball tournament in the world. What took weeks to fill in 2013 filled faster than anyone could imagine. Registration began promptly at 12 noon today and I sat at my keyboard constantly refreshing hoping to land an early spot for nothing more than bragging rights. Glad I signed up when I did, with a server delay that seemed to take forever I was the 135th person signed up. Phew.

Chris and I are both planning our first pilgrimage to the hallowed halls of PAPA this spring. There is certainly no other place in pinball that I want to visit and I think that Chris feels the same way. I’ve been in the hobby about 9 years and this is really the first time that I have felt like I had to get to PAPA. I don’t what it is, could be the history of it rising from the soggy grave from the flood 2004 or getting a chance to see some of the greats donkey kick their way to greatness. There is an allure to PAPA that has a hold of me and this is my year… and I can’t wait.

So here is the deal with Pinburgh, you get to play a LOT of pinball. I don’t exactly know how it works and I am pretty lazy to reading in depth rules but one thing I know is that I am going to get to play a LOT of pinball and possibly some pinball with some of the top players in the world. What I do know is that Pinburgh is set up as a match play tournament. You are placed in either 3 or 4 player groups and you get points for how you finish on each table. You play for 2 days like this and that is used to determine what group you will be playing in and attempting to qualify for. So basically you’re guaranteed two days of competitive play against varying players, not too shabby.

Stay tuned….