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New tournament format for 2019!

Registration and all entries purchased at tournament location. Look for the laptop being staffed by a helpful volunteer.

All entries must be paid in CASH ONLY!

Tournament Director: Michael HosierCo-Tournament Director: Damien Charléty

Main Tournament — Friday-Sunday

  • Limited Best-Game Qualifying format
  • Initial buy: 10 entries, 30 paid entries maximum
  • Entry buys are CASH ONLY
  • One entry equals one play on one machine
  • 12 game qualifying bank
  • Top score on 5 different machines count
  • Top 16 players advance to "A" Division match-play finals
  • Players ranked 17-32 (next 16) advance to "B" Division match-play finals (IFPA 100+ restricted)
  • Finals are match-play with 3 games per round and 4-2-1-0 scoring
  • Rulings will adhere to the PAPA/IFPA Tournament Rules as closely as possible.

Women's Tournament — SUNDAY ONLY

  • Target Match-Play format
  • $10 entry per player, CASH ONLY
  • Target of 30 points with 7-5-3-1 scoring
  • First 4 players to 30 points or top 4 after 6 rounds advance to finals
  • Top 4 will play 3 game match-play finals
  • Initial seeding for first round pairings by IFPA rank on the day of the event
  • Rulings will adhere to the PAPA/IFPA Tournament Rules as closely as possible.

 

Main Tournament Cost:
  • Initial buy: $10 for 10 entries
  • Re-buys: $20 for each 10 ADDITIONAL entries
    • 2 re-buys maximum
  • Maximum total buy-in entries: 30 ($50)
  • One entry equals one play on one machine
  • Entry buys are CASH ONLY
  • 5 ADDITIONAL entries included with any multi-day pass wristband
  • 5 ADDITIONAL entries included with an "I Brought Games" lanyard
  • 5 ADDITIONAL entries for 2 hours or more of scorekeeping

Schedule

MAIN TOURNAMENT

Friday, May 17th:
  • 1:00pm-10:00pm - OPEN QUALIFYING
  • 10:00pm-11:00pm - SCOREKEEPERS ONLY
Saturday, May 18th:
  • 10:00am-11:00pm - OPEN QUALIFYING
  • 11:00pm-12:00am - SCOREKEEPERS ONLY
Sunday, May 19th: — FINALS
  • PRACTICE: 9:00am-9:45am
  • "A" Division CHECK-IN: 9:00am-9:15am
  • "A" Division START: 9:30am
  • "B" Division CHECK-IN: 9:30am-9:45am
  • "B" Division START: 10:00am
  • END: 5:00pm

WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT

Sunday, May 19th:
  • PRACTICE: 10:00am-11:00am
  • REGISTRATION: 10:00am-11:00am
  • CHECK-IN: 11:00am
  • START: 11:15am
  • END: 5:00pm

Main Tournament Details

2019 will see a new tournament format at the Golden State Pinball Festival. The new format will include an open qualifying portion to allow players to attempt to qualify for the tournament finals without any set schedule. Players can come and play their entries at any time during qualifying hours. No more having to decide when to play in the tournament or trying to schedule things around a set block of time! Want to attend that great seminar happening on Saturday afternoon? No problem!

Who can play?

Any Festival attendee with a wristband may enter the tournament and there is no age restriction. The tournament has open qualifying (details below) on Friday and Saturday with finals on Sunday, so plan accordingly. You will need a Sunday wristband or a multi-day pass to play in Finals on Sunday. Free entries are included for players who register for the tournament with any multi-day pass wristband and/or an "I Brought Games" lanyard. Free entries can also be earned for volunteering as a scorekeeper for at least 2 hours during the tournament qualifying period.

What does it cost?

The tournament is open only to attendees of the Golden State Pinball Festival with a valid wristband. The tournament is based on the best score earned on 5 different machines. One entry equals one play on one machine and paid entries are limited to a maximum of 30 per player. Additional entries are possible, see below:

  • $10 for 10 entries
  • $20 for each 10 ADDITIONAL re-buy entries
  • Maximum 2 re-buys for paid entries
  • Maximum 30 paid ($50) entries per player
  • One entry equals one play on one machine
  • Entry buys are CASH ONLY
  • 5 ADDITIONAL entries included with any multi-day pass wristband
  • 5 ADDITIONAL entries included with an "I Brought Games" lanyard
  • 5 ADDITIONAL entries for 2 hours or more of scorekeeping

How long does it take? Will I have to miss the rest of the show?

During qualifying, there are no time restrictions with this tournament format. Your time commitment is dependent on how many entries you purchase and which games you choose to play in the qualifying bank. Each game will have a queue of players waiting. If you choose to queue for a game that has a long line, your time commitment will increase. If you choose to queue on games with shorter lines, your time commitment will be less. You need to play at least 1 entry on 5 different machines to get a meaningful score.

You may queue for games any time during the open qualifying hours, either through a scorekeeping volunteer or via the tournament page (the link will be available at the time of registration). Each player will be given a player ID and a pin number to be able to self-queue during qualifying

Friday, May 17th:
  • 1:00pm-10:00pm - OPEN QUALIFYING
  • 10:00pm-11:00pm - SCOREKEEPERS ONLY
Saturday, May 18th:
  • 10:00am-11:00pm - OPEN QUALIFYING
  • 11:00pm-12:00am - SCOREKEEPERS ONLY
Sunday, May 19th: — FINALS
  • PRACTICE: 9:00am-9:45am
  • "A" Division CHECK-IN: 9:00am-9:15am
  • "A" Division START: 9:30am
  • "B" Division CHECK-IN: 9:30am-9:45am
  • "B" Division START: 10:00am
  • END: 5:00pm

During Finals, each round takes approximately 2 hours. Depending on how far into the finals you advance, be mindful that it could take a majority of your Sunday during show hours.

What can I win?

In addition to trophies and prizes, 100% of the entry fees (minus IFPA fees) go toward the prize pool. Prize pool will be paid out as follows:

Top Qualifier:2.5% of Total Prize Pool
"A" Division Finals - 83.5% of Total Prize Pool
1st place:33.5% of Total Prize Pool + Trophy
2nd place:15% of Total Prize Pool + Trophy
3rd place:10% of Total Prize Pool + Trophy
4th place:5% of Total Prize Pool + Trophy
5th-8th:2.5% of Total Prize Pool
9th-16th:1.25% of Total Prize Pool
"B" Division Finals - 14% of Total Prize Pool
1st place:2.5% of Total Prize Pool + Trophy
2nd place:2.0% of Total Prize Pool + Trophy
3rd place:1.5% of Total Prize Pool + Trophy
4th place:1.0% of Total Prize Pool + Trophy
5th-8th:0.75% of Total Prize Pool
9th-16th:.50% of Total Prize Pool

How does it work?

Qualifying - Limited Best-Game Qualifying

During qualifying hours, you may play an entry on any game of your choosing from the entire bank of tournament games. One entry equals one play on one machine.

To play an entry, add yourself to the queue using your smartphone and the player number/password combination given to you at registration, or find a friendly scorekeeper and get entered into your chosen game's queue. At any given time there should be at least 2-4 scorekeepers around the game bank. They will be monitoring things and have a tablet in their hands.

When your spot comes up in the queue (after the previous player on the game has had his/her score recorded), a scorekeeper will call your name. Please be ready to play when your turn comes. If you are not ready to play your game, you will be skipped and moved to the next up in the queue. If you are skipped 3 times, you will then be removed from the queue!

Once you complete your game, stay at the machine, raise your hand, and wait for a scorekeeper to come record your score. You may choose to keep or void that score, depending on whether it is an improvement over your other score on that game or other factors.

If you encounter a stuck ball or other issue while playing, raise your hand and wait for a scorekeeper or tournament official to come assist you.

Proceed playing all your entries in the same manner on various games. Your qualifying position in the tournament is based on your 5 best game scores out of the full bank of games. You must play at least 5 different games out of your entries to get a meaningful qualifying position!

Finals - Group Match-play

The top 16 finishing players from qualifying will advance to the "A" Division finals.

The top 4 finishing players from qualifying will each get to choose 1 game to remove from the finals bank.

The players finishing in positions 17-32 from qualifying will advance to the "B" Division finals.

"B" Division finals is IFPA 100+ rank-restricted, meaning that no player inside the top 100 can qualify for the "B" Division finals and the next player in qualifying rankings will be eligible.

"A" Division and "B" Division finals will play at the same time on Sunday and each round will proceed until the final round of 4 is completed for each.

Finals will be played in a match-play format with 3 games per round and 4-2-1-0 scoring. In each round, groups of 4 players will play a 3-game match. After each match, the top score on a machine will receive 4 points, 2nd place 2 points, 3rd place 1 point, and last place zero points. At the end of the 3-game match, the two players with the most points will advance to the next round and the bottom two will be eliminated. In case two or more players in the same group finish with the same amount of points and two players haven’t advanced from that group (i.e., there is a tie-break to advance), a tie-breaking game will be played on a machine of the tournament director or co-director’s choosing. Final rankings will be determined by the number of points obtained in the round that the player was eliminated, plus the result of the advancing tie-breaker, and non-advancing ties will not be broken.

Game List (subject to change):

  • Iron Maiden
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Pro)
  • The Walking Dead (Pro)
  • Star Trek (Stern, Pro)
  • Doctor Who
  • Funhouse
  • Taxi
  • Tag-Team Pinball
  • Mars God of War
  • Gold Ball
  • Big Game
  • Solar Ride

Women's Tournament — SUNDAY ONLY

New this year, we will have a dedicated Women's tournament that will run Sunday during the main tournament finals on a separate bank of games.

The entry fee is $10 and the format is target match-play. In target match-play, players are placed in groups of 3 or 4 players and earn points depending on their finishing position each game. Once a set number of players have attained a target score or the maximum number of rounds is reached, qualifying ends.

All entrants must register at the tournament area no later than 11:00am on Sunday.

Format

In our target match-play format, groups of 3 or 4 players will compete on a single game per match and receive points based on the results of that match. Scoring will be 7 points for 1st place, 5 points for 2nd place, 3 points for 3rd place, and 1 point for 4th place.

The first four players to reach a target score of 30 points will advance to the finals. If four players do not reach 30 points by the end of round 6, players with the top scores will be advanced to the finals until we have a field of four. In case of a tie for position that determined who advances to the finals, a tie-breaking game will be played amongst tied players on a machine of the tournament director or co-director’s choosing.

Finals will be 3-game match-play amongst the top 4 qualifiers. Final position will be determined by the amount of points earned during the finals. In case of a tie during finals, tie-breaking game(s) will be played amongst tied players on a machine of the tournament director or co-director’s choosing, until ties for all 4 positions have been resolved.

Schedule

Sunday, May 19th:
  • PRACTICE: 10:00am-11:00am
  • REGISTRATION: 10:00am-11:00am
  • CHECK-IN: 11:00am
  • START: 11:15am
  • END: 5:00pm

Prizes

In addition to trophies and prizes, 100% of the entry fees (minus IFPA fees) go toward the prize pool. Prize pool will be paid out as follows:

Women's Finals - 100% of Prize Pool

1st place:50% of Prize Pool + Trophy
2nd place:25% of Prize Pool + Trophy
3rd place:15% of Prize Pool + Trophy
4th place:10% of Prize Pool + Trophy

Please note that the games chosen for the Women's tournament will not be declared until 11:00am on Sunday.


Kids Tournament

Returning this year, the Pacific Pinball Museum will be hosting and running a Kids tournament for players that are 14 years old and younger.

The tournament will be held near the Pacific Pinball Museum booth in the main show building (i.e., not in the main tournament area) on Saturday ONLY. Entry is just $5 with registration at the Pacific Pinball Museum booth (one entry per player). Registration is first come-first serve and is open between 10:00am and 2:30pm, or until all spots are taken. Games will be played between 11:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday

Winners will be announced at 4:30 PM on Saturday. Prizes awarded to top player in each age group/division.


All details above are subject to change up until the start of the event!



Thanks for the blood, sweat & tears, Tom Collins!

It takes many hours to make the tournaments a reality and we'd like to acknowledge our tournament director from the recent years, Tom Collins. Tom did a great job with the tournaments from 2014-2018. The growth of our tournament at the Golden State Pinball Festival could not have happened without all his effort and attention.