Past Meetup

Pinball Tournament at Kimballs

Price: $5.00 /per person
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Details

World Pinball Player Ranking Points will be awarded! Even if you've never played in a pinball tournament before, by the end of the night you'll be a world-ranked pinball player!

Format: Time Attack!

Each two players are assigned two games. The clock is started and the players try to achieve the best score possible in 2 minutes, write down their scores for their opponent to see, and then switch games. They play a second 2-minute game.

The winner either wins both games, or if each player wins one game then the winner is the player whose winning game was better.

Example:

Nina wins the match because her winning game was better than Zoe’s winning game.

The calculation is 1 – (lowerscore/higherscore). If you’re not mathy we’ll help you out.

This is a double-elimination tournament so you have to lose two matches before you're out of the tournament.

These tournaments are laid back. Have a beer and play some pinball with other local enthusiasts. Sure, you want to win, but the emphasis is on friendly competition with some good-nature’d smack talk sprinkled in.

If you aren’t that good, don’t worry! We will teach you how to play. We’ll show you all the fancy moves and whip you into a pinball wizard.

Price: Five bucks, plus coin drop. All the $5 entries are paid back to winners.

Where: Kimball’s Carnival. 522 2nd Street, Oakland. From SF take BART to 12th street. It’s about a ten or 15 minute walk from 12th street to 2nd street. You can also take the following buses: 72, 72R, 72M.

When: Once or twice each month on Tuesday. Always check the Calendar (http://pinballbayarea.wordpress.com/events/) before heading down, though.

7pm start time. You must be signed in by 6:50 to play. The typical run time is 3 to 4 hours.

Format: I’ll rotate some popular formats such as Double-Elimination, Group Play, Time Attack, etc, as well as try a few whacky, fun formats. Some formats will award World Pinball Player Ranking points.

How long?: Well, if you go out in the first round you will probably be done by 8:30. If you go the distance, figure on around 11pm.

Food: Kimball’s serves food and there are several food options in the area. Note: no outside food at Kimball’s.

ATM: There is a Bank of America ATM one block away across from the Jack London Cinema.

Parking: Street parking is usually available but meters are strictly enforced. There is also a parking garage one block away that is not expensive.

Payouts and Prizes: The top 8 players win cash. All entry money is paid back to players. I often receive other prizes, like food/drink coupons, free passes, pinball posters, T shirts, etc. which are either awarded or raffled off.

WPPRs (World Pinball Player Ranking Points): WPPRs will be awarded at some events. See your rank here: http://www.pinballrankings.com/

But I suck: Show up early and we will teach you how to play. I will be there around 6pm