Past Meetup

Pinball Tournament at Kimballs

Price: $5.00 /per person
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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.


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 ( 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:

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