The Pinball Tournaments at the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show (NWPAS) are some of the biggest and best in the nation!
Last year's inaugural Northwest Women's Pinball Championship was the largest women's pinball tournament in North America, with players attending from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Colorado, California, and New York!
The 2016 Classic PinGolf with 150 players was the largest PinGolf tournament in North America; that's a dozen more players than the extremely popular Pin-A-Go-Go event!
Last year, the main Match Play tournament with 176 players was 100% sold out, and was the second largest match play tournament in the nation, second only to Pinburgh, the world's largest tournament.
A large Rookie & Amateur tournament that has attracted 60+ players each of the last two years, with a top prize of $100!
ScheduleSee the scheduling guide below for hints on how to maximize your tournament experience!
NOTE: Registration Closes 15 minutes prior to round start, or earlier if round fills up. Register anytime from doors open.
Free Practice: Any Tourney Bank machine ready for play, Fri Noon-1:00pm. Maximum 2 minutes per machine.
Match Play Qualifying Rounds:
A: Fri 1:30-4:30pm,
B: Fri 8:00-11:00pm,
C: Sat 10:30am-1:30pm,
D: Sat 4:30-7:30pm,
E on Classics: Sat 8:00-11:00pm.
Match Play Playoffs: Sun 9:00am-3:00pm
Northwest Women's Championship, Qualifying Rounds:
A: Fri 5:00pm-8:00pm,
B: Sat 1:30pm-4:30pm
Northwest Women's Championship, Playoffs:7:30pm-11:30pm
Classic PinGolf Tee-Off Times:Fri 1:20pm-9:50pm, Sat 10:10am-3:00pm. Plan 1Ĺ hours to complete course.
Classic PinGolf Playoffs: Sat 5:00-8:00pm
Rookie & Amateur Tournament: Sun 10:00am-3:00pm
Here is a summary of the events at the show. Click on tournament for details of that specific tournament.
$1000 for A division winner! Trophies for top 3 finishers.
$250 for B-Division winner.
Any player who is not ranked between 1st and 250th in the IFPA WPPR rankings is eligible for both A and B division prizes. Players ranked in top 250 are only eligible for A division prizes.
New in 2017: In rounds with more than 52 players, any player tied for 7th to qualify, but loses tie breaker, will receive $25 cash prize.
$500 Guaranteed prize for winner; with trophies for top 3 finishers.
New in 2017: Number of qualifiers and prize pool expanded to 27 players.Nitro Pinball!
Two qualifying rounds, one on Friday, other on Saturday. Women who play in the Friday round but don't qualify can try again in the Saturday round ($10 for retry).
Optional Single day-event by playing in Saturday Round
New in 2017: Winner of this tournament gets the machine! No need to play a final match against B division winner like last year.
New in 2017: ranking restrictions modified for less stronger players in the tourney, and thus more opportunity for new players to win!
Tournament Machine ListClassic Tourney Bank:
Main Tourney Bank
Brom Stoker's Dracula
Medieval Madness (remake)
WWF Royal Rumble
World Cup Soccer
World Poker Tour
Jack in the Box
Strikes and Spares
Lord of the Rings
Tournament Scheduling Guide
NWPAS packs in four of the largest tournaments in the nation, within a 2.5 day span. The schedule is laid out so that the avid tournament player who attends the full show can play in every tournament they are eligible for, while still providing opportunities to Saturday or Sunday only day players to participate in at least one event. This is a guide with a bunch of hints on scheduling your time during the show. Hopefully this helps more than it confuses you! If you attended last year, the schedule is basically the same with one key exception, which is an added round for the womenís tourney on Friday late afternoon.
Thereís no doubt that the best way to enjoy NWPAS is to show up at Noon on Friday, and stay until closing at 3pm on Sunday. Noon to 1pm on Friday is the only free practice on tournament machines all weekend. Take advantage of it!
At some point during the practice session, when registration line is short, stop by and register for the first Match Play round you want to play in, and for a PinGolf tee time. This will assure you of the times that you want most. Your $25 entry fee for PinGolf needs to be paid in order to reserve a tee-time. Note that if you miss your tee-time, youíll forfeit the entry fee, so only register if youíre certain you can make it.
For Match Play, decide if youíd like to play right away on Friday in the 1:30pm round, or in the evening in the 8:00pm round. If you play at 1:30 and you donít qualify, you have the opportunity to also play at 8pm. Youíre allowed up to 3 attempts for the main Match Play. Each attempt is $25. Playing two of your 3 attempts on Friday is not a bad thing, because if you qualify for PinGolf, that conflicts with Round D. If youíre a woman and make those finals, that conflicts with Round E. So on Saturday you could be limited to one, or at most two attempts. Saturday events might also sell out while youíre playing in an earlier round, so why chance it?
For PinGolf, for men playing in Match Play Round A, your best tee times are between 4:30 and 7:00pm, when the Womenís qualifying round is taking place on the main bank. This eliminates your PinGolf round from conflicting with any other round. If you donít play Round A, then take one of the early PinGolf slots, between 1:20pm and 4:00pm. Unlike match play, playing last is not an advantage, in fact quite the opposite. Target scores are posted, thatís all you need to shoot for, and you know you want to get there in as few balls as possible. Wait till the end, however, youíre more likely to be stressed out especially if you have a bad hole or two, which then snowballs. Saturday PinGolf will also fill up very fast on Saturday morning with anyone who could not make it on Friday. For woman, between Match Play round A, B, or C, pick one of those that you wonít play, and do your PinGolf round during that time.
Both the Match Play and PinGolf tourneys sold out last year, and likely will this year too, thus registering early is highly recommended. If you only arrive on Saturday, the tournament registration desk should be your first stop to reserve your time. Tee-off times between Noon and 3pm will only be made available on Saturday morning, as a courtesy to those players who cannot make it on Friday. If youíll be there both Saturday and Sunday, then register for Round C Match Play, and still have the option for a second round if you donít qualify, either Round D or E.
Once you start a PinGolf round, you must play all ten games consecutively. Give yourself 1.5 hours to play the 10 holes. If you want to play in Round B at 8:00pm, then make sure your tee-off time is 6:30pm or sooner.
On Saturday, if you havenít qualified for Match Play yet and want to play again, then youíll want to play in at least one more round, maybe two. If you want two more attempts as you only played one on Friday, definitely play Round C. Based on last year, Round E filled up while Round D was still going on, thus it is very unlikely that youíd be able to play in both Round D and E. It should be possible to play Round C and either Round D or E.
Assuming you played PinGolf on Friday, you might have a sense as to whether or not you have a chance at PinGolf finals. If you do, then youíll want to plan Round C and E, as Round D conflicts with those finals. If you know you wonít make it to PinGolf finals, then playing Round D is a great option, as many of the top players would have either already qualified, or are playing in the PinGolf final. Many lower-ranked players qualify during this round. However, be cautious about making this the first round you play in. If youíre a new player, you might be a bit nervous the first round you play in, so youíd want to play Round D to be a second or third attempt, not your first attempt.
If youíre a woman with hopes of qualifying for the womenís final, then assume that Round E will not be available to you, as that conflict with the womenís championship playoffs. If you donít qualify, however, Round E is a good last chance for you.
If you tend to play your best on older machines, then you might want to reserve your final attempt for Round E. By this time, 28 players have already qualified, which includes many of the top players. Thus like Round D, itís a good opportunity for lower ranked players to qualify. If you want to play in this round, register early, and skip Round D. Since you canít register for a new round while youíre playing in a current round, if you choose to play Round D, youíll miss your opportunity to play Round E. Last year, nobody was able to play in both Rounds D and E due to Round E filling up before Round D was complete.
Woman who arrive on Friday should definitely play in Womenís Round A at 5:00pm. That round is expected to have many fewer players than the Saturday round, yet thereís still 7 qualifiers who make it through. Furthermore, if you donít qualify, you have the option to try again on Saturday in Round B. Woman qualifying rounds donít conflict with any match play round, so you can definitely play in both tourneys. The only possible conflict is that womenís final is at the same time as Match Play Round E.
Since you wonít be able to play in every Match Play round and youíre only allowed to play PinGolf once, there will be at least a round or two that youíre not playing in the tourney, thus giving you many hours to explore the Expo floor.
Anyone coming for Saturday only and cannot return on Sunday, can still play in PinGolf and Womenís championship (if eligible) as both of those have qualifying and finals on Saturday. Register as soon as you arrive on Saturday to guarantee a tee time in PinGolf.
Players coming on Sunday only, and who are not ranked in IFPA top 2000, can play in the Rookie&Amateur tournament. This is a great starter tournament, with none of the top players. Itís only $5 and a great way to ease into tournaments at the show. Note that players eligible for the Rookie&Amateur tourney, but who qualify for final 35 in Match Play, will not be able to play in this Rookie&Amateur tourney due to both tourneys running at the same time. But in this case, go for the Match Play, by that time youíll already be guaranteed a $50 prize, and you could win up to $250 in B division, or more if you make it to final 7 in A division!
For more details of all the tournaments, go to the website, http://www.nwpas.net, or pick up a printed handout that will be available in the tournament area.
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