2019 NWPAS Pinball Tournaments
May 31 through June 2, 2019

Satellite Tournament Series
March 18th to May 27th

Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show (NWPAS) provides competitive pinball players in the Pacific Northwest a high quality pinball tournament experience, that begins with the satellite series, and ends with several major events at the show, including the prestigious NW Women's Pinball Championship, a uniquely designed Open Match Play Tournament, and the nation's best attended PinGolf event.

This page provides a summary of the NWPAS tournament schedule and summary of each tournament at the show, Friday May 31 through Sunday June 2, 2019.

For information on the satellite tournaments held across the PNW, from Portland to Bellingham and everywhere in between, Click Here

[TENATIVE] Schedule

NOTE: Registration Closes 15 minutes prior to round start, or earlier if a round fills up.
Registration generally opens a few hours before a round; see individual tournament page for when registration opens for any particular round.

Free Practice: Any Tourney Bank machine ready for play, Fri Noon-1:00pm. Maximum 2 minutes per machine.

Northwest Women's Championship, Qualifying Rounds: A: Fri 4:30pm-7:00pm, B: Sat 1:30pm-4:15pm
Northwest Women's Championship, Playoffs: 7:30pm-11:30pm

Open Match Play Qualifying Rounds: A: Fri 1:15pm-4:15pm, B: Fri 8:15pm-11:15pm, C: Sat 10:15am-1:15pm, D: Sat 4:30pm-7:30pm, E on Classics: Sat 8:00pm-11:00pm.
Open Match Play Playoffs: Sun 9:00am-3:00pm

Classic PinGolf Tee-Off Times:Fri 1:10pm-10:05pm, Sat 10:10am-2:45pm. Plan 1Ĺ hours to complete course.
Classic PinGolf Playoffs: Sat 4:15-7:30pm

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.

Northwest Women's Pinball Championship

NWPAS is please to once again host the Northwest Women's Pinball Championship! For each of the last three years, it was the largest women's pinball tournament in the world, with players attending from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Colorado, California, and New York! This year, the prize is approximately $5200, enough to buy a new machine!

Two qualifying rounds, one on Friday, other on Saturday. Women who play in the Friday round but don't qualify may try again in the Saturday round if round does not fill up with new players.

Woman who don't play in Friday round have priority to register for the Saturday round.

Winner of this tournament wins a TBD Pinball Machine! $500 for 2nd place!

Match Play Pinball Tournament, Sponsored by Shorty's

The Open Match Play tournament with its unique qualifying and bonus scoring format was the second largest match play tournament in the nation for several years in a row, second only to Pinburgh, the world's largest tournament. 35 players participate in the playoffs on Sunday, earning their way by finishing in the top 7 of one of the five qualifying rounds.

This is the main pinball tournament of the event, offering IFPA World Pinball Player Ranking (WPPR) points at 100% grading. This event is open to all. $30 entry, maximum two retries allowed, qualifying at specific times on Friday and Saturday, playoffs on Sunday.

$1000 for A division winner! Trophy or plaque for top 3 finishers.

$250 for B-Division winner. Check the Monday Night Pinball / NWPAS Player Search Page if you're currently eligible for B division.

Any player who has an Individual Player Rating (IPR) of 5 or less is eligible for both A and B division prizes. Players with an IPR of 6 are only eligible for A division prizes.

Classics PinGolf Tournament, Sponsored by 8-Bit Arcade and The Triple Knock

The Classic PinGolf event is one of the largest in the nation. This popular format returns to NWPAS 2019!

This is another IFPA-ranked tournament that will be run on a variety of pre-Dot-Matrix Pinball machines. $30 entry fee for one round of PinGolf.

$500 prize for winner; with trophy or plaque for top 3 finishers.

Top 28 players make it to a five-strike fair-strike 4-player knockout, PinGolf style.

Rookie & Amateur Tournament, Sponsored by Another Castle Arcade Edition

Casual Match Play tournament on Sunday for players who are relatively new to competitive pinball or have limited experience in tournaments. Tournament is restricted to players with an Individual Player Rating (IPR) of 3 or less. Check the Monday Night Pinball / NWPAS Player Search Page to determine your IPR.

$150 prize for winner; $100 for 2nd place. Plaques for top 4 finishers.

Kid's Tournaments

Look for details at the show for tournaments that cater to kids 12-years old and younger.

Tournament Machine List

To be announced a few weeks prior to the show.

Changes for 2019

The 2019 event will largely follow the format of the successful 2018 NWPAS. Nevertheless, we constantly strive to improve the event based on feedback and observations. This is a summary of key changes for 2019, as compared to 2018:

Tie Breakers are being revised:
• The first tie-breaker for all match play will be number of 7-point wins, then 6-point wins, then 5-point, and so on.
• For critical tie-breakers only, the second tie-breaker will be points earned in the last game played, then before-last, then before that back to the first game.
• For non-critical tie-breakers (for seeding only), ties will be broken randomly.
• A one-ball tie-breaking game on a randomly selected machine will be used only for critical tie-breakers when the above second tie breakers fail to break a tie.

Eligibility as A, B, or Rookie/Amateur will now be done via Individual Player Rating (IPR), as originated by Seattle Monday Night Pinball (MNP). These combine IFPA WPPR with Matchplay.event ratings into a simple rating between 1 and 6 for each player.
• A player with an IPR of 6 is restricted to A-division. This applies to the Open Match Play tournament and the NWPAS Satellite Tournaments that have an IPR restriction.
• A player with an IPR of 3 or lower is eligible for the Rookie/Amateur tournament, as well as the Rookie/Amateur guaranteed prizes at each NWPAS Satellite Tournaments.
• IPRs are updated about once every six weeks, then frozen until the next update. The IPRs frozen at the time of an event will be the ones in effect for that event.
• The IPRs frozen by mid-May in preparation for MNP playoffs will be the ones used for the events at the main show.
• Players can lookup their IPR using the following search page: IPR Search

NWPAS Satellite Tournament Changes:
• Due to the popularity of the one restricted no-A-division players event held last year, a second such event has been added this year. The tournaments at both Narwhal and Olaf's will be limited such that players with IPR of 6 are not eligible. Due to the restriction, these tournaments will not award IFPA WPPR points.
• Every NWPAS Satellite tournament will offer WPPR points except for those that have a restriction such that IFPA does not allow points to be awarded.
• Recently developed Fair Strike Group Knockout format will be used in three of the events.

Additional Information

Every attempt is made to keep the rules and information on this website accurate and up-to-date, and to run tournaments per the advertised structure and schedule. However, due to the nature of pinball and the fact that the tournaments are entirely run by volunteers, the tournament officials reserve the right to modify the tournament structure or schedule until the start time of that tournament. Late or last minute changes will be announced as appropriate prior to the start of the tournament. Changes to the tournament structure will not be made mid-tournament unless circumstances make such a change absolutely necessary.

For regular updates and discussion on the tournament, please visit our public Facebook event page.
For questions and inquiries regarding tournaments at NWPAS, please contact wapinball@gmail.com.

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