Fall Brawl Match Play Pinball Tournament 2021

Come throw down at Misuta Chows in a group match play pinball tournament for players of all skill levels!

Here’s the details:

When: Dec. 4, 2021
1-5 p.m. (A Division playoffs to follow)

Where: Misuta Chow’s, 521 Main St., Buffalo

Cost: $20 for A Division (for players IFPA ranked in the top 5,000)
$15 for B Division (all other players).

This does not include the cost to coin-up the machines, so be sure to bring money for that. Separate prize pool for B division players!

Pre-registration is HIGHLY encouraged as these tournaments typically sell out

Register: Send payment via PayPal to buffalopinball@gmail.com (please send as “friends and family”) This event is now SOLD OUT! See you in December.

Tournament Format: Group match play, limited to 20 players. 4 hours of regular play time, with finals following. A Division finals will start at 6 p.m. for the top 6 qualifiers.

Finals (A Division): Top 6 will advance to playoffs, with the top 2 getting byes straight to the finals. Playoffs/finals are 3 games each round with 4, 2, 1, 0 scoring. No finals for B Division.

This is an official IFPA tournament for WPPR points.

The Mandalorian Launch Party Tournament – Aug. 27

Mandalorian launch party flyer.Tournament launch party for the new Mandalorian pinball! Exclamation marks!!

When: 5-9 p.m. on Aug. 27
Where: Community Beer Works, 520 7th St., Buffalo
Cost: $1 per entry (plus coin drop)

This will be a “Best Game” format on 3 games: Mandalorian, Munsters, and Data East Jurassic Park.

To enter, you need to play each of the three games, at least once, between 5 and 9 p.m. However, you can play the games multiple times in an effort to increase your score on each machine, which will move you up in the rankings, as you outscore other opponents.

Cost is $1 per entry (an entry is an attempt on the machine) plus the cost to coin-up each machine. This is an IFPA event. 100% of entries will go to the prize pool.

Top 6 in the standings at 9 p.m. will go on to the playoffs, with the top 2 qualifiers getting a bye straight to the finals. Playoffs will be players 3-6 playing one game on Mandalorian, with the top 2 from that group going to the finals, which will be one game on Mandalorian, vs the top 2 qualifiers from the qualifying round (5-9 p.m.)


Q: How much money should I bring?
A: At least $6 ($3 for 3 entries, since there’s 3 machines, and then $3 to coin-up each machine). It’s highly recommended to get multiple entries though, in an effort to increase your chances of having a “good” score.

Q: I suck at pinball, should I play?
A: You don’t have to be good at pinball to have fun, look at Jay Fairbrother!

Q: Do I need to show up right at 5 p.m.?
A: No! As long as you get at least 3 entries in before 9pm, you’re good. But, the earlier you come, the more time you have to get in multiple entries.

Q: When will this end?
A: Qualifying stops at 9 p.m., at which time playoffs will begin. Playoffs should be done by 10 p.m.

Q: Will the diverter on Mandalorian break during the tournament?
A: Almost assuredly.

Q: Seriously, I’m scared of tournaments because I’m new, should I come?
A: Do you like pinball? Do you like meeting new people? Then, yes, why not? Playing in tournaments is a good way to get better. Plus, you’ll be a world ranked pinball player by playing!

Sign up for the 2021-22 Buffalo Pinball League!

UPDATE: We are officially SOLD OUT in less than six hours. Congrats to all who made it in and we look forward to flipping together soon!

We’re excited to announce that the Buffalo Pinball League is now open for signups (less than 10 spots left!). League nights are held on the 3rd Saturday of every month, September – April, with playoffs in May. Start time for league nights is 6pm (doors at 5pm).  It’s an official IFPA league that occurs in private homes. Signups are first come, first served, and no refunds will be given. 

To sign up, please send $50 to league treasurer Jay Fairbrother (PayPal = jayfair416@gmail.com   Venmo = jayfairb). Use the friends/family option to reduce transaction fees, please.

Rules for the league can be found here:  https://buffalopinball.com/league/rules/

IMPORTANT:  Under approval of the IFPA, we are requiring players to show proof that they are fully vaccinated from COVID-19. This is to not only protect fellow league members, but to also protect the families of the hosts who have generously offered to open up their homes to this league. When signing up, please send proof of vaccination to:  buffalopinball@gmail.com. Acceptable proofs of vaccination include a photo/scan of your COVID-19 vaccination card or a screenshot of your Excelsior Pass. Your spot will not be secured until payment is made and proof of vaccination has been sent. 

Charity Stall Ball Tournament – Aug. 22

We’re excited to announce our first charity tournament for 2021, presented by Buffalo Pinball, Buffalo Pinball & Arcade Company, and Misuta Chow’s

This tournament will benefit Pinball EDU. Pinball EDU is a registered 501(c)(3) charity & their mission is to utilize pinball & other gaming for the social enrichment, skill development and education of kids and young adults.

When: Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Where: Misuta Chow’s, 521 Main St., Buffalo

Participation for this fast paced and fun “Stall Ball” tournament is limited to 20 spots, with a $25 entry fee. $20 of each entry fee collected will be donated to Pinball EDU, with $5 going to Buffalo Pinball & Arcade to cover the cost of the games (no additional money needed for the machines during the tournament).

We’ll be randomly giving away raffle tickets through Pinball.EDU in which participants will be entered into a pool of 250 raffle tickets to win a Stern Pinball machine.  The number of raffle tickets that we have to giveaway will depend on the number of tournament entrants, with a maximum of 10 raffle tickets if we have 20 participants.  One raffle ticket will be reserved for the winner of the tournament.   

Doors will open at 1 p.m., with competition starting at 1:30 p.m. We’ll play for 1 hour straight, followed by a 30 minute break, and then 1 additional hour of play. 

Get an early jump and secure your spot by sending payment via PayPal (“family and friends”) to: buffalopinball@gmail.com.

To learn how to play “Stall Ball,” check out this video:

See you there!

The Buffalo Pinball League is Returning


League members: Check the email address you used to register for the 2019-20 Buffalo Pinball League for info on finals and to register for the 2021-22 season!

Open registration for any remaining spots will begin on August 2. Join the mailing list to be notified.

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and we’re looking forward to getting back to flipping soon!

12 GAMES IN 12 HOURS #3 – Pinball Marathon on Twitch!

It’s back! After a four-year hiatus, the “12 GAMES IN 12 HOURS” marathon returns for round #3. Tune in for a day full of your favorite Buffalo Pinball streamers (well, except for Jay) and a bunch of great pinball machines.

Guns N’ Roses Pinball Gameplay Reveal – Live!

The Buffalo Pinball YouTube Channel is the place for your first look at live gameplay on Jersey Jack Pinball’s next chart-topping hit: Guns N’ Roses! Click the reminder button, then tune in live at 8 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 for all the action.

Hit “subscribe” and click the 🔔 bell icon to be notified when we go live!

Vote in the “Talk Pinball” Podcast Episode 50 Video Contest!

The entries are in and now it’s up to you to vote for your favorite video in the contest celebrating episode 50 of our podcast, “Bro, do you even talk pinball?”

We asked listeners to reimagine our intro song, “Double Super Jackpot” by Newish Star, by re-recording the music with a video in their own unique style. First up, big congratulations to KYLEBASA, who the bros selected as the Grand Prize Winner of a set of the brand new Neo PinStadiums! Here’s his video:

For everyone else, your votes will determine which of these amazing prizes they have a chance to win.

Viewer’s Choice Prizes:


Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Aug. 20, 2020.

Your entries are (in alphabetical order):



Glenn Waechter




See Also

A couple of the Bros even got in on the action! Here they are for fame and fun, not for prizes:



Evan Bingham also submitted the following remix after the contest deadline. Sharing it here for you to enjoy, even though it’s not eligible to win:

Thanks to everyone for sharing your talent and creativity and for helping us celebrate 50 episodes of the podcast!

Buffalo Pinball leagues and tournaments suspended due to COVID-19

Friends of Buffalo Pinball,

bplogoIn light of the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we are suspending all Buffalo Pinball leagues and tournaments until further notice. The health and safety of our community is priority No. 1, so we’re taking every precaution to minimize risk to you and those around you.

We realize that pinball is a great way to take your mind off the stress of the day, and understand that it is disappointing to not be able to get together, relax and play this game we all love.

In the meantime, we’ll still be streaming on Twitch, so if you want to hang out virtually we’ll see you in chat. No social distancing required!

Thank you for your support and we look forward to flipping together again soon.

Thank you,
Kevin, Nick, Summer, Jay and Jeff
Your Buffalo Pinball League Officials

2020 Charity Pinball Tournament

It’s time again for the annual Charity Pinball Tournament presented by Buffalo Pinball, Buffalo Pinball & Arcade Company, and Community Beer Works!

This year’s tournament will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns, local home of the Read with Reed83 Program by the Andre Reed Foundation!

When: March 7, 2020, from Noon to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Community Beer Works, 520 7th St., Buffalo, NY

Format: Participation for this fast paced and fun “Stall Ball” tournament is limited to 20 spots, with a $20 entry fee. 100% of the entry fees collected will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns!

Register: Get an early jump and secure your spot by sending payment via PayPal (“family and friends”) to: buffalopinball@gmail.com, or simply click here: https://www.paypal.me/buffalopinball


  • 1st place – $60 CBW Giftcard, pompom toque (winter hat in layman’s terms), CBW T-shirt, and YOUR NAME ON THE TROPHY!
  • 2nd place – $40 CBW Giftcard, CBW T-shirt
  • 3rd place – $20 CBW Giftcard, CBW T-Shirt

Additionally, CBW in conjunction with Buffalo Pinball and Arcade Company will be giving away random raffle prizes during the tournament which include:

  • $6 CBW Giftcards (4)
  • A CBW Pompom Toque (1)
  • CBW Stainless Steel Pintglasses (4)
  • $5 Payrange Credits (6)

Plus, enjoy a full service bar including award-winning local beer, craft cocktails, wine and cider, plus a kitchen pumping out savory pub favorites like burgers, fried pickles and totchos!

Tutorial: Never played stall ball? It’s easy! Here’s how: