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GameOn Monthly Three Strikes – Now FREE Entry for New Players!

threestrikes-mayWant to give competitive pinball a try? Check out one of our monthly three strikes tournaments — entry is now FREE for new players! All skill levels welcome!

When: Play begins at 7 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 29
  • Monday, June 25
  • Monday, July 30
  • Monday, Aug. 27

Where:GameOn LAN, 3660 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY

Cost: In addition to the cost to play the games for the night (usually $1/game), tournament entry is $10 for players in the top 5,000 in the IFPA standings or $5 for all other players. NEW: No entry fee for new players!

Details:

Starts at 7 p.m. and should be done no later than 10 p.m. (that’s for the final players remaining).

Format will be a 3 strikes tournament. Groups of 4 will be assigned a random game each round, with the players finishing in 3rd and 4th place each receiving a strike. Once a player receives 3 strikes, they are eliminated from the tournament.

If there’s less than 14 – 16 players, it’s possible games will be one vs one instead of groups of four.

Limited to 32 players. Sign up in person the day of the event.

Top 3 players will be paid out if the field is 30 or less players. If it’s 30+ players, top 5 will be paid out.

Payouts for less than 30 players will be as follows:

1st = 50%
2nd = 30%
The highest finisher that is IFPA ranked between 5,000-99,999 (or unranked) = 20%

**Note: A fee of $1 per player will be deducted from the prize pool in order to pay the IFPA’s new fee structure for official tournaments**

Note: If a player that is ranked between 5,000-99,999 (or unranked) finishes 1st or 2nd, they will receive only 50% or 30%, depending on finish. They will not receive the 20% as well. The 20% prize will go to the next highest finisher in that ranking bracket that’s not in 1st or 2nd overall.

For 30 – 32 players:

1st = 40%
2nd = 30%
3rd = 20%
The highest finisher that is ranked between 5,000 – 99,999 (or unranked) = 10%

Note: If a player that is ranked between 5,000-99,999 (or unranked) finishes 1st, 2nd or 3rd, they will receive only 40%. 30% or 20%, depending on finish. They will not receive the 10% as well. The 10% prize will go to the next highest finisher in that ranking bracket that’s not in 1st, 2nd or 3rd overall.

This payoff structure is to encourage newer players and guarantee that at least one new player will be “in the money”.

Split Flipper Charity Pinball Tournament April 28

splitflipperTeam pinball, charity, and beer. Need I say more?

My attorney would say yes, yes I do.

We’re doing our first ever split flipper tournament! And best of all, it’s to support the Path of Play charity: www.pathofplay.com

Here’s the scoop: You and a partner form a team. That team will battle other teams (12 total), in a winner take all split flipper battle royale. Format will be five strikes and we’ll play in groups of four teams per machine.

When: Sat. April 28, 2 p.m.

Where: Flying Bison Brewing Co., 840 Seneca St., Buffalo

Register: The cost is $20 per team. To register, please send that via PayPal to: buffalopinball@gmail.com Make sure to include your team name and team members. If it’s not sent via “family and friends”, it will be returned and you won’t be registered until you do so.

Games will be on coin-drop per usual.

This is limited to only 12 teams, so sign up before it sells out.

Prizes! 50 percent of the registration will go to Path of Play, while the other 50 percent will be paid out to the winning team.

In addition, every registered player will have a chance to win an Aerosmith pinball translite (it’s the awesome Dirty Donny back box artwork panel from a real pinball machine) from Stern Pinball, as well as Buffalo Pinball stickers and lapel pins!

 

Community Beer Works Pinball Weekend March 8-11

We’re stoked to partner up with Community Beer Works for the return of the Pinball Weekend to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns!

March 8-11
Community Beer Works, 15 Lafayette Ave., Buffalo, NY

All the info is over on the CBW Facebook Event listing, but here’s a rundown. Stop down and join us for a fun event to benefit a great cause!

We have a thing for beer. We have a thing for pinball. We have a thing for being charitable. We have a thing for doing something more than once.

PINBALL

We’re brining back CBW Pinball Weekend for a second year! All weekend we’ll have several machines here for your pinball enjoyment, courtesy of Buffalo Pinball & Arcade Company.

BEER

On Friday 3/9, we’re brining back Rage Tilt APA, an easy drinking 5.5% ABV American pale ale made with Amarillo, Galaxy, and Azacca hops with lots of tropical fruits and citrus meant for knockin’ the chrome balls around.

CHARITY

Half of all the coins pumped into our pinball games will be donated to The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns. Additionally, $1 of each pint you purchase over the weekend will go toward the charity (so drink up).

TOURNAMENT

Fancy yourself good at pinball? Tournament good? We’ll be holding another pinball tournament…but first, practice:

On Saturday 3/10, Buffalo Pinball will hold 30 minute training sessions from 2-6pm to help you get ready for the tournament. Sessions are included with a $5 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns. Each 30-minute session will include three people. Simply come to the brewery if you don’t mind having a pint while you wait for the next open session, or message us here if you’d like to sign up for a specific session ahead of time.

On Sunday 3/11 we’ll have our Second Annual Charity Pinball Tournament. Qualifying rounds will be held from 11am-4pm. A $1 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns gets you one registration into the tournament—you can try more than once! For each attempt, you’ll receive a raffle ticket to win prizes. There will be three machines to qualify on. You need to play each machine at least once, but can keep playing them to try to improve your score.

Playoffs start promptly at 4pm for the top six qualifiers, with the top two getting byes straight to the finals. Playoffs will be two rounds, one game each round.

We’ll post here about the specific games and prizes, as well as other goodies being featured that weekend (like tasty new beer releases). Until then, practice up on your pinball skills and get ready to join us every day for Pinball Weekend 2 at CBW!

 

The Buffalo Pinball Summer Open ’18 – A Stern Pro Circuit Event

AUGUST 17-19, 2018
SANDY BEACH YACHT CLUB
1841 WINTER RD., GRAND ISLAND, NY

At the Buffalo Pinball Summer Open ’18, players will compete for cash prizes, trophies, World Pinball Player Ranking points and qualification toward the Stern Pro Circuit Final in this IFPA-endorsed event.

The event will consist of three tournaments: A single, main tournament (qualifying Friday and Saturday, finals Sunday) and two classics tournaments (one Friday, one Saturday). The tournaments are open to players of all skill levels.

On the shore of the Niagara River, the Sandy Beach Yacht Club will provide a one-of-a-kind setting for this year’s tournament — just five miles from the brink of Niagara Falls.

To learn more and register, visit http://www.buffalopinball.com/summeropen

About the Stern Pro Circuit

From the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA): The Stern Pro Circuit (SPC), presented by the Replay Foundation and IFPA, is a series of 20 high-level pinball tournaments held throughout each season, starting with the 2018 season. We will be tracking the WPPR performance by players in these events, with the top 40 qualifiers being invited to the Stern Pro Circuit Final held in Chicago, IL.

Register for the Spring 2018 Buffalo Pinball Team League

UPDATE: Team League is officially full! See you in February!

It’s that time again! The spring 2018 Buffalo Pinball Team League will kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 7. This is a casual, self-officiating league that will run for eight weeks. Teams will be composed of 4-6 players.

This is a traveling league around the greater Buffalo area.  Each team will select a “home” location, where they will play at least three of their matches during the season. Locations need a minimum of three pinball machines, and the following locations are available for a team to choose (number denotes max number of teams that can choose that location):

  1. GameOn LAN:  3 teams
    3660 Delaware Ave., Tonawanda
    Claimed by: Glass Off All Stars, Double Danger Zone, Skill Shot Sharks
  2. Buffalo Riverworks:  3 teams
    359 Ganson St., Buffalo
  3. Misuta Chows*:  2 teams
    521 Main St., Buffalo
    Claimed by: Pin Brawlers, 4V2C
  4. Lafayette Brewing Company:  1 team
    391 Washington St., Buffalo
  5. Electric Ave.:  1 team
    300 Ellicott St., Buffalo
  6. Thin Man Brewery:  1 team
    492 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
    Claimed by: Pin Pin Ain’t Easy

*Misuta Chows is expected to open in February/March. If it’s not open at the the start of league, teams that choose this location will be randomly assigned to other locations until Misuta Chows opens.

Location selection is determined by a first-come, first-served basis.  In other words, register your team and select your location as soon as possible to secure your ideal spot.

The league is limited to 10 teams, and needs an even number to run.  For example, if we only get 9 teams, then the last team that registered (the 9th team), would be out and it would be an 8 team season.

This league is free, minus the money to coin-up the machines.

To register, please email kaydeross716@gmail.com with your team name, captain, players, and preferred team location by Feb. 1.

For additional rules, please see:  https://buffalopinball.com/league/team-league-rules/

Buffalo Women’s Pinball: January 2018

bwpjanAll are welcome! Join us on 1/27/18 for our monthly IFPA Buffalo Women’s Pinball event.

This month will be held at GameOn LAN, 3660 Delaware Ave, Kenmore, NY. They may not serve alcohol but they serve up one hell of a burger! (Highly recommended)

$3 + $ for games

2 hours of Match Play- Groups of 4 (3 when necessary). Game play starts at 12pm, playoffs start at 2:15pm.

New to 2018: $1 paid to IFPA per player. The remaining money will go to prizes.

For 15 players or greater:
1st: 50%
2nd: 30%
3rd: 20%

For less than 15 players:
Winner takes all

We follow the rules posted on: www.buffalopinball.com

Buffalo Women’s Pinball: The Holiday Silverball Crawl

December 30…the day before New Year’s Eve…in the afternoon….what else are you going to do?
bwp-holiday-silverball-crawl
Join other women in a multi-brewery pinball tournament – it’s just $2 to enter plus coin drop.

The tournament will start promptly at 1 p.m. at Community Beer Works and we’ll travel to other locations in the following order:

Community Beer Works – 15 Lafayette Ave, Buffalo, NY
Buffalo RiverWorks – 359 Ganson St, Buffalo, NY
Thin Man Brewery – 492 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY
Resurgence Brewery – 1250 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY

The event will start/end adjacent from each other to promote carpooling and safe driving.

We will play 9 machines: your best 7 of 9 games will count. No playoffs. Tie breaker if necessary.

More than 15 players:

  • 1st Place: 50%
  • 2nd Place: 30%
  • 3rd Place: 20%

Less than 15 players: Winner takes all!

This event is IFPA endorsed and the results will apply to your IFPA Women’s World Pinball Ranking.