Category Archives: League

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

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Join the 2019-20 Buffalo Pinball League

UPDATE: League is FULL! See everyone in September!

Signups are now open for the 2019-20 Buffalo Pinball League—our longest-running competitive pinball event!

The league meets in collector’s homes once a month (on the third Saturday with minor exceptions), from Sept. through April. Playoffs will be held in May. League nights begin with practice at 5 p.m. and league play beginning promptly at 6 p.m.

Open spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until all 26 spots are filled. Anyone who registers beyond that limit will be issued a refund, put on a waitlist in case someone else drops out, and will be added in the order received.

To register: send $30 via PayPal or Venmo to: jayfair416@gmail.com. Please use the “Friends and Family” option when sending your registration payment.

See the League Rules page for details on how it all works. Here’s the full schedule for the upcoming season:

  1. Sept. 21 – Host: Kevin Manne
  2. Oct. 19 – Hosts: Dean and Sharon Zimpfer
  3. Nov. 16 – Hosts: Nick Lane and Martha Donovan
  4. Dec. 7 – Hosts: Dean and Sharon Zimpfer
  5. Jan. 18 – Host: Mark Nagy
  6. Feb. 15 – Hosts: Nick Lane and Martha Donovan
  7. March 21 – Host: Mark Nagy
  8. April 18 – Host: Kevin Manne
  9. (FINALS) May 16 – Host: TBD

Thanks and see you all soon!

New pinball league at Misuta Chow’s!

Misuta Chow's League PosterWe’re stoked to kick off a brand new, casual pinball league at one of the hottest spots in Buffalo, Misuta Chow’s! Here’s the info:

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

When: 6-10 p.m. on Sept 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 (show up at any time to play the three games for the month)

How it works: Intended to be a casual league, just show up any time between 6-10 p.m. to play the three games selected for that month.

Each player will have two attempts per machine with their highest score counting towards that month’s standings. Scores will be ranked using linear scoring (100, 99, 98, 97, 96…and so on)

Overall standings will be tabulated after each meetup and used to determine final playoff seedings (best three months out of four).

Cost is $5 to enter each month (+ coindrop) and the top three players of each month will be paid out accordingly (percentage of overall entry fees):

  • 3-7 players: 50/40/10
  • 8-12 players: 40/30/20/10
  • 13-16 players: 30/25/15/15/10 + 5 paid to a random winner
  • 17+ players 25/22/18/15/10/5 + 5 paid to a random winner

Note: $5 each month + $1 collected only ONCE per season for IFPA submission

To encourage new players to come out and give pinball a try, there will be a random award (Miusta Chow’s ‘swag’/bar tab) given away.

All rules and other pertinent information (standings, rules, etc.) about the league are available on the new Misuta Chow’s League page.

New member signups now open for the 2016-17 Buffalo Pinball League

UPDATE: League is now full. See you in September!

Signups are now open to all new members for the 2016-17 Buffalo Pinball League. Open spots will be filled on a first-come, first served basis until all 26 spots are filled. Anyone who registers beyond that limit will be issued a refund, put on a waitlist in case someone else drops out, and will be added in the order received.

To register: send $30 via PayPal to: jayfair416@gmail.com. Please use the “Friends and Family” option when sending your registration payment.

The league meets in collector’s homes from once a month (on the third Saturday with minor exceptions), from Sept. through April. Playoffs will be held in May. League format will be the same as last season, with modification to the points for the second half of the season.

2016-17 Buffalo Pinball League signups now open

Signups are now open to the 2016-17 Buffalo Pinball League for EXISTING members in good standing. Good standing means that you missed three or fewer league nights during the 2015-16 season.

To register: send $30 via PayPal to: jayfair416@gmail.com. Cost for hosts is only $10. Please use the “Friends and Family” option when sending your registration payment.

The league meets in collector’s homes from once a month (on the third Saturday with minor exceptions), from Sept. through April. Playoffs will be held in May. League format will be the same as last season, with modification to the points for the second half of the season;

Signups for new members will start on Sunday, July 24 at Noon for any available slots.

Selfie League moves to McKinley Mall for June!

selfieleague-juneWe’re showing some support to another location that has recently cropped up with a nice group of games by taking our Selfie League to World Hollywood Entertainment in the McKinley Mall for the month of June.

Location
World Hollywood Entertainment
Inside the McKinley Mall
3701 McKinley Pkwy #830, Buffalo, NY 14219

Hours
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Games
This month we’ll be playing four games (instead of the usual six):  Spider-Man (vault edition), Iron Man, Star Trek (pro) and the Walking Dead (pro)

Prizes
World Hollywood Entertainment has generously donated gift certificates of $30, $20 and $10 to their store as prizes for the month!

How to play
It’s easy and anyone can participate! Here’s how:

  1. Play a machine that’s part of the monthly tournament (they’ll be marked with a “Selfie Tournament Game” sign)
  2. Take a selfie of you and the score you earned on that machine
  3. Upload your “selfie score” photo to the Buffalo Pinball Selfie League Facebook group

Nick Lane, Dave Bentivegna top 2015-16 Buffalo Pinball League

After nine months and 53 games of competitive pinball, we finally have our top finishers for the 2015–16 Buffalo Pinball League:

A Division

  1. Nick Lane
  2. Eric Russell
  3. Bruce Nightingale
  4. Kevin Manne


B Division

  1. Dave Bentivegna
  2. Martha “Pushy Galore” Donovan
  3. Greg Sisti
  4. Doug Heerdt

This is the league’s third successful sold out season. Twenty six players competed in the league from September 2015 – April 2016, with playoffs in May. The league meets in a mix of some of the best private collections in Buffalo, NY, as well as on location at Pocketeer Billiards.

We livestreamed the finals on Twitch, here’s the archives on YouTube where you can see how it all went down:

A Division Finals

B Division Finals

Consolation Round

Signups will be in June for current league members in good standing who wish to participate in the 2016–17 season, and new players will have the chance to register for any open slots on a first-come, first-served basis in July. Sign up for our newsletter to be updated when signups will go live.

Hope to see you next season!

Buffalo Pinball League: Top Four 2015-16 Season Finalists and Final Standings

The regular season of the 2015-16 Buffalo Pinball League is complete! The top four finishers in each division are:

A Division
1. Bruce Nightingale
2. Nick Lane
3. Eric Russell
4. Kevin Manne

B Division
1. Doug Heerdt
2. Greg Sisti
3. David Bentivegna
4. Martha Donovan

These eight players will advance to finals, to be held Saturday, May 14. Practice will begin at 5 p.m. and play will begin at 6 p.m. as usual. Location is still to be determined.

During finals, there will be a side tournament for all 2015-16 league members who didn’t make the playoffs. The top finisher of the side tournament will earn FREE ENTRY into next year’s league!

Complete final standings for the season are available on the Standings page. Thanks to everyone for a great season!

Registration is now open for the 2015-16 Buffalo Pinball League

UPDATE: The league is officially FULL. See you in September!

If you didn’t make it in, don’t fret – watch for details soon regarding the new Buffalo Pinball Team League.


Sign up today for your spot in the next season of the Buffalo Pinball League! To secure your spot, send $30 via PayPal to Phillipshubert@gmail.com. Please use the “friends and family” option to avoid fees.

The league runs from September through April on the 3rd Saturday of every month with playoffs and a consolation tournament in May. Play beings at 5 p.m. each league night.

To learn more about Buffalo Pinball and the league, check out some frequently asked questions.

Ladies League 2015 Final Results

TBuffalo Pinball Ladies League 2015he Ladies League wrapped up its first successful season Monday night. We played Golden Eye, Avengers, World Cup Soccer, and Terminator.

As you may recall, the spot for second place was a tight race. Emily managed to break away from the pack and turn her 2 point lead into a solid 6 point gap! Lauren also came up from behind and finished just 1 point out of third place.

We had 3 new league night members and a (male) French exchange student, who did not factor into the over all standings, but we calculated his scores since he came all the way from France for the event. Congrats to all the ladies and we hope lots of you will come out for the Buffalo Pinball League or Buffalo Pinball Team League this fall!

League Night #4 standings:

  1. Martha 38
  2. Peggy 34
  3. Lauren 32
  4. Emily 31
  5. Cheryl 29
  6. Kat 29
  7. Laura 27
  8. Ellen 26
    (Martin 24)
  9. Amanda 23
  10. Janine 21
  11. Nehal 19

Final Season #1 Standings:

  1. Martha 114
  2. Emily 88
  3. Laura 82
  4. Lauren 81
  5. Cheryl 72
  6. Peggy 49
  7. Janine 42
  8. Nehal 37
  9. Kat 29
  10. Rupal 28
  11. Ellen 26
  12. Amanda 23

-Martha