Category Archives: Tournaments

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.

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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?
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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.

Fiesta Forever Winter Pinball Tournament – Jan. 19 @ GameOn!

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Three strikes tournament! All skill levels welcome! Open to all! Exclamation points!

When: 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2018

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

Format: 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. In groups of 3, players that finish 2nd and 3rd will get a strike. Once a player receives 3 strikes, they are eliminated from the tournament.

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

Limited to 32 players. Pre-register before Dec. 31 to secure a spot.

There will be a prize pool for “A” players and a prize pool for “B” players.  Top 3 in A and B will be paid out.

“A” and “B” players will face off against each other – there’s no separate matches, just separate prize pools.

  • A player:  Ranked between 1 – 4,999 in the IFPA
  • B player:  Ranked 5,000+ in IFPA, or unranked

After the tournament, you’re welcome to stay and play pinball all night long (all night).

Cost/Registration: $10 if you register by Dec. 31.  To do so, send via PayPal (family and friends, otherwise it will be sent back to you) to:  buffalopinball@gmail.com

After Dec. 31, the cost is $15 and can only register in person the day of the event.

Fall Brawl Pinball Tournament – Nov. 12!

Come throw down at GameOn in a group match play pinball tournament for players of all skill levels! Here’s the details:

When: Nov. 12, 2017 at noon

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

Cost: $15 for A Division (for players IFPA ranked in the top 5,000)
$10 for B Division (all other players)

Register: Send payment via PayPal to buffalopinball@gmail.com (please send as “friends and family”)

Tournament Format: Group match play, limited to 32 players. 4.5 hours of regular play time, with finals following.

Finals: Top 10 will advance to playoffs, with the top 2 getting byes straight to the finals. Playoffs/finals are 3 games with 4, 2, 1, 0 scoring.

For a current game list, visit: https://pinballmap.com/buffalo/?by_location_id=8646

Monthly Three-Strikes Tournaments at GameOn LAN!

In celebration of pinball now at GameOn LAN, Buffalo Pinball will be hosting monthly three-strikes tournaments the last Monday of every month. Here’s the details:

  • Dates Sept. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 27, Dec. 18 (moved up to not conflict with Christmas)
  • All skill levels welcome!
  • Location: GameOn LAN, 3660 Delaware Ave, Kenmore, NY 14217
  • Starts at 7:30 p.m. and should be done no later than 10:30 p.m. (that’s for the final players remaining).
  • Format will be a three-strikes tournament. Groups of four 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 three strikes, they are eliminated from the tournament.
  • Limited to 32 players. Sign up in person the day of the event.
  • Top three players will be paid out if the field is 30 or less players. If it’s 30+ players, top five will be paid out.
  • Cost is $10 for players ranked better than 5,000 in the IFPA standings or $5 for all other players.

Buffalo Pinball Presents “Winter is Coming: A FREE* Team Pinball Bike Adventure”

What: A Game of Thrones-inspired free* team pingolf tournament. Starting in the warm southern region, Houses consisting of two people will travel north to The Wall to compete for the spoils of war. Form an alliance with someone and join in for one last ride before the Long Winter. A friend? Great! You and your nephew or aunt? Uhhh… weird? But alright. Brother and sister… holy hell. Sure. It’s fine. This is all fine. Limited to 24 players, so sign up quick!

*No entry/registration fee. You still have to put gold in the machines.

When: Riverworks starting Sept. 30 at 12:15 p.m., with playoffs scheduled to start at 6 p.m. We anticipate time for dinner between the event and playoffs and will adjust as needed.

Where: Various locations around Buffalo, including but subject to change:

  • Riverworks
  • Lafayette Tap Room
  • Electric Ave.
  • District Barber Shop

Playoffs and the optional Consolation Tournament will be held at GameOn LAN on Delaware Ave. in Tonawanda.

Format: Team Pingolf. Participants will play in teams of two on at least nine machines (holes), with two teams playing on a machine. Target scores will be set for each hole and each player’s score will be determined by the number of balls needed to reach it:

  • Ball one: 1 stroke
  • Ball two: 2 strokes
  • Ball three: 3 strokes
  • If target score isn’t reached: 4 strokes

Team score is the sum of both player’s scores. Nine holes will be added up for the course score, with low scores winning.

Playoffs will be a three game round between the top two teams, with one game each of doubles, split flipper and a relay race. Teams who don’t make playoffs can participate in a consolation tournament which will be a two strike elimination team format. Winners of both tournaments will receive trophies and/or other awards.

Registration: Send your House Name (team name) and individual player names to Robert.J.Metzler@gmail.com. Limited to 12 teams (24 people) and we will maintain a waitlist if needed. If you sign up and then realize you can’t make it, please let us know so we can give someone else your spot.

Bike Options: Biking is not required but adds a lot of fun to the event. Routes will be suggested when they are finalized but you can choose your own adventure based on the following:

  • Advanced: Park near GameOn Lan in Tonawanda and bike the entire trip. That will be about 20 miles broken up, with a lot of bike path along the way. We would suggest you bike down to Riverworks by 11 AM to make sure you have ample time.
  • Easier: Park centrally to the stops along the route and then drive up to GameOn afterwards. This should be about 5 miles tops. Also, the Consolation Tournament is optional, so if you just want to play with some friends and take off afterwards, that’s cool too.

Bikes can be rented from Reddy Bike but they are not provided by Buffalo Pinball and do not have any locations near GameOn to drop off, so keep that in mind.

If the weather is going to be terrible that day, we will determine the best course of action forward and let everyone know.

Fine Print:

  • IFPA players ranked in the top 1,500 cannot be on a team together.
  • Coin drop (cost of the game on location) is not free. They are between $.50 and $1
  • Locations and games are subject to change.
  • Because this is a team event, this is not an IFPA tournament. No magic pinball points.