Category Archives: Tournaments

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.


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.


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.


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).


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

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

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.

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:

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?
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!


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:

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 (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:

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.