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Pinball Weekend 3 at CBW!

Once again, we’re teaming up with our friends at Community Beer Works for our third annual weekend of pinball and beer for a great cause.  Full details below (courtesy of CBW), or RSVP on the Facebook Event!

WHERE

Community Beer Works
520 7th St.
Buffalo, NY 14201

WATCH

On Thursday 3/7 Buffalo Pinball will broadcast a special episode of “Bro, Do You Even Pinball?” from our game room. The episode will feature Munsters, a table from the 2019 tournament. You can watch the livestream at www.twitch.tv/buffalopinball beginning at 8 p.m.

PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE

On Friday 3/8 and Saturday 3/9 we’re holding a special high-score selfie contest featuring a different pinball table from the tournament! Simply post a selfie showing your face, high-score, and selfie card in the frame to this event page (required). At the end of the weekend we’ll award prizes to the high-score champion from both Friday and Saturday.

  • Friday’s featured game: Munsters
  • Saturday’s featured game: Iron Maiden

CHARITY

Half of all the coins pumped into our pinball games from Thursday through Sunday will be donated to Read with Reed 83 from the Andre Reed Foundation. Plus, proceeds from every pint or four pack of Let’s Go Pils sold in our taproom will go toward the charity (so drink up). You can learn more about Read with Reed 83 at andrereedfoundation.org/readwithreed83.

TOURNAMENT

The Third Annual Charity Pinball Tournament will be held on Sunday 3/10. Qualifying rounds will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $1 donation to Read with Reed 83 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.

The featured games will be Munsters, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Game of Thrones. You need to play each machine at least once, but can keep playing them to try to improve your score.

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

Practice up on your pinball skills and get ready to join us every day for Pinball Weekend 3 at CBW! It’s all happening at 520 7th Street on Buffalo’s west side.

We said pinball 12 times in this post…no, 13 times!

New Monthly Tournaments at CBW!

Tournament Pinball MonthlyMonthly three strikes tournament the last Monday of every month at Community Beer Works. All skill levels welcome!

Note: Limited to 18 participants. Also: first timers receive 5 free PayRange credits. If you bring a friend that’s new, both you and your friend receive this

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

Dates:

  • Jan. 28, 2019
  • Feb. 25, 2019
  • March 25, 2019 NOTE: Cancelled this month
  • April 29, 2019

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

Cost: Entry fee is $10 for players ranked better than 5,000 in the IFPA standings or $5 for all other players. You will also have to pay for credits on the games.

Format: This will be a 3 strikes tournament.

Games will be one vs one.

Limited to 18 players. Sign up in person the day of the event at 6:45pm.

The top 3 players will receive cash prizes 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.

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

PUSH Buffalo Charity Pinball Tournament – 1/12/19

Have fun. Do good.

We’re proud to announce our first charity tournament of 2019 at the beautiful new Community Beer Works location! We’ll be raising money to support PUSH Buffalo. Their mission is to mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality, affordable housing; to expand local hiring opportunities; and to advance economic justice in Buffalo.

When: Jan. 12, 2019. Play your entries any time between noon and 7 p.m., playoffs will begin at 7.

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

Registration: Cost to enter is $20, 100% of which will go to PUSH Buffalo. You’ll also need money to coin-up the games, half of which will be donated to PUSH as well (thanks CBW!). No preregistration, just pay at the door on the day of the event.

Tournament format: This is a limited-entry, HERB-style tournament. There will be 5 games selected for the tournament. Players will be given 12 entries as part of their registration (you can not buy any more). Each time you play a game, you use an entry. You need to play all 5 games at least once. You can use your entries to try multiple times on the same game, in order to better your score.

Scoring for games will be 100, 90, 85, 84…etc.

Playoffs and finals: Top 6 players at 7 p.m. will head to the playoffs with top 2 getting byes to the finals. If we have 24 players or more, the top 10 will go to the playoffs, with the top 2 getting byes to the finals.

Playoff format will be PAPA style (3 games each round with 4,2,1,0 scoring).

This is an official IFPA tournament.

Buffalo Pinball Fall Brawl!

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

When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 at noon

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

GameON is Western New York’s best spot for gaming of all kinds, and features a full kitchen as well as a wide selection of beer, snacks and energy drinks.

 

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

Thanks to an anonymous donor and in honor of Veterans Day, any veteran who plays in the Fall Brawl will receive a $10 discount on their entry fee. If you’re a vet and already preregistered, let us know and we’ll refund $10 to you at the event.

Separate prize pool for B division players!

Please note:  tournament cost does not include cost to coin-up the games.

**Preregistration is HIGHLY encouraged as these tournaments typically sell out**

Win Prizes! Every registered player will be entered into a random drawing to win one of the following prizes (max 1 per player):

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  • One set of Pin Stadium lights or Orion’s Belt (winner’s choice) courtesy of Pin Stadium – A $300 value!

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  • 100 frosted sunlight LED bulbs, three t-shirts and one illuminated flipper button kit, courtesy of Comet Pinball. Total prize value: $135!

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  • A 100 ring kit (you pick the color) and a set of nut drivers courtesy of Titan Pinball. Total prize value: $112.45!

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  • Two (2) one-hour VR sessions for two people, and two (2) five-hour packs of gaming time and a 1/2lb burger, fries and drink, courtesy of GameOn LAN. Total prize value: $103!

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

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 each round with 4, 2, 1, 0 scoring.

This is an official IFPA tournament for WPPR points.

Game Lineup (subject to change):

  • Iron Maiden pro
  • Deadpool pro
  • Guardians of the Galaxy pro
  • Metallica pro
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (Stern)
  • Game of Thrones pro
  • Who Dunnit
  • Genie
  • Count-Down

GameOn Monthly Tournaments – Fall 2018

gameonfall18Note: first timers receive 5 free PayRange credits. If you bring a friend that’s new, both you and your friend receive this.

Monthly three strikes tournament the last Monday of every month at GameOn.

All skill levels welcome!

When: 7 p.m. on Sept. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 26 (The monthly is cancelled for November)

Starts at 7 p.m and should be done no later than 10:30 p.m. (that’s for the final players remaining).

Where: GameOn LAN, 3660 Delaware Ave., Kenmore

Format: Format will be a 3 strikes tournament.

We will do either:

1) 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.

or

2) games will be one vs one instead of groups of four. This will be decided on the day of the event.

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”.

Cost is $10 for players ranked better than 5,000 in the IFPA standings or $5 for all other players.

Pin Golf at GameOn – July 21!

pingolf2018Grab your polo shirts and plaid pants, it’s time for pin-golf!

When: 1 p.m. on July 21, 2018

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

Cost: Entry cost is $10, pay at the door. Games will still need to be coined up. 100% of entry will go to prizes.

Details: In this format, all players will play the same 9 pinball machines, trying to achieve a target score on each machine. The fewer balls it takes for you to achieve that target score, the better.

Top half of the players after 9 holes will go to a single elimination playoff. Seeding for playoffs will be determined by player position after the 9 hole qualifying portion.

There will be a “B” division for new players and players ranked 5,000+ (or unranked) in the IFPA. “B” players will compete against everyone else, but will have slightly easier target scores to hit on each machine.

Buffalo Pinball Stickers

One free sticker with every paid entry!

This is an IFPA tournament. Anyone who plays in it will receive World Ranking Pinball Points (WPPR). Mom and dad will be proud.

If you come out to this event, and it’s your first ever Buffalo Pinball event, you’ll get $5 in free PayRange credits. If you’re a regular and you bring a friend that’s new, you’ll both get $5 in free PayRange credits.

PLUS: Every registered player will get a FREE Buffalo Pinball skull sticker, just for playing!

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 CANCELLED
  • 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”.