Category Archives: Tournaments

The Mandalorian Launch Party Tournament – Aug. 27

Mandalorian launch party flyer.Tournament launch party for the new Mandalorian pinball! Exclamation marks!!

When: 5-9 p.m. on Aug. 27
Where: Community Beer Works, 520 7th St., Buffalo
Cost: $1 per entry (plus coin drop)

This will be a “Best Game” format on 3 games: Mandalorian, Munsters, and Data East Jurassic Park.

To enter, you need to play each of the three games, at least once, between 5 and 9 p.m. However, you can play the games multiple times in an effort to increase your score on each machine, which will move you up in the rankings, as you outscore other opponents.

Cost is $1 per entry (an entry is an attempt on the machine) plus the cost to coin-up each machine. This is an IFPA event. 100% of entries will go to the prize pool.

Top 6 in the standings at 9 p.m. will go on to the playoffs, with the top 2 qualifiers getting a bye straight to the finals. Playoffs will be players 3-6 playing one game on Mandalorian, with the top 2 from that group going to the finals, which will be one game on Mandalorian, vs the top 2 qualifiers from the qualifying round (5-9 p.m.)


Q: How much money should I bring?
A: At least $6 ($3 for 3 entries, since there’s 3 machines, and then $3 to coin-up each machine). It’s highly recommended to get multiple entries though, in an effort to increase your chances of having a “good” score.

Q: I suck at pinball, should I play?
A: You don’t have to be good at pinball to have fun, look at Jay Fairbrother!

Q: Do I need to show up right at 5 p.m.?
A: No! As long as you get at least 3 entries in before 9pm, you’re good. But, the earlier you come, the more time you have to get in multiple entries.

Q: When will this end?
A: Qualifying stops at 9 p.m., at which time playoffs will begin. Playoffs should be done by 10 p.m.

Q: Will the diverter on Mandalorian break during the tournament?
A: Almost assuredly.

Q: Seriously, I’m scared of tournaments because I’m new, should I come?
A: Do you like pinball? Do you like meeting new people? Then, yes, why not? Playing in tournaments is a good way to get better. Plus, you’ll be a world ranked pinball player by playing!

Charity Stall Ball Tournament – Aug. 22

We’re excited to announce our first charity tournament for 2021, presented by Buffalo Pinball, Buffalo Pinball & Arcade Company, and Misuta Chow’s

This tournament will benefit Pinball EDU. Pinball EDU is a registered 501(c)(3) charity & their mission is to utilize pinball & other gaming for the social enrichment, skill development and education of kids and young adults.

When: Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Where: Misuta Chow’s, 521 Main St., Buffalo

Participation for this fast paced and fun “Stall Ball” tournament is limited to 20 spots, with a $25 entry fee. $20 of each entry fee collected will be donated to Pinball EDU, with $5 going to Buffalo Pinball & Arcade to cover the cost of the games (no additional money needed for the machines during the tournament).

We’ll be randomly giving away raffle tickets through Pinball.EDU in which participants will be entered into a pool of 250 raffle tickets to win a Stern Pinball machine.  The number of raffle tickets that we have to giveaway will depend on the number of tournament entrants, with a maximum of 10 raffle tickets if we have 20 participants.  One raffle ticket will be reserved for the winner of the tournament.   

Doors will open at 1 p.m., with competition starting at 1:30 p.m. We’ll play for 1 hour straight, followed by a 30 minute break, and then 1 additional hour of play. 

Get an early jump and secure your spot by sending payment via PayPal (“family and friends”) to:

To learn how to play “Stall Ball,” check out this video:

See you there!

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

2020 Charity Pinball Tournament

It’s time again for the annual Charity Pinball Tournament presented by Buffalo Pinball, Buffalo Pinball & Arcade Company, and Community Beer Works!

This year’s tournament will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns, local home of the Read with Reed83 Program by the Andre Reed Foundation!

When: March 7, 2020, from Noon to 2:30 p.m.

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

Format: Participation for this fast paced and fun “Stall Ball” tournament is limited to 20 spots, with a $20 entry fee. 100% of the entry fees collected will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns!

Register: Get an early jump and secure your spot by sending payment via PayPal (“family and friends”) to:, or simply click here:


  • 1st place – $60 CBW Giftcard, pompom toque (winter hat in layman’s terms), CBW T-shirt, and YOUR NAME ON THE TROPHY!
  • 2nd place – $40 CBW Giftcard, CBW T-shirt
  • 3rd place – $20 CBW Giftcard, CBW T-Shirt

Additionally, CBW in conjunction with Buffalo Pinball and Arcade Company will be giving away random raffle prizes during the tournament which include:

  • $6 CBW Giftcards (4)
  • A CBW Pompom Toque (1)
  • CBW Stainless Steel Pintglasses (4)
  • $5 Payrange Credits (6)

Plus, enjoy a full service bar including award-winning local beer, craft cocktails, wine and cider, plus a kitchen pumping out savory pub favorites like burgers, fried pickles and totchos!

Tutorial: Never played stall ball? It’s easy! Here’s how:

Flip Frenzy Fridays at Resurgence

Join us for our series of monthly flip frenzy tournaments, held the first Friday of the month (dates subject to change due to holidays, etc).

Where: Resurgence Brewing Co., 1250 Niagara St., Buffalo

Cost: $5 to enter ($1 to IFPA).

Format: Guaranteed two hours of head-to-head play starting at 6:30 p.m. with no new games starting after 8:30 p.m. Win-loss record determines final standings (no playoffs) with tiebreakers if necessary. Prize payouts to the top 3, and WPPRtunities and good times for everyone. Click here for a description of the Flip Frenzy format.

Additional details available monthly in the Events tab of our Facebook Group. See you there!

Fall Brawl Tournament Flyer

Buffalo Pinball Fall Brawl 2019!

Come throw down at Resurgence on Niagara Street in a group match play pinball tournament for players of all skill levels!

Here’s the details:

When: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Where: Resurgence Brewing, 1250 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14213

Cost: $20 for A Division (for players IFPA ranked in the top 5,000)
$15 for B Division (all other players)

We have a generous anonymous donor who is willing to cover $10 of the entry fee for military veterans playing in this tournament. When submitting payment, please keep this discount in mind.

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**

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

Tournament Format: Group match play, limited to 20 players. 4.5 hours of regular play time, with finals following. Finals will start at 6:30 p.m. for the top 6 qualifiers.

Finals: Top 6 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.

Location Photos

Game Lineup (subject to change):

  • Iron Man
  • Ghostbusters pro
  • Monopoly
  • Black Knight Sword of Rage pro
  • Sopranos
  • Game of Thrones pro
  • Jurassic Park pro
PinDuos Flyer

PinDuos Summer Tournament Series

Grab a partner. Play pinball. Win big!

From May through September, Buffalo Pinball, along with Misuta Chow’s, will be running and hosting fun, casual pinball tournaments each month.

It’s simple: you and a partner have all month long, at your leisure, to play the machines located at Misuta Chow’s, in an attempt to qualify for the playoffs. There’s no entry fee to play in the tournaments, just the cost to coin-up the games.

Let’s break it down:

  1. There will be 5 games to play each month. Your team will need to play at least 3 out of those 5 games to be eligible for the playoffs. The more games you play, the better your chances are for winning the whole thing. Read on…
  2. Play those games, take a selfie with your score, and post to the Buffalo PinDuos Facebook Group, with your TEAM NAME each time you post your scores. Your face, the score and the tournament sign on the game must be clearly visible in your photo when posting.
  3. Play those games and post your scores as many times you want to improve your standings throughout the month.
  4. It doesn’t matter who from your team posts those scores or plays the games, as long as one of you does. Games played during qualifying can be played either solo or split flipper. If playing a multiplayer game, indicate which score is for your team when posting.
  5. Please post scores within 24 hours of having achieved those particular scores.
  6. After the end of the month, the top 6 teams will play in a “gauntlet style” split-flipper tournament, held the first Monday of the following month at 7pm. Finals will be at Misuta Chow’s.
  7. Gauntlet style: team 6 in the standings will play team 5 in the standings, in a 1 game flipper match. The winning team will then play team 4 in the standings. Winner of that will play team 3 in the standings and so on, until only one team is left standing. In other words, the better you do in qualifying during the month, the better chance you’ll have of winning the whole damn thing. The remaining top 3 teams will play best out of 3 matches.
  8. Misuta Chow’s and Buffalo Pinball and Arcade Company will be providing the following prizes:

1st Place: LIMELIGHT! Winning team will be immortalized on a plaque that will reside at Misuta Chow’s for all to gaze and marvel at your incredible pinball skills. You’ll also receive 2 $10 gift cards to Misuta Chow’s.

2nd Place: $6 Chow bucks

3rd Place: $2 Chow bucks

Additionally, 1 randomly chosen non-winning team will win 2 $5 PayRange credits each month. Be in it to win it!

Each month is a separate tournament. Play in all, or play in some, it’s up to you. You can even switch partners each month (but not during the month).

Black Knight Sword of Rage Launch Party 4/29

Stern has launched its latest game, Black Knight Sword of Rage, and we’re holding a launch party tournament to celebrate! Here’s the details:

When: Monday, April 29, 2019
7-10 p.m

Where: Community Beer Works, 520 7th Street, Buffalo, NY

Cost: $5/entry, plus coin drop.

Format: Enter as many times as you like, high score at the end of the night takes all!

NOTE: This launch party tournament is not for IFPA points, but our monthly three strikes tournament is happening at the same time, which is for IFPA points–so come on down and get double the tournament action!

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!


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


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 beginning at 8 p.m.


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


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


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).


  • 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”.