Category Archives: Tournaments

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 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.

Dialed In Launch Party Tournament Sept. 1

Join us for a launch party tournament for Jersey Jack Pinball’s latest game, Dialed In!

When: Sept. 1, 2017, 7-11 p.m.

Where: Pocketeer Billiards and Bar, 2444 Clinton St., Buffalo

Registration: $5 at the door for unlimited entries, then just pay to play the game each time. No preregistration.

Playoffs: Begin at 11 p.m. Top 6 qualifiers advance with a top 2 getting a bye to finals. Each round will consist of one game on Dialed In.

GameOn Inaugural Pinball Tournament

gameonWe’re hosting a Herb-style, best game tournament at GameOn!

All skill levels are welcome as we’ll specifically have a prize pool for beginner players (players that are unraked or ranked 5,000+).

Format: Players will compete on four machines throughout the day, with unlimied entries. Your score on each machine will be compared to everyone else’s score on that particular machine. You can play as many times as you want during the qualifying period (Noon – 4pm). You can submitt entries at any time during that qualifying period.

The top 6 players will head to the playoffs which start at 4:30pm. Top 2 qualifiers get byes to the finals. Playoffs and finals will be played on 3 machines each, with 4, 2, 1, 0 scoring. Top qualifier picks all 3 machines in each group and starting order of play (after the first game, last place player gets to choose player order, and so on).

When: Sunday, Aug. 13 at Noon

Where: GameOn LAN, 3660 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

Cost: $10 to register plus the cost to coin-up each machine.

**Limited to 24 players**

Registration: To secure your spot, send $10 via PayPal to:

All money will be paid out in cash prizes minus the cost of trophies.

Buffalo Pinball Summer Open ’17 – A PAPA Circuit Event

A PAPA Circuit Major!

AUGUST 18-20, 2017

We’re bringing the PAPA Circuit back to Buffalo! At the Buffalo Pinball Summer Open ’17, players will compete for cash prizes, trophies, points toward the annual PAPA Circuit standings and World Pinball Player Ranking points in this IFPA-endorsed event.

This year’s event has been designated as a major, offering additional circuit points to players. The tournaments are open to all people of all skill levels.

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).

For more information, including registration, schedule, hotel and travel information and more, visit

“Critical Hit” Pinball Tournament, July 15

chBoxBuffalo Pinball presents our first Critical Hit format pinball tournament! Designed by Karl DeAngelo, Critical Hit is a card-based, match play pinball tournament where players earn “spell cards” that grant them special powers. Some examples:

  • Confusion – Change you group’s selected game to one of your choosing.
  • Darkness – Play entire game with score displays covered.
  • Forbiddance – Swap a specific player from your group with a random player from a different group.

When: July 15, 2017
Doors open at noon, tournament begins at 1 p.m.

Where: Corfu, NY (address will be sent to registered players)

To register: Send $20 via PayPal to Send as “friends and family” and note that it is for registration for the Critical Hit tournament. If registering for more than one person, please send names of all registrants with payment. No refunds will be given after July 1. Registration is limited to 16 players.

Ten percent of registration fees will go to the house for game maintenance/repair, the rest will go to tournament prizes and trophies.

Tournament Format: Placed into random groups of 4 (sometimes 3) the bottom two players after each game will receive a strike. In the case of a 3 player group, only the 3rd place player will receive a strike. Games and positions will be selected via D20 roll with a Critical Hit earning both game and position selections. Only open games can be chosen, no waiting for games. Players are eliminated from the tournament once they receive 3 strikes.

Note: The standard “phase one” of a Critical Hit tournament will be skipped. Instead, cards will be dealt at random at the outset of the tournament. Players ranked in the top 3,000 in IFPA rank will receive three cards, players outside the top 3,000 will receive four.

The Buffalo Pinball League rules will be used for any necessary rulings.

Tentative Game List

  • Ghostbusters pro
  • Tron Legacy pro
  • Swords of Fury
  • Doctor Who
  • The Addams Family
  • Space Shuttle
  • Vector
  • Revenge from Mars
  • Jack-Bot
  • Viking

The SilverBall Cycl-O-Rama Tournament: May 20

SilverBall-Cycl-o-ramaThe Buffalo Pinball SilverBall Cycl-o-rama is a 10 mile bike tour and pinball tournament. The route stops at several local breweries/bars/restaurants with on location pinball machines.

While biking is not required, it is encouraged.

Qualifying begins at noon and runs until 5:30. Playoffs start at 6:30 at Community Beer Works (CBW). There will be two skill-level divisions–a competitive “A” division and a casual “B” division.

Top 5 finishers in each division will receive a growler fill on behalf of Buffalo Pinball and our partner CBW.

To register: Registration is limited to 30 people and is accomplished by sending $10 via PayPal to Please send as “friends and family.” If registering for more than one person, please send names of all registrants with payment.

Event score sheet: Download here

Buffalo Pinball Open 2017

The 5th annual Buffalo Pinball Open will take place on Saturday, April 29. Doors at Noon and starts at 1 p.m. Four hours of match play. Limited to 26 people. Private residence in Tonawanda (address will be sent when you sign up). Top six make the playoffs.

To register, send $20 to:       SOLD OUT!

20% of registration goes to the house. No refunds will be given after April 15.

Important: When sending via PayPal, please state what this is for and send as FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Save the Date: Buffalo Pinball Summer Open, Aug. 18-20, 2017

A PAPA Circuit Major – Save the Date!

AUGUST 18-20, 2017

PAPA-CircuitEvent1We’re bringing the PAPA Circuit to Buffalo! At the Buffalo Pinball Summer Open 2017, players will compete for cash prizes, trophies, points toward the annual PAPA Circuit standings and World Pinball Player Ranking points in this IFPA-endorsed event.

Event Information – COMING SOON!

About the PAPA Circuit

From PAPA, the Professional and Amateur Pinball Association: The purpose of the PAPA Circuit is to raise the awareness of competitive pinball by showcasing high-level tournaments and associated events. PAPA believes by supporting the highest caliber of events and helping share information between them, we will create a positive working environment wherein all events improve and newcomers will feel safe in spending the time and money necessary to attend. Where one succeeds, others can learn from those successes and improve.

Announcing: The Turdament! Pinball Tournament March 4

turdament2017Buffalo Pinball is thrilled to announce “The Turdament,” a match play pinball tournament featuring some of your favorite pinball machines, including:

  • Avaturd
  • Avengers
  • Big Buck Hunturd
  • Breakshot
  • Fireball Classic
  • Gilligans Island
  • Goldeneye
  • Hook
  • Independence Day
  • Rollercoasturd Tycoon
  • South Park
  • Wrestlemania
    …and many more!

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Registration: 11 a.m. Tournament Start: Noon

Where: Pocketeer Billiards and Bar, 2444 Clinton Street, Buffalo, NY

Two Skill Divisions:

  • A Division: Four hours of 4-player match play. Top 10 advance to playoffs, top 2 get a bye to finals. (40 players max.). Playoffs and finals are 3 games with 4, 2, 1, 0 scoring. Trophies for top three finishers, cash payouts to top three (minimum). Open to all players.
  • B Division: Two hours of 4-player match play, no playoffs unless there’s a tie (20 players max.) Trophy for the top finisher, cash payout to top three (minimum). Players ranked 4,000 or better in the IFPA are not eligible for B division.

To Register: Send $15 for A division or $5 for B Division via PayPal to No refunds on preregistrations after Feb. 15.

Update 2/9/17: Just Added!