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To preregister for the Buffalo Pinball Summer Open, send $25 via PayPal to by July 31 (please send as friends/family and note that it is for the Buffalo Pinball Summer Open. If registering for more than one person, please send names of all registrants with payment).

By preregistering, you’ll get you five complimentary tournament entries and will help us better plan for the proper number of players.

The tournaments are open to players of all skill levels, and there is no limit to the number of players for the main or classics tournaments.


After July 31, you’ll be able to register at the door but won’t get the complimentary tournament entries.

100% of entry money will go to prize payouts and trophies (see entry “Entry Cost” below for more details). Registration/preregistration money is nonrefundable and will go to Buffalo Pinball, PAPA, and the IFPA.

Early check-in

New for 2018: Avoid the long line on Friday morning and register/check in for the tournament early! Come to the Sandy Beach Yacht Club on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 9-11 p.m. to register and check-in (if you haven’t preregistered) or get checked in (if you preregistered). Then, just show up Friday morning and start playing! (NOTE: Queues will be cleared at 9:59 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, so don’t bother queueing up for any games early 🙂

Entry cost

During the tournament, entries will cost $1 each, plus a fee of $1 to coin-up the machine, which will be charged when each entry is purchased. In other words, instead of coining up the machine, it will be set to free play, and the $1 cost to coin-up will be deducted when each entry is purchased. As in years past, the $1 fee for machine will go to the operator. Additional funds will be added to the main prize pool thanks to Domino’s.

The cost is the same it has been for the past two years. By taking out the cost to coin-up the machine at the time an entry is purchased, players and tournament directors won’t be slowed down by coin/dollar jams, and players won’t have to have extra cash on hand to add the credits to games.

NOTE: There will be no credit card capabilities at the bar or for tournament entries. There will be an ATM on site to get cash.

Also, thanks to event sponsors Comet Pinball and Pin Stadium, we are now able to offer a prize pool for the top three “B” and “C” players in the main tournament. Here’s how it will work: there’s still one main tournament that everyone will play in. Players who are IFPA ranked 500-999 are considered “B” players. Players ranked 1,000+ are considered “C.” The top three players in both “B” and “C” that do not make the playoffs for the main tournament will receive money from this prize pool.

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The Buffalo Pinball Summer Open 4 Strikes Women’s Tournament, which takes place Sunday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m., will require separate registration. Visit the Facebook event page for full registration and tournament information.


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