2017-2018 PAPA Circuit Events


#307

Tomorrow is the best Circuit update of them all, preliminary circuit groups!


#308

Not exactly … several west coasters have indicated to me that they’re “unlikely” to attend the Circuit Final. So the groups will not be as they appear.


#309

no but it’s always fun to pretend


#310

So your sayin I have a chance…


#311

BUCS - - FINAL EDITION

Yes, now that they’re switching to using WPPRs that Brian [thanks, Shep!] has preprogrammed into the IFPA site, my BUCS reports will not be necessary for 2018, although I may choose to comment on the standings as the year progresses.

INDISC was a blast, thanks to all of you who joined us in non-freezing Southern California. Two new players qualified for the circuit - - our own image Karl DeAngelo and Timothy Street. The cut moved just two points, to 140 at Eric Destasio. Winner Robert Gagno jumped all the way up to 4th in the standings. Colin Urban went from no circuit points 5 weeks ago to #16. Zach solidified his #2 spot, picking up another Josh-place finish.

Now for the fun part - - possible first round groupings. Several players mentioned that they’re unlikely to go to the Circuit Final since there is no “regular” show or tournament in connection with it. So while I have the top 40 people listed here, I’ve included an expanded list down to position #70 in case there are a bunch of people who opt out. If you’re in that expanded list, you might still have a shot.

I then took some “possible opt-outs” into account and created a “could be” sample of 40 seeds. Notice what this version, or one like it, might produce:

  1. Group 1 - - top seed Trent getting both Keith and Bowen, plus Adam Lefkoff
  2. Group 2 - - the Sharpe duel
  3. Group 3 - - the “PA party” with Alexander, Jon and Pete
  4. Group 4 - - Battle of the Roberts - Gagno and I in the same group
  5. Group 5 - - Battle of the Tims - - Sexton and Street - - ditto
    etc.

Have fun with your own scenarios!

BTW, anyone who is not going is welcome to email me or post me a message here so I can try to come up with a “semi-likely” set of groups.

Your roving reporter,

BMU

PLAYER Circuit Points Circuit Rank Sample Seed
Trent Augenstein 875 1 1
Zach Sharpe 603 2 2
Aleksander Kaczmarczyk 455 3 3
Robert Gagno 369 4 4
Eric Stone 364 5 5
Levi Nayman 364 5 6
Raymond Davidson 357 7 n/a
Jason Werdrick 346 8 7
John Delzoppo 344 9 8
Andy Rosa 330 10 9
Colin MacAlpine 320 11 n/a
Steven Bowden 315 12 10
Germain Mariolle 281 13 n/a
Donavan Stepp 272 14 n/a
Ed Zeltmann 253 15 11
Colin Urban 250 16 12
Escher Lefkoff 237 17 13
Adam Becker 236 18 14
Chris Chinn 233 19 n/a
Fred Richardson 233 19 15
Tim Sexton 228 21 16
Bob Matthews 227 22 17
Jon Replogle 224 23 18
Jim Belsito 221 24 n/a
Josh Sharpe 213 25 19
Keith Elwin 200 26 20
Bowen Kerins 200 26 21
Zac Wollons 191 28 22
Dave Stewart 187 29 n/a
Sanjay Shah 183 30 23
Cayle George 180 31 n/a
Garrett Hays 179 32 n/a
David Riel 172 33 24
Brian ONeill 172 33 n/a
Timothy Street 159 35 25
Evan Bingham 155 36 26
Karl DeAngelo 146 37 n/a
Christopher CJ Smith 145 38 27
Alberto Santana 142 39 28
Eric Destasio 140 40 29
Adam McKinnie 138 41 30
Chris Warren 138 41 31
Cryss Stephens 137 43 32
Nick Zendejas 136 44 33
Aaron Grabowski 135 45 34
Sunshine Bon 134 46 35
Joshua Henderson 133 47 36
Phil Grimaldi 131 48 n/a
Greg Poverelli 130 49 37
Andrei Massenkoff 128 50 n/a
Pete Hendricks 128 50 38
Shannon Stafford 120 52 39
Chris Basler 117 53 n/a
Kevin Birrell 114 54 n/a
Adam Lefkoff 110 55 40
Robin Lassonde 104 56 n/a
Jeff Teolis 101 57 n/a
Robert DeStasio 100 58 n/a
Kevin Kuntz 97 59 n/a
Nathaniel Gibson 96 60 n/a
Andrew Rosa II 91 61 n/a
Lewis Bevans 90 62 n/a
Phil Birnbaum 89 63 n/a
Jason Scheffelmaer 87 64 n/a
Alex Harmon 86 65 n/a
Will McKinney 82 66 n/a
Nic Stein 82 66 n/a
Greg DeFeo 82 66 n/a
Robert Peters 82 66 n/a
Tony Pierce 82 66 n/a

#312

@Theguyoverthere isn’t in to defend his IFPA Heads-Up title? Shame!

Great analysis as always, Bob! I hope we can still see your updates from time to time for the 2018 Stern Pro Circuit.

Currently texting a very distraught GPoverelli “hey man check tiltforums. There’s hope!”


#313

You can add one more n/a spot to get Greg one spot closer, I won’t be there.

If anyone asks, I’m doing it for Greg, not cause there is nothing else attached to it, my wife has scheduled a vacation near it and I have a World Champs to prep for.


#314

He might, he might not. Many of the NW people were less than dead set on attending. Anyone who’s listed as registered for Heads Up is almost certainly going to play the Circuit Final as well if eligible, all others are tbd, and my “n/a”-s are not official, just guesses. But I would expect them to need to go further down the rankings than when it was held with PAPA since a pretty high percentage of circuit players went to PAPA.


#315

Leave it up to @BMU to add suspense and drama to this circuit - I think I just need to not check this thread and have someone @ me if I end up in!

Excellent work as always!


#316

Man, I REALLY want to play in the Circuit Final… but it’s the weekend after TPF, and no longer attached to PAPA Worlds. Further… Marriage > Pinball.
There’s a remote possibility I’ll attend, but sadly, it’s unlikely at this point.


#317

Some Circuit stats:

20969 circuit points total
435 players earned circuit points
Trent earned 966 or 4.6% of the total [more than 875, that’s just his best 10 results]
The top 40 players earned more than half the total
Trent’s 13 events with points is a record; so is his 5 wins
Sunshine pointed in 10 events, 2nd most ever
Here’s a table with how many players earned circuit points in how many events:

# Events # Players
1 278
2 72
3 34
4 20
5 10
6 10
7 6
8 2
9 1
10 1
11 0
12 0
13 1

#318

I have EXACTLY the same situation here… >_>


#319

I can go but I don’t care about the H2H tournament. Are there any other tournaments going on that weekend or just the two?


#320

Is there a game list for the finals ? Just want to know what to expect generally.

TIA

edZ


#321

Here’s my comparison of the Circuit rankings using the current system and the prospective Stern-IFPA-WPPR system. Note that the top 37 in the current system would all still make the top 40 under the Stern-WPPR system. [If eligible.] Only the bottom 3 [CJ, Alberto and Eric D] would miss out.

Most players’ positions in the standings are similar, too. The big change is that a top finish in a Major will now boost you up further in the standings than under the flatter PAPA system, which is why Josh, Cayle and Keith are much higher in the new system [#'s 9, 11 and 13 vs. #'s 25, 31 and 26].

IFPA rankings added as requested.

PLAYER Circuit Points Circuit Rank WPPR Rank IFPA Rank as of 1/17/18
Trent Augenstein 875 1 1 7
Zach Sharpe 603 2 2 1
Aleksander Kaczmarczyk 455 3 3 35
Robert Gagno 369 4 6 6
Eric Stone 364 5 8 10
Levi Nayman 364 5 21 36
Raymond Davidson 357 7 5 2
Jason Werdrick 346 8 10 15
John Delzoppo 344 9 14 19
Andy Rosa 330 10 4 13
Colin MacAlpine 320 11 7 31
Steven Bowden 315 12 18 17
Germain Mariolle 281 13 17 22
Donavan Stepp 272 14 19 37
Ed Zeltmann 253 15 28 149
Colin Urban 250 16 32 69
Escher Lefkoff 237 17 12 40
Adam Becker 236 18 15 30
Chris Chinn 233 19 20 43
Fred Richardson 233 19 26 67
Tim Sexton 228 21 33 46
Bob Matthews 227 22 27 34
Jon Replogle 224 23 23 27
Jim Belsito 221 24 24 14
Josh Sharpe 213 25 9 18
Keith Elwin 200 26 13 4
Bowen Kerins 200 26 n/a n/a
Zac Wollons 191 28 31 78
Dave Stewart 187 29 16 33
Sanjay Shah 183 30 25 114
Cayle George 180 31 11 3
Garrett Hays 179 32 40 230
David Riel 172 33 37 16
Brian ONeill 172 33 35 57
Timothy Street 159 35 22 128
Evan Bingham 155 36 34 110
Karl DeAngelo 146 37 38 21
Christopher CJ Smith 145 38 100 405
Alberto Santana 142 39 48 52
Eric Destasio 140 40 64 279
Adam McKinnie 138 41 29 74
Chris Warren 138 41 36 204
Cryss Stephens 137 43 50 24
Nick Zendejas 136 44 51 44
Aaron Grabowski 135 45 41 140
Sunshine Bon 134 46 57 245
Joshua Henderson 133 47 30 47
Phil Grimaldi 131 48 44 133
Greg Poverelli 130 49 76 122
Andrei Massenkoff 128 50 39 26

#322

No game list yet. But expect modern and classic Stern games.


#323

Can you show what all these players’ current ifpa ranks are?


#324

Huh? Oh I was just gonna register at the last minute again
Also, waiting on details of the papa circuit so I can book my flights…


#325

I’m going to make Bob’s prognostication look good. I’ll be declining my invite to Circuit Finals. Going to Nationals instead, plus TPF the week prior. So bad timing for me.

Good luck to the additional player who was going to be bubble boy/girl, and will now get a ticket to the Circuit dance!


#326

Note to Circuit Final directors: it would be good to send out the invites and request replies soon so that people below the current #40 spot who will get in have sufficient time to make travel plans.