2023 YEGPIN Pinball and Arcade Expo (July 20 - 23, 2023)

Die Hard Pinball League (DHPL) is super pumped to announce YEGPIN: 2023 Pinball and Arcade Expo is officially scheduled for July 20 – 23, 2023 at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.

DHPL is a non-profit society in Alberta with a mission to:

  1. Grow the hobby of pinball and arcade
  2. Provide an outlet for competitive pinball
  3. To donate and support organizations that fight Cancer.

In 2022, over 1,500 pinball and arcade enthusiasts attended YEGPIN. We had 5 world class pinball tournaments including the main event, which will be a 2023 Stern Circuit Event once again. The YEGPIN Match Play Championship featured 20 banks of machines (80 machines) and ran over 3 days of competition. We have an excellent track record of delivering a world-class pinball and arcade show; this is due to the unwavering support from our volunteers, machine donors, technicians, competitors and enthusiasts.

YEGPIN 2023 will again feature two full arenas, 30,000 square feet of pinball and arcade gaming and will be 4 full days of celebration and competition. We have a dedicated arena to hold all of our pinball tournaments, and will be our home for the Stern Circuit event YEGPIN Match Play Championships. There will be three other IFPA sanctioned events and the Youth Canadian Pinball Championships. Arena 1 will be fully open to the public on Thursday and Friday, but will have no play access to Arena 2 as that will be dedicated to tournament play. On Saturday and Sunday, both arena’s will open up to the public with a small portion that is dedicated to tournament play for those days.

Show Details:

  • This is our 6th year running of the Expo, it is the only pinball and arcade show in Alberta, but one of the biggest and best shows in the country!
  • Modern, air conditioned recreational center, family friendly with a state of the art swimming pool facilities, fitness center, indoor track, food court area, and many surrounding restaurants and hotels.
  • 30,000 total square feet of pinball and arcade gaming over 4 fun filled days.
    • Arena 1 holds free play pinball and classic video arcades, vendor area(s), beer garden, concession, also has a separate tournament room
    • Arena 2 is the tournament room, where you access Match Play Championship, Womens Match Play Championship, Knockout Cancer Pinball Tournament, Pro Pinball Championship, Youth Canadian Pinball Championships
  • We expect to have 250 pinball and 50 classic video arcades available for play in the facility.
  • 5 pinball tournaments, 4 IFPA sanctioned events including our signature Stern Circuit Event: YEGPIN Match Play Championship.
  • Full streaming of our pinball tournaments all weekend long.
  • Professional tournament setup with bleachers and chairs for competitors and spectators.
  • We could be giving over $80,000 in cash and prizes for all of our pinball tournaments.
  • Huge support from international, domestic and local pinball and arcade vendors and many corporate sponsors that help support the event!
  • A full licensed area with a huge selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for the entire weekend.
  • Excellent accommodation and rates and many choices of restaurants within blocks of the main facility.

Tournament Packages or Tickets:

  1. YEGPIN Combo Tournament Package - Cost $300 + Eventbrite fees
  • Maximum 80 available
  • (1) 4 Day Pass to YEGPIN: Pinball and Arcade Expo
  • (1) YEGPIN Match Play Championship entry
  • (20) YEGPIN Knockout Cancer Pinball Tournament entries
  • (1)YEGPIN Lanyard and custom pass (designed by Jackson Gee)
  1. YEGPIN Extreme Tournament Package - Cost $450 + Eventbrite fees
  • Maximum 160 available
  • (1) 4 Day Pass to YEGPIN: Pinball and Arcade Expo
  • (1) YEGPIN Match Play Championship entry
  • (20) YEGPIN Knockout Cancer Pinball Tournament entries
  • (4) YEGPIN Pro Pinball Championships cards
  • (1) YEGPIN Lanyard and custom pass (designed by Jackson Gee)
  1. YEGPIN Womens Match Play Championship - Cost $50
  • Maximum 64 available
  • (1) YEGPIN Womens Match Play Championship entry

There are no separate tickets available for YEGPIN Match Play Championship entry, YEGPIN Knockout Cancer Pinball Tournament or YEGPIN Pro Pinball Championship; they must be purchased in a tournament package for 2023 YEGPIN Pinball and Arcade Expo.

Tournament Details:

  1. YEGPIN Match Play Championships (Stern Circuit Event)

Last year was our first year to run this format and it was a smashing success so we are going to continue to expand this format. With the absence of Pinburgh, and with that format being very close to our heart, the Die Hard Pinball League will put together a 240 person competition, 3 day, 10 rounds, 4 machine bank match play tournament. There will be 20 banks of machines (LCD/Modern, Early Modern/Late Solid State, Early Solid State, Electro-Mechanical) and 80 machines in the tournament, plus a number of spare machines in case of breakdowns. The tournament will run from Thursday – Saturday where the eventual winner will be crowned champion of the event. Each elimination round will be a four game Professional & Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) four player format (3,2,1,0 scoring) knockout round with two players. We are once again using our custom software in Drains Tournament Manager to bring you seamless scorekeeping for this event.

Prize Money 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th - 8th 9th - 16th 17th - 28th
Main Division $7,500 $5,000 $2,500 $1,500 $750 $500 $250
B Division $1,500 $1,000 $750 $500 $375 $250 $175
Novice Division $500 $400 $300 $200 $175 $150 $125
  • 1st Place receives YEGPIN custom trophy, 2nd-4th receive plaques
  • Total $ Received - $42,000 (based on 240 players & $175 prorated from tournament package)
  • Total Cash Pool - $40,650 (based on 240 competitors, prorated is less than sellout)
  • Total Prizing Costs - $2,350
  • Total Payout - $43,000 (102%)
  1. YEGPIN Woman’s Match Play Championships

This event is a dedicated Women’s Pinburgh format but having a maximum of 64 participants, utilizing 12 banks, creating a 4 round, 4 bank tournament. The playoffs will be held on Sunday to determine the eventual champion. Each elimination round will be a four game Professional & Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) four player format (3,2,1,0 scoring) knockout round with two players.

Prize Money 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th - 8th 9th - 16th
Main Division $1,000 $750 $500 $250 $100 $50
  • Entry Fee: $50
  • 1st Place receives YEGPIN custom trophy, 2nd-4th receive plaques
  • Total $ Received - $3,200 (based on 64 players & $50 tournament ticket)
  • Total Cash Pool - $3,300 (based on 64 competitors, prize pool is guaranteed)
  • Total Prizing Costs - $200
  • Total Payout - $3,500 (110%)
  1. Knockout Cancer Pinball Tournament

This tournament is a full four-day tournament; qualifying Thursday – Saturday and playoffs on Sunday, it is a classics tournament with 5 banks of 3 machines (2 Solid State, 1 EM), and is a best game (pump and dump) format tournament. The playoffs in the main draw will be 16 people (<160), 24 people (<240), 28 people (up to max 280). B Div. (8 person). Each elimination round will be a three game Professional & Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) four player format (4,2,1,0 scoring) knockout round with two players

. All proceeds for this tournament will go to Kinsmen Club (Terry Fox Foundation) and Die Hard Pinball League. The only reward will be special trophies/plaques and WPPR points for this event. It is a chance for all players to give back and support the fight for Cancer. Last year we raised over $5,000 for the Kinsmen Club and hope that this year we continue that trend upward.

Total Prize Pool Collected - Donation = Total Prize Pool Available and will be broken down as follows:

Prize Money 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th - 8th 9th-16
Main Division 30% 20% 12.5% 7.5% 2.5% 1%
B Division 5% 2.5% 1.5% 1% 0.5%
Novice Division Plaque Plaque Plaque Plaque
  • Extra Entries - $10 for 3, $20 for 7, $50 for 20
  • 1st Place receives YEGPIN custom trophy, 2nd-4th receive plaques
  • Total $ Received - $6,000 (based on 240 players & $25 from tournament combo)
  • Total Cash Prize Pool: 50% (or up to $5,000 goes to Kinsmen Club, 50% to prize pool above
  • Total Prizing Costs - $600
  • Entry Fee: 3 entries for $10, 7 entries for $20, 20 entries for $50
  • Total Payout - Based on purchased entries, equal to or greater than 50%,
  1. Pro Pinball Tournament

This tournament pays homage to the old PAPA World Pinball Championship and current INDISC Open Championship format. It is a high stakes, limited to 4 tournament cards only (no option to purchase more) that will bring out the very best players to compete for the chance to be the champion of the event. The event will run on 9 or 12 machines and is limited to 160 competitors. New this year we have added a B division. The top 16 in A and top 8 in B will advance to the finals. Each elimination round will be a three game Professional & Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) four player format (4,2,1,0 scoring) knockout round with two players. Games will be put into banks for playoffs Modern/LED, Mid Modern, Late Solid State

Prize Money 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th - 8th 9th-16
Main Division $5,000 $3,750 $2,500 $1,500 $600 $300
B Division $1,500 $1,000 $750 $500 $250
  • 1st Place receives “one of a kind” Pro Pinball Bracelet, 2nd – 4th receive plaques
  • Total $ Received - $24,000 (based on 160 players & $150 from tournament combo)
  • Total Cash Pool - $22,300 (based on 64 competitors, prorated is less than sellout)
  • Total Prizing Costs - $1,700
  • Total Payout - $24,000 (100%)
  1. Youth Canadian Pinball Championship

Will be an opportunity for those 12 and under to experience playing pinball under a competitive tournament setting. There will be a full qualifying session on Saturday for two different divisions (Main and Novice (U10), where the top 4 players in their respective division will advance to play in a four player final on Saturday afternoon. Each elimination round will be a three game Professional & Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) four player format (4,2,1,0 scoring).

Prize Money 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Main Division Trophy Plaque Plaque Plaque
B Division Trophy Plaque Plaque Plaque
  • 1st Place receives YEGPIN custom trophy, 2nd-4th receive plaques
  • Entry Fee: Free

All prices and payouts are in Canadian dollars (subject to change up to July 1, 2023), we will have hotel rates, tournament schedule, and more upon website launch. All details on the event will be on our website www.yegpin.com, when it goes live. Please be patient, as we need to do some major updates over the next few weeks to ensure all information is up to date. We anticipate ticket sales will be on February 11, 2023 @ 12:00 MST on Eventbrite ticketing site but will officially announce the ticket sales date well in advance.

As always we are looking for volunteers, this consists of setup/teardown staff, Tournament Directors, Pinball and Arcade Technicians, and general administration staff. If you want to inquire on how to help the show please email volunteers@yegpin.com.

Lastly, past YEGPIN’s have only been as strong as our donor community, once again this year again we will be providing a new in box game for one lucky collector that donates their game for the weekend. Pinball donations can be filled out on our website when it goes live.

More details are coming soon, along with full Eventbrite ticket information, current list of pinball and arcade machines that will be at the event and the full schedule of events.

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cool!

How does the schedule work - Do players have time to compete in everything?

It worked out last year, I think for the most part people got to participate in all events. Whether in between their rounds, during dinner breaks or after the match play was done. There was always a lot of downtime in Pinburgh and we have used our extra tournaments to fill in that downtime if you choose to use it that way.

Gotcha, will there be a schedule up for hours/times of each of the events? :slight_smile:

Yes, we had time to play Classics and Pro around the match play event. Time for many tries at Classics and multiple cards in Pro. There were open times when the Pro bank had multiple empty queues, too. Still had some leftover time to play the floor games as well, some were custom ones worth a game or three. Schedule worked pretty well for competition, just a bit awkward at times re food, but Pinburgh was the same, and here there was some food onsite and much more in quick walking distance vs. Pinburgh.

Yes once the website goes live there will be the full detailed schedule for every event as there was last year, we are also going to incorporate the schedule on the lanyard we provide you this year for clarity once you are at the event.

Bottom line all rounds are 2 hours for the 2023 show and the matches start at 10:00am. Here is an example of what Thursday looks like…

Schedule

Thursday, July 21 – Day 1

Time Event
8:00AM – 9:30AM Registration
8:45AM – 9:30AM Practice Session (Registered Players Only)
9:30AM – 10:00AM Waitlist Additions, Final Repairs/Adjustments, Brackets Created, Orientation
10:00AM – 12:00PM Round 1 – YEGPIN Match Play Championship
12:00PM – 2:00PM Round 2 – YEGPIN Match Play Championship
2:00PM – 4:00PM Round 3 – YEGPIN Match Play Championship
4:00PM – 6:00PM Dinner Break
6:00PM – 8:00PM Round 4 – YEGPIN Match Play Championship
8:00PM – 10:00PM Round 5 – YEGPIN Match Play Championship

Friday is similar just starts at 10:00am, and Saturday is playoff rounds…

I take it from this that you need to choose between Open Match Play and Women’s Match Play?

EDIT: Actually, upon closer inspection, it looks like there may only be a conflict with Open Match Play finals. My bad.

If there is a women that makes the finals then the women match tournament is delayed until they are done. We did not have a conflict in the first year, women can play in every event and make the finals in every event without overlap.

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An early Christmas present from YEGPIN, the website is officially up. Ticket sales will commence on February 11, 2023 at Noon MST… A few changes from initial announcement but for the most part everything is the same. The full schedule of events, all the tournaments which could be all certified based on last years attendance, a crapload of WPPR’s available, 3 divisions of skill to win some major prizes, a huge prize pool, 3 different tournament formats, and a high quality tournament experience. That is YEGPIN in a nutshell.

Come join us for the greatest pinball show on sport turf…

www.yegpin.com

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