Welcome to the 35th Annual Pinball Expo show held in Wheeling, IL this year from October 16th – 20th. As always, there will be plenty to see, experience, and play at this year’s event. Along with that, there are lots of tournaments going on throughout the weekend. Here’s information about what’s going on and when they’re happening.
We are committed to bringing the most fun and enjoyment to all this year’s divisions. We’ve made some fine-tuned adjustments to make this the best year ever for Flip Out! Starting with the Stern Pro Circuit FLIP OUT TOURNAMENT and the largest bracket competition in the world. This event will feature over $10,000 in cash and prizes, including a Stern pinball machine to the winner! Seeding will take place ONLY on Thursday from 10:00 am until 1:00 am and you MUST be registered before midnight in order to compete in this event. Neverdrains.com queuing will be used for this event. We will be using 18 machines for seeding this year, so seeding will go quickly!
Cost for the Main Event is $125.00 and INCLUDES your pass for the Pinball Expo Vendor and Game Halls. If you have your pass already, entry is $95.00. Seeding is limited entry with 12 attempts on any machine, with your 6 highest scores on 6 different titles, going towards your total. After all seeding entries are completed, the top 50% will be put in the A Division bracket and the lower 50% will be placed in the B Division bracket. Note: Top 250 players as ranked in the IFPA as of 10/17/19 must qualify in A Division .
BOTH A and B Division brackets will begin at 10:00 am on Friday morning. This is a change to A Division from prior years, so be ready to play. The format will be best of 3 games (race to 2 wins) and double elimination. This will run all day and continue at 10:00 am on Saturday. The Finals in A Division will be streamed Saturday at approximately 6:00 pm. Both A and B Divisions will be completed by Saturday Night!
The CLASSICS EVENT will be “Herb-Style” with unlimited entry. Cost is $10 for 3 entries. We will be taking scores from every machine for your total. Open qualifying is Thursday from 10:00 am – 1:00 am, Friday from 10:00 am – 1:00 am, and Saturday from 10:00 am – 11:00 pm. The top 32 qualifiers will be placed in a head to head bracket. Finals will then be played on Sunday beginning at 10:00 am. Best of 3 games (race to 2 wins) format with double elimination.
This year’s WOMEN’S EVENT will be hosted by the Belles and Chimes of Chicago and sponsored by Stern Pinball, Marco Specialties and TEL Management Solutions. This “Herb-Style” event will take 4 scores on 4 machines. You receive your first 6 chances for $20 and additional entries are 3 games for $10. Qualifying will take place on Thursday from 4:00 pm – midnight and on Friday from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Finals will begin at 8:30 pm on Friday night and will be streamed. This will be a best of 3 games (race to 2 wins) and double elimination head to head bracket.
On Saturday, there will be a KID’S EVENT with qualifying from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Anyone 14 years old or younger are invited to play. This will be a “Herb-Style” qualifying, with scores from 4 of 4 games included. ALL ENTRIES ARE FREE. Top 8 players will be placed in a head to head, 3 game (race to 2 wins), double elimination bracket beginning at 4:15 pm. Prizes have been donated by Tilt Amusements and Belles and Chimes Chicago.
This year at Pinball Expo there will also be Horror House Fest Pinball Tournament of Death on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, a Galloping Ghost sponsored tournament, a Stern High Score release competition, and the Pinball Life party. To find more information on these events as well as other Show details, please visit pinballexpo.com .