First State Flippers Presents - Tour Championship Year End Finale! 12/1/18


#21

What an event! This one will go down in the record books as one to remember! Lots of first time players. Lots of players playing in their first, First State Flippers event. 4 kids in this event! And our first repeat (not back to back) winner in the short history of First State Flippers events, Steve Bowden!!! And a wedding proposal at a pinball tournament!!!

Full recap tomorrow. Quick details below.

A Division

  1. Steve Bowden - $325
  2. Rick “The Prince of Pinburgh” Prince - $175
  3. Joe Fox JR - $100
  4. Nathaniel Gibson - $75
  5. Harry Jackson - $50

B Division

  1. Chad Hastings - $150
  2. Jody Jodon - $75

C Division

  1. Erik Ryan - $75
  2. Rob DeStasio

The Proposal! She said yes!


#22

Congrats!


#23

Thanks! It’s been 5 years in the making!


#24

Aww. Super cute and happy for you both. Cheers from Seattle!


#25

Thanks Flash!


#26

Thanks again for putting together such an awesome event! First State Flippers events are always top-notch and I have a blast in every one I play. It was an honor to be a part of such a special moment yesterday with the proposal! Congrats!! Can’t wait for the next event!


#27

Thanks Harry! It was good seeing you at the top yesterday! You’ve been close several times, congrats on the 5th place finish which will definitely secure you a spot in the Delaware Tour Championship and will probably put you close to the top 16 for States!!!


#28

August Annihilation (event #4 in the circuit) is now in the books! A big thanks goes out to all 46 people who attended yesterday’s event. Without your support these events don’t happen! I hope everyone had a blast yesterday. The tournament started on time, and ran smooth throughout the day. Congratulations to all of the winners as well!! Once again we had some new faces collecting cash at this event and we had 11 new players attending a Delaware Pinball tournament for the first time!!! We also had a memorable event take place at Event #4, Chad Hastings popped the big question to Marianne Pangia after Round 5 of qualifying, she said YES! Event #5 is on 10/6 in Magnolia, DE at Chad Hastings house and that event is sold out. Event 6 is also sold out. Lastly, IFPA results were submitted this morning.

Also, I want to make sure everyone that participates in a First State Flippers tournament is fully aware of the breakdown of the money received for the tournament. I want everything to be transparent.

As mentioned before, $4 from each entry paid is being set aside for the prize fund for the “Delaware Tour Championship” that will be held after the original 6 events are completed. The Tour Championship date is set in stone and will take place on 12/1 with the location to be determined. We collected $184 from the August Annihilation event and that now brings the total after 4 events to $680!!!

We also held another 50/50 raffle drawing during event #4. The purpose of the 50/50 raffle is to take half of the proceeds and put that aside for the winner of the Delaware State Championship Series. First State Flippers will help “sponsor” the winner of the SCS and whatever money we take in from the 50/50 will go to that person to help cover expenses, flight, lodging, etc to attend the Nationals in Las Vegas next year. We sold $160 in 50/50 tickets at Event #4 with Vic Scelba being the winner and collecting $80. After 4 events we have now raised $332 from the 50/50 raffle!

Final overall results are posted below. In addition to that I have updated the Delaware Tour Championship standings and posted those results as well. Currently Joe Fox Jr is still our #1 seed after 4 events. PLEASE REMEMBER that in order to qualify for the Delaware Tour Championship you have to attend 3 of the 6 events PLUS finish inside the top 32 after all 6 events are completed.
-Chad
First State Flippers

FINAL OVERALL STANDINGS:
1,Steven Bowden
2,Rick Prince
3,Joe Fox Jr
4,Nathaniel Gibson
5,Harry Jackson
6,Mike Veith
7,Brian LeBlanc
8,Howard Dobson
9,Chad Hastings
10,Jody Jodon
11,Corey Hulse
12,Chris Chow
13,David Ross
14,Matthew Richardson
15,Issa Cardona
16,Chris Thomas PA
17,Paul Pratzner
18,Bill Richardson
19,Lou Nemphos
20,Pete Tsipouras
21,Jetta Hastings
22,Ricky Hastings
23,Charlie Bucks
24,Mike Myers
25,Robert Neugebauer
26,Robert DeStasio
27,Joe Fox Sr
28,Gavin Pangia
29,Dennis DeLong
30,Jim Cardona
31,Dylan Mcgarry
32,Becky Hastings
33,Rob Thomas MD
34,Brad Ladutko
35,Marianne Pangia
36,Cindy Myers
37,Victor Scelba
38,Mike Germscheid
39,RJ Baker
40,Audrey Bonsignore
41,Jackie Himes
42,Brian Thomas
43,Erik Ryan
44,Dave Sharrar
45,Alex Batton
46,Connie Pratzner


#29

Below is the current list of reserved spots for Event #5 October Obliteration:

  1. Chad Hastings
  2. Marianne Pangia
  3. Mike Veith
  4. Sarah Line
  5. Christian Line
  6. Rich Moon
  7. Dylan McGarry
  8. Nicole Siple
  9. Corey Hulse
  10. Brian LeBlanc
  11. Lou Nemphos
  12. Mike Germscheid
  13. Ryan Riccobene
  14. Koi Morris
  15. Chris Chow
  16. Joe Oesterling
  17. Rob Thomas
  18. Erik Ryan
  19. Jetta Hastings
  20. Dennis DeLong
  21. Victor Scelba
  22. John Hurd
  23. Ken Rossi
  24. Jeffrey Shropshire
  25. Matthew Richardson
  26. Bill Richardson
  27. Ryan Altemose
  28. Brad Ladutko
  29. Jackie Himes
  30. Brian Thomas
  31. Chris Thomas
  32. James Cardona
  33. Anthony Wotjkiak
  34. Eric DeStasio
  35. Tom Langley
  36. Paul Frie
  37. Charlie Bucks
  38. Cindy Myers
  39. Mike Myers
  40. Pete Tsipouras
  41. Paul Pratzner
  42. Connie Pratzner
  43. Rodney Comegys
  44. Audrey Bonsignore
  45. Nathaniel Gibson
  46. David Ross

NOTE - This event is at Chad Hastings’s house. Like we did for March Madness, Chad is in need of a few additional games to put upstairs. If you are able to bring a game please contact me and let me know. Thank you!


#30

Another awesome tournament in the books (yes I am very biased). To all the pinball players in the surrounding Tri-State areas, if you haven’t played in a First State Flippers event yet, you are truly missing out on the best pinball tournaments in the Tri-State!!

A quick recap for everyone tonight with a full recap coming tomorrow afternoon. We had 46 players for this event! Everything ran right on time and the entire tournament was completed at 7:40pm. Our big 50/50 winner tonight was Rodney Comegys. See below for final standings and photos of our winners!

“A” Division Winners

  1. Nathaniel Gibson - $300 + Trophy
  2. Eric DeStasio - $150 + Medal + Rage Tilt T-Shirt
  3. Ken Rossi - $100 + Medal
  4. Mike Veith - $75 + Medal
  5. Matthew Richardson - $50

“B” Division Winners

  1. Joe Oesterling - $150 + Trophy
  2. Paul Frie = $75 + Medal + Rage Tilt T-Shirt

“C” Division Winners

  1. Tom Langley - $50 + Trophy
  2. Rich Moon - Medal + Rage Tilt T-Shirt



#31

Here is a little video showcasing our introductions for our final 4 players in “A” division tonight. Enjoy!!!


#32

We currently have 52 players registered for November Nefarious, if everyone shows up it will be our largest tournament ever in Delaware! We have moved quite a few games out of the basement and into storage, this will give us more room in the basement this time around. Event 6 should be very exciting as lots of spots are on the line to qualify for the year end Tour Championship! A few reminders and announcements below.

BYOB - We will have some sodas and bottled water on hand as usual, but if you prefer specific soda or adult beverages you need to bring your own.

FOOD - We will have our usual snacks, chips, dips, and desserts along with Primo Hoagies subs, and pulled pork. Depending on money left over from expenses, we will also order a few pizzas but it probably won’t be many so come prepared if you like to eat!

Practice starts at 11am and practice will end at 12:45pm. Tournament will start promptly at 1pm.

50/50 tickets will be on sale all day long so bring your extra cash.

Address is 1112 E Nutmeg Pl, Middletown, DE 19709

Looking forward to seeing everyone and having another outstanding event!!

Below is the game lineup for November Nefarious. **Note - Game lineup subject to change without notice.

Star Wars Premium
Walking Dead Premium
Deadpool LE
Iron Maiden LE
Guardians of the Galaxy Premium
Aerosmith LE
Metallica Premium
Swords of Fury
Taxi
Mousin Around
Funhouse
Space Shuttle
Comet
Iron Man
Total Nuclear Annihilation
Avatar
Dialed In
Medieval Madness Remake
Attack From Mars Remake
Tron
Firepower
Vegas
Bally 8-ball(with Powerball)
Hot Shot (EM)

Side Pot Games:

$1 Hi-Score Game - North Star (EM set to 5-ball play)
$5 unlimited games Hi-Score - Spider-Man (set to 1 ball play)

Below is the current list of reserved spots for Event #6 November Nefarious:

  1. Chad Hastings
  2. Marianne Pangia
  3. Mike Veith
  4. Joe Fox Sr
  5. Joe Fox Jr
  6. Rich Moon
  7. Jerry Musser
  8. David Schumeister
  9. Corey Hulse
  10. Brian LeBlanc
  11. Dylan McGarry
  12. Mike Germscheid
  13. Howard Dobson
  14. Rob Thomas
  15. Harry Jackson
  16. Erik Ryan
  17. David Ross
  18. Dennis DeLong
  19. Victor Scelba
  20. John Hurd
  21. Ken Rossi
  22. Jeffrey Shropshire
  23. Dennis Vallone
  24. Brad Ladutko
  25. Jackie Himes
  26. Paul Frie
  27. Tom Langley
  28. Hans Musser
  29. Anthony Wotjkiak
  30. Rob DeStasio
  31. Eric DeStasio
  32. Tom DeStasio
  33. Amanda Jansen
  34. Daniel Bocchino
  35. Charlie Bucks
  36. Lou Nemphos
  37. Matthew Richardson
  38. Rick Prince
  39. Cindy Myers
  40. Mike Myers
  41. Bill Richardson
  42. Karen Huggins
  43. Rodney Comegys
  44. Steve Stakem
  45. Mark Salas
  46. Pete Tsipouras
  47. Audrey Bonsignore
  48. Nathaniel Gibson
  49. Paul Pratzner
  50. Connie Pratzner
  51. Melissa Strohl
  52. Jay Robinson

#33

All,

November Nefarious, the final event of the Tour Championship is now in the books! A big thanks goes out to all 52 people who attended yesterday’s event. This was the largest event ever for Delaware Pinball! Without your support these events don’t happen! I hope everyone had a blast yesterday. The tournament started at 1:10pm, and once we overcame numerous game break downs in Round 1, the rest of the day ran smooth. Rounds averaged 31 minutes and we got 7 rounds in, with the final round ending at 4:45pm. Our quickest round was Round #3 which only lasted 24 minutes! As for game play, our longest average playing game was Metallica Premium at 24:34! Average game time was 19:38!

Congratulations to all of the winners as well!! Once again we had some new faces collecting cash at this event and we had 7 new players attending a First State Flippers event for the first time!!! Reminder that the final event is the Delaware Tour Championship being held on 12/1 at Joe Fox’s house. The top 32 players qualify for this event. Lastly, IFPA results were submitted this morning for November Nefarious

Also, I want to make sure everyone that participates in a First State Flippers tournament is fully aware of the breakdown of the money received for the tournament. I want everything to be transparent.

As mentioned before, $4 from each entry paid is being set aside for the end of the year prize fund for the “Delaware Tour Championship”, which will be held on 12/1 as mentioned above. We collected $208 from the November Nefarious event and that now brings the current total prize pool money after 6 events to $1072!!!

We also held another 50/50 raffle drawing during event #6. The purpose of the 50/50 raffle is to take half of the proceeds and put that aside for the winner of the Delaware State Championship Series. First State Flippers will help “sponsor” the winner of the SCS and whatever money we take in from the 50/50 will go to that person to help cover expenses, flight, lodging, etc to attend the Nationals in Las Vegas next year. We sold $214 in 50/50 tickets at Event #6 with Jeffrey Shropshire being the winner for the second time this year and collecting $107. After 6 events we have now raised $524 from the 50/50 raffle and this money will go a long ways to help out with expenses for the Delaware State Champion!!!

As for our Bounty Envelopes, we had all 8 bounty envelopes collected by the end of round 5. We gave out a total of $50 in bounties at this event!

Final overall results are posted below. Chad Hastings took home 1st place in “A Division”, Charlie Bucks took home 1st in “B Division” and Brian LeBlanc took home 1st in “C Division”.

In addition to that I have updated the Delaware Tour Championship standings and posted the final results (see photos).With a 1st place victory yesterday, Chad Hastings surpassed Joe Fox Jr and is the new #1 seed heading into the Tour Championship. Our final standings ended up with 3 players tied for the 32nd and final spot. Those players were Tom DeStasio, David Schumeister, and Ryan Altemose. Per the Tour Championship Rules, the tiebreaker for the 32nd position will be determined by whichever player has the highest finish in a “tour event” this season. If a tie remains after a single event, the next highest finish will be considered. This process will repeat until the tie is broken, or a coin flip is required. Tom’s highest finish was 8th place in Event #1. Ryan’s highest finish was 15th place in Event #2. David’s highest finish was last night at Event #6 with an 8th place finish. That means that we had to go to a second event to break the tie between Tom and David. Tom’s next best finish was 28th place at Event #6 and David’s next best finish was 24th place at Event #2. That means David Schumeister gets the 32nd spot for the Delaware Tour Championship!

-Chad
First State Flippers

“A Division” Winners:

  1. Chad Hastings - $400 and Monster trophy
  2. Nathaniel Gibson - $200, medal, and Rage Tilt T-Shirt
  3. Bob Choate - $100 and a medal
  4. Jay Robinson - $75 and a medal
  5. Ken Rossi - $50

“B Division” Winners:

  1. Charlie Bucks - $140 and a trophy
  2. Jerry Musser - $75, medal, and Rage Tilt t-shirt

“C Division” Winners:

  1. Brian LeBlanc - $75 and trophy
  2. Eric DeStasio - medal and Rage Tilt Shirt

FINAL OVERALL STANDINGS:
1,Chad Hastings
2,Nathaniel Gibson
3,Bob Choate
4,Jay Robinson
5,Ken Rossi
6,Robert DeStasio
7,Victor Scelba
8,David Schumeister
9,Charlie Bucks
10,Jerry Musser
11,Tom Langley
12,Corey Hulse
13,Anthony Wojtkowiak
14,Dennis Vallone
15,Rick Prince
16,David Ross
17,Rob Thomas MD
18,Lou Nemphos
19,Brian LeBlanc
20,Jackie Himes
21,Dylan Mcgarry
22,Steve Stakem
23,Eric Destasio
24,Joe Fox Jr
25,Michael Veith
26,Rodney Comegys
27,Connie Pratzner
28,Tom Destasio
29,Rich Moon
30,Audrey Bonsignore
31,Harry Jackson
32,Howard Dobson
33,Mike Germscheid
34,Pete Tsipouras
35,John Hurd
36,Paul Frie
37,Brad Ladutko
38,Joe Fox Sr
39,jeffrey shropshire
40,Bill Richardson
41,Marianne Pangia
42,Hans Musser
43,Dennis DeLong
44,Paul Pratzner
45,Mike Myers
46,Tom Leary
47,Cindy Myers
48,Matthew Richardson
49,Erik Ryan
50,Melissa Strohl
51,Daniel Bocchino
52,Mandy Jansen



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We are one day away from the biggest, non Stern Circuit event to hit the Mid-Atlantic! After 6 events throughout the year, Delaware’s first ever circuit championship comes to an end tomorrow. $800 for 1st place along with a 5 foot tall trophy is unheard of! Who will be crowned the first ever Delaware tour Champion? Stay tuned to find out!

All,

The year end finale is coming! Listed below are the full rules & format for the Delaware Tour Championship. In short, as mentioned before we are copying the format used for the PAPA Circuit Finals, with one small change. We have added “Consolation” rounds and “Consolation” groups so that everyone will get to play in the same format as the Top 8 playing in the “Championship Bracket”. What does that mean you ask? If we followed the PAPA Circuit finals exactly, that means that anyone losing in Round 1 (4 games) would be sent home. That doesn’t sit well with the First State Flippers as we want people to have a great time and play lots of pinball! So in the modified PAPA Circuit Finals that we will be using, no matter how you are playing on 12/1, everyone will play a bare minimum of 8 games. This also means that even if you lose in Round 1, you still have the ability to win money in one of the 3 Consolation groups. Please take time before 12/1 to read over the rules and if you have any questions REPLY ALL so that everyone can be on the same page. Lastly, I have also included a picture of the Round 1 pairings as long as all 32 people show up. To recap our player list, we have 1 person back out and that slot was filled by Tom DeStasio, so as of now we have a full field of 32 people. We also have Ryan Altemose, Mike Germscheid, Chris Chow, and John Hurd all confirmed as alternates should they be needed. Good luck everyone, Happy Thanksgiving, and we will see you in a couple of weeks!

The Finals – Format & Details (Modified PAPA Circuit Finals)

The Tour Championship Final will feature a select group of pinball machines selected by officials. Machines outside this group may not be selected for play. Officials may make machine substitutions as they deem necessary.

Round 1

All players will be grouped together by seed into 8 groups of 4 players. Each group of 4 players will compete on 4 different machines, with the highest seeded player given the choice of choosing the game to be played or determining order of play. We will use the PAPA Finals scoring format of 4/2/1/0 during this round. At the end of the 4 game round, two players will advance out of each group into the second round of the winners bracket. Players not advancing will then move down to the losers bracket.

Round 2 – Winners Bracket

Round 2 in the winners bracket will function just like round one. All players will be grouped together by seed into 4 groups of 4 players. Each group of 4 players will compete on 4 different machines, with the highest seeded player given the choice of choosing the game to be played or determining order of play. We will use the PAPA Finals scoring format of 4/2/1/0 during this round as well. At the end of the 4 game round, two players will advance out of each group into the Championship Ladder-style bracket as part of Group #1. The players not advancing will move down to the Consolation Group #2 Ladder-style bracket.

Round 2a – Losers Bracket

Round 2 in the losers bracket will function similarly to round one, with the exception that these groups will play a 3 game round instead of a 4 game round. This group will be made up of the 16 players that did not advance in Round 1. All players will be grouped together by seed into 4 groups of 4 players. Each group of 4 players will compete on 3 different machines, with the highest seeded player given the choice of choosing the game to be played or determining order of play. We will use the PAPA Finals scoring format of 4/2/1/0 during this round as well. At the end of the 3 game round, two players will advance out of each group into the Consolation Group #3 Ladder-style bracket. The remaining two players not advancing to Group #3 will instead advance to the Consolation Group #4 Ladder-style bracket.

Round 3 – Championship Ladder-style Bracket Finals for the Final 8 (Group #1)

Round 3 consists of a series of four-player games. The first game is played by the four lowest-seeded players. The highest-seeded player has choice of machine or order of play. Choice proceeds through the remaining players in descending order of seeding. Once the game has ended, the player who has the lowest score is eliminated from the Tour Championship. The next lowest-seeded player, who has not yet played, is added to the group for the next game. In each subsequent match, the highest-seeded player (who will be the player who just joined the group) has choice of machine or order of play. The next choice is given to the winner of the previous game, and choice proceeds in descending order of score on the previous game.

No player may choose the same machine more than once, but any player may choose a machine already played, including the most recent machine played. Officials may remove any machine from consideration at any time.

Players will compete until two players remain. At that point, a best-of-three match between the final two players will take place to determine the 2018 Delaware Tour Champion. The highest seeded player has the choice of machine or order of play for the first game. From that point forward, the loser of the previous game has the choice of machine or order of play.

Round 3a – Consolation Ladder-style Bracket Finals (Group #2, Group #3 & Group #4)

Round 3 in the losers bracket will consist of 3 different Ladder-style brackets.

  • Group #2 will be made up of the 8 players who won Round 1 but lost in Round 2 of the Winners Bracket
  • Group #3 will be made up of the 8 players who lost Round 1 but won in Round 2 of the Losers Bracket
  • Group #4 will be made up of the 8 players who lost Round 1 and lost in Round 2 of the Losers Bracket

Each Consolation Ladder-style bracket will consist of a series of four-player games. The first game is played by the four lowest-seeded players. The highest-seeded player has choice of machine or order of play. Choice proceeds through the remaining players in descending order of seeding. Once the game has ended, the two players who have the lowest scores are eliminated from the Tour Championship. The next two lowest-seeded players, who have not yet played, are then added to the group for the next game.

In each subsequent match, the highest-seeded player (who will be one of the players who just joined the group) has choice of machine or order of play. The next choice is given to the other highest seeded player who just joined the group. From there the winner of the previous game gets 3rd choice, and the second place finisher of the previous game will get 4th choice.

No player may choose the same machine more than once, but any player may choose a machine already played, including the most recent machine played. Officials may remove any machine from consideration at any time.

Players will compete until two players remain in each of the 3 Consolation Ladder-style brackets on the losers side. At that point, a best-of-three match between the final two players in each Consolation bracket will take place to determine the winner of each group. The highest seeded player has the choice of machine or order of play for the first game. From that point forward, the loser of the previous game has the choice of machine or order of play.

Prizes

The final 8 players in the Championship Ladder Bracket will all receive a cash prize with the 1st place winner receiving the biggest portion of the prize fund along with the Delaware Tour Championship trophy! Additionally, the winner of each Consolation Group in the losers bracket will also win a cash prize. Payouts are listed below based on all 32 people showing up for the event.

After trophy expenses, we have $1615 in the prize fund. Payouts are listed below:

Championship Bracket Payouts:
1ST - $800
2ND - $200
3RD - $150
4TH - $100
5TH - $75
6TH - $65
7TH - $55
8TH - $50

Consolation Group 2 Bracket Winner - $50
Consolation Group 3 Bracket Winner - $40
Consolation Group 4 Bracket Winner - $30


#34

IFPA results have been submitted. Below is a list of the winners, plus full standings for the event. This is the final event in Delaware, so once IFPA updates the standings we will have a better idea on who will be making the cut for the State Championship Series. As the first full year of Delaware pinball comes to a close, First State Flippers just wants to say thank you again for making Delaware those hottest place in the Mid-Atlantic to play competitive pinball! You, the players are the ones that make this happen, without your support First State Flippers and Delaware pinball doesn’t exist.

First State Flippers has even bigger aspirations for 2019! Stay tuned for a full list of events that we have planned for the 2019 season. I also want to thank Joe Fox and Mike Veith for opening up their homes and allowing us to use their private collection for tournaments. In addition I need to thank Corey Hulse for all of his help this past year, he has been a tremendous help facilitating the tournaments! And lastly, a big shout out to my magnificent fiance, Marianne Pangia, she does a ton of behind the scenes stuff for each tournament as well as baking the best desserts any tournament has to offer!

Payouts for the top 8:

  1. Pete Tsipouras - $800
  2. Ken Rossi - $200
  3. Tom DeStasio - $150
  4. Corey Hulse - $100
  5. Howard Dobson - $75
  6. David Schumeister - $65
  7. Lou Nemphos - $55
  8. Anthony Wojtkowiak - $50

We also paid out 3 Consolation Ladder Brackets:

Consolation Group 1 Winner - Rob DeStasio - $50
Consolation Group 2 Winner - Chad Hastings - $40
Consolation Group 3 Winner - Jeffrey Shropshire - $30

Final overall standings:

1,Pete Tsipouras
2,Ken Rossi
3,Tom Destasio
4,Corey Hulse
5,Howard Dobson
6,David Schumeister
7,Lou Nemphos
8,Anthony Wojtkowiak
9,Robert DeStasio
10,Eric Destasio
11,Joe Fox Jr
12,Rob Thomas MD
13,Harry Jackson
14,Rich Moon
15,Dylan Mcgarry
16,Cindy Myers
17,Chad Hastings
18,Nathaniel Gibson
19,Koi Morris
20,Michael Veith
21,Marianne Pangia
22,Dennis DeLong
23,Rick Prince
24,Chris Thomas PA
25,jeffrey shropshire
26,Brian LeBlanc
27,Charlie Bucks
28,Victor Scelba
29,Paul Pratzner
30,Joseph Oesterling
31,Gavin Pangia
32,David Ross



#35

This is great to see, Chad! Looks like you’ve built up quite the community in Delaware. Thanks for your leadership! I hope to have a chance to visit one of your events sometime in the future.