This IFPA-sanctioned event will be an unlimited, best game qualifying format on Saturday with PAPA-style match play finals on Sunday.
Everyone will get two (2) free entries with show admission. Additional entries are $3 each or 2 for $5, but that’s Canadian dollars, so it’s more like US$2.25 each or 2 for US$3.75.
When not playing entries, you can take advantage of dozens of pinball and arcade machines set on free play, visit the Pin History booth to learn about the origins of the hobby (complete with some classic games), explore vendor booths and the flea market, and even meet Dirty Donny! More information about the show at: http://www.ottawapinball.com/opgs
The other 8% is going to the Women’s division finalists (3% + 2% + 2% + 1%)!
I have to admit I struggled with the payout structure a little bit. In the past, everyone who qualified for playoffs got money. This year, it’s only if you make it to the quarter-finals.
The reason for this is I wanted the Women’s division to get cash prizes and I wanted the spread of the prizes to be sufficient that people wouldn’t be as tempted to propose splitting the pot.
I also didn’t want the top Women’s division player to get more than someone who made it to the semi-finals, but I wanted there to be an incentive for women to participate. We have an active women’s league, but a lot of those players don’t come out to open tournaments. My goal is to change that.