Official Titan Pinball 2020 Southwest Regional Pin-Masters Thread (Giving away between $2500 and $5000)

Free Play Arcade at 400 E. South Street in Arlington, Texas will host the Titan Pinball 2020 Southwest Regional Pin-Masters IFPA tournament. This two day tournament will run May 30 and 31.

Pin-Masters is the IFPA Sanctioned Pin-Golf World Championship!
This event is a qualifier for the 2021 PIN-MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!

Titan Pinball has generously sponsored this year’s Southwest Regional Pin-Masters AND they’ve increased their cash prize pool commitment by 67% from last year.
Titan Pinball has committed to providing $2500 in cash to the prize pool!

Last year, including entry fees, we gave away just under $3000 in cash.
This year we are hoping that the number gets closer to $5000.

Official Facebook event page is: https://www.facebook.com/events/498459067742274/

Registration Link: http://freeplayinc.com/tickets/

Tee times selected (see when your friends are playing):
http://freeplayinc.com/tickets/players/

We did have quite a few people travel last year so we will be posting hotel information shortly as well (to help with that).

Titan Pinball wants to make sure EVERYONE can win. Thus,
this event has both A and B divisions and CASH will be awarded in both divisions!

$1500 will go to the winner BUT you don’t have to be a pinball wizard to win in this tournament:
“B division” has a $1000 total in cash prize payouts as well – so everyone has a chance to win!!
Additionally, your entry fees will be added to the “A” division prize pool (minus valid expenses for the tournament).

SPECIFIC PRIZE DETAILS:
First Place will win $1500 in cash !!!
This includes $1400 for winning the tournament and $100 for entry into the 2021 IFPA Pin-Masters Championship. The IFPA covers HALF the entry, this $100 represents the other half (separate registration still required once made available by the IFPA).

Additionally:
Trophies or Quality Plaques will be given to top players in each division.

A Division will have Top 8 payouts with 32-63 paid participants
OR Top 16 payouts with 64+ paid participants*

  • Prize pool subject to increase based on participation.

ENTRY:
Regular Entry is $60 per person which is $40 to the tournament and $20 to the venue (granting unlimited access to the venue for both days). Please note that all games at this venue are set for FREE PLAY so no coins are needed.

Registration Link: http://freeplayinc.com/tickets/
Tee times selected (see when your friends are playing):
http://freeplayinc.com/tickets/players/

Novice entry for those that want to play but aren’t interested in the money is FREE with paid admission to Free Play Arcade. This will be based on availability as priority time slots are given to those that pre-register with payment.

AGE LIMITATIONS (per venue requirement):
(1) All children in Free Play Arcade must be directly supervised by a guardian at all times;
(2) anyone under 21 must vacate the arcade by 9:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.
These policies are strictly enforced!
This should not adversely affect ANYONE playing in the tournament.

QUALIFYING:
SATURDAY MAY 30 (Noon to 9 PM Tee Times Available)
There will be 5 tee times available per half hour during qualifying.
Walk-ups will be accepted for any slot times that are not pre-filled and there a 6 “flex” slots available throughout – Thus, the tournament will be limited to a maximum of 96 players.
Each player must complete in ALL nine holes/games. Each player may only qualify once (play all 9 holes once).

On Qualifying Day, since you only need to be present for 9 games/holes, there will also be an IFPA sanctioned SIDE tournament tat everyone can play in. More details about this SIDE event will be posted later (in a separate event posting).

PLAYOFFS / FINALS:
SUNDAY MAY 31, 2019
Check-in for Playoffs starts at 11 AM.
Playoffs will start at NOON
**** Anyone not checked in by NOON will be disqualified and replaced by the next higher seed ****

Prize Pools are determined by number of paid entries plus amount from event sponsor minus tournaments costs.
Prize pools amounts will be announced on Sunday May 31 one I have final numbers.

PAYOUT STRUCTURE FOR A DIVISION:
FIRST Place is $1500. The rest of A division prize pool with be distributed as follows (however amounts will be rounded as needed):
< 64 players – top 8 payout
2nd 25%
3rd 20%
4th 15%
5th 10%
6th 10%
7th 10%
8th 10%

64+ players – top 16 payout
2nd 19%
3rd 15%
4th 10%
5th 6%
6th 6%
7th 6%
8th 6%
9th 4%
10th 4%
11th 4%
12th 4%
13th 4%
14th 4%
15th 4%
16th 4%

PAYOUT STRUCTURE FOR B DIVISION:
Top 8 payout - $1000 pool
1st $310 31%
2nd $200 20%
3rd $150 15%
4th $100 10%
5th $60 6%
6th $60 6%
7th $60 6%
8th $60 6%

Yellow and Red card system will be used to enforce respectful play and behavior – if unfamiliar please ask.

TEE TIME SCHEDULING:
Up to 5 people can be scheduled for each tee time.
Time slots are available EVERY half hour from NOON through 9 PM.
Tee times are scheduled when you register for the tournament.
Registration Link: http://freeplayinc.com/tickets/

Tee Times booked / reserved will be viewable via
http://freeplayinc.com/tickets/players/
(that way you can see when others are scheduled and request to play with your friends!)

You can also reach out via email to Louis Marx, Tournament Director, via email - forum is blocking it but you can get the address at both websites listed in this thread or send him a private message on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Walk-ups welcome based on availability, however, scheduled / pre-paid tee times get priority.

EVENT SPONSOR:
Again, this event is taking place thanks to the generous sponsorship of TITAN PINBALL. Please support Titan Pinball and use their products.

BASIC DETAILS:
Primary Tournament Director: Louis Marx
Backup / Assistant Tournament Directors: Marcus Trevino, Chris Delp, Lora Tennison, Billy Roadifer and Sandra Hegeman.
Note that other tournament officials MAY be appointed prior to the event if needed and this list of directors is subject to change without notice.

Each Pin-Hole will consist of a pinball machine with a TARGET SCORE. As in any golf event, a lower tournament Pin-Strokes score is better. The number of balls it takes for the player to reach that target score will represent the number of Pin-Strokes earned for that hole. Should a player not reach the target score after a full game is completed, a stroke value will be determined based on how close the player was to the target score at the end of their game.

For example, with a target score of 10 million points. A player will continue playing the game until he/she reaches 10 million points. If reached, the number of balls it took to reach that score will be recorded for that Pin-Hole. If the player fails to reach the target score after 5 balls are played, they will be awarded a score based on how close they were to that target:
8,000,000 – 9,999,990 points = 6 strokes
6,000,000 – 7,999,990 points = 7 strokes
4,000,000 – 5,999,990 points = 8 strokes
2,000,000 – 3,999,990 points = 9 strokes
0 – 1,999,990 points = 10 strokes

PLAYOFFS / FINALS will be a Pin-Golf elimination tournament:
There will be a check-in period from 11 AM to Noon on Sunday.
Any playoff contender that does not check in BEFORE NOON will be replaced by the next highest seed among the competitors.

If a player knows they will be late they can reach out to Louis Marx.

As long as the LAST group in your division has not tee-ed off we will accept that person’s entry. Just make sure that Louis Marx knows that the player is on their way – and don’t be too late!
Make sure we acknowledge your message. We are not responsible for tech failures! … even better, just BE ON TIME!

No more than 50% of the original entrants, in multiples of 4 players, will qualify for the A Division playoffs.

The B Division playoffs will be the same size as, or smaller than the A division playoffs. B Division will either be played on a separate group of machines or, if overlap is needed, A Division will get priority.

The A Division playoffs will be started before the B Division playoffs. Even so, ALL check in times are the same (11 AM to Noon).
Playoffs will be played in 4-player groups using Pin-Golf scoring, with a course of 3 holes, the top 2 players advance out of each group. This continues until there is a final group of 4 players. This group will then play in the finals, under the same format.

HOTEL INFORMATION:
The Venue (Free Play Arcade) recommends these hotels (They did not get a block of rooms because they say you can usually find the same hotels CHEAPER online than at the block reserve rate).

  1. Sheraton Arlington Hotel, 4.3 Stars on Google from 1,477 reviews, 2.8 miles away, 1500 Convention Center Dr, Arlington, TX 76011
    2 . Hyatt Place Dallas/Arlington, 4.3 Stars on Google from 560 reviews, 3.3 miles, 2380 E Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76011

Closer to the venue, probably less expensive, these hotels were not mentioned by the venue in any way:

  1. Motel 6 Arlington,TX - UTA, 3.4 Stars on Google from 356 reviews, 1.4 miles, 703 Benge Dr, Arlington, TX 76013
  2. Comfort Suites Arlington - Entertainment District, 4.4 Stars on Google from 582 reviews, 2.4 miles, 411 W Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76011

Please note that Free Play Arcade has no affiliation with the hotels and are bears no responsibility for them.

ENTIRE TOURNAMENT:
No tiebreakers. Ties will ONLY be broken if such is needed to determine the final seed for the playoffs or if there is a tie for first place (in the finals). Tiebreakers will occur on a machine selected using the randomizer function on the matchplay.events website.

Should a player earn an extra ball, they will play it as a continuation of the same Pin-Stroke on that particular Pin-Hole. So an extra ball earned on ball 2 will be a continuation of ball 2.

Tournament Directors are human. We do our best to follow the rules 100% and when in doubt we talk amongst ourselves and consult the IFPA rules. That said, all decisions are final and will follow IFPA standard rules to the best of our abilities.

Please note that poor behavior and/or language may result in a yellow card (warning) or red card (ejection). Anyone ejected from the tournament may be asked to leave and will NOT receive a refund.

I think this is also IFPA WC weekend, FYI

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It is the same weekend.
I have memorial day weekend last year with the silver ball showdown got that weekend this year.

Added hotel info to the ABOUT page. In case you missed it, here is that same info:

The Venue (Free Play Arcade) recommends these hotels (They did not get a block of rooms because they say you can usually find the same hotels CHEAPER online than at the block reserve rate).

  1. Sheraton Arlington Hotel, 4.3 Stars on Google from 1,477 reviews, 2.8 miles away, 1500 Convention Center Dr, Arlington, TX 76011

2 . Hyatt Place Dallas/Arlington, 4.3 Stars on Google from 560 reviews, 3.3 miles, 2380 E Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76011

Closer to the venue, probably less expensive, these hotels were not mentioned by the venue in any way:

  1. Motel 6 Arlington,TX - UTA, 3.4 Stars on Google from 356 reviews, 1.4 miles, 703 Benge Dr, Arlington, TX 76013

  2. Comfort Suites Arlington - Entertainment District, 4.4 Stars on Google from 582 reviews, 2.4 miles, 411 W Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76011

Please note that Free Play Arcade has no affiliation with the hotels and are bears no responsibility for them.