THE BEAST is coming to Buffalo, NY, August 4-6, 2023. 4 pinball tournaments (Main, Classics, Women’s, 3 strikes), with big cash, prizes, trophies and IFPA Certified action at its best. Players of all skill levels and ages are invited.
THE BEAST will be held at Pocketeer Billiards, 2444 Clinton St., in Buffalo, NY. All tournament games will be on free play! The pinball action can be viewed on Twitch thanks to The Casselmans on their Twitch channel The Pinballers at www.twitch.tv/pinballers
Weekend passes for THE BEAST are $80 and go on sale on Saturday, April 15 at 10am ET online at The Beast – Pinball Profile (and also on Pinball Profile Facebook group page). Limited to the first 120 players. Confirmation and payment option will be sent once registration form is completed. A wait list will be taken for those not in the first 120 with paid registration. Payment (via Venmo or PayPal) will be required by Monday, April 17th at 6pm ET for those registered online, otherwise your reservation for THE BEAST will be removed and go on the waitlist. Those who pay before Monday, April 17th at 6pm ET will receive an early bird bonus of 7 free game entries (a $20 value)! This registration fee covers usage of pinball machines (turned to free play), IFPA fees, trophies, and other tournament expenses.
For THE BEAST Main, Classics, and Women’s Tournaments players can purchase unlimited tickets to play individual games on their respective tournament machines (Herb style format). Each player’s best score on each machine is tracked and those scores are ranked against the other competitor’s scores on that machine using the Never Drains software. Players receive an aggregate of their machine rankings on their required number of games in each tournament to determine their overall qualifying position. Tickets are priced at 3 for $10, and 7 for $20 (cash sales only at the Event). All money from paid tickets goes into the prize pools. All playoff finalists for THE BEAST Main, Classics and Women’s receive cash prizes based on their finishing position. Additional prizes are given to the top 4 from their respective tournament sponsors. Final payouts are determined by their tournament’s prize pools based on paid entries, which will be updated in real time on Never Drains software on Day 2. There will also be random prize draws throughout THE BEAST.
THE BEAST Main Tournament presented in part by PinShades features up to 14 LCD, DMD, and solid state pinball machines. Qualifying happens all day, both Friday and Saturday. Your top scores on 7 different machines determine your ranking. At the end of qualifying Saturday night, the top 24 players will play in the playoffs to be held Sunday, August 6 at 10am. Top 8 players receive a bye. Cash prizes for top 24, and trophies for top 4. This IFPA Certified Main tournament is scheduled for 200% TGP.
THE BEAST Classics Tournament presented in part by LTC Pinball features up to 10 solid state and EM pinball machines. Qualifying happens all day Friday and on Saturday until 4pm. Your top scores on 6 different machines determine your ranking. At the end of qualifying Saturday at 4pm, the top 24 players will play in the playoffs to be held later that Saturday afternoon. Top 8 players receive a bye.
Cash prizes for top 24, and trophies for top 4. This IFPA Certified Classics tournament is scheduled for 190% TGP.
THE BEAST Women’s Tournament presented in part by 4evertheflip features up to 8 pinball machines. Qualifying happens all day Friday until midnight. Your top scores on 5 different machines determine your ranking. At the end of qualifying Friday night at midnight, (*up to) the top 12 players will play in the Finals to be held Saturday morning, August 5. (*based on 24 or more players in the Women’s Tournament as per IFPA playoff rules). Cash prizes for each playoff player, and trophies for top 4.
THE BEAST 3 Strikes Tournament is Sunday morning at 11am. Cost is $20 (cash sales only). Sign up for this event is Sunday morning at 10am, first come, first serve. Maximum number of players is 56. Machines to be used will consist of the machines used in the earlier Classics & Women’s Tournaments. Players will play in a 4 (or 3) player group each round. In a 4 player group, the last 2 places will receive a strike. In a 3 player group, only the player in 3rd place will receive a strike. When a player has 3 total strikes, they are eliminated from the tournament. Top 4 finishers will receive cash prizes* of 1st - $400 + trophy, 2nd - $300, 3rd - $200, and 4th - $100 (*based on 56 players)
Assisting with THE BEAST will be tournament directors Adam Becker and Jeff Teolis. Helping from the tech side will be Adam Becker, David Fix, Shane Jackson, and Bruce Nightingale. A volunteer schedule and shift availability will be made later. Volunteers will receive a set number of free entries for each shift they volunteer. They will be allowed to participate in the volunteer only qualifying period Saturday, Aug. 5 from 9-10am, in which they can use their entries for the Main and Classics tournaments.
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Once your $80 registration is paid, if you need to withdraw from THE BEAST, you can receive a 100% refund up until Mon., May 15. From May 16-June 15, you can receive a 75% refund. From June 16-July 15, you can receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given beyond July 15.