YEGPIN: 2020 Pinball and Arcade Expo - May 1-3, 2020 - Cancelled

Fantastic news! I love the new venue, last year was so much fun. Looking forward to it.

Okay huge YEGPIN update!!!

  • Full website will be live and tickets will go on sale at 10:00am MST on December 15, 2019.
  • A total of 150 VIP tickets will be available once they are gone they are gone, we are going to start with 100 Ultimate VIP Pass and 50 Hardcore Tournament Pass, these amounts available between the two is subject to change depending on popularity of the two options.
  • Two preferred hotels have been secured we have 30 rooms booked at each of them at our rates, book ASAP once full website is live if you want these special rates.
  • We are anticipating over 125 pinball machines and 25 arcade machines at the event making this the biggest pinball and arcade show in all of Canada.
  • Over 1500 people attended the show last year we hope we can continue to grow the community and bring a world class event to the Edmonton area.

New Stuff:

  • There are two types of tickets that will be available this year, Ultimate VIP Pass and Hardcore Tournament Pass both are $150
  • This year you will be able to register for tournaments if you miss out on VIP passes, the tournament registration is a one time fee of $25, you must purchase a daily or weekend pass and tournament entries separately.
  • A nominal entrance fee is now charged to those that are 6-12 years of age, the pinball tournament is free for those that participate.
  • The Pro Pinball Championship and Women’s Canadian Pinball Tournament has been extended over two days.
  • The playoffs for CPC, WCPC, Classics, Pro Pinball and LFPT will all be live streamed this year.
  • The overall prize and cash pool for all tournaments should reach $15K.
  • New donor rewards, EM/Solid State - one entry, Moderns - two entries and Premium/LE versions - three entries for a draw of a brand new pinball machine (we are the only show I know of that provides a brand new machine to those that are kind enough to donate their machine for the weekend).

Please visit www.yegpin.com for more information, the ticket sales will be live at 10:00am MST on December 15, 2019, so don’t miss out at the chance to attend Canada’s signature event.

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You know this really deserves to be a Stern Pro Circuit event. I’ve been saying this for years . . . :wink:

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Yes if you showed up to the event this year we probably wouldn’t have been on the bubble :wink:

My IT team locked me down and removed the ticket detail so here you go…

Hardcore Tournament Pass - $150

  • 3 Day Entrance to YEGPIN
  • VIP Laminate Pass and Lanyard
  • Registration for CPC, Classics, High Stakes and/or Women’s pinball tournaments
  • 20 Pinball Tournament Entries (used for CPC, Classics or Women’s)
  • 1 Pro Pinball Tournament Card
  • Entry Access to VIP Party (Friday)
  • Exclusive VIP Entrance, 1hr head start on show floor 1 hour early on Fri-Sun

Ultimate VIP Pass - $150

  • 3 Day Entrance to YEGPIN
  • VIP Laminate Pass and Lanyard
  • Registration for CPC, Classics, High Stakes and/or Women’s pinball tournaments
  • 2020 YEGPIN T-Shirt designed by Jackson Gee
  • Exclusive YEGPIN Bag
  • Exclusive YEGPIN keychain collectible
  • Limited Edition YEGPIN Tournament Pin-Wipe
  • 20 YCPC or Classics Pinball Tournament Entries
  • Registration for CPC, Classics, Women’s (if applicable) pinball tournaments
  • Access to VIP Party (Friday)
  • Exclusive VIP Entrance, 1hr head start on show floor on Fri-Sun

Is this an event that sells out? I’d like to come up but wouldn’t be able to make that decision until March.

Yes, the VIP passes normally do sellout, not as fast as many US shows due to the number available but last year they did sellout. The great thing is that we have opened up an option for in show registration, it does cost a little more to go that way but at least it is an option for those that can’t commit right away. The only restriction would be if the tournament reaches over 240 competitors but we don’t anticipate that much uptake considering in past year it has been around 150.

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Small Update to previous post:

VIP Tickets will be going on sale for our Annual YEGPIN - Pinball and Arcade Expo at 10:00AM MST on Sunday December 15th, 2019.

The VIP tickets sold out last year for this event so you can’t say you haven’t been warned. There will be 150 tickets available this year as we have increased the amount of tickets due to the overwhelming support for our pinball tournaments and access to the invite only VIP party on Friday.

We have also added a new VIP ticket for those that really want to focus just on the tournaments.

Here are your options this year:

Ultimate VIP Pass - $150 (100 available)

3 Day Entrance to YEGPIN
Limited Edition VIP Laminate Pass and Lanyard designed by Jackson Gee
Free Registration for CPC, Classics tournaments
2020 YEGPIN T-Shirt designed by Jackson Gee
Exclusive YEGPIN Bag
Exclusive YEGPIN keychain collectible
Limited Edition YEGPIN Tournament Pin-Wipe
20 YCPC or Classics Pinball Tournament Entries
1 Women’s Canadian Pinball Championship Entry Card (if applicable)
Registration for CPC, Classics, Women’s (if applicable) pinball tournaments
Access to VIP Party (Friday)
Exclusive VIP Entrance, 1hr head start on show floor on Fri-Sun

Hardcore Tournament VIP Pass - $150 (50 available)

3 Day Entrance to YEGPIN
Limited Edition VIP Laminate Pass and Lanyard designed by Jackson Gee
Free Registration for CPC, Classics pinball tournaments
20 Pinball Tournament Entries (used for CPC, Classics)
1 Pro Pinball Tournament Entry Card
1 Women’s Canadian Pinball Championship Entry Card (if applicable)
Entry Access to VIP Party (Friday)
Exclusive VIP Entrance, 1hr head start on show floor 1 hour early on Fri-Sun

Please note: The format has changed for the Women’s Canadian Pinball Championships. It will now be a two day card based event exactly like the Pro Pinball Tournament, these two tournaments will run on the same machines on Friday and Saturday. We are really wanted to support the growth of Women’s pinball so one card entry will now be included in the VIP packages for those that have designated themselves in that category.

Already, with the initial list of tournament machines that have been submitted, this looks like the best lineup ever. If you happen to miss out on the VIP tickets for this event, you may still be able to still register at the tournament desk for the Main and Classics tournaments at the show as long as we have not reached capacity. However, there is no guarantee so don’t hesitate to be a part of the biggest pinball tournament and show in Canada!!!.

Please visit www.yegpin.com for more information.

Note: For those the many of you that have reached out to me personally if this will be a Stern Circuit event, you heard it from Josh, look like we are in, just awaiting for the final announcement. Regardless, the quality of the experience, standard of machines and prize pool of the tournament is at least on par with any of the current Stern Circuit events so you won’t be disappointed!!!

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:thinking::thinking:

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The debate is that there are 23 events listed there I have not heard of an expansion of Stern Circuit events, so right now the show sits we are at 22nd on the list and from my math out of the running. I don’t want to presume anything at this point and I don’t want to false advertise as ticket sales go ahead on Sunday and have people disappointed if that was the major influence for them attending. We would love the opportunity but until the final list is announced that is our stance.

I know the calendar year still needs to wrap up, but I think your odds are looking pretty good.

V. Criteria for Eligibility

  1. The top 15 of the 20 PAPA Circuit events held in the current season with the highest average WPPR point value over the past 3 years will be invited to be on the Stern Pro Circuit for the following season. The lowest 5 events of those 20 based on average WPPR point value will be dropped from the Stern Pro Circuit the following season, and replaced with the next biggest 5 events. Tournament Directors are welcome to pass on having their event included in the Stern Pro Circuit, in which case we will move down the list to the next biggest event until the schedule is filled.
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That black line you see between event 15 and event 16 is the ‘cut line’ for the existing SPC events. The bottom 5 will not be included in the 2020 season.

YEGPIN will be in. We just can’t finalize anything until the last two SPC events pay their fees, since both of those events would stay on the SPC for next season.

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Awesome!!! Thanks for the confirmation!!!

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Ticket sales go live from the YEGPIN - 2020 Pinball and Arcade Expo at 10:00am MST, do miss out on your chance to snag one of our VIP tickets!!!

The preferred hotels have now been posted onto the site, we are happy to partner with Best Western and Ramada for this years show. We have some awesome rates so please check out the website and book ASAP before they are all gone!!!

Tickets sales have been fast and furious over the past couple of days, there are only 10 VIP tickets in total left for this Stern Circuit event, there are a total of 189 people registered (VIP’s, Volunteers and Donors) for the Canadian Pinball Championship and Classic Pinball Tournament which I believe would make this the biggest tournament ever held in Canada if everyone participates. Be a part of Canadian pinball history and ensure you get your VIP ticket for the show!!!

Once these VIP tickets are sold out there will be no more, however, you will still be able to purchase a weekend pass online or day tickets at the door and there will also be an opportunity to purchase a registration for tournament at the day of event, as long as we do not go over 240 registered competitors.

https://www.yegpin.com/product-category/all_items/

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Heya Question -

Is the prize pool fixed at the values listed for the pump-and dump Main event CPC?

Or is the prize pool variable % payout based on entries sold/played?

Thanks,
-cAyle

We base the payouts for all tournaments on the previous proceeds for YEGPIN each year. In the past years we have consistently paid out at least 125 percent of what we take in for the tournament. In other words we subsidize the tournaments with liquor, merchandise, sponsorships and public ticket sales for event. That payout doesn’t include any of the overhead expenses such as the rental of the space, purchase of equipment, IFPA fees, Stern Circuit fees etc, which all gets paid for by the overall show, so the tournament is a beneficiary of no overhead costs either. If there was a major discrepancy we do have the ability to raise the payouts but we can’t lower them.

Well that is a wrap all VIP’s have been sold to YEGPIN: 2020 Pinball and Arcade Expo. Thanks again to the entire community for contributing to our event.

Please note only weekend passes can be purchased online now at a discounted price which ends on March 1, 2020.

If you want to come to the event and participate in the tournaments you still can. As long as we do not go over 240 competitors you can register directly at the tournament desk for the Canadian Pinball Championship and Classics Pinball Tournament. Also you can register for the Pro Pinball Tournament or Women’s Canadian Pinball Championships as long as we don’t go over 80 competitors. A one time registration fee will be $25 for those that have not purchased a VIP Pass to play in these events.

There will be a number of announcements over the next weeks to give you some extra tidbits on the show. Stay tuned!!!

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It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that the YEGPIN: 2020 Pinball and Arcade Expo scheduled for May 1-3, 2020 is officially cancelled.

This decision has weighed on the minds of team for several weeks now.

We held out as long as we could but have now succumbed to the fact that we simply cannot proceed with the show this year for the following reasons:

· The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 virus a global pandemic;

· The Government of Alberta has declared a public health emergency in the province;

· The venue has closed its doors indefinitely, with no open or future date availability;

· Our event insurance wasn’t going to be covered in the event of any COVID-19 liability;

· We not could ensure the protection, safety and security of our volunteers and guests on the scheduled dates of the event

We cannot put into words how devastating this announcement is to our team, volunteers, donors, vendors, sponsors, VIP’s and the general public that have supported us and helped shaped our show to what it is today.

YEGPIN is a nine month commitment for our executive team and I want to personally thank them for all of the sacrifices throughout the year as their commitment never wavered in making sure that we delivered another world class show for our participants.

Unfortunately, with this announcement comes significant cost to our show, we will be immediately refunding all purchases for VIP and weekend passes please be patient with this process as we will be individually emailing all participants. Thankfully, the Die Hard Pinball League has be prudent as a non-profit society and has the reserve funding to be able to withstand our losses for this year’s show.

Thank you for reaching out in regards to helping out, but our preference not hold commitments for 2021 and we will be processing a refund for those whom have purchased tickets. For those that would like to contribute or support the event further those options will be stated in the email you receive and we appreciate your support.

We have never been about Go Fund Me campaigns, we have always done things on our own, have been self funded, used homegrown resources all of these years and that will never change!!! All that we ask is that you consider coming back to a future show and continue to support location pinball and arcade in your local cities as they will need it more than ever to survive!!!

As for a future event, we are uncommitted right now, but it is our intent to try to push forward in some capacity and deliver another world class show in the future. We want to thank all of you that have reached out to us, all of you that have had kind words and have had sympathy for our situation.

We apologize for the inconvenience, to all of those that committed from across the province, across Canada and internationally to come and visit our show and hope this does not detour you from coming back again.

Thanks again for your support,

Derek Thomson
President, Die Hard Pinball League
Event Director, YEGPIN: 2020 Pinball and Arcade Expo
diehardpinball@gmail.com
www.diehardpinball.ca

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