Idaho’s Pinball Wizard Heading to a National Tournament

A lot of people think of pinball as the game of choice in the dark corner at the back of dive bars. So, it may surprise you that the best pinball player in Idaho is none other than a 15 year old girl. And after winning the state championship over the weekend, Aviana Smith is on her way to the national championship. Most of us who put a quarter in a pinball machine just want to keep that little silver ball rolling and score high. But Smith is the best at that in Idaho.

“I only remember pinball coming into my life about five years ago now,” says Smith, “there’s pinball in pretty much every room.” In fact, she has 11 pinball machines in her house. Which means her parents love it too. And her dad is among her toughest competition. “Pinball, I’ve been really happy with because he’s started to admit I may possibly be better,” says Smith. So the question is, what makes her so good?

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