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2015-16 PAPA Pinball Tournament Circuit

The purpose of the PAPA Circuit is to raise the awareness of competitive pinball by showcasing high-level tournaments and associated events. PAPA believes by supporting the highest caliber of events and helping share information between them, we will create a positive working environment wherein all events improve and newcomers will feel safe in spending the time and money necessary to attend. Where one succeeds, others can learn from those successes and improve.

Overview

Schedule:

The annual PAPA Circuit schedule is determined solely by tournament directors and competitors. Directors whose tournaments meet a list of established criteria, and who submit their tournaments for inclusion, will have their events added to the list of potential candidates. During January of each year, any player who has competed in a Circuit event during the previous season is eligible to vote on the events listed. The top twenty events, as determined by the votes, will be added to the PAPA Circuit schedule for the following year. Tournament directors who would like to be included on the PAPA Circuit schedule are encouraged to run good events and engage their players in a positive way.

Several PAPA Circuit events are broadcast live on PAPAtv! Tune in for our next event!

Circuit Standings:

PAPA Circuit BeltEach Circuit event is worth the same number of points toward our annual PAPA Circuit Standings, and all players are eligible to compete. Each player’s ten best results during the Circuit season contribute to their final point total.

At the end of the PAPA Circuit season, the top forty ranked players will be invited to compete in the Circuit Final tournament the day before the PAPA World Championships.

The PAPA Circuit Final is an invitation-only, no-entry-fee-required event where all contestants who qualify win prize money. The Circuit Final is a unique competitive event that pits each season’s best performers against one another in a last-man-standing tournament format.

Players who place in the top 24 at any of the Circuit events will be awarded points toward the overall standings, as described below. Each player’s ten best results contribute points to their total for ranking purposes.

Rank Points
1st 100
2nd 75
3rd 60
4th 50
5th 45
6th 40
7th 35
8th 30
Rank Points
9th 28
10th 26
11th 24
12th 22
13th 20
14th 18
15th 16
16th 14
Rank Points
17th 12
18th 11
19th 10
20th 9
21st 8
22nd 7
23rd 6
24th 5

Circuit Final:

At the end of the PAPA Circuit season, the top forty ranked players are invited to compete in the Circuit Final. Twelve machines will be made available for the duration of the tournament.

In the first round, all players will be grouped by seed into ten groups of four players. Each group of four players will compete on four different machines, with the highest seeded player given the choice of choosing the game to be played or determining order of play. At the end of the four-game round, two players will advance out of each group into the second round, which will function similarly to the first.

At the start of the third round, the remaining ten players will be placed in a ladder-style bracket based on their original seeds. The bottom four players will compete in a single game, with the lowest scoring player being removed from the contest and replaced by the next highest seed. When only two players remain, they will compete in a best two-games-out-of-three series to determine the Circuit Champion and decide who takes home the PAPA Circuit Belt!

Schedule & Champions


TournamentDate Winner  
PAPA Circuit Final201604/06/16Keith ElwinPA2015-16 PAPA Circuit
Louisville Arcade Expo201603/06/16Cryss StephensKY2015-16 PAPA Circuit
MagFest201602/21/16Levi NaymanD.C.2015-16 PAPA Circuit
INDISC201601/17/16Keith ElwinCA2015-16 PAPA Circuit
City Champ201512/13/16Tim HansenCA2015-16 PAPA Circuit
Free-Play Florida201511/22/16Jason WerdrickFL2015-16 PAPA Circuit
Pinball Expo201510/18/16Steve BowdenIL2015-16 PAPA Circuit
Northwest Pinball Championship201508/30/16Robert GagnoWA2015-16 PAPA Circuit
Pinburgh 2015 - Division A201508/02/16Zach SharpePA2015-16 PAPA Circuit
California Extreme201507/19/16Jim BelsitoCA2015-16 PAPA Circuit
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo201506/21/16Chris BaslerGA2015-16 PAPA Circuit
Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show201506/07/16Dave StewartWA2015-16 PAPA Circuit
Pittsburgh Pinball Open201505/31/16David RielPA2015-16 PAPA Circuit
Lyons Spring Classic201505/24/16Donavan SteppCO2015-16 PAPA Circuit
Cactus Jack’s Silverball Showdown201504/26/16Chris BaslerOK2015-16 PAPA Circuit
Pinbrawl201504/19/16Raymond DavidsonOR2015-16 PAPA Circuit
Michigan Pinball Expo201504/12/16Alex HarmonMI2015-16 PAPA Circuit
IFPA Pin-Masters201503/29/16Robert GagnoNV2015-16 PAPA Circuit
PAPA 18 World Championships – Division A201503/15/16Keith ElwinPA2015-16 PAPA Circuit

Standings

2015-16 Circuit Standings


# Name Points PAPA 18 Pin-Masters MPE Pinbrawl Cactus Lyons PPO Northwest Southern CAX Pinburgh NWPC Expo Free-Play City INDISC MagFest Louisville
1 Raymond Davidson 501 75 100 75 26 75 75 75
2 Robert Gagno 373 43 100 25 60 45 100
3 Zach Sharpe 357 27 60 100 25 60 50 35
4 Trent Augenstein 323 10 40 28 20 75 75 45 30
5 Keith Elwin 310 100 60 50 100
6 Kevin Birrell 267 43 50 50 50 28 26 20
7 Chris Basler 263 30 33 100 100
8 Jim Belsito 254 17 24 100 45 8 60
9 Steven Bowden 249 11 9 100 11 75 43
10 Jason Werdrick 236 12 60 22 9 100 18 15
11 Alex Harmon 232 100 40 43 24 25
12 Bob Matthews 227 45 24 29 45 40 9 20 9 6
13 Joshua Henderson 225 6 60 75 24 60
14 Dave Stewart 224 12 100 11 30 45 26
15 Donavan Stepp 169 100 9 60
16 Karl DeAngelo 161 24 28 38 38 33
17 Adam Lefkoff 156 50 43 35 28
18 Andy Rosa 148 10 26 20 17 75
19 Adam McKinnie 142 28 50 45 19
20 Josh Sharpe 139 20 40 12 17 50
21 Tim Tournay 131 60 45 8 18
22 Eric Wagensonner 128 38 7 50 33
23 David Riel 126 100 17 9
Tim Hansen 126 26 100
25 Maka Honig 122 75 35 12
26 Escher Lefkoff 114 50 45 19
27 Andrei Massenkoff 106 12 48 20 26
28 Cryss Stephens 105 5 100
29 Ed Zeltmann 100 50 50
Levi Nayman 100 100
31 Per Schwarzenberger 98 14 75 9
32 Evan Bingham 93 60 33
33 Ben Granger 92 50 30 12
34 Germain Mariolle 91 9 9 20 20 15 18
35 Brian Shepherd 89 25 18 26 20
36 Johnny Modica 88 48 40
37 Bowen Kerins 86 60 26
38 Derek Fugate 85 22 24 11 28
39 Sanjay Shah 83 6 26 6 20 25
40 Jon Replogle 82 45 25 12
cutoff — cutoff — cutoff — cutoff — cutoff — cutoff — cutoff — cutoff — cutoff — cutoff — cutoff
41 Brian Dye 78 9 26 43
Dave Hubbard 78 38 40
43 Joe Scaletta 75 75
Kevin McCarthy 75 75
Paul Madison 75 75
Rob Cross 75 75
Robert Byers 75 75
Scott Kutheis 75 75
49 Chris Chinn 71 9 20 12 30
Jorian Engelbrektsson 71 43 28
51 Andrew Rosa II 70 20 50
Tim Riehl 70 10 60
53 Steve Hill 69 9 60
54 Garrett Hays 67 43 24
55 Todd Rafacz 66 25 20 14 7
56 Eden Stamm 64 40 24
57 Eric Fisher 62 17 35 3 7
58 Aaron Nelson 61 11 50
Chris Warren 61 40 12 9
60 Chris Tabaka 60 50 10
Francesco La Rocca 60 9 8 16 17 10
Joe Said 60 60
Joey Springer 60 60
John Cambareri 60 60
Mike Miller 60 60
66 Cayle George 57 27 30
67 Jon Drew 54 45 9
68 Timothy Street 52 30 22
69 Jeff Gagnon 51 14 25 12
Nicholas Polimenakos 51 35 16
71 Brett Emerson 50 50
72 Fred Cochran 49 24 25
Jack Benson 49 40 9
74 Alysa Parks 48 30 18
75 Greg Poverelli 46 16 30
76 Justin Bath 45 45
77 Aaron Metz 44 20 24
Brian O’Neill 44 26 18
79 Gene X Hwang 43 43
John Delzoppo 43 8 35
Matt Cerny 43 43
Sebastian Bobbio 43 3 40
83 Sagel Frazier 42 17 7 18
84 Damien Charlety 40 35 5
Nathan Stellhorn 40 40
86 Grant Mortenson 38 35 3
87 Mats Runsten 35 35
Sunshine Bon 35 8 27
Tyler Wilkin 35 35
Zachary Parks 35 35
91 Dale Geiger 34 24 10
Phil Birnbaum 34 16 18
93 Andy Cobb 33 33
Dean Grover 33 33
John Gimera 33 33
Kevin Nickel 33 33
Kevin Ryan 33 33
Noah Davis 33 33
99 Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen 32 30 2
Joe Kosack 32 17 15
Lyman Sheats 32 17 15
102 Adam Becker 30 6 24
Mahesh Murthy 30 30
Phil Grimaldi 30 30
105 Erik Gust 29 29
106 Aaron Bendickson 28 17 11
Jeff Lee 28 28
Tony Pierce 28 28
109 Blake Mitchell 27 25 2
Mike Lukianoff 27 27
111 Alex Tada 26 2 24
Dan Coyle 26 14 12
Greg Galanter 26 26
Nate Robinson 26 26
Salem Ayoob 26 26
Walter Hurwitz 26 5 21
117 Adam Higgins 25 25
Chad Bruhaug 25 25
Kevin Neale 25 25
Mark Pearson 25 14 11
Michael Morrison 25 25
Nick Taseris 25 25
Patrick Brogan 25 25
124 Ken Kemp 24 24
Mike Pantoliano 24 24
Tim Sexton 24 24
127 Fred Richardson 23 20 3
128 Aaron Grabowski 22 22
Andrew Pancoast 22 10 12
Chris Compton 22 22
Daniele Acciari 22 22
Dominic Kacich 22 22
Louise Wagensonner 22 11 11
134 James Squires 21 21
Joe Geneau 21 12 9
136 Colin Urban 20 20
Josh Tidmore 20 20
Tim Moyers 20 20
139 Nathaniel Gibson 18 18
Phil Harmon 18 18
Tom Neighbors 18 18
Tony Urso 18 18
Zac Wollons 18 7 11
144 Anthony Rice 17 17
Chris Rhodes 17 17
Colin MacAlpine 17 17
Dave Kiss 17 17
Margo Gillispie 17 17
Matty Cheramy 17 17
Nathan Haas 17 17
Steve Cartoon 17 17
152 Christer Holm 16 16
Matt Leeper 16 16
Matthew Clark 16 7 9
Shannon Stafford 16 16
156 Darren Ensley 15 15
Hannah Holmberg 15 15
Jeremy Hakes 15 15
Lee Moscaritolo 15 7 8
Martin Ayub 15 15
161 Jonas Johansson 14 14
Marcus Trevino 14 14
Roy Wils 14 14
Scott August 14 14
Tyler Sutton 14 14
166 Al Thomka 12 12
Craig Aker 12 12
Jeremy Williams 12 12
Levi Fels 12 12
Maurice Pelletier 12 12
Nycole Hyatt 12 7 5
172 Brian Kaiser 11 11
Gilles Melanson 11 11
Jarrett Gaddy 11 11
Rob Huffman 11 11
Sean Grant 11 8 3
Terry Groves 11 11
Trevor McDonald 11 11
Zach McCarthy 11 11
180 Brandon Tibbetts 10 10
Cassie Freeman 10 10
Gavin Keable 10 10
Rodney Minch 10 10
Todd Williams 10 10
185 Alex Samonte 9 9
Chris Frame 9 9
Dave Hegge 9 9
Dayvv Brooks 9 9
Drew Donohue 9 9
Joe Kennedy 9 9
John Hurd 9 9
John Kremmer 9 9
Kayla Greet 9 9
Ken Johnson 9 9
Kris Fast 9 9
Mathew Peterson 9 9
Pat Norton 9 9
Patrick Pietras 9 9
Pete Hendricks 9 9
Ryan Spindler 9 9
Shawn Haley 9 9
Stu Allison 9 9
Todd MacCulloch 9 9
204 David Joud 8 8
Justin Searles 8 8
Michael Mattsson 8 8
Michael Tibbetts 8 8
Sean Stastica 8 8
Todd Seaver 8 8
210 Alex Benito 7 7
Andrew Hassell 7 7
Brandon Blake 7 7
Curtis Baker 7 7
Daniel Purdy 7 7
Gary Broxterman 7 7
Howard Dobson 7 7
Jay Hollopeter 7 7
Jeff McElhannon 7 7
Rick Prince 7 7
Robert Sutter 7 7
Scott Durfee 7 7
Will McKinney 7 7
223 Adam Jenkins 6 6
Art Dodd 6 6
Atticus Palmer 6 6
Carole Carroll 6 6
Doug Bartos 6 6
James Lawrence 6 6
Jason Scheffelmaer 6 6
Laura McCarthy 6 6
231 Brian Dominy 5 5
Matt Hatch 5 5
Will Krusa 5 5
234 Travis Batty 3 3
235 Chris Lindboe 2 2
Jordan Hudson 2 2
Matt Willmarth 2 2
Sergey Posrednikov 2 2

PAPA 18 World Championships: March 12-15, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Keith Elwin 100
2 Raymond Davidson 75
3 Bowen Kerins 60
4 Adam Lefkoff 50
5 Jorian Engelbrektsson 43
Robert Gagno 43
7 Mats Runsten 35
8 Chris Basler 30
9 Cayle George 27
Zach Sharpe 27
11 Karl DeAngelo 24
12 Daniele Acciari 22
13 Josh Sharpe 20
14 Jim Belsito 17
Lyman Sheats 17
16 Roy Wils 14
17 Andrei Massenkoff 12
Jason Werdrick 12
19 Andy Rosa 10
Trent Augenstein 10
21 Sean Grant 8
22 Robert Sutter 7
23 Adam Becker 6
Joshua Henderson 6

IFPA Pin-Masters: March 27-29, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Robert Gagno 100
2 Paul Madison 75
3 Zach Sharpe 60
4 Andrei Massenkoff 48
Johnny Modica 48
6 Josh Sharpe 40
7 Chris Basler 33
Noah Davis 33
9 Karl DeAngelo 28
10 Salem Ayoob 26
11 Jim Belsito 24
12 Derek Fugate 22
13 Fred Richardson 20
14 Tom Neighbors 18
15 Phil Birnbaum 16
16 Jeff Gagnon 14
17 Dave Stewart 12
18 Aaron Nelson 11
19 Tim Riehl 10
20 John Delzoppo 8
21 Will McKinney 7
22 Jason Scheffelmaer 6
23 Sean Grant 3
Travis Batty 3

Michigan Pinball Expo: April 10-12, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Alex Harmon 100
2 Rob Cross 75
3 Jason Werdrick 60
4 Chris Tabaka 50
5 Bob Matthews 45
6 Jack Benson 40
7 Zachary Parks 35
8 Alysa Parks 30
9 Jeff Lee 28
10 Andy Rosa 26
11 Derek Fugate 24
12 Aaron Grabowski 22
13 Andrew Rosa II 20
14 Phil Harmon 18
15 Matt Leeper 16
16 Scott August 14
17 Maurice Pelletier 12
18 Terry Groves 11
19 Rodney Minch 10
20 Pat Norton 9
21 Todd Seaver 8
22 Brandon Blake 7
23 Doug Bartos 6
24 Matt Hatch 5

Pinbrawl: April 19, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Raymond Davidson 100
2 Maka Honig 75
3 Tim Tournay 60
4 Aaron Nelson 50
5 Garrett Hays 43
Kevin Birrell 43
7 Andy Cobb 33
Kevin Nickel 33
9 Blake Mitchell 25
Jeff Gagnon 25
Robert Gagno 25
Todd Rafacz 25
13 Aaron Bendickson 17
Anthony Rice 17
Chris Rhodes 17
Sagel Frazier 17
17 Chris Chinn 9
Francesco La Rocca 9
Germain Mariolle 9
Kayla Greet 9
Ken Johnson 9
Kris Fast 9
Mathew Peterson 9
Steve Hill 9

Cactus Jack’s Silverball Showdown: April 24-26, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Chris Basler 100
2 Robert Byers 75
3 Steve Hill 60
4 Brett Emerson 50
5 Jon Drew 45
6 Trent Augenstein 40
7 Grant Mortenson 35
8 Phil Grimaldi 30
9 Adam McKinnie 28
10 Bob Matthews 24
Garrett Hays 24
Ken Kemp 24
13 Josh Tidmore 20
14 Colin MacAlpine 17
Eric Fisher 17
16 Marcus Trevino 14
17 Craig Aker 12
18 Brian Kaiser 11
Rob Huffman 11
20 Dayvv Brooks 9
21 Alex Benito 7
Andrew Hassell 7
Gary Broxterman 7
Jay Hollopeter 7

Lyons Spring Classic: May 22-24, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Donavan Stepp 100
2 Kevin McCarthy 75
3 Tim Riehl 60
4 Escher Lefkoff 50
5 Adam Lefkoff 43
Matt Cerny 43
7 Dean Grover 33
Kevin Ryan 33
9 Adam Higgins 25
Kevin Neale 25
Michael Morrison 25
Patrick Brogan 25
13 Margo Gillispie 17
Matty Cheramy 17
Nathan Haas 17
Steve Cartoon 17
17 Levi Fels 12
18 Zach McCarthy 11
19 Cassie Freeman 10
20 Joe Kennedy 9
21 Justin Searles 8
Sean Stastica 8
23 Carole Carroll 6
Laura McCarthy 6

Pittsburgh Pinball Open: May 29, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 David Riel 100
2 Joe Scaletta 75
3 Evan Bingham 60
4 Ed Zeltmann 50
5 Jon Replogle 45
6 Alex Harmon 40
7 John Delzoppo 35
8 Mahesh Murthy 30
9 Trent Augenstein 28
10 Greg Galanter 26
11 Fred Cochran 24
12 Jason Werdrick 22
13 Aaron Metz 20
14 Nathaniel Gibson 18
15 Greg Poverelli 16
16 Tyler Sutton 14
17 Al Thomka 12
18 Steven Bowden 11
19 Chris Tabaka 10
20 Pete Hendricks 9
21 Francesco La Rocca 8
22 Matthew Clark 7
23 Sanjay Shah 6
24 Cryss Stephens 5

Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show: June 5-7, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Dave Stewart 100
2 Raymond Davidson 75
3 Robert Gagno 60
4 Kevin Birrell 50
5 Tim Tournay 45
6 Eden Stamm 40
7 Nicholas Polimenakos 35
8 Bob Matthews 29
Erik Gust 29
10 Chad Bruhaug 25
Nick Taseris 25
12 Chris Chinn 20
Colin Urban 20
Todd Rafacz 20
15 Hannah Holmberg 15
Martin Ayub 15
17 Jeff Gagnon 12
18 Louise Wagensonner 11
19 Gavin Keable 10
20 Germain Mariolle 9
Stu Allison 9
22 Nycole Hyatt 7
Sagel Frazier 7
24 Alex Tada 2
Blake Mitchell 2
Jordan Hudson 2
Sergey Posrednikov 2

Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo: June 19-21, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Chris Basler 100
2 Scott Kutheis 75
3 Joshua Henderson 60
4 Adam McKinnie 50
5 Bob Matthews 45
6 Chris Warren 40
7 Eric Fisher 35
8 Timothy Street 30
9 Tony Pierce 28
10 Sanjay Shah 26
11 Aaron Metz 24
12 Chris Compton 22
13 Trent Augenstein 20
14 Alysa Parks 18
15 Francesco La Rocca 16
16 Dan Coyle 14
17 Joe Geneau 12
18 Derek Fugate 11
19 Andrew Pancoast 10
20 Patrick Pietras 9
21 Sunshine Bon 8
22 Curtis Baker 7
23 James Lawrence 6
24 Will Krusa 5

California Extreme: July 18-19, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Jim Belsito 100
2 Joshua Henderson 75
3 Joey Springer 60
4 Kevin Birrell 50
5 Robert Gagno 45
6 Eric Wagensonner 38
Karl DeAngelo 38
8 Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen 30
9 Bowen Kerins 26
Raymond Davidson 26
Tim Hansen 26
12 Andrei Massenkoff 20
Germain Mariolle 20
Tim Moyers 20
15 Christer Holm 16
16 Per Schwarzenberger 14
17 Dave Stewart 11
Jarrett Gaddy 11
Trevor McDonald 11
20 Alex Samonte 9
John Kremmer 9
22 Rick Prince 7
Zac Wollons 7
24 Walter Hurwitz 5

Pinburgh 2015: July 30-August 2, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Zach Sharpe 100
2 Raymond Davidson 75
3 Keith Elwin 60
4 Kevin Birrell 50
5 Jim Belsito 45
6 Dave Hubbard 38
Karl DeAngelo 38
8 Cayle George 30
9 Jorian Engelbrektsson 28
10 Adam Becker 24
Dale Geiger 24
Joshua Henderson 24
13 Andy Rosa 20
14 Dave Kiss 17
Joe Kosack 17
16 Jonas Johansson 14
17 Josh Sharpe 12
18 Donavan Stepp 9
John Hurd 9
Jon Drew 9
Matthew Clark 9
Steven Bowden 9
23 Eric Fisher 3
Fred Richardson 3
Grant Mortenson 3
Sebastian Bobbio 3

Northwest Pinball Championships: August 28-30, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Robert Gagno 100
2 Raymond Davidson 75
3 John Cambareri 60
4 Keith Elwin 50
5 Adam McKinnie 45
6 Bob Matthews 40
7 Maka Honig 35
8 Dave Stewart 30
9 Kevin Birrell 28
10 Alex Tada 24
Eden Stamm 24
Mike Pantoliano 24
13 Germain Mariolle 20
14 Sagel Frazier 18
15 Nicholas Polimenakos 16
16 Todd Rafacz 14
17 Chris Chinn 12
18 Aaron Bendickson 11
19 Brandon Tibbetts 10
20 Shawn Haley 9
21 Michael Tibbetts 8
22 Lee Moscaritolo 7
23 Adam Jenkins 6
24 Nycole Hyatt 5

Pinball Expo: October 14-18, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Steven Bowden 100
2 Trent Augenstein 75
3 Joshua Henderson 60
4 Ben Granger 50
5 Alex Harmon 43
Gene X Hwang 43
7 Evan Bingham 33
John Gimera 33
9 Brian Shepherd 25
Fred Cochran 25
Jon Replogle 25
Zach Sharpe 25
13 Andy Rosa 17
David Riel 17
Francesco La Rocca 17
Josh Sharpe 17
17 Bob Matthews 9
Brian Dye 9
Chris Frame 9
Dave Hegge 9
Jack Benson 9
Jason Werdrick 9
Ryan Spindler 9
Todd MacCulloch 9

Free-Play Florida: November 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Jason Werdrick 100
2 Trent Augenstein 75
3 Zach Sharpe 60
4 Josh Sharpe 50
5 Escher Lefkoff 45
6 Sebastian Bobbio 40
7 Adam Lefkoff 35
8 Ben Granger 30
9 Derek Fugate 28
10 Brian Dye 26
11 Alex Harmon 24
12 Timothy Street 22
13 Bob Matthews 20
14 Brian Shepherd 18
15 Shannon Stafford 16
16 Mark Pearson 14
17 Chris Warren 12
Dan Coyle 12
19 Francesco La Rocca 10
20 Joe Geneau 9
21 Lee Moscaritolo 8
22 Eric Wagensonner 7
23 Atticus Palmer 6
24 Brian Dominy 5

City Championship: December 12-13, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Tim Hansen 100
2 Per Schwarzenberger 75
3 Mike Miller 60
4 Eric Wagensonner 50
5 Dave Stewart 45
6 Nathan Stellhorn 40
7 Damien Charlety 35
8 Chris Chinn 30
9 Andrei Massenkoff 26
Brian O’Neill 26
Nate Robinson 26
12 James Squires 21
Walter Hurwitz 21
14 Tony Urso 18
15 Darren Ensley 15
Germain Mariolle 15
17 Jeremy Williams 12
18 Louise Wagensonner 11
Zac Wollons 11
20 David Joud 8
Jim Belsito 8
Michael Mattsson 8
Tim Tournay 8
24 Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen 2
Chris Lindboe 2
Matt Willmarth 2

INDISC: January 2016
Rank Name Points
1 Keith Elwin 100
2 Raymond Davidson 75
3 Jim Belsito 60
4 Zach Sharpe 50
5 Trent Augenstein 45
6 Johnny Modica 40
7 Eric Wagensonner 33
Karl DeAngelo 33
9 Brian Shepherd 26
Dave Stewart 26
Kevin Birrell 26
12 Brian O’Neill 18
Germain Mariolle 18
Jason Werdrick 18
Phil Birnbaum 18
Tim Tournay 18
17 Maka Honig 12
18 Mark Pearson 11
Steven Bowden 11
20 Bob Matthews 9
Per Schwarzenberger 9
22 Todd Rafacz 7
23 Sanjay Shah 6
24 Damien Charlety 5

MagFest: January 2016
Rank Name Points
1 Levi Nayman 100
2 Steven Bowden 75
3 Joe Said 60
4 Ed Zeltmann 50
5 Justin Bath 45
6 Dave Hubbard 40
7 Tyler Wilkin 35
8 Greg Poverelli 30
9 Mike Lukianoff 27
Sunshine Bon 27
11 Tim Sexton 24
12 Brian Shepherd 20
Kevin Birrell 20
Sanjay Shah 20
15 Jeremy Hakes 15
Joe Kosack 15
17 Andrew Pancoast 12
18 Gilles Melanson 11
19 Dale Geiger 10
Todd Williams 10
21 Daniel Purdy 7
Howard Dobson 7
Jeff McElhannon 7
Scott Durfee 7

Louisville Arcade Expo: March 2016
Rank Name Points
1 Cryss Stephens 100
2 Andy Rosa 75
3 Donavan Stepp 60
4 Andrew Rosa II 50
5 Brian Dye 43
Steven Bowden 43
7 Zach Sharpe 35
8 Trent Augenstein 30
9 Adam Lefkoff 28
10 Alex Harmon 25
Sanjay Shah 25
12 Dominic Kacich 22
13 Adam McKinnie 19
Escher Lefkoff 19
15 Jason Werdrick 15
Lyman Sheats 15
17 Ben Granger 12
Jon Replogle 12
19 Chris Warren 9
David Riel 9
Drew Donohue 9
22 Eric Fisher 7
23 Art Dodd 6
Bob Matthews 6


Name Wins Points
Raymond Davidson 1 501
Robert Gagno 2 373
Zach Sharpe 1 357
Trent Augenstein 323
Keith Elwin 2 310
Kevin Birrell 267
Chris Basler 2 263
Jim Belsito 1 254
Steven Bowden 1 249
Jason Werdrick 1 236
Alex Harmon 1 232
Bob Matthews 227
Joshua Henderson 225
Dave Stewart 1 224
Donavan Stepp 1 169
Karl DeAngelo 161
Adam Lefkoff 156
Andy Rosa 148
Adam McKinnie 142
Josh Sharpe 139
Tim Tournay 131
Eric Wagensonner 128
David Riel 1 126
Tim Hansen 1 126
Maka Honig 122
Escher Lefkoff 114
Andrei Massenkoff 106
Cryss Stephens 1 105
Ed Zeltmann 100
Levi Nayman 1 100
Per Schwarzenberger 98
Evan Bingham 93
Ben Granger 92
Germain Mariolle 91
Brian Shepherd 89
Johnny Modica 88
Bowen Kerins 86
Derek Fugate 85
Sanjay Shah 83
Jon Replogle 82

PAPA 18 World Championships: March 12-15, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Keith Elwin 100
2 Raymond Davidson 75
3 Bowen Kerins 60
4 Adam Lefkoff 50
5 Jorian Engelbrektsson 43
Robert Gagno 43
7 Mats Runsten 35
8 Chris Basler 30
9 Cayle George 27
Zach Sharpe 27
11 Karl DeAngelo 24
12 Daniele Acciari 22
13 Josh Sharpe 20
14 Jim Belsito 17
Lyman Sheats 17
16 Roy Wils 14
17 Andrei Massenkoff 12
Jason Werdrick 12
19 Andy Rosa 10
Trent Augenstein 10
21 Sean Grant 8
22 Robert Sutter 7
23 Adam Becker 6
Joshua Henderson 6

IFPA Pin-Masters: March 27-29, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Robert Gagno 100
2 Paul Madison 75
3 Zach Sharpe 60
4 Andrei Massenkoff 48
Johnny Modica 48
6 Josh Sharpe 40
7 Chris Basler 33
Noah Davis 33
9 Karl DeAngelo 28
10 Salem Ayoob 26
11 Jim Belsito 24
12 Derek Fugate 22
13 Fred Richardson 20
14 Tom Neighbors 18
15 Phil Birnbaum 16
16 Jeff Gagnon 14
17 Dave Stewart 12
18 Aaron Nelson 11
19 Tim Riehl 10
20 John Delzoppo 8
21 Will McKinney 7
22 Jason Scheffelmaer 6
23 Sean Grant 3
Travis Batty 3

Michigan Pinball Expo: April 10-12, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Alex Harmon 100
2 Rob Cross 75
3 Jason Werdrick 60
4 Chris Tabaka 50
5 Bob Matthews 45
6 Jack Benson 40
7 Zachary Parks 35
8 Alysa Parks 30
9 Jeff Lee 28
10 Andy Rosa 26
11 Derek Fugate 24
12 Aaron Grabowski 22
13 Andrew Rosa II 20
14 Phil Harmon 18
15 Matt Leeper 16
16 Scott August 14
17 Maurice Pelletier 12
18 Terry Groves 11
19 Rodney Minch 10
20 Pat Norton 9
21 Todd Seaver 8
22 Brandon Blake 7
23 Doug Bartos 6
24 Matt Hatch 5

Pinbrawl: April 19, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Raymond Davidson 100
2 Maka Honig 75
3 Tim Tournay 60
4 Aaron Nelson 50
5 Garrett Hays 43
Kevin Birrell 43
7 Andy Cobb 33
Kevin Nickel 33
9 Blake Mitchell 25
Jeff Gagnon 25
Robert Gagno 25
Todd Rafacz 25
13 Aaron Bendickson 17
Anthony Rice 17
Chris Rhodes 17
Sagel Frazier 17
17 Chris Chinn 9
Francesco La Rocca 9
Germain Mariolle 9
Kayla Greet 9
Ken Johnson 9
Kris Fast 9
Mathew Peterson 9
Steve Hill 9

Cactus Jack’s Silverball Showdown: April 24-26, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Chris Basler 100
2 Robert Byers 75
3 Steve Hill 60
4 Brett Emerson 50
5 Jon Drew 45
6 Trent Augenstein 40
7 Grant Mortenson 35
8 Phil Grimaldi 30
9 Adam McKinnie 28
10 Bob Matthews 24
Garrett Hays 24
Ken Kemp 24
13 Josh Tidmore 20
14 Colin MacAlpine 17
Eric Fisher 17
16 Marcus Trevino 14
17 Craig Aker 12
18 Brian Kaiser 11
Rob Huffman 11
20 Dayvv Brooks 9
21 Alex Benito 7
Andrew Hassell 7
Gary Broxterman 7
Jay Hollopeter 7

Lyons Spring Classic: May 22-24, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Donavan Stepp 100
2 Kevin McCarthy 75
3 Tim Riehl 60
4 Escher Lefkoff 50
5 Adam Lefkoff 43
Matt Cerny 43
7 Dean Grover 33
Kevin Ryan 33
9 Adam Higgins 25
Kevin Neale 25
Michael Morrison 25
Patrick Brogan 25
13 Margo Gillispie 17
Matty Cheramy 17
Nathan Haas 17
Steve Cartoon 17
17 Levi Fels 12
18 Zach McCarthy 11
19 Cassie Freeman 10
20 Joe Kennedy 9
21 Justin Searles 8
Sean Stastica 8
23 Carole Carroll 6
Laura McCarthy 6

Pittsburgh Pinball Open: May 29, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 David Riel 100
2 Joe Scaletta 75
3 Evan Bingham 60
4 Ed Zeltmann 50
5 Jon Replogle 45
6 Alex Harmon 40
7 John Delzoppo 35
8 Mahesh Murthy 30
9 Trent Augenstein 28
10 Greg Galanter 26
11 Fred Cochran 24
12 Jason Werdrick 22
13 Aaron Metz 20
14 Nathaniel Gibson 18
15 Greg Poverelli 16
16 Tyler Sutton 14
17 Al Thomka 12
18 Steven Bowden 11
19 Chris Tabaka 10
20 Pete Hendricks 9
21 Francesco La Rocca 8
22 Matthew Clark 7
23 Sanjay Shah 6
24 Cryss Stephens 5

Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show: June 5-7, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Dave Stewart 100
2 Raymond Davidson 75
3 Robert Gagno 60
4 Kevin Birrell 50
5 Tim Tournay 45
6 Eden Stamm 40
7 Nicholas Polimenakos 35
8 Bob Matthews 29
Erik Gust 29
10 Chad Bruhaug 25
Nick Taseris 25
12 Chris Chinn 20
Colin Urban 20
Todd Rafacz 20
15 Hannah Holmberg 15
Martin Ayub 15
17 Jeff Gagnon 12
18 Louise Wagensonner 11
19 Gavin Keable 10
20 Germain Mariolle 9
Stu Allison 9
22 Nycole Hyatt 7
Sagel Frazier 7
24 Alex Tada 2
Blake Mitchell 2
Jordan Hudson 2
Sergey Posrednikov 2

Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo: June 19-21, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Chris Basler 100
2 Scott Kutheis 75
3 Joshua Henderson 60
4 Adam McKinnie 50
5 Bob Matthews 45
6 Chris Warren 40
7 Eric Fisher 35
8 Timothy Street 30
9 Tony Pierce 28
10 Sanjay Shah 26
11 Aaron Metz 24
12 Chris Compton 22
13 Trent Augenstein 20
14 Alysa Parks 18
15 Francesco La Rocca 16
16 Dan Coyle 14
17 Joe Geneau 12
18 Derek Fugate 11
19 Andrew Pancoast 10
20 Patrick Pietras 9
21 Sunshine Bon 8
22 Curtis Baker 7
23 James Lawrence 6
24 Will Krusa 5

California Extreme: July 18-19, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Jim Belsito 100
2 Joshua Henderson 75
3 Joey Springer 60
4 Kevin Birrell 50
5 Robert Gagno 45
6 Eric Wagensonner 38
Karl DeAngelo 38
8 Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen 30
9 Bowen Kerins 26
Raymond Davidson 26
Tim Hansen 26
12 Andrei Massenkoff 20
Germain Mariolle 20
Tim Moyers 20
15 Christer Holm 16
16 Per Schwarzenberger 14
17 Dave Stewart 11
Jarrett Gaddy 11
Trevor McDonald 11
20 Alex Samonte 9
John Kremmer 9
22 Rick Prince 7
Zac Wollons 7
24 Walter Hurwitz 5

Pinburgh 2015: July 30-August 2, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Zach Sharpe 100
2 Raymond Davidson 75
3 Keith Elwin 60
4 Kevin Birrell 50
5 Jim Belsito 45
6 Dave Hubbard 38
Karl DeAngelo 38
8 Cayle George 30
9 Jorian Engelbrektsson 28
10 Adam Becker 24
Dale Geiger 24
Joshua Henderson 24
13 Andy Rosa 20
14 Dave Kiss 17
Joe Kosack 17
16 Jonas Johansson 14
17 Josh Sharpe 12
18 Donavan Stepp 9
John Hurd 9
Jon Drew 9
Matthew Clark 9
Steven Bowden 9
23 Eric Fisher 3
Fred Richardson 3
Grant Mortenson 3
Sebastian Bobbio 3

Northwest Pinball Championships: August 28-30, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Robert Gagno 100
2 Raymond Davidson 75
3 John Cambareri 60
4 Keith Elwin 50
5 Adam McKinnie 45
6 Bob Matthews 40
7 Maka Honig 35
8 Dave Stewart 30
9 Kevin Birrell 28
10 Alex Tada 24
Eden Stamm 24
Mike Pantoliano 24
13 Germain Mariolle 20
14 Sagel Frazier 18
15 Nicholas Polimenakos 16
16 Todd Rafacz 14
17 Chris Chinn 12
18 Aaron Bendickson 11
19 Brandon Tibbetts 10
20 Shawn Haley 9
21 Michael Tibbetts 8
22 Lee Moscaritolo 7
23 Adam Jenkins 6
24 Nycole Hyatt 5

Pinball Expo: October 14-18, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Steven Bowden 100
2 Trent Augenstein 75
3 Joshua Henderson 60
4 Ben Granger 50
5 Alex Harmon 43
Gene X Hwang 43
7 Evan Bingham 33
John Gimera 33
9 Brian Shepherd 25
Fred Cochran 25
Jon Replogle 25
Zach Sharpe 25
13 Andy Rosa 17
David Riel 17
Francesco La Rocca 17
Josh Sharpe 17
17 Bob Matthews 9
Brian Dye 9
Chris Frame 9
Dave Hegge 9
Jack Benson 9
Jason Werdrick 9
Ryan Spindler 9
Todd MacCulloch 9

Free-Play Florida: November 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Jason Werdrick 100
2 Trent Augenstein 75
3 Zach Sharpe 60
4 Josh Sharpe 50
5 Escher Lefkoff 45
6 Sebastian Bobbio 40
7 Adam Lefkoff 35
8 Ben Granger 30
9 Derek Fugate 28
10 Brian Dye 26
11 Alex Harmon 24
12 Timothy Street 22
13 Bob Matthews 20
14 Brian Shepherd 18
15 Shannon Stafford 16
16 Mark Pearson 14
17 Chris Warren 12
Dan Coyle 12
19 Francesco La Rocca 10
20 Joe Geneau 9
21 Lee Moscaritolo 8
22 Eric Wagensonner 7
23 Atticus Palmer 6
24 Brian Dominy 5

City Championship: December 12-13, 2015
Rank Name Points
1 Tim Hansen 100
2 Per Schwarzenberger 75
3 Mike Miller 60
4 Eric Wagensonner 50
5 Dave Stewart 45
6 Nathan Stellhorn 40
7 Damien Charlety 35
8 Chris Chinn 30
9 Andrei Massenkoff 26
Brian O’Neill 26
Nate Robinson 26
12 James Squires 21
Walter Hurwitz 21
14 Tony Urso 18
15 Darren Ensley 15
Germain Mariolle 15
17 Jeremy Williams 12
18 Louise Wagensonner 11
Zac Wollons 11
20 David Joud 8
Jim Belsito 8
Michael Mattsson 8
Tim Tournay 8
24 Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen 2
Chris Lindboe 2
Matt Willmarth 2

INDISC: January 2016
Rank Name Points
1 Keith Elwin 100
2 Raymond Davidson 75
3 Jim Belsito 60
4 Zach Sharpe 50
5 Trent Augenstein 45
6 Johnny Modica 40
7 Eric Wagensonner 33
Karl DeAngelo 33
9 Brian Shepherd 26
Dave Stewart 26
Kevin Birrell 26
12 Brian O’Neill 18
Germain Mariolle 18
Jason Werdrick 18
Phil Birnbaum 18
Tim Tournay 18
17 Maka Honig 12
18 Mark Pearson 11
Steven Bowden 11
20 Bob Matthews 9
Per Schwarzenberger 9
22 Todd Rafacz 7
23 Sanjay Shah 6
24 Damien Charlety 5

MagFest: January 2016
Rank Name Points
1 Levi Nayman 100
2 Steven Bowden 75
3 Joe Said 60
4 Ed Zeltmann 50
5 Justin Bath 45
6 Dave Hubbard 40
7 Tyler Wilkin 35
8 Greg Poverelli 30
9 Mike Lukianoff 27
Sunshine Bon 27
11 Tim Sexton 24
12 Brian Shepherd 20
Kevin Birrell 20
Sanjay Shah 20
15 Jeremy Hakes 15
Joe Kosack 15
17 Andrew Pancoast 12
18 Gilles Melanson 11
19 Dale Geiger 10
Todd Williams 10
21 Daniel Purdy 7
Howard Dobson 7
Jeff McElhannon 7
Scott Durfee 7

Louisville Arcade Expo: March 2016
Rank Name Points
1 Cryss Stephens 100
2 Andy Rosa 75
3 Donavan Stepp 60
4 Andrew Rosa II 50
5 Brian Dye 43
Steven Bowden 43
7 Zach Sharpe 35
8 Trent Augenstein 30
9 Adam Lefkoff 28
10 Alex Harmon 25
Sanjay Shah 25
12 Dominic Kacich 22
13 Adam McKinnie 19
Escher Lefkoff 19
15 Jason Werdrick 15
Lyman Sheats 15
17 Ben Granger 12
Jon Replogle 12
19 Chris Warren 9
David Riel 9
Drew Donohue 9
22 Eric Fisher 7
23 Art Dodd 6
Bob Matthews 6


Rules


Tournament Circuit: Official Rules

I. Introduction

The Tournament Circuit is a series of pinball tournaments promoted by the Professional and Amateur Pinball Association. This document specifies the official operating rules and regulations of the Circuit. The Circuit coordinators are Doug Polka, Mark Steinman, and Kevin Martin.

II. Circuit Events

Players who place in the top 40 at any of the Circuit events will be awarded points for the Circuit standings, as described below.

III. Points and Rankings

Each Circuit event will produce results indicating its top 40 players. Points are then awarded to each player based on those results, as follows:

PAPACircuitScoring   
Major Circuit Event
RankPointsRankPointsRankPoints
1st15011th5221st27
2nd12012th4922nd25
3rd10013th4623rd23
4th8014th4324th21
5th7515th4025th-40th20 Then Decrease by 1
6th7016th37
7th6517th35
8th6018th33
9th5819th31
10th5520th29
Circuit Event
RankPointsRankPointsRankPoints
1st10011th2421st8
2nd7512th2222nd7
3rd6013th2023rd6
4th5014th1824th5
5th4515th1625th-32nd4
6th4016th1433rd-40th3
7th3517th12
8th3018th11
9th2819th10
10th2620th9

In the event of a tie, which may occur when an event does not clearly distinguish each of the top 40 positions, the points available to the tied players will be averaged, and any fractional point will be rounded up to the next whole point, for each tied player.

Only the best ten results of each player will be credited to his or her total for the Circuit standings.

IV. Circuit Final

The Circuit Final event is operated as a PAPA event, and therefore the latest version of the PAPA World Pinball Championships rules apply, in terms of handling malfunctions, player behavior, official rulings, and all other guidelines. The Circuit coordinators are the designated tournament officials for the Circuit Final.

The Circuit Final will feature a group of pinball machines selected by officials. Machines outside this group may not be selected for play. Officials may make machine substitutions as they deem necessary.

1. Qualified Players

Final Circuit standings will be determined promptly after the last Circuit event. Any player in the top 40 of the rankings will be invited to the Circuit Final. The tiebreaker for the 40th position will be determined by whichever player has the highest finish in a Circuit event in that season. If a tie remains after a single event, the next highest finish will be considered. This process will proceed until the tie is broken, or a coin flip is required.

Qualified players will be notified promptly by Circuit coordinators. If a player cannot attend, their opening will be filled by the next highest seeded available player who has participated in the Circuit. Players who do not attend will not receive any prize from the Circuit Final.

2. Rounds One and Two

All players will be grouped by seed into ten groups of four players. Each group of four players will compete on four different machines, with the highest seeded player given the choice of choosing the game to be played or determining order of play. At the end of the four-game round, two players will advance out of each group into the second round, which will function similarly to the first.

Both of these rounds will function as if they were the final rounds of the PAPA World Championships, with the only differences being the number of four-player groups competing and the use of four games per round in the Circuit Final instead of the typical three used in the PAPA World Championships. Scoring will be traditional PAPA-style 4-2-1-0.

3. Ladder-Bracket

Round 3 consists of a series of four-player games. The first game is played by the four lowest-seeded players. The highest-seeded player has choice of machine or order of play. Choice proceeds through the remaining players in descending order of seeding.

The player who has the lowest score is eliminated from the Final, and receives the appropriate prize. The next lowest-seeded player, who has not yet played, is added to the group for the next game.

In each subsequent match, the highest-seeded player (who will be the player who just joined the group) has choice of machine or order of play. The next choice is given to the winner of the previous game, and choice proceeds in descending order of score on the previous game.

No player may choose the same machine more than once, but any player may choose a machine already played, including the most recent machine played. Officials may remove any machine from consideration at any time.

Players will compete until two players remain. At that point, a best-of-three match between the final two players will take place to determine the champion. The highest seeded player has the choice of machine or order of play for the first game. From that point forward, the loser of the previous game has the choice of machine or order of play.

4. Operational Details

Each player participating in the Circuit Final must provide a cellular phone number where they can be reached. Exact times for each round are not guaranteed. Any player who is missing when his or her round is set to begin will be allowed no more than 5 minutes to appear. Play will then continue, with balls being plunged for any missing player or players.

Collusion and deals are not acceptable in the Circuit Final.

5. Prizes

The Circuit Final features a guaranteed package of monetary prizes.

Prize Money   
1st25007th225
2nd10008th200
3rd7009th175
4th50010th150
5th30011th-20th100
6th25021st-40th50

The winner of the Circuit Final will also receive the title “PAPA Circuit Player of the Year”.

Appropriate IRS regulations for tax reporting will be followed. In the event the winner is not a U.S. Citizen, we will provide the appropriate forms.

V. Criteria for Eligibility

1. Tournament must have already been held for a minimum of three years prior to applying. Exceptions may be considered if a PAPA representative attends and takes a greater role in overseeing the event in the first year.

2. Must collect e-mail addresses of tournament players to be used in a survey that will gather opinions on your event. All information gathered from these surveys will be shared with the relevant tournament director in order to help improve the event in future years.

3. Tournament must have a running 3 year average of 30 players or greater in the highest division.

4. No age-restricted or private locations without a PAPA representatives approval. The tournament must not discriminate against anyone on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation, political preference, or religion.

5. The location must have secondary offerings. A second or third competitive opportunity for each player outside of the main division, or an attached convention or festival is preferred.

6. Must use PAPA’s rules to determine stuck balls and malfunctions. Please note for 2015-16, PAPA and IFPA have coordinated and both handle these situations with an identical ruleset.

7. Must be willing to cross-promote all other events on the PAPA Circuit by hanging flyers and linking to the Circuit calendar on relevant websites and promotional posts.

8. Must have a workable scorekeeping calendar no closer than one week to the start of the event.

9. Must have enough technicians, parts, tools, and a game replacement plan available to deal with problems that arise on the tournament machines. At least one designated technician capable of handling minor problems must be available at all times in addition to the overall tournament director.

10. Circuit Fee – During the first 5 years, the non-profit Replay Foundation funded the PAPA Tournament Circuit and all related Circuit activities in excess of $100,000. For the 2017-2018 PAPA Circuit, we are instituting a $5 fee per player at each event. It is up to each event how they collect this fee. For example, an event could place a $5 registration fee per entrant, or take it out of the overall prize pool. 100% of the money collected will go towards PAPA Circuit promotion, Circuit Final prize pool, as well as providing some prizes for each event.

11. If your event does not meet all of the requirements above, you may still be considered for Circuit inclusion if there are no Circuit events within 100 miles of your event. Events submitted under this restriction will each be reviewed by PAPA staff and if approval is given the event will be added to the voting process.

As a part of the PAPA Circuit, tournaments will receive the following:

1. Access to a PAPA representative who will answer questions on game choice, game setup, format, and any other issues where a collective knowledge gained from attending multiple high-level tournaments may prove useful.

2. PAPA will mail banners to all circuit events for display. These banners will let people know that the event is a PAPA Circuit event and will also serve as advertisement and schedule for all other circuit events.

3. A description of your event on the PAPA website and Circuit calendar.

4. Front page promotion on PAPA.org leading up to your event.

5. PAPA will create and manage a survey with you to help you gather more information about your attendees and your event.

6. Free 1/4 page promotion in the ReplayFX Arcade & Gaming Festival program.

7. Each event will receive a package before their events with some PAPA Swag that can be used at the event as giveaways or prizes.

8. The Replay Foundation / PAPA will be creating a unique medal for each event during the Circuit season to be awarded to the winner of each event. These medals will be mailed to tournament directors prior to each event.

VI. Tournament Selection Details & Tournament Classifications

The PAPA Tournament Circuit will consist of 20 pinball tournaments. All tournaments throughout the world are eligible to participate if they qualify based on the criteria listed in section V. Tournaments will be separated into 2 categories each season, with 8 events being designated as “Major Circuit Events” and the remaining 12 events being designated as “Circuit Events”. Events designated as Majors will receive a 50% bonus in the total number of points awarded to players.

The 8 events with the highest rated survey results from the previous season and who also have an IFPA player count of 70 will become majors (the median player count for 2016 was 77.5). If there are not 8 events that meet these qualifications, then the next highest player count event in the top 15 will become a Major Circuit Event, guaranteeing the schedule will include 8 Major Circuit Events and 12 Circuit Events each season. This system was specifically generated with the intent of allowing tournaments to move between the Major Circuit Event and Circuit Event designation frequently.

The top 15 events with the highest-rated survey results will remain on the Circuit schedule the following season. The 5 events with the lowest-rated survey results will be entered into the voting process alongside any new events that have applied to join the Circuit. No tournament is automatically removed based solely on survey results, as any tournament that is removed from the Circuit schedule must be voted out by the players themselves during the annual voting process.

VII. Circuit Notes

One common misconception in early years of the Circuit is that PAPA representatives would run all of the events on the calendar. While this has happened under certain circumstances, it is by no means the standard and should not be the expectation. PAPA will not “take over” events or force them to conform to PAPA’s own formats. PAPA also has no desire to supersede the authority of local tournament directors. Our purpose is to provide guidance and advice on relevant topics, occasionally provide equipment upon special request, and to help promote.

Tournament directors are free to use their discretion as to what formats or strategies will best grow pinball in their areas, and ultimately whether an event succeeds or fails will be based upon their decisions, not PAPA’s involvement. PAPA believes that local tournament directors know their players, people, games, and locations better than we ever could, and so we respect each director’s ability to weigh any concerns and make decisions that best suit the event in question.

Please note that whether an event is accepted onto the PAPA Circuit has no bearing on whether it will be broadcast on PAPAtv. The PAPAtv Broadcast calendar is run independently of the Circuit, has its own separate requirements and its own expectations as to what makes a positive broadcast. If you are interested in becoming a PAPAtv broadcast, you must contact Mark Steinman directly via the contact page on PAPA.org to discuss those separate requirements.