How to Qualify
Pinburgh features guaranteed match play for two full days for each and every participating player, regardless of skill level. As a player, you will spend Friday competing in a series of four-player groups (occasionally three-player). For each session, you will be seeded based on your performance up to that point. Expect to spend approximately ten hours playing pinball competitively on Friday.
On Saturday, you will be assigned to the A, B, C, or D Division based on your play up to that point. Some players will have pre-existing restrictions which may require them to be in the A or B Division, regardless of how well they play on Friday.
You will then spend another ten hours playing in another series of four-player groups, which will determine whether or not you qualify for finals play on Sunday. In the D Division, your record from Friday will be discarded, but for all other Divisions, your record is cumulative over both days.
For more information, please read the official rules.
Divisions of Play
All play takes place as singles, in four skill divisions. At the beginning of play, all players compete together, without divisions. At the end of play on Friday, skill divisions are assigned according to rankings and restrictions. Generally speaking, this division happens by quartile ranking, with certain players assigned to A, B, C, or D Division based on skill division restrictions.
All players, winning or not, grant PAPA, Pinball Bug LP, Replay Foundation, and any and all other event sponsors and organizers, individual and collective, the right to use their names, scores, and likenesses for the purpose of promoting this tournament as well as other pinball-related events. This right is transferable without restriction.
Skill Division Restrictions
The following restrictions are designed to discourage any player from intentionally competing beneath his or her level of skill:
- Players who qualified in the A Division of PAPA 12-16, players who made the final four in the A Division of Pinburgh 2011-13 or any PAPA World Championship, players who made the final four in the B Division of Pinburgh 2013, players who made the 2013-14 PAPA Circuit Final, and players in the top 25 of the IFPA’s World Pinball Player Rankings (WPPR) as of January 1, 2014 are restricted to A Division.
- Players who qualified in the B Division of PAPA 12-16, players who made the final four in the B Division of Pinburgh 2011-12, players who made the final four in the C Division of Pinburgh 2013, players who made the playoffs in the A Division of Pinburgh 2011-13, players who earned 50 or more points in the 2013-14 PAPA Circuit, and players in the top 100 of the IFPA’s World Pinball Player Rankings as of January 1, 2014 are restricted to A and B Division.
- Players who qualified in the C Division of PAPA 12-16, players who qualified in any Classics division of PAPA 12-16, players who made the final four in the D Division of Pinburgh 2013, players who made the final four in the C Division of Pinburgh 2011-12, players who made the playoffs in the B Division of Pinburgh 2011-13, players who earned 10 or more points in the 2013-14 PAPA Circuit, and players in the top 250 of the IFPA’s World Pinball Player Rankings as of January 1, 2014 are restricted to A, B, and C Division.
Tournament coordinators reserve the right to modify these restrictions as they deem necessary. Only a player’s highest restriction will apply. In all cases, players will be informed before or during play on Friday of any skill division restriction that applies to them, and a list of these restrictions will be made available to all players. Note that, for example, a player with a B Division restriction may still qualify in A Division as a result of strong play on Friday.
The guaranteed prize package for Pinburgh is based on a full field of 400 players.
|Session Bounties||$50 per Session = $1,250|
|Mini-Tournaments||Benefits Charity; Donated Prizes will be Available|
|Total Prize Package: $60,000!|
A one-time registration fee of $175 is required of each player who wishes to play in the Pinburgh tournament. When pre-registering, players may also commit to purchase PAPA tokens for gameplay in tournament or casual games. Games will be set for token play, and players may purchase more tokens as desired.
Due to the match play nature of the tournament, no player may register for Pinburgh less than two hours prior to the start of play.
Please note that pre-registration is required for all players!
This schedule lists approximate times. Players must be on-time for each session; absent players will be given zero points, and may be disqualified from the remainder of the tournament!
We are open to the public on Thursday, March 27, although the Pinburgh competition itself does not begin until Friday. Details about pre-Pinburgh tournaments are listed at the end of this schedule.
At this time, we are not planning to run a shuttle. Information about parking will be made available soon, but as always, we encourage car pooling.
The facility will be open to the public for at least forty hours, and usually the after-party runs all night!
Three additional pinball tournaments will take place in the Pittsburgh region the week of Pinburgh. These events will not be run by PAPA or take place at the PAPA facility, but we are providing the information below as a public service. All questions regarding these additional events should be directed at the respective tournament directors.
2014 Pinburgh Game List
In 2013, we took steps to move PAPA under the banner of the non-profit Replay Foundation. While the vast majority of this change was behind the scenes and did not affect our players, one thing is changing that we feel all competitors should be made aware of.
CHANGES TO PRIZE PAYOUTS
1) For accounting reasons, all tournament prize payments will now be made in check.
2) Prior to claiming your prize check, you will have to fill out a W-9 (for US Citizens) or a W-7 and W-8BEN (for non-US Citizens).
3) 30% of non-US Citizen prize money must be deducted and held for tax purposes.
4) All US Citizen winners will receive a 1099 form at the beginning of each year, to be filed with your taxes.
5) You will need to be there in person to claim your prize check and fill out the paperwork.
We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to some of our players. Please let us know if you have any questions.