Pinburgh 2012 Pre-Registrations Are OPEN!

Pre-registration for Pinburgh 2012 is officially open to everyone! Come join us on March 30 – April 1 at PAPA World Headquarters for Pinburgh 2012: The World’s Largest Match-Play Pinball Tournament. We are expecting the largest match-play style competitive field ever, and judging from pre-registrations gathered over the past week when pre-registration was open only to last year’s participants, we are well on our way to eclipsing the previous mark.

The basic format will remain the same, but we will be listening to player feedback and updating a few items along the way to improve the overall experience; Stay tuned for the changes. One update guaranteed to excite players is the expansion of the prize pool, now guaranteed to be a minimum of $20,000. The prize pool will also grow in relation to the number of players in attendance.

Come join us for Pinburgh 2012! Pre-register online at


  1. Rob Wintler-Cox
    October 5, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Will there be a list of registrants like last year? In addition to its usefulness for focused pre-event trash talk, we had a lot of fun before the event this year trying to figure out which A-list players we would be paired with in the first round.

  2. MHS
    October 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    You bet, Rob. We’ll release it many times over the coming months with updates. Look for the first iteration within a few weeks.

  3. Nick
    October 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    It would be great to read an article or see a video that explains how these tournaments work. I know myself and many friends are very curious but would like to know more before making the long trip. Talk about price, format, brackets, rankings, re-buys, etc. I am not even sure the questions to ask because i have never been to a large tournament like this.

    1. MHS
      October 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      The best place to start is at the tournament’s main page here. There is also a -how it works- section linked from that page here.

      For the 2 cent version, the basic idea is the initial Pinburgh entry fee gets you into the tournament and guarantees you multiple days of play. Over the course of those days, you are entered into several multi-player matches against other competitors on groups of pre-selected games, and we use the wins and losses in these matches to rank players and separate them into divisions. There’s no “rebuys” in this style of tournament. Once you’re in, you play as hard as you can every match for the two day qualifying period, and everyone plays the same number of matches. On Sunday after the wins and losses determine the divisions, you are entered into a finals bracket and have to proceed into the final.

      Hope that helps.

  4. October 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I’ll be happy to answer any specific questions you may have. Pinburgh works a little like the season of a major sports league: everyone plays the entire season, and some qualify for a post-season with prizes.

    In this case the “season” is playing pinball in four-player groups, with “wins” and “losses” counting every time you beat someone or lose to them. We rebalance your opponents every round, so if you’re doing well you will start playing better opponents, and vice versa. Halfway through the “season” we divide the tournament into A/B/C divisions based on performance, and the top prize in each division is at least $1000.

    Pinburgh is intended to be a great time for both highly competitive and casual pinballers. One great part is getting to meet and play people from around the country and around the world, and it ends up being a great social and learning opportunity. Pinburgh is fun, challenging, and then a bunch of people win some cash. It’s a good weekend!

    – Bowen (tournament director)

  5. Womble
    October 13, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Is Bowen still alive? My pinball tutorial addiction needs to be fed. Bowen is my drip feed. Without him, I will be forced to a life of crime and desperate, lewd acts.

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