The current Circuit points leader is Zach Sharpe with 380 points followed by Keith Elwin, Trent Augenstein, and Josh Sharpe to round out the top four. The winner of the Louisville Arcade Expo will receive an automatic bid to join all other qualifiers at the PAPA Circuit Final held the day prior to Pinburgh at the PAPA facility near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
The current standings in the PAPA Circuit can be found here. The upcoming Pinburgh weekend at the PAPA facility will be the largest competitive pinball event in history.
The Louisville Arcade Expo PAPA Circuit Pinball Tournament
(details subject to change)
FORMAT: Best Game Qualifying Format – Top 5 (of 9 available) game scores count toward a player’s qualifying total. A competitor may make as many attempts on each machine as he or she wishes within the qualifying timeframe, but only his or her best overall individual game score will count toward his or her qualifying total.
TIMING: Qualifying runs from Friday when the Expo opens until Saturday at midnight. Finals will start Sunday morning at 9am.
FINALS: The top sixteen qualifying scores will advance. Finals will be run PAPA-style as four-player groups, three games, where two players from each group advance.
If any of these details are not clear to you, please feel free to ask questions here in the comment section or in person when you arrive at the tournament. We are happy to explain everything in more detail if required.
In addition to the Circuit event, there will be a separate classics tournament held at the Arcade Expo.
FORMAT: Best Game Qualifying Format – Top 4 (of 6 available) game scores count toward a player’s qualifying total. A competitor may make as many attempts on each machine as he or she wishes within the qualifying timeframe, but only his or her best overall individual game score will count toward his or her qualifying total.
TIMING: Qualifying for classics will occur from the opening at the Arcade Expo until Saturday evening at 6pm.
FINALS: Finals will begin as soon as possible following qualifying on Saturday night, no later than 7pm. The top 16 overall qualifying scores will advance to finals, but the top 1-4 scores will receive a double-bye, scores 5-8 will receive a single-bye, and the remaining players (qualifying seeds 9-16) will play in the first round. The format will be head-to-head, best two games out of three, double elimination until a single winner emerges.