Louisville Arcade Expo

logoblkletterswhitebgThe final stop on the 2012-2013 PAPA Circuit is fast approaching. The Louisville Arcade Expo will be held this Friday through Sunday, March 8-10, 2013, at the Ramada Plaza in Louisville Kentucky.

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.

Circuit Event Games:
Jackbot
Genesis
World Cup Soccer
Spiderman
Batman Dark Knight
Pirates of the Caribbean
Addams Family
Transformers Pro
ACDC Premier


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.

Classics games available:
Nitro Groundshaker
Paragon
Frontier
Target Pool
Barracora
Star Light


9 comments

  1. Garrett Hays
    March 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Oh man I hope the vid cameras are there. Id love to see some sweet Barracora tourney action.

  2. O_R_D
    March 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Amen to that. The open division has some of my favorite games on the lineup.

  3. Ron
    March 6, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    AC/DC Premier? Is that the rare Gottlieb version? :^)

  4. IBM
    March 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Will there be a top 8 or 16 B division finals?

    1. bowen
      March 7, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Yes. There will be a top-16 B final and a top-8 B Classics final. In both cases, B finals are players who didn’t make A finals AND are below a preset WPPR-ranking cutoff (to be determined). Players don’t have to pick A or B; if they play well enough they can make A anyway.

  5. Travis Kearney
    March 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    A better method of displaying the B Group standings would have been nice to have at LAE. There was only one screen that displayed 16-32 with players ranked 250+ in black. This left 4 and 5 players not listed as B group qualifiers for Open and Classics. For people ranked 33-43, there was no way of knowing if the people before them were ranked in the top 250+ or not, and left people unsure as to if they should spend $3.33 a game to move up, stay, or go. Other than that it was a really nice event. The faulty display kept me from leaving for about 45 minutes as I was in 41st place and unsure if I was needed to take part in the final. Turned out to me a mute point, but a different display would have saved me about 45 minutes.

    1. bowen
      March 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Thanks, we will work on making this more clear in the future. Sorry for the trouble and hope you had a good time!

  6. Chris
    March 9, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    What is the wppr cutoff for B div?

  7. Chris
    March 11, 2013 at 9:49 am

    To answer my own question, the cutoff was 250 or better. They originally had me in black(meaning I was excluded from B) although I am only ranked 460 at the moment. I got them to fix that, and due to other players who were excluded, I eventually qualified 1st in B Div. Thanks for a very good tourney, and special thanks for hauling all those pins down from Pittsburgh!

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