A ridiculous 114 players are in the Louisville Arcade Expo’s open division as Day 1 finishes. And there will certainly be more tomorrow. Some quick notes about the players in the event and implications for the PAPA Circuit Final. The top 20 players in the Circuit standings at the end of the tournament will qualify for the Circuit Final, with $10,000 on the line in a ladder format. Every spot in the standings is one less game necessary to make the finals.
- Trent Augenstein is 3rd overall in Circuit. He can’t catch Keith Elwin for 2nd, but can ensure 3rd by finishing at least fifth at Louisville.
- Joshua Henderson is 6th overall in Circuit. He can pass Cayle George by finishing at least sixth, and Josh Sharpe by finishing in the top three.
- Steve Bowden is 7th overall in Circuit, but is in an identical position as Joshua for moving up: he can pass Cayle or Josh Sharpe in exactly the same ways. Either Steve or Joshua could move as high as 3rd by winning the tournament.
- Jason Werdrick and Andy Rosa will improve their standing (14th and 15th) with qualifying performances, and either would pass Cayle for 5th with a tournament victory.
- Brian Shepherd (22nd) can catch Keith Johnson’s 82 points by finishing in the top 20 in Louisville. But that might not be enough, since Steven Zahler (23rd), Sanjay Shah (26th), Derek Fugate (27th), and Andrew Rosa II (31st) can also reach that level with a top-16 or top-8 finish. Dave Stewart’s 91 points is tenuous, while Sean Grant looks likely to make it through at 103 points.
- Any player can advance to the Circuit Final by winning the tournament.
It’s a fun weekend in Louisville, with an outstanding show and a big-time pinball tournament. We’ll keep you posted.