Pinburgh 2014 Update

A quick update on the status of Pinburgh 2014, after a crazy launch day!

First of all, the tournament definitely sold out today. We have worked carefully through the queue, and right now there are 399 players officially in, and more than 75 still pending. The final spot is spoken for, pending a small technical matter.

If you have made it into the tournament, you will receive an email within the next 24 hours. If you have not yet made it in, you will receive a different email within the next 24 hours, explaining that you are on the waitlist, and indicating how far down that list you might be. Note that with the non-refundable portion of the fee, and payment being required up front, we expect far fewer cancellations this year. If you are on the waitlist, there is no need to send payment. If you sent money via PayPal already but didn’t make it, let us know and we will issue a refund.

Player numbers start at 101, so players with numbers in the 400s are still in. Even if you get a number 500 or higher, you’re still in – we don’t send out the “YOU ARE IN” email unless you really, really are in.

We recognize that not everyone could get in – it’s just not possible – and we feel bad about that. However, this is a tournament for 400 players which completely sold out in less than two hours, yet which probably has 500-700 potential players interested. It’s simply not possible for everyone to make the list each year.

Thank you all for your tremendous support, and we hope to see you there this year, whether you’re competing or not!


  1. JMP
    January 14, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I’m just really surprised it sold out within a few hours. Last year it sold out within a week. My expectation was that there would at least be a day or two to register. Guess Pinburgh is a lot more popular this year.

    BTW – props to whoever provisioned / setup the web servers. The delays were minimal within a couple minutes of the opening time.

  2. admin
    January 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    All credit goes to pair Networks, our Web host 🙂

  3. mark henderson
    January 14, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Everyone in the pinball community should be thrilled with the continued success of Pinburg . Those of us on the wait list would appreciate any extra effort to accommodate more players and possibly close a portion of the remaining games to the public..

  4. Justin
    January 15, 2014 at 12:11 am

    I’m really upset about the format for Pinburgh registration. I’ve been participating in Pinburgh and PAPA for years. Assuming that I could register after I got off of work was an oversight on my part. Still, I feel that with the popularity of the event it might be prudent to let people who have been participants in the past to have first dibs on spots with a “waiting list” of people who want to get in on the action. Leaving it up to chance/schedule/internet speed seems like a disservice to long-term PAPA supporters. No bitterness at all intended. I’ll still be in Steeler Alley, at least. Good luck to everyone. See you in March.

  5. JP
    January 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Any hopes of raising the number of available spots to 450 or so? 😉

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