The first six World Pinball Championships tournaments were organized by Steve Epstein and Roger Sharpe. The first of these six events was held February 2, 1991 in New York City, New York. The next four tournaments were held annually in the same general area before a three year hiatus, during which the PAPA organization did not hold an event.
PAPA experienced a brief revival February 8, 1998, when a sixth tournament was organized under the PAPA banner in Las Vegas, Nevada. Following the PAPA 6 World Championships, the Professional & Amateur Pinball Association fell silent for six years before experiencing a revival under current management in 2004. A great deal of information surrounding the first six PAPA tournaments has been lost. What does remain is listed below or can be found in the Flipside Archives.
Prizes for the first six PAPA World Championships ranged in value. No information is available for PAPA’s 1 or 2, but PAPA 3 featured a $15,000 purse with a $3,000 first prize. No information is available for the prize package at PAPA 4, but PAPA 5 returned with sizable increase to $30,000. First place at PAPA 5 received $2,000 and a new pinball machine. PAPA 6, the only PAPA World Championships to ever be held outside of New York City or Pittsburgh, offered a grand prize of a two-person trip to Hawaii plus a brand new Williams pinball machine!
PAPA currently offers over $150,000 in prize money between the World Championships, Pinburgh & Circuit Final.