March 30 – April 1
The Pinburgh Match-Play Championship is the largest pinball tournament in the world. Featuring over 250 games and 400 Players battling the silverball over three solid days of competition for more than $60,000 in prize money.
The match-play format offers a social experience as Players from all over the world compare skills during a series of multiPlayer matches spanning the first two days. Twenty-four qualifiers are invited to compete in the final rounds on Sunday, while all other Players are encouraged to take part in a consolation tournament held throughout PAPA headquarters in parallel with the final rounds.
Spectators are welcome to attend, and there is no fee charged for admission.
How to Qualify:
Pinburgh features guaranteed match play for two full days for each and every participating player, regardless of skill level. As a player, you will spend Friday competing in a series of four-player groups (occasionally three-player). For each session, you will be seeded based on your performance up to that point. Expect to spend approximately ten hours playing pinball competitively on Friday.
On Saturday, you will be assigned to the A, B, C, or D Division based on your play up to that point. Some players will have pre-existing restrictions which may require them to be in the A or B Division, regardless of how well they play on Friday.
You will then spend another ten hours playing in another series of four-player groups, which will determine whether or not you qualify for finals play on Sunday. In the D Division, your record from Friday will be discarded, but for all other Divisions, your record is cumulative over both days.
Divisions of Play:
All play takes place as singles, in four skill divisions. At the beginning of play, all players compete together, without divisions. At the end of play on Friday, skill divisions are assigned according to rankings and restrictions. Generally speaking, this division happens by quartile ranking, with certain players assigned to A, B, or C Division based on skill division restrictions.
The following restrictions are designed to discourage any Player from intentionally competing beneath his or her level of skill:
- Players who qualified in the A Division of PAPA 11-15, Players who made the final four in the A Division of Pinburgh 2011-12 or any PAPA World Championship, Players who made the final four in the B Division of Pinburgh 2012, Players who made the 2012 PAPA Circuit Final, and Players in the top 25 of the IFPA’s World Pinball Player Rankings (WPPR) as of March 1, 2013 are restricted to A Division.
- Players who qualified in the B Division of PAPA 11-15, Players who made the final four in the B Division of Pinburgh 2011, Players who made the final four in the C Division of Pinburgh 2012, Players who made the playoffs in the A Division of Pinburgh 2011-12, Players who earned 50 or more points in the 2012 PAPA Circuit, and Players in the top 100 of the IFPA’s World Pinball Player Rankings as of March 1, 2013 are restricted to A and B Division.
- Players who qualified in the C Division of PAPA 11-15, Players who qualified in any Classics division of PAPA 11-15, Players who made the final four in the C Division of Pinburgh 2011, Players who made the playoffs in the B Division of Pinburgh 2011-12, Players who earned 10 or more points in the 2012 PAPA Circuit, and Players in the top 250 of the IFPA’s World Pinball Player Rankings as of March 1, 2013 are restricted to A, B, and C Division.
Tournament coordinators reserve the right to modify these restrictions as they deem necessary. Only a Player’s highest restriction will apply. In all cases, Players will be informed before or during play on Friday of any skill division restriction that applies to them, and a list of these restrictions will be made available to all Players. Note that, for example, a Player with a B Division restriction may still qualify in A Division as a Result of strong play on Friday.
A one-time registration fee of $100 is required of each player who wishes to play in the Pinburgh tournament. When pre-registering, players may also commit to purchase PAPA tokens for gameplay in tournament or casual games. Games will be set for token play, and players may purchase more tokens as desired. Remember, each pre-purchased token roll results in a $15 donation to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society!
There will be a custom, collectible token for Pinburgh attendees only; this ultra-rare token will be included in each roll of tokens sold at the event, but otherwise will not be put into circulation.
For an additional $100 fee, players become eligible for the Sidepot, which consists of 100% of the Sidepot fees. If you’re confident in your abilities, step up and put your money on it!
Due to the match play nature of the tournament, no player may register for Pinburgh less than two hours prior to the start of play. Also, you have to join the sidepot before the competition begins.
The guaranteed prize package for Pinburgh is shown below. In 2011, we projected 130 registered Players but had 173, and revised the prize package upwards accordingly. For 2012, our final prize package is based on 275 Players, with 10 in the Sidepot.