Big Pinball tournament coming to Gameworks in Ohio next month

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Back in November we posted about Gameworks beginning to hold some large tournaments at different locations and with one tournament under their belt in December, one is being planned for February at the Gameworks in Columbus Ohio. This will be a three day pinball tournament starting on the 13th of Feb. with the finals happening that Sunday. To help lend some extra credence to the tournament, it has been approved by the IFPA (the International Flipper Pinball Association) and the games players will compete on will be: High Roller Casino, Simpsons Pinball Party, Sopranos, and NASCA. The first place winner will land an $800 prize along with 4 4hr. play cards for Gameworks; up to the 4th place winner will win some cash and the top 16 players will win a play card. Hit the post break for all of the juicy details and discuss it on the forum.

GameWorks has announced another Pinball Tournament, this time in Columbus Ohio. Here are the details of this event.

Open Tournament
Players will qualify on the (4) four different pinball machines that are chosen for this tournament.
Players do not have to play all (4) four if they feel their point total will get them into the top (16) sixteen players on Sunday.

Tournament Location:
GameWorks, Columbus, OH – Easton Town Center
Phone: 614-428-7529

Tournament Open Play is from:
Friday Feb 13, 2009 from 6pm to 12am
Saturday Feb 14, 2009 from 12pm to 12am
Sunday Feb 15, 2009 from 12pm to 2pm

Tournament Finals: Sunday Feb 15, 2009 from 3pm to 8pm

Tournament Games: High Roller Casino, Simpsons Pinball Party, Sopranos, and NASCAR

• This tournament is endorsed by the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA), all players are eligible to earn World Pinball Ranking Points for participation in this tournament.

Cost to Play:
Players will purchase game tickets to play in the tournament at the tournament location.
Each ticket will let you play (1) one game of your choice.
1 Ticket = $4.00
3 Tickets = $10.00 (value price)
** Tickets are Non-Transferable, and may not be used outside of Tournament **
Ticket sales will stop approximately 45 minutes before the end of Open Tournament Play on Sunday to ensure all players holding tickets will have time to use them in the tournament.

Prizes:
1st Place = $800 + 4 4Hr Free Play Cards
2nd Place = $300 + 2 4Hr Free Play Cards
3rd Place = $150 + 2 4Hr Free Play Cards
4th Place = $50 + 2 4Hr Free Play Cards
5th Place thru 16 Place will get a 1Hr Free Play Card

Scoring and Rankings:
1. A player can try as many times as they would like to get the highest score on any game during open tournament play.
2. A Player can only hold 1 high score per game. The player’s highest score will always be the score that is used for tournament scoring.
3. Players will get ranked on each game they play depending on their score.
4. Each game’s 1st place high score will be worth 100 points and working down in score to 85th place receiving 1 point.
5. Once the open tournament play has been closed the player’s points are totaled up to determine their total score and ranking.
6. The top 16 ranked players will compete in the finals on Sunday for the prize money. Any tiebreakers will be played off to determine players’ SEEDING.

Below is an example of the scoring and ranking:
A 1st place high score ranking on any game is worth 100 points
A 2nd place high score ranking on any game is worth 90 points
A 3rd place high score ranking on any game is worth 85 points
A 4th place high score ranking on any game is worth 84 points
A 5th place high score ranking on any game is worth 83 points
A 6th place high score ranking on any game is worth 82 points
A 7th place high score ranking on any game is worth 81 points
A 8th place high score ranking on any game is worth 80 points
ETC, ETC down to 85th Place receiving 1 Point

Finals:
The top 16 players will compete in the Final Rounds on Sunday from 3pm to 8pm.

1. Finals will consist of a head-to-head bracket single elimination tournament until a winner is crowned.
2. The player’s position in the final tournament is predetermined by their final position from the open tournament rankings. These qualifying positions are each players’ SEEDING for the remainder of the Final Tournament play.
3. The winner of each round is determined by the best 2 out of 3 games played. The player with the highest seed chooses the first game, the second game is chosen by the second player, and the third game again is chosen by the player with the highest seed. The player choosing the game to compete on will play first, and then the second player has the advantage of playing last.
4. The games the players compete on will be determined by the highest seeded of the two player groups choosing first out of the available games at the time the players are to compete against each other. The next highest seeded two player group will choose next, and so on until all groups have chosen a game for that round to compete on. If 2 groups choose the same game to compete on then the lower seeded group will have to wait until the higher seeded group finishes their game first.

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