PAPA 21 World Pinball Championships – Location Coin Drop Donations Courtesy of Matt Faulkner

blog post courtesy of Matt Faulkner

For July and August, I have elected to add 10% of the gross coin drop from the pinball machines I have on location to the final donation made to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by PAPA 21. I am a hobby operator in my small town of North Bay, Ontario, running about ten games in the area – the only location pinball to play in the region. In the past I have used the “pinball fund” to support friends whose pinball businesses were suffering due to the pandemic, and now I consider it a privilege to be able to support this cause.

Depression is a matter that has caused major problems in my life. It rendered me mostly unable to work for about two years, during which time I was an outpatient in the mental health ward of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, endured months of shock therapy, and checked myself into mental health emergency facilities several times. Pinball was a very important helping hand for me during this time. It was a cheap way to spend my time while unemployed, and was a tremendously effective distraction from my own mind. My focus on pinball during this time not only turned me into a pretty good player, but got me educated in the history of pinball, which made me become fascinated with the genius of Lyman Sheats.

My small, hobby pinball route certainly will not be accumulating tens of thousands of dollars for the cause. However, it’s something that I feel honoured to do at any rate. I am especially hoping it generates interest in local players of how magnificent a player, software designer and figure Lyman was, and to promote the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline to anyone who plays my machines.

I want to send a special thanks to Penni Epstein for being so unabashedly open about Lyman’s condition so soon after we all received the horrible news. Her decisions have turned a tragedy into something I consider an eye-opening event for the pinball community which has the potential to help many people in need. I look forward to meeting you at PAPA, Penni.

Three locations:
Lou Dawg’s Southern BBQ
Gateway City Brewery
Bracebridge Hall.

Lou Dawg’s and Gateway are in North Bay, ON. Bracebridge Hall is in Bracebridge, ON.

UK Open 2024 Details!

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Pinball Republic and the DOMINO organisation are pleased to announce UK Open 2024!

Hosted in the fabulous global City of London tickets are now available for sale!

Please visit www.ukopen.net to find out more details about the event and to secure your ticket

£5000 First prize for the UK Open Main Tournament, £1500 for first prize in the Ladies UK Open tournament.

UK Open Main, UK Open Classics and Pinball Republic Championship are all IFPA certified+ tournaments!

Come and play pinball with some of the greatest pinball players in the world!

Your Pinball Sale Ends Today!! 4th July Savings 24 Hour Countdown

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Pinball Degenerates – DON’T TREAD ON ME T-shirt promotion

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Wishing all our American members a very happy FOURTH OF JULY!!

And to celebrate America’s independence, our good pin-pals at Pinball Degenerates are offering this limited run of pinball shirts inspired by the famous ‘Gadsden Flag’ which was used by the Continental Navy during the Revolutionary War!

Show off your love of FREEDOM and PINBALL at the same time with this unique piece of official PiNbALL DeGENeRATEs merchandise!

These shirts will all be hand silkscreened by a small, independent printing business located in the good ol’ U.S. of A.!

Only $30 USD + S&H each!

Gildan Ultra Cotton™ unisex cotton taped neck and shoulders for comfort and durability.

Shirt sizes available from SMALL to XXXL

To order your DON’T TILT ON ME shirt, contact Joe Ciaravino at:
pinballdegenerate@gmail.com
or…
Join the Pinball Degenerates facebook group at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/pinballdegenerates

Order cutoff deadline is July 31st

Payments via PayPal only.

PAPA 21 World Pinball Championships – Godfather LE pinball machine up for grabs courtesy of Jersey Jack Pinball!

Some additional incredible news about PAPA21/LFS Memorial for Suicide Awareness: We have received ANOTHER NIB pinball machine donation from our JJP Pinball Family, a Godfather LE to raffle off during the event in addition to the NIB Stern we are giving away!!! Yes, you read that correctly!

How this works, anyone who purchases a ticket to PAPA will be entered to win!! AND there is the option to solely purchase a raffle ticket to enter to win either of the two the games at $150. 100% of the raffle ticket entry fees will be donated to the #988 Suicide and Crisis Helpline!

There is the potential for the same person to win BOTH games; JJP and Stern. All depends on how the names come up on the spinning wheel!!

The winner of the JJP game will need to either pick up the game at their factory OR pay/arrange for shipping with JJP.

How incredible is this! Thank you JJP!!

Pinball Republic and the DOMINO organisation are pleased to announce UK Open 2024!

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Hosted in the fabulous global City of London tickets are now available for sale!

Please visit www.ukopen.net to find out more details about the event and to secure your ticket

£5000 First prize for the UK Open Main Tournament, £1500 for first prize in the Ladies UK Open tournament.

UK Open Main, UK Open Classics and Pinball Republic Championship are all IFPA certified+ tournaments!

Come and play pinball with some of the greatest pinball players in the world!

Save the Date – NACS Day: January 18, 2025

We are excited to announce that all 2024-25 IFPA State/Provincial/District Championships will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2025. Additional details will be provided when we get closer to the end of the season. Players are encouraged to reach out to their IFPA State/Provincial/District Representative for any questions regarding your specific Championship. Women’s NACS will be held the day after, Sunday, January 19, 2025.

Details for the IFPA North American Pinball Championship and IFPA Pin-Masters have been finalized, while the IFPA Women’s North American Pinball Championship and IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship details will be announced soon:
2024-25 IFPA North American Pinball Championship –> Thursday, March 6th, 2025 (Rochester Pinball Collective in Rochester, NY)
2025 IFPA Pin-Masters: World Pin-Golf Championships –> Friday-Sunday, March 7th-9th, 2025 (Rochester Pinball Collective in Rochester, NY)
2024-25 IFPA Women’s North American Pinball Championship –> TBD
2025 IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship –> TBD

Registration for IFPA Pin-Masters will be later this fall. Details for the event are available HERE. We will have a follow up announcement once the date of registration is announced.

HYUGA Pinball – June 2024 update

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IFPA19 shirt/towel inventory for sale!

We have some excess shirts and towels from the IFPA19 World Pinball Championship held earlier this month out in California.

If you’re interested in purchasing any please contact us at ifpapinball@gmail.com.

Price is $20 each on the shirts, $10 each on the towels. Add $10 for shipping anywhere in the US. International shipping please contact us for a quote.

Current inventory:

SMALL – Qty 1
MEDIUM – Qty 13
LARGE – Qty 31
X-LARGE – Qty 18
XX-LARGE – Qty 11
TOWELS – Qty 9

IFPA’s Player of the Month/Biggest Movers for May 2024!

Here are the May 2024 IFPA winners for Player of the Month and Biggest Movers:

Player of the Month:
Jesse Baker from Cincinnati, OH (245.65 WPPR’s – MAIN)
Anna Neal from Chicago, IL (107.39 WPPR’s – WOMEN’S)

Biggest Movers:
Raphael Rondelli from West Point, UT (+21,371 spots)
Mitchell Aires from Cambridge, ON (+18,737 spots)
Alex Bishop from Australia (+16,376 spots)

These players have now all qualified for the Stern Rewards Program for 2024. Congrats to everyone!