Hello and welcome back to the final part of our coverage of this 35th annual Pinball Expo.
For most vendors and machine donors, Sunday continues the tearing down and packing up which began on Saturday evening.
In the Pin Lounge (a.k.a. the Botanic Garden Ballroom) the end-of-show party continued until 6am, so there was plenty of work still to do on Sunday.
The only public event scheduled for Sunday was the Classics Tournament, where the play-offs were due to begin. Qualifying for the Classics Tournament had begun on Thursday at 10am and ran right through until 11pm on Saturday – three full days of qualifying.
However, there was an extra event taking place in the same part of the room alongside the Classics – the final of the main A Division Flipout Tournament.
The Flipout Tournament followed the same format as the past couple of years where Thursday is used to seed players who then start playing in the tournament proper on Friday. Entry to the tournament cost $125 but that also included access to the Vendor and Game Halls.
Players had the choice whether to play in the seeding round or not, but would be placed at the bottom of the seeding if they chose not to play.
When the seeding round finished at 1am on Friday morning, the top 50% of players formed the A Division play-offs, and the bottom 50% went into the B Division.
Both divisions’ play-offs consisted of double-elimination best-of-three matches, but the higher a player seeded the more rounds they skipped, with the highest qualifiers only coming into the play-offs in round 9.
The B Division concluded on Saturday afternoon with a win for Stanley Sowa, Jr. Second place went to Jacob Wolff while John Hegele was third.
B Division Results 1st Stanley Sowa Jr 2nd Jacob Wolff 3rd John Hegele 4th Rebecca Hinsdale 5th Rob Presley
7th Thomas Urban
9th John Armstrong
13th Jeffrey Williams
The A Division play-offs went on longer than expected, and with the room needed for the end-of-show party at 11pm on Saturday, the final match was deferred until 10am on Sunday.
That final was between Escher Lefkoff who remained undefeated since joining the play-offs in round 9 where he immediately knocked Keith Elwin into the loser bracket, and Alek Kaczmarczyk who did the same with Cayle George.
Escher and Alek had met in round 11 where Escher had triumphed, but Alek won through the loser bracket to face him again in the final.
The first game of the best-of-three final was on the Black Knight: Sword of Rage Premium seen above. It was Escher’s choice and he soon showed why he had chosen it, scoring more than 1.3 billion on his first ball thanks to repeated upper playfield orbits.
Alek did well to come back, but ‘only’ managed 444 million on his first ball. Escher upped his score to 1.6 billion on ball two but Alek had a quick drain, only adding a million.
Escher wrapped up the first game by taking his score to 1.9 billion while Alek finished on 472 million following a second quick ball.
Game two of three was on Jurassic Park, and this time it was Alek playing first. It was a different game, but his luck from Black Knight continued, as his first ball drained quickly with no ball save for less than half a million. Escher only did slightly better on his first ball, scoring just over one million.
Alek’s second ball was quick too, but at least he scored the two million skill shot to end on 3.2 million. Escher did the same and hooked up some more shots for 10 million.
Alek’s third ball was a copy of his second, and his 7.3 million total meant game two and the final went to Escher.
So, Escher was first, Alek was second and Colin Urban was third.
A Division Results 1st Escher Lefkoff 2nd Alek Kaczmarczyk 3rd Colin Urban 4th Jared August 5th Keith Elwin
7th DJ Reil
9th Adam Lefkoff
13th Dalton Ely
Andrew Rosa II
17th Brian Shephard
You can watch the final on the IE Pinball channel on Twitch here.
Meanwhile, the Classics Tournament play-offs were taking place on the other side of the hall.
We’ll have more on the Classics Tournament and our end-of-show wrap-up shortly.