After several years occupying the De Vene Voorst in Drunen, for 2019 the annual Dutch Pinball Open Expo (DPO Expo) moved to a new location in the north-east of the country. The venue was IJsselhallen, a large exhibition and conference complex in the city of Zwolle.
The original intention of the Dutch Pinball Association (Nederlandse Flipper Vereniging) was to move the DPO around the country so that most areas would have it hosted somewhere close to them every few years. However, apart from the anniversary show in Eindhoven in 2017, the DPO (or latterly the DPO Expo) has stayed in Drunen since the show was held there in 2013.
The IJsselhallen complex is far larger than the DPO Expo could fill, so the show only occupied the western end of the building, taking over two halls and the entrance lobby.
There was plenty of parking on-site, although there was a €6 charge per in/out session. Limited catering facilities were available inside, but there was a Jumbo supermarket a short walk away, while the city centre and a variety of restaurants, shops and bars was around 15 minutes away on foot.
Inside the IJsselhallen entrance hall were two screens giving information about the show schedule in Dutch and English, and a guide to the venue’s layout.
There were two game halls packed full of machines and vendors. The nearest one to the entrance was called the Suyderseezaal so let’s start our tour of the show in there.
We got to the venue late on Friday afternoon (due to flight delays) while games and stands were still being set up.
Meanwhile more hard work was taking place in the second hall – Hanzezaal.
Those who volunteered to help set up games were rewarded with dinner in the venue’s canteen on Friday evening.
It wasn’t too long before the machines were all on their legs and the show really began to take shape.
The entry desks were positioned in the lobby to the left of the information screens. Pre-purchased entry packages could be collected at one table while on-the-day entry was purchased at the other. These were still being set up on Friday evening too.
To the right of the entry desk were three additional areas. One was for game repairs where non-working pinballs could be taken to be worked on in peace away from the show floor. Outside that room was a desk staffed by medical staff in case of any human emergencies, while next to that was the seminar area where talks would be given on Saturday.
We left for the night, returning early on Saturday morning before the doors opened to the public at 10am. There was still a little work to do before visitors could enter, but the large team of volunteers was working hard to make it all ready in time.
The cost to enter the DPO Expo was €15 ($16.55/£12.88) per day, although advance packs could be purchased giving entry for both days, a special T-shirt and a poster for €50.
Additional entry fees applied if you wanted to participate in the various tournaments. They were €20 for the DPO, €10 for the Ladies Tournament, and €3 per entry for the Classic Tournament (with multiple entries allowed). The Kids Tournament was free to enter, while Sunday’s Swiss Tournament for those not involved in the DPO play-offs cost €5 to enter.
Once past the entry desk, visitors could buy posters, reprinted flyers or back copies of the Dutch Pinball Association (NFV) members’ magazine, Spinner.
Additional posters were displayed on a line in the corridor beyond.
Also in the corridor was the stand for Jonathan Joosten’s Pinball Magazine.
He was selling copies of the current and previous issues along with the book Pinball and photographic posters. He was also giving away free flyers for recent titles from Stern Pinball, American Pinball and Chicago Gaming, and brought along his Total Nuclear Annihilation machine for visitors to play.
As soon as the show opened, the newest titles were predictably the most popular, with lines quickly forming to play them. The Elvira’s House of Horrors Limited Edition was right next to the entrance to the first hall and – with it being the first chance for many to play the game – it soon became the most popular game in the room.
There were several vendors in the first hall. Christophe Lienard of Pinball Pleasure had his stand selling new Jersey Jack machines as well as custom glass covers, T-shirts, cabinet artwork and other accessories.
In the left-corner of the room were four video pinballs. Building your own video pinball would be discussed at length in three of the four seminars held in the lobby later on Saturday.
The vendor with the largest stand was Pinball Universe who also brought along a large number of machines for free play or to be used in the tournaments. They also had two of the new Atari Pong sit-down arcade games.
Pinball Universe had a big selection of parts on their stand from their parts division PU-parts which included many reductions and special show prices. If we’d had more luggage space on our flight home we would have happily bought a lot more of these than we did.
Two more vendors occupied the back corner of the hall. Karin Kolbe’s The Pinwitch had a varied selection of pinball parts, while Chrome Pinball offered a plating service for metal pinball parts.
Opposite those two stands was Nicolas Manaud who was running his PinSound stand. As well as selling PinSound boards, speaker kits and shaker motors, Nicolas had six machines with the PinSound system installed so visitors could experience the sonic improvements for themselves.
The final vendor in the first hall was Eric Boes who had a range of posters, flyers, manuals and assorted paperwork for sale on his stand.
Here are the 96 machines in the first game hall, the Suyderseezaal, with an asterisk indicating the game was not playable for one reason or another.
SUYDERSEEZAAL AC/DC Addams Family, The Addams Family, The Alien Alien Poker Attack from Mars Back to the Future Batman (Data East) Batman 66 Batman: The Dark Knight Baywatch Big Guns Black Knight Black Knight 2000 Black Knight: Sword of Rage Black Rose Cactus Jack Capt. Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy Class of 1812 Corvette Dolly Parton Elvira & the Party Monsters Elvira’s House of Horrors Fire! Fireball Fireball II Flash Getaway, The: High Speed 2 Gladiators Gorgar Guardians of the Galaxy Haunted House Hobbit, The Hobbit, The Hot Shots Houdini Indiana Jones (Williams) Indiana Jones (Williams) Iron Man Johnny Mnemonic Judge Dredd* Junkyard Jurassic Park (Data East) Jurassic Park (Stern) Jurassic Park (Stern) Kiss (Bally) Laser War Lord of the Rings, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, The Medieval Madness Medusa Munsters, The Mustang NBA Fastbreak No Fear Oktoberfest Oktoberfest Paragon Party Animal Pirates of the Caribbean (Stern) Pirates of the Caribbean (Stern) Pirates of the Caribbean (Stern) Police Force Power Play, Bobby Orr* Radical! Ready, Aim, Fire! Revenge from Mars Rollercoaster Tycoon Rollergames Scared Stiff Shaq Attaq Silver Slugger Sopranos, The Space Shuttle Spider-Man Spider-Man Spring Break Star Trek (Bally) Stargate Tales from the Crypt Tales of the Arabian Nights Target Alpha Terminator 2 Terminator 3 Theatre of Magic Theatre of Magic Time Machine Title Fight Torpedo Alley Total Nuclear Annihilation Twilight Zone Twilight Zone Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory World Poker Tour
Between the two halls was the bar where coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer, wine and various snack dishes could be purchased.
Prices were not excessive, although the choice was quite limited. There were other drinks in the under-counter fridges but the bar staff were not permitted to sell them.
Moving along to the second hall and there were 49 free play machines available, along with the 63 tournament machines. The free play machines were:
HANZEZAAL Apollo Back to the Future Bally Hoo Black Knight 2000 Bone Busters Buck Rogers Car Hop Charlie’s Angels Checkpoint Comet Cue Ball Wizard Dispy Doodle Dolly Parton Doodle Bug Dr. Dude Dracula, Bram Stoker’s Earthshaker! Elektra Ghostbusters Grand Lizard High Speed Hot Shots Indiana Jones (Williams) Judge Dredd Jungle Lord Jurassic Park (Data East) Jurassic Park: Lost World Operation Thunder Party Zone, The Pinbot Police Force Pool Sharks Robocop Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends Secret Service Shadow, The Shaq Attaq Star Trek (Data East) Star Wars (Data East) Stargate Surf N’ Safari Tales from the Crypt Taxi Taxi Terminator 2 Time Fantasy Time Machine Tommy, The Who’s Waterworld World Cup Soccer
There were also two vendors in the Hanzezaal.
LED4PIN had a stand next to the entrance where they were selling replacement LEDs as well as flipper and playfield rubbers.
Next to LED4PIN was Mirco Steffen with his Mirco Playfields stand selling numerous game-specific pinball parts and artwork, along with a very impressive display of new playfields.
You can take a look around the whole DPO Expo for yourself in our exclusive Sixteen Minute Tour video, exploring the two game halls, all the vendor stands, the tournament area and even a sneek peek inside the game repair room.
Don’t forget, you can watch this and any of our other 300 videos on the Pinball News YouTube channel.
The Hanzezaal contained all the tournament pinballs, from the Dutch Pinball Open and the Classic Tournament to the Women’s, the Kids’ and Sunday’s Swiss-style tournaments.
The DPO used twenty-four pinballs, with a spare World Cup Soccer in case of a machine failure which couldn’t be fixed quickly. These were arranged along the right-hand wall of the hall.
Qualifying on these began on Saturday morning and continued until near the close on Saturday evening. Players could choose any eight machines on which to put up qualifying scores. The scores were ranked and ranking points awarded, with 100 points for the top score.
Players also had a joker which they could use to try to improve their ranking on one of the eight machines they already played, or put up a score on a ninth if they preferred, with the best eight games counting towards qualification.
Each machine had a column on a peg board with a machine card at the top. When a player wanted to play a machine they put their badge in the next free position under the machine name. When a player was next to play a game they took the machine card along with their badge to an official who scanned both to register their game.
When the game was over and the score recorded, the player returned to machine card to the peg board so the next player in line could take it.
The machines used were:
DUTCH PINBALL OPEN Fish Tales Getaway, The: High Speed 2 Indianapolis 500 Doctor Who Whirlwind Creature from the Black Lagoon Avatar Spider-Man Dirty Harry Congo Dracula, Bram Stoker’s Demolition Man F-14 Tomcat Terminator 2 Metallica Comet Space Station Iron Man Jurassic Park (Stern) Jackbot Black Knight: Sword of Rage Star Wars (Stern) The Munsters Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast World Cup Soccer (standby)
Scores were recorded on tablets using a pair of QR codes – one on the player’s badge and one on the machine’s apron – to ensure scores were recorded against the correct player and machine.
Qualification continued until thirty minutes before the show closed on Saturday evening at 11pm, with the top 56 players out of the 157 entrants making it into Sunday’s play-off rounds.
The qualification rankings were as follows (* indicates a joker was used):
Pos Name Score Played 1 Korben Van Wonterghem 700 8 2 Taco Wouters 650 9 * 3 Franck Bul Bona 647 9 * 4 Thomas van Clapdorp 620 9 * 5 Roy Wils 608 9 * 6 Paul Jongma 590 8 7 Michel van den Elzen 577 8 8 Bart Volman 568 9 * 9 Andreas Hedstrom 564 9 * 10 Albert Nomden 562 9 * 11 Rob Overdijk 528 9 * 12 Kirk Sadler 514 9 * 13 Stefan Wittenberg 506 9 * 14 François A de Wrangel 502 9 * 15 Jilles Eijking 501 9 * 16 Sylvain Grevin 485 9 * 17 Wilbert der Kinderen 484 9 * 18 Klaas Oenema 482 9 * 19 Ivan Geentjens 480 9 * 20 Jim Lindsay 472 8 21 de cock dominique 469 9 * 22 Edwin Nijs 468 8 23 Julian Legind 464 9 * 24 Maximilian Bösel 463 9 * 25 Sebastian Poetschke 460 8 26 Dennis Slagboom 459 9 * 27 Frank van Woesik 457 9 * 28 John van der Wulp 451 9 * 29 Martijn van Amsterdam 449 9 * 30 Jan Hop 443 9 * 31 Norman Heikamp 439 9 * 32 Paul Englert 438 9 * 33 Sylvain CARRE 437 9 * 34 Bas Vis 436 9 * 35 Helen de Haan-Verbeek 427 9 * 36 Norbert Broman 426 9 * 37 Bas van Doorn 424 9 * 38 Dirk Klaver 421 9 * 39 Martijn van Aken 419 9 * 40 Marcel Diks 418 9 * 41 Bob Reijs 415 9 * 42 Vincent Slaat 412 9 * 43 Lars Mr Mattsson 412 9 * 44 Patrick Van Hout 409 9 * 45 Jürgen Schmitz 408 9 * 46 Ralph Beckers 407 9 * 47 Michel van Elk 403 9 * 48 Mart Oenema 397 9 * 49 Joachim Reniers 397 9 * 50 Peter Zeeman 395 8 51 renders olivier 394 9 * 52 Lefman Kan 394 9 * 53 Ronald Oenema 394 9 * 54 Lutz Hammer 389 9 * 55 Jan Houtteman 389 9 * 56 Steven De Maer 386 9 * 57 Louis Leurs 382 9 * 58 Eric Houtteman 380 9 * 59 victor-francois ZOB machart 372 9 * 60 Daniel Kruzinski 371 9 * 61 Frank Linden 366 9 * 62 Mark van der Gugten 364 9 * 63 Marc Steinmeier 362 9 * 64 Kevin Roelants 360 9 * 65 Robin Koning 355 9 * 66 Peter Muis 355 9 * 67 Jeroen Boiten 354 9 * 68 Barry Hoeben 348 9 * 69 Florian Thomas 344 9 * 70 Stefan Hänsch 338 9 * 71 Joris Van Neijenhof 335 9 * 72 Mads Stentoft 332 9 * 73 Dirk Elzholz 331 9 * 74 Jesse Walker 331 9 * 75 Joris de Wilde 330 9 * 76 Fabian Kretschmer 329 9 * 77 Nate Shivers 329 9 * 78 David CARLIER 329 9 * 79 Coen Dunnink 322 9 * 80 Pascal Van Wonterghem 319 9 * 81 Thomas Doepelheuer 319 9 * 82 Arthur de Jong 318 9 * 83 Theo De Reuver 318 9 * 84 Jeremy Dorling 316 9 * 85 Michael Trozzo 313 9 * 86 Joel WOZNIAK 308 9 * 87 Hans Bijsterveld 308 9 * 88 freddy Van den Bosch 306 9 * 89 Guido Christiansen 305 9 * 90 Dirk De Groote 302 9 * 91 Evelyne desot 300 9 * 92 Gabi Schmeichel 299 9 * 93 Mario KER Kertels 292 9 * 94 Rakesh Kanhai 290 9 * 95 Bjorn Brand 289 9 * 96 Pelle Wållberg 288 9 * 97 Koen Simoens 282 9 * 98 Didier Dujardin 276 9 * 99 Denise Clemens 272 9 * 100 Pieter van Leijen 271 9 * 101 Christian Hammer 271 9 * 102 Olivier Eggermont 271 7 103 Nils de Kleine 269 9 * 104 Stefan PL 265 9 * 105 Gerard Paapen 265 9 * 106 Bernd Gottwald 263 9 * 107 Sebastian Zehe 261 9 * 108 E4 _ _ 261 8 * 109 Tom Peeters 260 9 * 110 Nico Baak 258 9 * 111 Jan-Christian Kiwus 254 9 * 112 Dave van den Akker 253 9 * 113 Peter van Kan 248 9 * 114 Daniela Thomas 247 9 * 115 Rahiel Karamali 245 9 * 116 Jaap Valent 240 9 * 117 Stefan Granberg 236 9 * 118 Thomas Arentsen 236 9 * 119 Carsten Wieske 235 9 * 120 Carlo Vijn 231 9 * 121 jim jansen 231 9 * 122 Jan PL 230 9 * 123 Drolf Hollestelle 228 9 * 124 Jan Krijnen 216 9 * 125 Kevin Sultana 215 9 * 126 Jessica De Mercurio 212 9 * 127 Marcel van den Boogert 208 9 * 128 Marcel van der Zouwen 200 9 * 129 Tiny De bie 185 9 * 130 Willem van der Meij 185 9 * 131 Rolf Geissberger 174 7 132 Antoine van der Klaauw 172 9 * 133 Fabrice Paquet 170 9 * 134 Daan Kloosterboer 167 9 * 135 Pelle Gerritsen 163 9 * 136 Joran van Kan 163 9 * 137 Pat Struwer 162 7 * 138 Olivier Lebeau 160 8 * 139 Ritchie Cicilia 159 8 * 140 Mark Heneka 157 9 * 141 Patrick Kamp 154 9 * 142 Ralf Behr 153 9 * 143 Fabio Villanueva 148 9 * 144 Lilly Hänsch 131 9 * 145 Maik Wiltfang 124 9 * 146 Annette Klooster 115 9 * 147 E50 _ _ 115 9 * 148 Christian Hagemann 98 9 * 149 Stephen van Elk 98 9 * 150 Edo PL 91 9 * 151 Tom Vandenpanhuyzen 90 9 * 152 Vanessa Neufeld 89 9 * 153 Maarten Berkers 75 9 * 154 Tony Jansen 65 9 * 155 Norbert PL 60 9 * 156 Richard Van der Zee 54 9 * 157 Katharina Hagemann 39 9 *
A similar number of machines were used for the Ladies Tournament which was held on Saturday and for Sunday’s Swiss-style tournament, both of which utilised two rows of machines adjacent to the DPO area.
The Ladies Tournament split the nineteen entrants into two groups of nine and ten. The players in each group then played a single game against everyone else in their group (eight or nine games).
The four players with the most wins in each group progressed into three head-to-head rounds to reduce the field from eight to four, and then a final two. These were the machines they played:
LADIES/SWISS TOURNAMENTS Star Trek: The Next Generation Whitewater Pinball Magic Roadshow Spider-Man Vault Edition Creature from the Black Lagoon Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s Flintstones, The High Speed Vegas Monopoly Jackbot Hoops Rescue 911 Star Trek (Data East) Surf ‘N Safari Junkyard Scared Stiff Lethal Weapon Earthshaker! Batman Forever Time Machine Attack from Mars Twister Monster Bash Secret Service
Sadly, when the final rounds were taking place we were busy at the opposite end of the building hosting a seminar, but we’ll bring you the results of the Ladies Tournament as soon as we have them.
The back of the hall was home for the Classics Tournament which took place on Saturday and the Kids Tournaments held on Sunday, although the machines were changed to newer models for the Kids Tournaments.
Here are the Classics Tournament machines:
CLASSICS TOURNAMENT Eight Ball Champ Viking Nine Ball Fathom Mata Hari Flash Gordon Xenon Eight Ball Nitro Groundshaker Dolly Parton Centaur Harlem Globetrotters
The Classic Tournament used an unlimited buy-in qualification method, with each €3 entry consisting of one game on any three Classic machines. The scores on each machine were ranked and the total ranking points for the three games made up the score for that entry.
Qualification ran through Saturday until 7pm when the play-offs began, with the top sixteen players qualifying.
Those sixteen were:
1 Dirk Elzholz 2 Albert Nomden 3 Bart Volman 4 John van der Wulp 5 Ralf Beckers 6 Taco Wouters 7 Frank Linden 8 Roy Wils 9 Arthur de Jong 10 Mark van der Gugten 11 Stefan Hänsch 12 Paul Jongma 13 Paul Englert 14 Helen de Haan-Verbeek 15 Florian Thomas 16 Franck Bona
These sixteen then paired up to play best-of-three single-elimination rounds until a final two remained.
The final was a best-of-five match between top qualifier Dirk Elzholz and third-placed qualifier Bart Volman. The first machine to be played was Harlem Globetrotters and Dirk had a good first ball, scoring 175K to Bart’s 17K.
That was actually enough to win the game, as Bart only got up to 128K with his three balls.
So, play moved on to Centaur and it was a similar story as Dirk scored 977K on his first ball to Bart’s 32K.
Bart pulled it back somewhat with his second ball total of 519K, while Dirk only added a little to make 1.065M.
Dirk had a quick third ball to end on 1.085K giving Bart an opportunity if he could get another ball like his second.
Sadly though it wasn’t to be, and he ended on 732K making it 2-0 to Dirk in the best-of-five final.
Flash Gordon was next with Bart starting.
It was a quick first ball though, racking-up just 45K. Dirk did better, establishing that familiar first ball lead with his 331K score.
Bart’s next two balls were similar to his first, ending his game with 108K, giving Dirk a 3-0 victory in the final.
In the play-off for third place, Paul Englert beat Mark van der Gugten 2-1 in the best-of-three match.
Before we wrap up Saturday’s action though, we should mention that there were four talks taking place in the seminars area at the far end of the entrance lobby.
The main theme of the first three talks was digital pinball, with Erik and Mark Klootwijk demonstrating the Digital Midi Pinball Machine, Gert Jan de Haan showing how Zen Pinball allows you to play against an opponent over the internet, and Richard Weijts recounting how he built his own V-Pinball game.
The final session was presented by podcast co-hosts Pinball Magazine’s Jonathan Joosten and Pinball News’s Martin Ayub who held another edition of their popular So You Think You Know Pinball? prize quiz.
The format was the familiar question followed by two possible answers. Those who chose the first answer stood on one side of the room and the others on the opposite side. When the correct answer was revealed, those who got it right continued while those with the wrong answer sat down to await the next round.
The questions continued until only a few players remained, at which point they all won prizes from the prize table. Prizes were generously donated by Jersey Jack Pinball, American Pinball, SS Billiards, Stern Pinball, Gameroom Magazine, ColorDMD, Chicago Street Pinball, Pinball Magazine and Pinball News. Because we were busy hosting the seminar there are sadly no pictures of this quiz available.
With the Classic Tournament decided we called it a day and prepared for Sunday’s busy schedule of tournament.
The DPO Expo opened to the public at 9am on Sunday and although there was a steady stream of visitors through the entrance, the halls took some time to fill up, with games available to play most of the day.
In the tournaments area, three events were taking place.
The fifty-four players who qualified for the DPO play-offs gathered to find out the format and who they would be playing.
The play-offs consisted of a seven-strike system, where players were split into groups of four and played a single game on a nominated machine. The winner of the game received zero strikes, second place got one strike, third place two strikes, and last place got three strikes.
The players and machines were then mixed up again, and another round played with the same format. The machines and groupings were shown on a monitor or could be checked online.
This continued until a player had seven strikes or more against them, at which point they were eliminated from the tournament. When there were just twelve players remaining that phase of the play-offs ended and a new format was used.
While the DPO play-offs were starting, registrations were taking place for the Swiss Tournament.
All players played a single random pairing game after which the winner had one point and the loser zero. The players were then ranked by points and were paired to play another game against someone on the same score.
This kept going through several rounds, with those who kept winning and moving to the top of the rankings playing against similarly successful opponents, while those who lost many games played others in a similar situation.
Play in the Swiss Tournament continued until 1:30pm when the eight highest-ranked players played in best-of-three head-to-head pairs to reduce the number to four and then a final two who contested the final.
Because the Swiss Tournament ran alongside the DPO play-offs, those still in the DPO couldn’t take part in the Swiss Tournament.
We’ll bring you the final results of the Swiss Tournament shortly, just as soon as we have them.
The third tournament event was the Kids Tournament which was split into two divisions – Under 12s and 12-15s. In each division the contestants played games against each other to determine who would make it to the quarter- and semi-finals, and then into the finals.
In the Under 12s division there were three finalists – Lisa Breijer, Pascal Schellen and Lars Vreuls. They contested the final with a single game on World Cup Soccer.
Lisa scored a creditable 190M with her three balls, but was narrowly overtaken by Pascal who racked-up 195M.
Lars then played. His ball drained with his score almost tied with Pascal’s, but his bonus of 20M made all the difference as he ended in first place on 205M.
Trophies were then awarded to all three finalists.
The final of the 12-15s then took place. This involved four players – Simon Piloo, Daan Rosvelds, Niek van der Vorden and Kim vann Geest. They played a single game on a Stern Star Wars.
As in the previous final, the scores were all very close, with Kim finishing on 56.7M and Daan in the player two position ending with 84.1M.
Niek pushes the bar higher still with a nice 95M total after his three balls, leaving Simon with the challenge beating that to win the final.
He didn’t quite make it, but his consolation was just edging ahead of Daan’s score of 84.1M with his 84.2M total to take second place.
So, Niek was first, Simon second, Daan third and Kim fourth.
Returning to the main DPO tournament, the last twelve players were split into three groups of four. Each group then played three pre-determined machines with nine points for the winner, five points for second place, two points for third and no points for coming fourth. After the three games, the top two from each group went into the semi-finals.
Paul Jongma, Andreas Headström, Marcel Diks, Bart Volman, Roy Wils and Martijn van Amsterdam were the six who contested the semi-finals which were again three games on pre-selected machines. The first player to win two games went through to the final.
Andreas beat Paul, Bart beat Marcel and Roy beat Martijn to give us our three finalsts for the DPO 2019.
The final was also played on three pre-selected games, but with 4-2-1 scoring. These were chosen as Fish Tales, F-14 Tomcat and Iron Maiden, and those machines were brought into the centre of the DPO area so that the remaining machines could be played by show visitors.
As with many other matches throughout the weekend, South Side Pinball were streaming and commentating on the final games on their Twitch channel using their camera rig which was moved from machine to machine as the final progressed.
F-14 was the first game to be played with Andreas starting first.
None of the three had a good first ball, but Roy really got going on his second ball to take his score up to 3.4M, compared to 57K for Andreas and 130K for Bart.
It was always going to be a challenge for either of the other two to match Roy’s score and in reality neither got close.
Bart took second place with 630K to Andreas’s 159K, giving Roy 4 points, Bart 2 points and Andreas 1 point.
Game two was Fish Tales where Bart played first.
It was a familiar story, with Roy establishing a solid ball one lead with his 52M versus 1M each for Bart and Andreas.
The situation didn’t improve after ball two where Roy got a couple of super jackpots to build his score up to 390M. Bart had an even worse second ball for a 1.6M total while Andreas did only slightly better with his 4.2M total.
Bart finally got a decent ball with his third, but his game-end total of 58M was still way short of Roy who actually had a bad third ball and only added one million to his total to end on 391M.
Andreas also had a bad third ball and came third with his 4.9M score.
So, Roy was in first place with eight points and couldn’t be caught with just one game left to play. Bart had four points and Andreas had two points. The last game of the final would only decide who got second and third.
Despite not needing to win, Roy still played a great game with a three-ball total of 278M. Going into their third balls Andreas and Bart had 6M and 20M respectively.
Neither of them could catch Roy, so Bart took second place in the game and overall, while Andreas was third.
The end of the DPO also marked the end of the DPO Expo, right on time at 6pm. All the machines were depowered and the packing-up began.
We quickly grabbed our belongings and headed for the station to get the train to Amsterdam and a flight back home.
This was almost like a ‘back-to-basics’ DPO Expo with the concentration very much on the two game halls and the tournaments. There were no special guests and only limited seminars. However, that meant extra effort could be put into the 209 machines, getting valuable support from the vendors, and running the numerous tournaments.
The move to a new venue will always cause a certain amount of disruption, but the detailed planning by the team of volunteers in the year prior meant everything fitted nicely into the space available, the machines were kept running very efficiently, and the tournaments all appeared to run smoothly and to schedule.
The plan is to move the DPO Expo to somewhere in the west of the country next year, with work underway now to locate a suitable venue. We’ll put the details in the Pinball News Diary just as soon as we have them, and we plan to be there once again to bring you all the news and action from the DPO Expo 2020.