IFPA World Pinball Championships Open On May 22 In Denver

Posted On: 5/16/2014

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DENVER -- The International Flipper Pinball Association reported that the IFPA11 World Pinball Championship will be held from May 22 to 25 here. This year's field is expected to be one of the most closely contested in the history of competitive pinball, IFPA said.

Sixteen countries will be represented in a field of 64 players. The top 16 players will test their flipper skills head-to-head for the first time. It will be a test not only of endurance and perseverance, IFPA said, but also the artistry necessary to control the nuances of a 2.6-oz. silver ball.

Denver's Game Exchange, an amusement machine distributorship located at 650 West 6th Ave., is hosting the 11th IFPA championship.

Matches will begin early in the morning and are expected to continue late into night. Eight IFPA past and present world pinball champions will try to unseat Sweden's Jorgen Holm, the current IFPA world champ.

This year's tournament will also feature the second IFPA Epstein Cup, a separate completion that will pit America's eight best players against Europe's best eight. Team Europe won the inaugural Epstein Cup at last year's IFPA10 in Germany.

Additionally, this year's IFPA championship will incorporate a charity challenge to raise money for the Pinball Outreach Project. POP strives to improve the lives of children by sharing the history and excitement of pinball; it does this by bringing games directly to children in hospitals, schools and community centers.

"There is a definite renaissance taking place around the world with pinball remaining a truly timeless and captivating leisure time entertainment attraction," said IFPA cochairman Roger Sharpe. "It is a game that has always provided a unique tactile and totally immersive experience with a never-ending stream of technological advancements. The result is not just the ongoing phenomenal success of the IFPA, but new locations and businesses opening their arms to the charms and allure of pinball for millions of players around the world."

The International Flipper Pinball Association now ranks 24,000 players who participate in 1,600 leagues and tournaments annually. IFPA World Pinball Tour events now award more than $500,000 in cash and prizes a year.

Contact Zach Sharpe, IFPA vice-president, at (847) 877-6344 for more information.