March Radness results


39 people came to FGW to play in the first annual March Radness tournament. The format was head to head match play Swiss-style, after an initial slaughter style first round, which was based on IFPA rankings.

After the 10 rounds of qualifying, Zac was top seed with 8 wins. 6 wins was the minimum to get into the A-division playoffs. We also ran B and C-division playoffs.

Thanks to everyone who came out and made this a great event. Special thanks to the score keepers and officials who did an outstanding job.

Do the Walt(z)er!
Do the Walt(z)er!


Everything is easier with MatchPlay!
Everything is easier with MatchPlay!

Here are the results as submitted to the IFPA:

1,Hal Erickson,1531
2,Aaron Nelson,2922
3,Darren Ensley,12117
4,Per Schwarzenberger,12220
5,Mark Birsching,14319
6,David Joud,8851
7,Zac Wollons,21965
8,Matt Willmarth,10662
9,Jaime Uziel ,298049
10,Walter Hurwitz,2767
11,Rob Coli,19300
12,Jeremy Williams,14560

13,Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen,15925
14,Nate Robinson,25465
15,Dominic DiPalantino,null
16,Robin Lassonde ,25696
17,Shon Dolcini,15943
18,Tom Collins,12378
19,Gene X Hwang,13052
20,Kevin Montgomery,25464
21,Russ Sweetser,19312
22,Chris Lindboe,12217
23,Josh Lehan,536
24,Craig Okruhlica,20981
25,Tony Urso,22189
26,Ron Richards,19309
26,Ellen Frankel,5233
28,Louise Wagensonner,19305
29,Joshua Maes,17147
30,Greg Rivas,null
31,Allison ONeill,19302
32,Brian ONeill,19301
33,Dave Hermanas,22577
34,Kevin Ritchie ,null
35,Courtney Hermanas,null
36,Eric Raymond,25457
37,Sally Sparks,19426
38,Echa Schneider,13275
39,Lisa Ramon ,26698


B division results:

1. Tony U

2. Russ S

3. Dominic D & Shon D

5. Craig, Nate R, Kevin M, Robin L


C division results:

1. Dave H

2. Courtney H

3. Ron R

4. Eric R














Round 4

While Gene is away on fun and games, we’ll have to make do without photographic evidence of our beloved league. Almost. John L was demoing a new video game and I happened to be there with my camera handy when Jon S tried on the goggles.

Billy Gibbons?
Billy Gibbons in the house!

The round saw what will surely be a permanent fixture, beer on tap! Courtesy of Aaron, guest player and beer monger extraordinaire. 72 players (66+6) enjoyed themselves and the brew.

The aforementioned Aaron posted the best round with 33 points, followed by Rob C & Per with 31. Everyone named Matt had 29 points along with KevMo, Mike M, & Jeremy.

Remember Echa’s tournament Alpha Flip on Saturday, 2/21 in Emeryville for beginners only. If you are ranked 3000 or lower by the ifpa, you can participate! Prize for best woman finisher! And there’s coffee!

Also, don’t forget the next tournament at FGW, March Radness, on Sunday March 1st.








This year’s City Champ, to be held December 12-13th, will be part of the PAPA Circuit. This is a great opportunity for the SFPD to host players from around the country. Volunteers needed! Contact Per if you want to help out.

Round 3

We set a new record in round 3! 76 players (72 member + 4 guests) attended a night that felt like a homecoming party since it had been 3 weeks since round 2.

Chris Harkins led the night with 33 points, followed by 3 players with 31 points. They were: Andrei, Andreas, & Shon.

We were also visited by Kimberly Blum and her film crew. She is putting together a documentary about women in pinball. We wish her the best and are hoping that she will come back and screen it for us when it is done.

After league play had ended, loud outbursts of uncontrolled laughter could be heard from the back area, where Black Pyramid is located. One look confirmed the notion that Matt H is a multi talented man.

Part man - part monkey. This would explain Matt's proficiency at Congo.
Part man – part monkey. This would explain Matt’s proficiency at Congo.


California State Championship

The IFPA counted all the points you have earned in California during 2014, and the 16 top earners duked it out in a single elimination tournament on Sunday 2/7. Each match was best of 7, and many matches went the full distance. This year, the championship was held at the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda. State representatives Jim Belsito and Damien Charléty prepared the machines to play very hard. For example, the tilt settings were extremely tight on all the games, and many of the outlanes were as big as possible.

The SFPD was well represented, and in the end, two of them made it all the way to the final four. Jeff Fehervari beat out Pinburgh champion Belsito on his way to the semifinals in a best of 7 nail biter. Once in the semis, he took a 2-0 lead on Andrei Massenkoff, but then Andrei won 4 straight to make it to the finals. Karl DeAngelo also took a 2-0 lead on Andrei, but the story from the semis repeated itself. Our new state champion: Andrei Massenkoff from the SFPD!

Festivus results, 1/25/2015

The first tournament of the year at FGW ran very smoothly mostly thanks to the new software MatchPlay, created by SFPD’s own Andreas. It allows the organizer to add players even after the start of the tournament, which has been a gripe with Brackelope for example. If someone has to leave early, it has the option of deactivating that player as well, which is a simple yet great feature. Therefore, a huge thanks goes out to Andreas, who also doubled as score keeper and official! Potential organizers should go to for more info.

Now, to the tournament itself. 38 players showed up despite the fact that the PAPA circuit event INDISC was going on in Southern California. This is a very positive sign that competitive pinball is still on the rise in the Bay Area. Thanks to everyone who came out to play, I hope you’ll come back next time (and bring a friend too!).

We played 10 rounds of head to head qualifying matches, after which the top 8 players moved on to the playoffs. There was a 7-way tie for 7th place, so a nerve wrecking tiebreaker had to be held on Captain Fantastic to sort out the field.

In the playoffs, it was best 2/3 matches where the higher seed got to pick the first machine/playing order. Once the dust had settled, Andrei stood at the top of the Festivus pole, while Jeremy took second place.

What was really rewarding was seeing 5 newcomers to tournament pinball show up. Two of them were oh so close of making it to the playoffs even! Congrats on your performance and we hope to see you again.

Complete results below. (Place, name, IFPA number)

(The IFPA wants it in this format where the ties are the average of the involved players.)

1,Andrei Massenkoff,53
2,Jeremy Williams,14560
3,Robin Lassonde ,25696
4,Echa Schneider,13275
5,Hal Erickson,1531
6,Eric Wagensonner,8855
7,James Squires,10751
8,Per Schwarzenberger,12220
11,Josh Lehan,536
11,Dominic DiPalantino,null
11,Elise Nabors,null
11,Craig Okruhlica,20981
11,Shon Dolcini,15943
18,Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen,15925
18,Chris Gershtein,2753
18,Chris Lindboe,12217
18,Darren Ensley,12117
18,David Joud,8851
18,Ellen Frankel,5233
18,Jaime Uziel ,29804
18,Louise Wagensonner,19305
18,Tony Urso,22189
23,Alex Pierson,17659
24,Alex Samonte,91
24,Eugene Gershtein,3532
24,Matt Henri,16767
24,Maura Devereux,25487
24,Rob Coli,19300
24,Ron Richards,19309
30,Dave Hermanas,22577
31,Jason Rosenberg ,29807
31,Jessie Reid ,null
31,Marti Leann Brass,22178
31,Rolf Skar,null
36,Lisa Ramon ,26698
36,Peter Williams US,25494
38,Andy Steinhauser,23707


Round 2

Round 2 saw 67 members and 7 guests grace the grounds of FreeGoldWatch. Perfect nights were had by James and Michael J (One of 4 Michael’s in the league. 5 if you count Mickey!).

Former member, now guest playing, Ryan H, had a strong 33 points to propel himself to the top of the standings. Congrats Ryan!

Jay also posted a 33, while E-Wag & Chris L both had 31’s.

Remember our open tournament on Sunday, 1/25, at 2 PM. Only 5 bucks to enter! More info here.

Next league round will be on February 11th.

Season 5 Opener!


Maura can usually be seen in the vicinity of Who Dunnit. This time in the company of Jody!


67 members and 6 guests came down to FGW to play round 1 of the 2015 Spring league. It was great to see old friends again, as well as many new faces. New for this season is that we play 5 machines per night. As it turned out, all but 5 groups were done by 9:30, so it’s probably a keeper!

Andrei ended last season on top of the standings, and he kept that up by having a perfect night of 35 points. Not to be outdone, Zac equaled our champion for a share of the lead. Other high rollers were Jeremy, Josh L, and guest Brian H. with 31 points.

See you on January 21st!

Hey Andy, where's the score card dude?
Hey Andy, where’s the score card dude?


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