As far as tournaments and shows go, CAX is the real deal! This year was no exception, and what a blast we had. This year’s tournament was not split into main and classics, but 12 machines from 3 different eras made up the tournament. Personally, I think it was a really enjoyable and very well organized event. Thanks to Greg , Karl and the rest of the gang for working so hard to make it happen.
In a high quality field, Jim Belsito from SoCal managed to win yet another CAX tournament. The final game was played on Scuba, a rarity in tournament playoffs. Jim had put up 6,331 pts, and Joshua Henderson had the chance to win it all with the last ball of the tournament. But he didn’t. He came up a measly 279 pts short, and the title went down south again.
The SFPD had plenty of success this year. 5 member qualified for the playoffs and their final positions were:
5th – Eric W
8th – Andreas
12th – Andrei
16th – Per
22nd – Zac
Our reigning rookie of the season, Mike M, took top honors in the casual division. Congrats Mike! Allison also qualified for the playoffs and finished 8th.
Andreas beat Bowen in a tiebreaker on Trio to advance to the elite 8.
GC baby! Spinner? Mostly multipliers. Yeah Meteor, take that!
51 players partook in the 1st Summer Series. It was extremely rewarding to see how much fun it was to try out a new format, and it’ll probably happen again within the near future.
Leg 3 was played in groups of 4 and 3 players with 7/5/3/1 scoring. After 5 rounds of qualifying, the top 12 players advanced to the playoffs, with the top 4 getting a bye round. Playoffs were head to head, best of 1 matches. After all was said and done, Per took top honors after beating Jeremy in the finals on Demolition Man.
However, Jeremy put everyone else behind him in a very convincing way thereby claiming the Summer Series Trophy and the glory to go with it.
Congrats to Mr Williams for playing so well and for being such a class act!
Thank you to all the players who came and made this a fun event. Special thanks to the score keepers, officials and software makers!
Come on down to FreeGoldWatch on 1767 Waller Street in the Haight to play in a fun tournament. It’s only $5 to enter, and the format will be 5 rounds of group play. Groups will consist of 4 or 3 players, and the scoring will be 7/5/3/1. At the end of the 5th round, scores will be tallied up and the top 12 players will move on to the playoffs.
As Anish aptly stated it in the wee hours following last night’s tournament, “we needed our pinball fix“. Yes, it’s summer and league is on hold, so the Summer Series was for many a welcome return to fun, competitive pinball.
The format for this 1st leg of the series was Double Fun Run, (and had Ron showed up, we would have called it Double Fun Ron…), and basically 2 players played a 4-player game with one playing positions 1 & 4, and the other playing the 2 and 3 spots.
We started out with 24 players (thanx for showing up Forrest!), and then the top 8 players moved on to the playoffs. Thanks to everybody who participated, and I hope to see you for leg # 2 on Wednesday, June 17th.
The lasting impression from our 5th season’s playoffs was one of amazement of how much fun coming together to play pinball can be. The camaraderie we have in the SFPD is simply unbelievable. To have so many people stay late to watch the final matches really made for an awesome atmosphere.
The A-division finals were some of the most exciting we have ever had. We’ve gotten used to have James in the finals, but Tony was the surprise of the day. James took a 2-0 lead by winning Medieval Madness & Tron very convincingly. Tony then picked his bread and butter game, Attack from Mars. This was the moment when the finals really heated up and got the crowd into it. After an excellent game of 10.1 billion points, Tony had to wait and see what James would put up. James had himself a great game but came up about 70 million points short! The lead was now 2-1 and they moved on to Paragon.
Paragon can chew you up and spit you out like few games can. But we keep coming back for more, ain’t that right James? Squires put up a respectable 67 000, only to see his score narrowly get beat by Tony’s 71 000 points! The series was now tied at 2-2.
James last pick of the season was AC/DC, one of Steve Ritchie’s best designs. He never got things rolling like he is capable of, and meanwhile, Tony was hitting on all cylinders. The game was over without Tony having to play his third ball (he had 83 million after 2 balls). We had a new SFPD champion, Tony Urso!
In the B-finals, FGW owner showed his chops and took home 1st prize in the finals against Chris L.
The C-finals were played between Jessica R & Tim, and in the end Jessica was victorious!
Thanks to all members and guests who made this a fantastic season in the SFPD. See you again on August 12th!