’16 Spring Playoffs!

It's all in the family! Richard & Flor are going home with some hardware.
It’s all in the family! Richard & Flor are going home with some hardware.

 

The 2016 Spring playoffs were held on May 22nd at FreeGoldWatch. The top 32 players of the regular season first played a 5-game group round which served to divide the field into A&B division for the coming head to head phase. Players 33-48 played a double elimination tournament for the C division title. Thanks to the officials; Brian O, Eric W, Darren, Andreas, & Jeremy for handling a vast amount of rulings and fielding many questions. Also big thanks to Allison for running C division to perfection, and E-Wag for taking charge of B division. Thanks to Brian O for providing these photos.

Go to https://www.twitch.tv/fgw_sfpd/v/68041781 to see the archived video feed set up and commented by Derek!

 

In the C division, Allison took first place after duking it out with John L in the finals. Richard L took 3rd, and Mike H 4th place. Well played!

Winner of C, Allison.
Winner of C, Allison.
Silver in C, John L.
Silver in C, John L.
3rd place in C, Richard.
3rd place in C, Richard.

 

In a very tough field, the B division winner was Aaron, followed by Jeremy, Jay, & Sammy. Especially the finals had some epic games (TAF!).

Bronze in B division, Jay!
Bronze in B division, Jay.

 

The A division was played best 3 out of 5 in every round, and many matches went the full distance. Per was victorious (and extremely happy) to win his first league title by beating a stellar Robin in the finals. Andrei won over James to claim the bronze.

Per is the new guardian of the Ball & Chain trophy.
Per is the new guardian of the Ball & Chain trophy.
Runner up Robin.
Runner up Robin.

 

As is tradition, we also gave out trophies for the Most Improved Player, and to the Rookie of the Season. This time, the MIP trophy went to Flor who improved her regular season finish by 30 spots! The Rookie of the Season award went to Ellen who beat out Aaron for the honors.

Flor is the MIP.
Flor is the MIP.
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Ellen is the Rookie of the Season.

 

Thank you all players for a fantastic season who saw 129 players attend our league nights as either members or guests. See you in August for the start of season 8, or why not in June for the Summer Series!

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Playoff information

Here is what you need to know about the playoffs on Sunday, May 22nd. If you have further questions, just shoot me an email.

Also, check the rules tab on the website for more detailed information regarding formats.

  • 11:30 AM door opens for players.
  • 12 PM cut off for players to check in. Find me and I’ll check you off on the list. You have to check in with me in person, don’t send a friend to say that you’re parking the car…Give yourself time, especially if you’re coming across Bay Bridge. Penalties for tardy players (A&B only) will be 1 point up to 5 mins late, 3 pts up to 10 mins late, 5 points up to 15 mins late. At 12:15 I’ll set the field, and if you are not present, you lose your spot. Of course, if there’s a giraffe giving birth on the bridge and you simply cannot get here in time, text me and I’ll try and accommodate you.
  • 12:25 PM start of tournament for all divisions. There will be time for questions at this point.
  • 2:15 PM pizza from Patxis & tabulating scores from group phase & tiebreakers.
  • 3:00 PM Start match play phase for A&B. We will start earlier if things move along faster than anticipated.
  • 6 PM (?) Awards ceremony

 

Preliminary game list for 2016 Fall playoffs

 

A&B C
AC/DC Black Knight 2000
The Addams Family Cactus Canyon
Attack from Mars Embryon
Baywatch The Getaway
Black Pyramid Ghostbusters
Congo Kiss
Demo Man Monster Bash
Eight Ball Deluxe Star Wars
Game of Thrones X-Men                   /9
Harlem Globetrotters  
Iron Man Back up: World Cup Soccer
Metallica  
Meteor  
Paragon  
Playboy  
Stern Trek  
Theatre of Magic                              
White Water               /18  
   
Back up:  
   
Centaur II  
 Tron  
   
   

2016 Spring SFPD playoff contestants as of 5/19/2016, 10:04 PM

 

  A & B   C
1 Aaron 17 Brian O 1
2 Andrei 18 Andreas 2 Richard
3 Per 19 Mickey 3 Jon D
4 James 20 Robin 4 Jessica JT
5 Dominic 21 Shon 5 John L
6 Matt H 22 Josh 6 Allison
7 Jeremy 23 Jaime 7 Kevin
8 Zac 24 Matt W 8 Flor
9 Sammy 25 Nate 9 Mike H
10 Alex 26 Ryan 10 Derek
11 Louise 27 Andy 11 Mikey Lee
12 Jay 28 Mike M 12 Jack M
13 Ellen 29 Chris L 13 Scott
14 Eric W 30 Eric R 14 Anish
15 Rob 32 Ron 15 Jessica R
16 Darren 32 Russ 16 Erin
  32 Jeff F
 

 

On the bubble: (Mike J – can’t play C) Eli, Susy, Carlo, Vanessa, Helene, Janis, Jake W, Kenny, Maura, Jason R, Fish, Walter, Stephanie, Bridget, Eddie, Leann,

Can’t make it: Tony, Brian H, Mike S, John Lu, Gene X, Tim, Chris H, Karen, Randy

Ineligible for C: Mike J, Willy, Amy Jo,

There will be a 3-way tiebreaker for the last 2 spots in A/B. The loser of that match will be the top seed in C.

Round 10

The last round of the season had 71 players enjoying the Warriors’ crushing of the weak Thunder before diving into the pinball part of the evening. At the end of the night, it was clear that Aaron would be the top seed in the playoffs. Way to go rookie! A perfect 35 was had by Jamie, while Andrei and Matt H had 31’s. All in all we had 124 players participate in league this season. Thank you all for coming and making this an awesome place to be!

Round 9

Round 9 was a fantastic gathering of generous pinballers. Our new friend Paul, whos house burned down this past winter, came to FGW and guest played with us. Matt H suggested that we throw a fundraiser for him, and everybody really chipped in above and beyond. The donation jar was full at the end of the night, and Vanessa’s huge contribution was matched by all members. We hope this will help Paul out in a small way. It’s so hard to lose all your earthly possessions, but fortunately for Paul, his family is well, and now he is also part of the extended pinball family.

San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 9 - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 9 – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA

 

76 players (67+9) came out and at the end of the night, a few great scorecards were handed in. A throng of players including leader of the pack Aaron, Andrei, James, Darren, & Vanessa finished with 33 points.

The last round of the regular season will be played on May 18th.

Members who want to remain in the SFPD need to pay their fall dues by May 18th.

San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 9 - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA

San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 9 - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 9 – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 9 - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 9 – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 9 - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 9 – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 9 - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 9 – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 9 - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 9 – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA

 

Ghostbusters Launch Party!

Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA

 

Ron Richards hosted a very successful launch party for the newest Stern creation. Even the Ghostbusters themselves showed up and participated in the tournament. A total of 49 players came, and the format was 5 rounds of qualification in groups, followed by playoffs for the top 16. It was a sheer blast on a beautiful May day. Thanks Ron!

Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA

Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Ghostbusters Pinball Launch Party – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA

Round 8

Round 8 saw 70 players grace the FGW floor. Sadly, I had to miss out due to another pinball related engagement.

Zac lead all scorers with a near perfect 33 point effort, followed by E-Wag & Michael J with 31 apiece. 29 points was had by Jay, Willy, Helene, Ellen, and Tony. Well played!

Aaron took the narrowest of leads in the standings!

Next round will be on May 4th, note the 3 week jump instead of the normal 2 between rounds.

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Round 7

Round 7 saw 72 players come out (64+8) to have a first look at the new Hobbit game placed at FGW by Jeremy. It’s an interesting game with lots of stuff going on.

33 points was had by 3 players: Aaron, Dominic, and Sammy. Per ended up with 35 and is still in a narrow lead, 2 points ahead of Aaron & 10 points ahead of James and Andrei.

Great pizza was provided by Vannessa!

 

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San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 7 - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 7 – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 7 - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 7 – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 7 - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
San Francisco Pinball Dept. Spring 2016 League Rd. 7 – Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA

Hobbit!
Hobbit!

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Round 6

70 players came to play round 6, and after it was all said and done former champion James had himself a night with 33 points. Just as many as master photographer Gene X!

31 points went to Andrei, Jeremy, Michael J, & Matt H.

Starting next round, we will use the adjusted score in the standings, meaning that the two worst scores are subtracted from your total score.

See you March 30th!

 

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Round 5

For the first time we had a full house! 80 people (68 member & 12 guests) showed up, and while there was some drama at first, (don’t worry folks, he wants you to know that he’s fine) we managed to get 79 people to participate.  Thanks to all for being good sports!

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The top score of the evening was had by Jeremy “also known from MythBusters” Williams who had a perfect 35! Guest player Jack W had 33 points along with Gene X, and were followed by Jaime with 31.

J-J-J-Jeff F!
J-J-J-Jeff F!

 

Sally made a welcome comeback appearance. Darren seemed pleased.
Sally made a welcome comeback appearance. Darren seemed pleased.

 

Former member Molly also reappeared.
Former member Molly also reappeared.

 

Mr. 35
Mr. 35

 

Streamin' Derek in da house!
Streamin’ Derek in da house!

 

Chris L will make you jump! jump!
Chris L will make you jump! jump!

 

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Round 4

The SFPD, now at a screen near you!
The SFPD, now at a screen near you!

 

Round 4 saw 64 members and 12 guests gather to play at FGW. Derek had set up his streaming equipment so that (potentially) billions of people all over the world could watch us battle it out. The camera was directed at Eight ball Deluxe and Metallica, and the stream can be found here.

Top scorer for the night was Per with 33, followed by a couple of 31-pointers by Alex and Jamie (guest). Louise had 29 points, just like Shon, Aaron, & Richard L.

See you on March 2nd!

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