IFPA WA State Championship Weekend
Hosted by 8-Bit Arcade

Saturday Jan 18, 11:00am-9:30pm
2019-20 IFPA Washington State Pinball Championship

The IFPA State Championship Series is an annual pinball competition with players qualifying throughout the entire calendar year. At the end the calendar year, the top 24 players with the most WPPR points from each state will qualify for the IFPA State Championship Playoffs, where they will play for the title of IFPA State Champion within that state. Click Here for current WA State standings.

To be eligible, a player MUST have completed their IFPA profile with current contact information, including email and current location. To verify, go to your IFPA player page, look under "Player Information" on left, and ensure your location is listed and it says "Registered". If it doesn't, please visit http://www.ifpapinball.com/menu/user-profile to update profile.


Doors open 10:00am.
Check-in by 10:45AM.
Announcements at 11:00am, with play expected to begin by 11:15am.
Players can warm-up and practice between 10:00am and 11:00am on any available machines.

The State Match Play Tournament is expected to begin at 3:00pm, after the quarter finals (Round of 8) begins. Thus players who do not make the final 8 will be able to play in that tournament without conflict.

While exact length of tournament cannot be guaranteed, it is estimated that the Finals (final two players) will commence before 8pm, and be done by 9:30pm.

Tournament Summary

The state championship brings together the 24 top-ranked players from the state who are able to make it to the event. They will be seeded in a 24-player single-elimination bracket of head-to-head competition, with 8 highest-seeded players earning a first-round bye. Each match is best 4-out-of-7.

The higher seeded player will have choice of machine or position for the 1st game, with the loser of each subsequent game having choice of machine or order, until someone has won 4 games.

All participants should read through the IFPA SCS Official Rules prior to the event.


The prize pool grows based on number of players in IFPA sanctioned events in the state of washington. Current prize pool is over $5000, with winner earning over $1600 and 24th guaranteed over $50.

For the precise tally of the Washington State prize pool, go to the IFPA Washington State Statistics webpage.

The winner also gets a trophy provided by IFPA. Here is a photo of a prior year's trophy:

The winner also gets an entry into the 2019-2020 IFPA North American Pinball Championships in Denver, CO on Thursday March 5, 2020. If the winner cannot make it, then second place finisher has option of going.

Second, Third, and Fourth Place winners each receive a plaque, graciously provided by the host, 8-Bit Arcade.

Waiting for Machines: The state championship format will take many hours, to the point where if there are significant backups with everyone waiting to play the same machine, we'll never finish in time. On the other hand, we want every player to still have as much choice as possible, especially to play their favorite machines. IFPA rules now state that players can wait however deep necessary to play the machines they want. Thus depth of waiting can only be managed by the players themselves. We encourage each player to be considerate and select the machines we want, but in the order that takes advantage of the shortest wait times for machines.

At the start of each round, if multiple players want to select the same machine, the player with the highest seed will go first.

If a machine is currently broken and actively being repaired, and estimate to repair is 5 minutes or more, players cannot wait for the machine. If the machine becomes available at a later time, then the player can select it in a subsequent game.

Final Tournament Standings: Final finishing position for players who lose in round 1 will be between 9th and 16th, with players ranked based on number of wins that round. Final finishing position for players who lose in a later round will first be determined by number of wins in the round they got knocked out. Players tied will have the tie broken based on number of wins in each previous round until tie is broken. If same number of wins each round, then those those players will have their final tournament position listed as a tie.

Additional Information

Tournament Officials: Rodney Olsen, Dave Stewart, Cayle George
For questions and inquiries regarding this tournament, please contact wapinball@gmail.com.