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Add-a-Ball’s 420 Tournament

The annual 420 tournament is back on Thursday April 20th

Will this year’s champion win a pinball machine? Maybe? Probably? We only know what’s on the flyer! Get there early for The Breaking of the Glass Ceremony (tradionally at 4:20pm:))

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Calendar Error FIXED

April 6th update: The error on mobile when viewing the calendar seems to be fixed. please let us know if you experience any other problems on the site

Original post: On mobile devices our Calendar will sometimes have a “too many redirects” error” when choosing an event catagory. As far as we know this only happens when choosing one of the catagories from the drop down menu on the calendar page. The calendar seems to be working otherwise – sorry for the inconvenience!  Please let us know if you experience this error anywhere else on the site. Thanks.

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NWPAS Satellite Series in Tacoma

The second opportunity for local pinball players to win passes to this year’s NW Pinball & Arcade Show will be at the Triple Knock

NWPAS Satellite Series: Tacoma Showdown happens on Wednesday March 29th at the Triple Knock and will have a 3-strike format. The start time is at 7:30 (sharp) which is the normal time of their regular weeklies but slightly earlier than most Seattle tourneys, so plan accordingly if you are driving. Details on our calendar or on the NWPAS site:
Tickets on sale now

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New Pinball Movie Now Streaming

The new movie about how Roger Sharpe saved pinball in 1976 became available this weekend on various sites

Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game stars Mike Faist as Roger Sharpe and is about how he helped overturn New York City’s 35-year ban on pinball. The movie is now available on Youtube, Prime, and other sites for $6.99

Offical website:
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IFPA North American Pinball Championship Live

Watch the tournament live on Twitch today and root on this year’s local WA State Champion Lonnie Langford (LWL)

It’s been 3 years since the last IFPA North American Pinball Championship. On Thursday, March 9th the Championship will be held at District 82 Pinball Arcade in DePere WI. The Winners of their State and Provincial Championship will play for the Title of North American Champion. Along with Lonnie the Pacific NW is also represented by Robert Gagno, Colin Urban and Raymond Davidson.
Watch on Twitch:

March 10th update: Raymond won!

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Spring Kitten Classics Pre-registration begins Saturday

A new IFPA-endorsed classics matchplay and BBQ extravaganza happens on March 12th; Pre-registration encouraged (opens Feb. 25th, noon pst).

Update Feb. 26th: pre-reg filled up and any new requests are for the wait-list. Details on the Calendar:

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NW Pinball & Arcade Show Volunteer Kick Off Meeting

Learn how you can volunteer at this year’s NWPAS! Whether you’ve helped out before or this is your first time all are welcome to the kick off pizza party on January 21st at the Round Table in Burien. More details: Here

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Pinball: Free-Play

Everyone likes a free game of pinball – here is a list of where you can go to play a few games around Seattle! We’ll try to keep this updated as time goes on so let us know if you notice any incorrect information:

Free play is great for working on various different pinball skills such as drop catch, live catch, dead passes, post passes, shot accuracy, etc without burning through your entire quarter jar. – John Garnett

Sundays have five pins on free-play at Tik Tok’s in Bremerton. They often announce what they are on their Facebook page:

Monday – Another Castle Arcade Edition (Edmonds) has three games on free-play which rotate each week (one in each room). All-ages

Tuesday – every 3rd Tuesday night the NW Pinball Collective host an open house where you can learn more about the organization atThe Sanctuary of the Silver Ball (Northgate). 5PM – 9 is open to the public for both free entry and free-play!

TuesdayCrave 80s in Marysville has free-play pinball which coincides with a free amateur pinball tournament. Doors open at 5pm and the tourney begins at 8.

Thursday: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday at The Sanctuary of the Silver Ball (Northgate) is open to the public for both free entry and free-play. (which begins at 7pm) There’s a tournament this night also ($5 buy-in). All-ages

Weekdays at Waterland Arcade in Des Moines every pinball machine gets two free credits at 6pm. Since they have over 20 pins you’re sure to get at least a few freebies no matter how busy they are. The arcade opens at 12pm. All-ages

Weekends: The NW Pinball Collective hosts a public open house where you can check out The Sanctuary of the Silver Ball and learn more about the organization. The first Saturday – Noon to 4pm. All-ages

Want to know what pinball machines are at these and other Seattle area locations? Check out our pinball list here.
Thanks to John Garnett for the inspiration!

Orignally posted on April 2022-updated Sept2022