“Pinbrawl on the Waterfront” pinball tournament, at Waterland Arcade, in Des Moines on the 2nd Saturday of each month!
Registration will open at 7pm, with the tournament beginning at 7:30 p.m. The entry fee is $5 (plus coin drop), with a $25 pot splash from Waterland Arcade. All entry fees + pot splash paid out as prizes to the top 3.
$100 pot splash and top 4 paid if 16 or more players show up!
And, Waterland pays your $1 / per-player IFPA fee.
This tournament will use one of five different formats. The format for a given month will be announced at least two weeks in advance on the tournament’s Facebook event page:
All but one of the five formats should earn a tournament grading percentage (TGP) of at least 50%. In addition, the formats will be setup to keep the tournament duration reasonable.
#1) Group Matchplay: This qualifying format features five rounds of 3-player and 4-player games. Finals will accommodate 4 to 8 players and will consist of one or two rounds, with each round consisting of 2 to 4 matchplay games. If there are at least 16 players, then finals will include eight players; otherwise, finals will include 4 players.
Expected TGP is 56% to 72%, with the higher number coming when there are 8 players in the finals.
#2) Max Matchplay (partial round robin): This qualifying format features ten rounds of head-to-head (one-on-one) games. The finals format will be the same as for the Group Matchplay format.
Expected TGP is the same as for Group Matchplay (56% to 72%, depending upon number of players).
#3) Best Game (Herb style): This qualifying format features single-player games, with players attempting to earn the highest scores possible on each of 17 different machines in a 3 hour period. Entry fee (plus coin drop) allows each player to make up to 25 high score attempts. No rebuys.
Finals will take 4 to 8 players and will utilize the same format as for Group Matchplay finals.
Expected TGP is 84% to 100%, depending upon the number of machines available for qualifying and the number of players who show up.
#4) Group Knockout (Fair Strikes or Progressive), with no separate qualifying portion. This format features primarily 3-player and 4-player games.
Expected TGP of 56% to 64%.
#5) 4-Strike Knockout, head-to-head / one-on-one with no separate qualifying portion: This format likely will be used only if the number of players who show up is fewer than 8.
Expected TGP is 44%