Texas Wizards Tournament


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Players in the Texas Wizards Tournament will have the opportunity to play on a variety of titles, ranging from vintage electro-mechanical (EM) pinball machines to modern era pinball machines, in an attempt to win cash prizes, trophies and WPPR points.

Tournament entries for the Texas Wizards Tournament can be purchased in advance of the show on our Swag page. There is a maximum of 160 players for this event, and the limited tournament entries sold out quickly last year, so register early to secure your spot. Once all 160 tickets are sold, a waiting list will be created in case any spots open before the start of the tournament. Also remember that a tournament entry does NOT include entry into the show. If you still need to register, do it here.

Open qualifying begins on Friday morning and runs until Saturday afternoon. Finals for all divisions will be held on Saturday evening. 16 players will qualify for A Division Finals, 8 players for B Division Finals and 4 each for the Novice and Women’s Division Finals. The tournament will follow a limited entry, best-game format allowing each player 20 attempts to qualify.

Winners will receive payouts as listed below. We will also award trophies and cash prizes to the Top Qualifying Champs (the highest ranking player in each of the three eras of machine) and the Novice Champ.

Cost

One-time fixed price of $70 for 20 plays.

Prizes

Cash prize percentage pay out are determined by player participation, net of trophy and fixed cash prize expenses, and tournament expenses.

B Division

1st place – 6% of Net Prize Purse + trophy
2nd place – 4% + trophy
3rd place – 2% + trophy
4th place – 1% + trophy

A Division

1st place – 26% of Net Prize Purse + trophy
2nd place – 18% + trophy
3rd place – 12% + trophy
4th place – 9% + trophy
5th-8th place – 2% each
9th-16th place – 1% each

Assuming all 160 spots are filled, the estimated cash prizes are as follows:

B Division

1st place = $495
2nd place = $340
3rd place = $190
4th place = $90

 

Women’s Division

1st place – $100 + trophy
2nd place – trophy
3rd place – trophy
4th place – trophy

A Division

1st place = $1,980
2nd place = $1,370
3rd place = $915
4th place = $685
5th through 8th place = $190 each
9th through 16th place = $95 each

Novice Division

1st place – $100 + trophy
2nd place – trophy
3rd place – trophy
4th place – trophy

Top EM Qualifier – $150 + trophy
Top DMD Qualifier – $150 + trophy
Top SS Qualifier – $150 + trophy

Qualifying

Friday, March 16th: 11am – 1am and Saturday, March 17 9am-5pm.

Players will be required to demonstrate skill across 3 eras of machines, out of twelve (12) different pinball machines: 4 DMD (Dot Matrix Display), 4 SS (Solid State), 4 EM (Electro-Mechanical). A player’s best sore on 8 (out of 12 pins) will be used for ranking, though at least 2 pins from each era must be included the in the player’s ranking. Players may choose to replay individual titles as they desire in order to better their scores, staying within their total 20 play limit and the qualifying time limits. Only their best score on each pin will count in that pin’s ranking table. The top score on each machine is worth up to a maximum of 100 points. Second place is worth 97 points. Third place is worth 95 points. Starting with 4th place, point totals will be reduced by 1 point for each subsequent standing. The minimum points that can be earned by a player up through 97th place is 1 point. Players ranked 98 and below will earn no points. The total points earned on each of a player’s best 8 pins (given the era constraint) will be combined to create a composite score, which will be calculated for all players.

The 16 players ranked highest will advance to the A Division finals. The next 8 highest ranked players, whose rank is 501+ in the IFPA World Pinball Player Rankings, will advance to the B Division Finals. The next 4 highest ranked players, whose rank is 3001+ in the IFPA World Pinball Player Rankings, will comprise the Novice Division Finals. The 4 highest ranked women, who are not competing in another Finals) will compete in the Women’s Division Finals.

Top Qualifier / Era Champions

At the end of the qualification period, players’ scores will be ranked according to era of machine. There are four (4) titles of each era of machine, therefore the top qualifier in each era will be the player whose cumulative points for all 4 titles ranks highest. A trophy and cash prize will be awarded to the top ranking qualifiers in each of the three (3) eras: EM Champion, SS Champion, and DMD Champion.

A Division Finals

All Finals begin on Saturday, March 17th at 6pm.

Finals for A Division are expected to take about 6 hours. Finals will be played using a “PAPA style” format. Finalists will be placed into groups of 4 players. They will play 3 games. At the beginning of each game, the top seed in each group gets to the pick the title (from available pins) for that group, or his/her playing position. Each group must play one pin from each era during their 3-game match. Scoring is 4-2-1-0 for the four finishing positions. After 3 games, the top 2 players from each group advance. More information can be found at: papa.org.

B Division Finals

All Finals begin on Saturday, March 17th at 6pm.

Qualifiers 17-24 in the Texas Wizards Tournament, if not ranked in the top 500 of the IFPA World Pinball Player Rankings*, will compete in the B Division Finals If a player is ranked in the top 500 according to IFPA, he/she will be skipped and the next eligible player will be advanced to the Finals.

Finals format for B Division is identical to A Division, but with 8 players. For each game, B Division pin selections will take place after A Division groups have selected their pins.

Novice Division Finals

The four top qualifiers in the Texas Wizards Tournament who are not ranked in the top 3000 of the IFPA World Pinball Player Rankings* and who are not competing in another division’s final will compete in the Novice Division Finals.

Finals format is identical to A Division, but with 4 players. For each game, Novice Division pin selections will take place after B Division groups have selected their pins. If all 4 Novice Division Finals players agree, they may choose to start their match with the Semifinal round of A Division instead of the initial Quarterfinal round in order to increase the number of available pins.

Women’s Division Finals

The four top female qualifiers in the Texas Wizards Tournament who are not competing in another Division’s Finals. Women who would otherwise qualify for both the Women’s Finals and another Division’s Finals will be given the choice of which Finals to compete in.

Finals format is identical to A Division, but with 4 players. For each game, Women’s Division pin selections will take place after the other Division groups have selected their pins. If all 4 Women’s Division Finals players agree, they may choose to start their match with the Semifinal round of A Division instead of the initial Quarterfinal round in order to increase the number of available pins.

* The cutoff date to determine a players IFPA ranking is the later of the date the player registers for the Texas Wizards Tournament or March 1st, 2018.

In the event of a tie:

Ties for qualifying and advancing in finals will be broken according to the rules set by PAPA. Of note in those rules, ties to:

(a) qualify for finals, or (b) determine an Era Champion, will be broken on a pin selected by tournament officials, while significant finals tiebreakers will be settled on a pin chosen by the highest seed that was not played by his/her group during that finals round. Reference: http://papa.org/competitions/papa-world-championships

Other Rules:

Finals will use the same pins as Qualifying except in the case of a malfunction rendering a pin unplayable. Unplayable pins may be substituted at the Tournament Director’s discretion.

There will not be any warm-up period for Finals.

An “available pin” in Finals means one not already chosen for the same Nth pin played during the round by any higher seed or higher division. For example, if one group is playing a given machine as their first machine, a different group may choose to wait for it as their second machine.

If a Finals group doesn’t have an available pin from Era(s) they have yet to play, then they will wait until the first pin from an eligible Era opens up due to another group finishing their game, and immediately begin play on that pin. If there are two or more such groups, then the higher group will be assigned to the first available pin, and so on.

All other rules (such as malfunctions, stuck balls, player conduct, etc.) will be governed by the PAPA World Championship rule set: http://papa.org/competitions/papa-world-championships

Any differences between the PAPA rules and the Texas Wizards Tournament will be governed by the Texas Wizards Tournament rules.

Note:

An abbreviated Tournament Guide can be found here. The details contained in this rules document supersede any discrepancy with the details in the Tournament Guide. The Texas Pinball Festival reserves the right to modify and/or exchange listed prizes up until the completion of each tournament.

Waiting List:

Once the maximum of 160 players is reached, a waiting list will be created. Any spots that open up before the start of the tournament will be awarded to those on the waiting list in the order they were added. Email registration@texaspinball.com to be added to the waiting list.

Refunds and No Shows:

Tournament tickets are refundable until February 15th, 2018. After that date no refunds will be issued unless a waiting list player registers to attend in your place. Tournament tickets may not be transferred. If a player is unable to compete and applies for a refund, we will issue that spot to the next person on the waiting list.

No Shows for the Wizards Tournament will not be refunded.

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