DC Maryland Virginia Pinball

Mid-Season Tournament, etc

Hello everyone, welcome to the first newsletter of the season. We hope that most of you are getting your information firsthand from your officers at your respective locations. Our officers are a friendly and dedicated bunch that are truly in this for the community aspect of league. Most of us are more than happy to share our personal email addresses or phone numbers with people if they have questions. If you are a Facebook user, give the DMV Pinball page a like. We also get a lot of information out that way. Okay, on to the news!


The (not exactly) mid-season tournament is THIS Saturday at Holy Frijoles in Baltimore. Holy Frijoles is one of our league locations. The excellent bar and restaurant is owned by Geoff Danek who also operates the pinball there and serves as the location’s league officer. The pinball is all culled from his personal collection.

The Games!

Cherry Bell (1978)
Creature From the Black Lagoon (1992)
Elvira and the Party Monsters (1989)
Guns ‘N Roses (1994)
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
Lord of the Rings (2003)
the Machine: Bride of Pin-Bot (1991)
World Cup Soccer (1994).

Geoff keeps his games in excellent condition, and it will be worth the trip even if you did not qualify for the tournament. So who did qualify you ask?

The Qualifiers!

Adam Ruben
Alex Hagen
Alex Jeffrey
Andrea Sporre
Brad Deshong
Casey Gardner
Chris Hayen
Chris Keller
Chris Landers
Chuck Gardner
Corey Long
Dana Ost
Dave Hubbard
David Barber
David Stelzer
Don Kraper
Donnie Coulbourn
Eric Sutton
Fil Baird
Francis Park
Geoff Danek
Gloria Richardson
Howard Dobson
Jess Kleinmann
Justin Day
Justin Kennedy
Kevin Perone
Kevin Stone
Matt Wycoff
Mike Byrnes
Mike Polisky
Mikey Frasca
Pierce McLain
Rob Thomas
Roy Dejarnette
Rubi Mancilla
Shannon Schreier
Shawn Hilman
Spencer Desroches
Steve Stakem
Thom Winters
Timmy Brown
Todd Evans

The tournament starts at 1 PM. Holy Frijoles is located at 908 West 36th Street in Baltimore. These tournaments are always really fun and laid back yet still offer a lot of WPPR points (if that’s your thing, not that there’s anything wrong with that) so please do come out if you qualified!

Speaking of tournaments, league finals are almost upon us (Saturday March 12th)! There’s a lot jockeying for position going on and even more battling for those final coveted A division slots. Almost half of the participants in league are mathematically alive for A division, so keep showing up and giving people hell! Even if you don’t qualify for A, finals will still be a blast. Based on feedback we got after finals last season, we think we’ve gotten the formats for the other divisions nailed down in way that will be very enjoyable for the players. We also expect this finals session to hum and move at a brisk pace as we heard from some players that there was a little too much waiting between rounds at last season’s finals. As for a finals location, it’s going back to where it all began: Lyman’s Tavern.

Lyman’s is a truly special place. The bar was intended to be a pinball bar from concept to execution. Lyman’s successfully making pinball a central focus gave other bars (such as our other DC league location the Black Cat) the courage to amp up their pinball programs. The DC pinball community owes a great debt of gratitude to Lyman’s. The bar’s pinball is operated by league member David Barber and the bar’s owners Kevin and Jess are also league members and pinball enthusiasts. The synergy between locations’ operators, owners/managers, and players is going to be vital to pinball going forward, and Lyman’s does it right.

And it wouldn’t be finals without someone winning a pinball machine! Every season, we raffle off a pinball machine at finals. Last season we raffled off a Genie to none other than Lyman’s owners Kevin and Jess, so hopefully that game will be in the finals tournament bank. While we’re not yet ready to reveal the title being raffled off this season (though many have gleamed the information from loose lipped officers), we will say that the game has a DMD and if you end up with it in your home you may ask yourself, “am I getting too old for this shit?”


There has been some great play by some of our players lately that merits mentioning. To those league members that don’t follow the national/worldwide scene, you may not know that our league made a bit of a splash recently. Without getting into the gory details, DMV league players dominated the DC, Maryland, and Virginia top 16s when the rankings for the state championship series were announced. The IFPA even went so far as to make some much needed rules changes to the way state ranking points are allocated due to our admittedly over-saturated presence in the fields. That did not, however, change the fact that a whole bunch of us ended up competing in state championships this year (and frankly, most of the players that made it this year will still make it next year even with the new rules).

Maryland was thrown into turmoil when league member Ryan Lowman decided to bow out. It set up another league member, Alex Jeffrey, to make an incredible run to the final four as the original 16 seed where he would join league officer Justin Day. Alex ended up finishing 2nd while Justin took 3rd. Good stuff!

Meanwhile in Virginia, league officer Kevin Stone drew the worst possible match-up in the first round when he was forced to play tournament host Taylor Reese on his own games. Taylor took Kevin to game seven of their matchup where it would all come down to Stars, which, in a fun twist, is a game that Kevin also owns. Kevin ended up winning that game and with the hardest foe vanquished, going on to win the whole damn thing! Congrats, Kevin and good luck in Vegas at Nationals! Note: Taylor is a most excellent homey, and you can hear his account of this on episode 16 of his podcast entitled “This Flippin’ Podcast.”

In the DC championship, all but 2 players were from the DMV league. Awesomely, DC had female representation in league members Jacquie Day and Jess Kleinmann, as well as league officer Cristin Gasson in the Maryland states.  These women kick ass. The final four was comprised of two league officers (Pierce McLain, Shawn Hilman), a league member (Fil Baird), and a former league officer (James Daley). Cool! The finals came down to close buds Pierce McLain and Fil Baird with Pierce winning in six games on a close game of Roadshow. He will also be going to Vegas to compete in finals!

The other recent major tournament in the area was the PAPA Circuit event tournament at the MAGFest convention. Kevin Stone ran a really cool tournament in a really wild environment. It was a sight to behold. The tournament began with unlimited free qualifying over a period of three days. In this format, the player plays several games as many times as they choose with their eventual six best scores awarding them an overall score based on the performance of the other players in the tournament. The top 24 moved on to play in a PAPA style elimination tournament. These PAPA circuit events attract some of the best players in the world, and this one was no different. Making the top 24 at an event like this is a major accomplishment in and of itself. The DMV league was represented by league founder Joe Said (finished 3rd) and league members Justin Bath (finished 5th) and Dave Hubbard (finished 6th).

But, a special shout out from this tournament has got to go to Howard Dobson. You probably know Howard because he plays almost every session whether it be for his weekly points or as a guest. Howard shows up and soaks up every bit of knowledge he can from other players and then practices. And practices some more. He hasn’t been playing truly seriously for very long at all, but his improvement rate is astonishing. At Magfest, after the qualifying round, Howard found himself on the outside of the bubble in 25th place by one stupid point. Incredible. But, as luck would have it, qualifier Austin Mackert couldn’t park his car and had to bow out. Howard was in the finals! Though he didn’t advance, Howard got to finish his day amongst some of the greats in the game such as Steven Bowden and Kevin Birrell. Congratulations Howard, what an accomplishment!


The video for this issue is Bowen Kerins doing a tutorial for the game Quicksilver. The nudging, flipper skills, and reaction times in this video can only serve to help your game! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekkf4Z-O0Mo


That’s it for the newsletter this time around! Please let us know if there’s anything you like or don’t like about it in this format as the feedback will help us going forward.

Play More Pinball

Pierce McLain
League Officer – Black Cat & Lymans (day)

2015 Maryland Ranking after 1st season

Top 16 will qualify to play in the Maryland Championship for a spot to play at the IFPA Nationals!

Keep playing and rise to the top!


2015 Maryland Ranking after 1st season

2015 Virginia Ranking after 1st season

Top 16 will qualify to play in the Virginia State Championship for a spot to play at the IFPA Nationals!

Keep playing and rise to the top!


2015 Virginia Ranking after 1st season

2015 DC Ranking after 1st season

Top 16 will qualify to play in the DC Championship Series for a spot to play at the IFPA Nationals!

Keep playing and rise to the top!


2015 DC Ranking after 1st season

2015 DMV Ranking after 1st season

Just for fun, all the points accumulated in the DMV during 2015!

More details at:


2015 DMV Ranking after 1st season

Crabtowne’s Weekly Tuesday Tournament series

Immediately following league at Crabtowne, DMV Pinball will be hosting a quick and dirty IFPA sanctioned 3 strikes tournament.

Expected to start between 9:30 – 10pm , non-league members welcome.

Entry will be 5$ – 10$

Dates (all Tuesdays): May 05, 2015, May 12, 2015, May 19, 2015, May 26, 2015, June 02, 2015, June 09, 2015, June 16, 2015, June 23, 2015, June 30, 2015, July 07, 2015, July 14, 2015, July 21, 2015, July 28, 2015

Justin Day = tournament director.

Points will be applied to the IFPA Maryland State Championship Series as well as your 2015 DMV Pinball rank.




Spring 2015 starts May 4th!

Starting the first Monday in May we’ll have another 8 weeks of pinball.

Pay League Dues in the right sidebar

Please find the schedule below:

Week 1

May 4th (Monday) – May 10st (Sunday)

Week 2
May 11th (Monday) – May 17th (Sunday)

Week 3
May 18th (Monday) – May 24th (Sunday)

Week 4
May 25th (Monday) – May 31st (Sunday)

Week 5
June 1st (Monday) – June 7st (Sunday)

Week 6
June 8th (Monday) – June 14th (Sunday)

Week 7

June 15th (Monday) – June 21st (Sunday)

Week 8
June 22rd (Monday) – June 28th (Sunday)

July 11th – Saturday at 1pm
Crabtowne USA


** There will be no pre-season week 0.


Thanks to everyone who played in the DMV Season 1 Pinball League!
Same locations, same days/times. See the DMV website for details. Invite your friends to join! Pay your dues here.
*Instead of 3, we will be playing 4 games per night!
*$40 to join. If 50+ people join we will give away another pinball machine.
Thanks to everyone who joined us at Lymans Tavern for the finals last Saturday. And a huge congrats to our winners!!
A Division
1st Place; Joe Said
2nd Place: Pierce McLain
3rd Place: James Daley
4th Place: Steve Kapinos
B Division
1st Place: Corey Long
2nd Place: Ryan Lowman
3rd Place: Matthew Myerson
4th Place: Helen Farlow
Overall Finalists
1st Place: Joe Said
2nd Place: Pierce McLain
3rd Place: Justin Bath
4th Place: James Daley
5th Place: Steve Kapinos
6th Place: Justin Day
7th Place: Shawn Hillman
8th Place: Jon Horner
9th Place: Ernie Most
10th Place: Connor Most
10th Place: Fil Baird
12th Place: Shannon Schreier
12th Place: Ryan Lowman
14th Place: Alex Jeffrey
14th Place: Pete Pinocci
14th Place: Corey Long
DMV Inter-Season Tournament will be held at Crabtowne, USA on April 11th at 1 PM. There will be additional opportunities to qualify the day of the tournament beginning at 12 PM. Tournament will be capped at 32 people.
How To Qualify: 2 games, one on Old Chicago, one on Addams Family. One play each game, top score on each tapered down depending upon attendance.
Shawn Hillman
Rob Thomas
Alex Jeffrey
Helen Farlow
Fil Baird
Skip Vachon
Steve Kapinos
Don Kraper
Jon Horner
Brian Banks
Pete Pinocci
Connor Most
Ernie Most
Pierce McLain
Jonathan Long
Joe Said
Matt Wycoff
Geoff Danek
James Daley
Justin Bath
Shannon Schreier
Justin Day
Corey Long
Cristin Gasson
Rob Wintler-Cox
Matt Myerson
Tournament at Lymans Tavern on April 19th!
From their FB event page…Last year, In It Together Fest helped support some awesome D.C.-based charitable organizations—Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center and We Are Family DC.This year, we’re aiming to do even more! The organizations we’ll be supporting this year is currently TBA, but they’re sure to be pretty swell.

So come out and help us raise money to make In It Together Fest what it was always meant to be: a totally radical display of awesomeness.

Play More Pinball.

The Flippin’ News, Week 3

DMV League Standings

Stay up to date on your standings and let us know if you have any questions.

Playing at More Than One Location

We encourage members to join us as often as you like each week. Just keep in mind that you must let us know if you’re playing for points or as a guest BEFORE league play starts. Thank you!

Bonus Game Top Qualifiers!

Congratulations to our Week 1 & 2 bonus game top score winners!

Week 1:
Town Hall: Shawn Hillman on AFM with 1,490,150,300
Crabtowne: Justin Bath on Old Chicago with 74,550
Mighty Mikes:  Steve Kapinos on FH with 10,425,180
Lymans Tavern: Joe Said on RS with 240,470,790
Black Cat: Chris Newsom on STNG with 3,428,924,350

Week 2:
Town Hall: Steve Estes on Pinbot with 907,730
Crabtowne: Alex Jeffery on Cyclone with 1.5 mil
Mighty Mikes: Don Kraper on Star Trek with 26,987,450
Lymans Tavern: Brian Jackson on Twister with 271,879,110
Black Cat: James Daley on TAF with 26,726,770

The bonus game high score winner from each league location each week is qualified to compete in the DMV Mid-Winter (season) Dance Tournament at Mighty Mikes on February 28th at 2:00 PM.  Members can join us at each location to play the bonus game to qualify..that’s five weekly opportunities to qualify! BUT…you can only qualify once for this tournament so once you’re in, you’re in. Give someone else a chance.


The award for the most frustrating and amusing game interruption in pinball has to go to the stuck ball. It’s unavoidable. Stuck balls are going to happen. Sometimes they’re pretty cool. Feel free to e-mail your stuck ball pics (or any fun pics for that matter) and we’ll add them to our website.

Stuck ball sightings are easy to spot. If during league any of the following is observed, you most likely are experiencing a stuck ball.

  1. League members are pointing at their machine quizzically and shrugging their shoulders instead of playing pinball.
  2. Players are hunched over the playfield searching with mobile phone lights or snapping pics and laughing.
  3. The playfield glass is coming off a machine.
  4. Players are taking turns bumping and nudging someone else’s game in play.
  5. The league officer steps up to someone else’s game and shakes the machine.
  6. Players are overheard saying things like “That’s never coming loose.” or “Of course I was in multiball.”
  7. Stakem is swearing. (but this may also mean almost anything or nothing at all)

Regardless of the scenario, DMV Pinball has a number of rules that apply to the stuck ball. In general standard PAPA rulings apply. Familiarize yourself with the tips below and for more information find the detailed rules on the DMV website.


You may attempt to dislodge a stuck ball at your own risk.

STAY CLOSE! Ball search may eject ball back into play.

If ball search fails alert the LO.

The LO may attempt to free the ball by nudging. The player must remain ready to resume play. If the LO tilts the machine it is considered a MAJOR malfunction and the player will receive one additional ball on a new game with the score of the one ball added to the final score of the tilted game.

If necessary and possible, the LO will open the machine to release the stuck ball. If the ball drains while the machine is open it is considered a MAJOR malfunction.

The rescued ball will be placed on player’s choice of flipper or plunger lane. Player will only have choice of flipper on EM’s.

LO makes final call on where ball is placed if in question.


If the LO terminates the game by attempting to release a stuck ball or if the ball cannot be released this is considered a CATASTROPHIC malfunction. (see options in official rules)
Any ball that comes to rest in an outlane, where any portion of the ball is below the outlane post, is not deemed a stuck ball.
Any features or modes timed out while attempting to release a stuck ball are considered normal course of play. No adjustments.
Loss of tilt warnings due to LO nudging is considered normal play.
If more than one ball is stuck, each freed ball will be placed according to the rules, although possibly in multiple locations.


If any ball gets stuck during multiball play the player is expected to immediately attempt to gain control of balls in play and get LO for assistance.
Intentionally continuing to play with a ball stuck during multiball gives an unfair advantage and will result in a penalty.
A ball ending up in the plunger lane during multiball on a machine where there is no autoplunger counts as a stuck ball, and the ball must be plunged by the player.

Loss of all but one ball during multiball as a result of a stuck ball is considered normal course of play. No adjustments.

Good Luck to everyone this week. Play more pinball.

The Flippin’ News, Week 2

Week 1 is history! See your standings online and verify your results. Please contact us with any questions or discrepancies.
Glitches, Hiccups, and Growing Pains
Those of you who have read the rules (yes, we know who you are) will notice that we are making a few changes to keep leagues running as smoothly as possible. We will update you as those changes occur. Thank you in advance for your patience and contributions. We’re working hard to get this right.
Order Selection Rule Change (change highlighted)
“The LO will write players’ names on the score sheet for game 1 in the order they were randomly drawn. Game 1 will be played in the order as written by the LO. First player listed on machine 1 picks game and goes first. 

For all subsequent matches after game 1, the player who finished last gets first selection of game or position followed by the player who finished next to last. The player who finished 1st in the previous game will get the last choice.

NOTE: No machine may be chosen to be played twice unless there are less than 3 playable machines at a location. If there are two of the same title at a location, only one may be selected on any group.”

Be Our Guest
Guests are always welcome and always free to play a round during league. We encourage everyone to bring a friend and share the fun. Guests cannot earn points or qualify for the bonus game tournament. 
Bonus Game Top Qualifiers!
Congratulations to our Week 1 bonus game top score winners!
Town Hall: Shawn Hillman on AFM with 1,490,150,300
Crabtowne: Justin Bath on Old Chicago with 74,550
Mighty Mikes:  Steve Kapinos on FH with 10,425,180
Lymans Tavern: Joe Said on RS with 240,470,790
Black Cat: Chris Newsom on STNG with 3,428,924,350
The bonus game high score winner from each league location each week is qualified to compete in theDMV Mid-Winter (season) Dance Tournament at Mighty Mikes on February 28th at 2:00 PM.  Members can join us at each location to play the bonus game to qualify..that’s five weekly opportunities to qualify! BUT…you can only qualify once for this tournament so once you’re in, you’re in. Give someone else a chance.
Good luck with Week 2. Play more pinball.
Cristin Gasson, Director of Operations
Joe Said, League Commissioner