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BREAKING NEWS: THE UK PINBALL OPEN RETURNS AS PART OF UK PINFEST IN DAVENTRY THIS AUGUST

The launch of a new national UK pinball show - UK Pinfest - means a return to its spiritual home for the UK's premier pinball tournament, the UK Pinball Open.

UK Pinfest takes place in the familiar surroundings of the Mercure Daventry Court hotel in Daventry in Northamptonshire. This hotel was the venue for several highly-successful UK Pinball Party shows from 2010 until 2014 when it also hosted the UK Pinball Open and Classics tournaments. Now, both the UK Pinball Open and the UK Pinball Classics are back as part of the UK's biggest pinball event.

Date: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August 2018

Location:
Mercure Daventry Court Hotel, Sedgemoor Way, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 0SG, UK

Cost: £30 for entry to both the Open and Classics tournaments or £15 to enter just one.

Show Entry: Players will be required to purchase entry to UK Pinfest for the days they are competing in addition to the tournament entry fees above. Buy your UK Pinfest tickets here.

Prizes: Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the top four players in each tournament. Details will be announced here shortly.

Both tournments follow the same format, only the machines used differ. Both the Open and Classics tournaments are run over two days, with qualifying on Saturday 25th August, and the play-offs on Sunday 26th.

There is a maximum of 80 players in each tournament. These are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with early-registration through this website. If any places remain for either tournament, they will be available to purchase at the show until shortly before the relevent qualifying session begins.

UK Pinball Open 2016 winner, David Mainwaring
2017 UK Pinball Open winner Craig Pullen receives his winner's trophy from Peter Blakemore

Saturday - Qualifying for both tournaments

Times: There are two qualifying sessions with 40 players in each. Session 1 starts at 10am and finishes at approximately 1:30pm, session 2 starts at 2pm and finishes at approximately 5:30pm.

Players who are competing in both the Open and Classics should choose one session for the Open and the other for Classics. Those who are only competing in only one tournament may choose either session 1 or session 2 for their qualifying games.

Format: Players will be placed into groups of ten and will play a single head-to-head game against each of the nine other members of their group on pre-selected machines. The four players with the most wins will qualify for Sunday's play-offs. If there is a tie for a qualifying place, the results of the qualifying matches between the tied players will be used to break it, or else a single game on a nominated machine.


Sunday

Times: The play-offs for the Open will begin at 9am on Sunday 26th August. Play-offs for the Classics are expected to start around 2pm, after the UK Pinball League finals. All players are required to be present at the start of play.

Format: Players will play head-to-head best-of-three matches against a pre-selected opponent on designated machines. The winner of each match moves on to the next round. The loser will enter a loser bracket, the winner of which will take third place overall.

Note: Because the UK Pinfest show closes on Sunday afternoon, it may be necessary to reduce the number of games played in the play-offs if there is insufficient time to complete the intended format.

Winner of the UK Pinball Classics for 2016, Rich Mallett
2017 UK Pinball Classics winner Chris Poyntz receives his winner's trophy from Peter Blakemore

Registration is not yet open.

Note: There will be no team tournament this year due to space and time constraints. There is expected to be a Youth High-Score Tournament held each day on a single nominated machine. More details will appear here.

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