Welcome to the UK Pinball Tournaments 2019  

We are pleased to announce that the UK Pinball Open and UK Pinball Classic will return in 2019 with a brand-new home in the nation's capital - London.

The UK's two premier tournaments will be held on Friday 19th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July, 2019 at the country's largest pinball club, Flip Out London in Croydon. Not only that, we are arranging two additional days of tournaments on the Wednesday and Thursday to produce a full five days of competitive pinball in the UK's capital.


Registration has now closed, so to see the list of registered players for each tournament, CLICK HERE.

We have live results and streams of the tournaments. CLICK HERE for the links.



- The first tournament will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 17th July at Flip Out London in Croydon.

This will be a Flip Frenzy-style format where players line up to play a head-to-head match on the next available machine, with the winner recording their win and the loser staying on the machine to meet the next opponent in line. Play continues until 10:30pm when the player with the best win/loss ratio will be the winner. Trophies will be awarded to the top players of the night.

Tournament Director, Matt Vince, may vary the format slightly based on numbers to make sure everyone gets plenty of play and everyone has a fun time.

Apologies, but due to circumstances beyond our control our original venue wasn't able to host and we have relocated this tournament to Flip Out London. The upside is that we are less constrained by space and time, and have more machines we can use.



- Then, on Thursday 18th July Flip Out London will host a league-style tournament run by London Pinball.

The fun continues at Flip Out London on Thursday 18th July

There are around fifty pinballs at Flip Out London

Matt Vince is your Tournament Director for the event which will feature ten machines with everyone playing a single game on each, which will be ranked against all the other scores on that game. When everyone has played all their games or the end of qualifying has been reached, the top-ranked players will play in head-to-head knock-out rounds to decide the winner. The exact number of qualifiers for the knock-out rounds will depend on the number of competitors taking part. The top players will all receive trophies.

Entry to Flip Out London costs £10, and that give you entries into both the League and the Thursday Tournament. Trophies will be awarded for the Thursday Tournament and the League meeting winner.



- Friday 19th July is the start of qualifying for the UK Pinball Open - the IFPA European Championship Series qualifying tournament - and the UK Pinball Classic. Both tournaments are limited to a maximum of 80 players in each.

Join us for five days of competitive fun in London

Neil McRae is the Tournament Director for the UK Pinball Open, which will divide players into groups of 10 for qualifying, with two groups playing at the same time. Each player will play a single three-ball game against each of the other 9 players in their group. The order of opponents and machines to play will be pre-selected and shown on everyone's player card.

When all the games have been played the players in each group will be ranked. Everyone will qualify for Sunday's play-offs but those with the most wins will earn several byes through the play-offs on Sunday 21st July. Special guest, Ad Jonker, will be flying in to look after the play order and qualifying system for the UK Pinball Open.

There are four UK Pinball Open qualifying sessions, each lasting 3.5 hours with up to 20 players (in 2 groups of 10) competing. The first qualifying session is on Friday evening at 19:00, lasting until 22:30. The second round of qualifying begins on Saturday morning at 10:00 until 13:30. The third runs from 14:00 to 17:30, while the last session begins at 18:00 until 21:30. The results from each session will be announced as soon as the round is over, unless any play-offs are needed to decide who qualifies.

Meanwhile, qualifying for the UK Pinball Classic will open on Friday night and continue throughout Saturday with Neil McRae Tournament Director for this event too.

In the UK Pinball Classic, there will be six older games set up (more may be added depending on the number of competitors), with entry giving a maximum of ten games on any of them to get your best scores. Each player's best scores on each machine will be ranked (lower scores discarded), and when qualifying ends the 12 top-ranked players will play in Sunday's play-offs with the top four getting a bye through the first round. To keep things fair for everyone, it's one entry (ten games) per player with no re-buys.



- The play-offs for the UK Pinball Open and UK Pinball Classic will begin at 10am on Sunday 21st July.

In the UK Pinball Open, the players will play standard head-to-head, best-of-three, double-elimination rounds until we have a winner. The higher a player qualified in Friday and Saturday's rounds, the more byes they will have and the further into the play-offs they will join.

The play-offs for the Classic will be a simpler affair, with the 8 qualifiers playing single-game head-to-head single-elimination matches to produce the final two who will play a best-of-three final.

Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to the top players in both tournaments.

For anyone not taking part in the play-offs for UK Pinball Classic, or if they get knocked out early or decide not to play in them, a stand-alone Sunday Tournament, the Pinball News Cup, will be held at Flip Out London. More details of this will be announced nearer the time, but it will be free for competitors who played in either the UK Pinball Open or UK Pinball Classic. For everyone else, the tournament is free to Flip Out London members and £5 for anyone else.


There will be trophies for all tournaments, with cash prizes for the top players in the UK Pinball Open and Classic. With registration for the UK Pinball Open and Classic now closed, we can announce that the prize money is confirmed to be as follows:

Open Classic
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UK Pinball Open 2018 winner, Rich Mallett
receives his award from Tournament Director, Peter Blakemore

UK Pinball Classic 2018 winner, Rafael Masedo

Useful information:

By holding the UK's biggest tournaments in London, we can ensure great transport links and an unrivalled variety of attractions for players and their families. Plus, by being located a short way outside the centre, the hotels are much more affordable while it's only a few minutes by car, train, taxi or bus to get to the huge range of cultural, historic, commercial and other landmark destinations in the heart of London.

Flip Out London's home is just south of central Croydon which is itself south of the centre of London. Like Chiswick, Central Croydon has numerous eateries, bars, major shops, malls, and much more. Trains to East Croydon run frequently from Victoria and London Bridge stations in central London, and take around 15 minutes. From East Croydon you can either get the tram to Wandle Park or walk to Flip Out London in around 15 minutes.

There are plenty of hotels in and around Croydon. Prices fluctuate, but we have seen good deals at the Premier Inn, Croydon with nightly rates for Thursday and Friday as low as £30. For good value hotels either in walking distance or a short drive from Flip Out London, look around the Croydon Airport area.

For transport information, check the website for Flip Out London.


Excited and ready to register? Sorry but registration is NOW CLOSED, but you can see those who signed up and apply for a waiting list position here.


Thanks to everyone who has supported the UK Pinball Open and UK Pinball Classic over the years. We are delighted to be back again in 2019 at our new home, bigger and better than ever.


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