The 12th Annual Fairfax Pinball Open returns to Fairfax, Virginia after a 3 year hiatus

Information

Tournaments

Main and Classic tournament information

Location and Lodging

Information on the location of the tournament, parking and hotel block information

Volunteers

Become a scorekeeper and get credit for entries and/or registration fee.

Official Rules

Official rules that govern malfunctions, beneficial malfunctions, player interference and actions that could cause disqualification

Champions

Main Tournament

2014 - Trent Augenstein
2013 - Trent Augenstein
2012 - Chris Newsom
2011 - Jon Replogle
2010 - Trent Augenstein
2009 - Al Thomka
2008 - Dave Stewart
2007 - Chris Newsom
2006 - Ed Zeltman
2005 - Drew Cedolia
2004 - Kim Brennan

Classics

2014 - Jason Werdrick
2013 - Trent Augenstein
2012 - Paul McGlone
2010 - Colin Horner
2009 - Steven Bowden
2008 - Chris Newsom
2007 - Steven Bowden
2006 - Koi Morris
2005 - Chris Newsom
2004 - Chris Newsom

History

The Fairfax Pinball Open (FPO) was founded by Fairfax attorney Paul Liam McGlone, who also ran a local league for the Free State Pinball Association (FSPA).  The first event was held in 2004 at a local bar called “John’s Place” and continued there for the next 8 years.   In the early years, FPO was one of the first events to be included the World Pinball Player Rankings that is maintained by the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA).  

As one of the only regional tournaments in those early years, FPO immediately began to attract players from neighboring states, as far away as Ohio and New York. 

After nine years at John’s Place in Fairfax, the bar closed and FPO was moved to the Best Western in Fairfax for the next two years.  After the first year at Best Western, leadership of the monumental task of running the FPO was taken over by Kevin Stone.  Kevin is the founder of Pinholics Anonymous and he organizes and runs dozens of pinball tournaments every year under the Pinholics umbrella.  Kevin ran the 11th Annual FPO at Best Western in 2014, before taking a break on FPO for a few years.  

The landscape has changed greatly for Competitive Pinball since the first FPO in 2004.  Now, there are dozens of regional events every year, with something happening almost every weekend.  This revival of the Fairfax Pinball Open is poised to take it’s place as one of the leading regional tournaments, beginning on Columbus Day Weekend in October.  

The 2018 Fairfax Pinball Open is being hosted by CarPool in Fair Lakes and is being held in October for the first time.   CarPool is a sports bar in the Fair Lakes Center, where our local Pinball League has been hosted since March of 2018.  CarPool is open 7 days a week, with 8 to 10 pinball machines on location all the time.  

Change and Update Log

Updates and change history (Click to Expand)

9/5/2018
- Added a player cap of 150 players to ensure the event doesn't oversell and cause lines to be too long
- Updated tie breaker rules.  Originally tie breaker started with best game, now it starts with the 5th best game, then 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st.  If still tied, 6th, then 7th and so on.
- Game selection rules added to Tournament page.

Sponsors

MOM's Organic Market

Home of MOM's Organic "Pinball" and organic groceries in Va, Md, DC, NJ and Pa

Project Pinball

Project Pinball Charity is a non-profit charity organization that places pinball machines in children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses to introduce therapeutic benefits to kids.