Pinholics Anonymous periodic meeting is the original and ongoing tournament hosted by Always Smooth at the House of Stone in McLean, Virginia. Held three or four times a year with a current average of 70 players, Pinholics meetings will continue to bring old and new friends together for more pinball fun.
Players from all over the East coast, and every part of the country, have attended one or more meetings. We've hosted players from as far away as California, Oregon and Texas. East coast players have come from North and South Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia as well as locally from Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia.
Come join us, meet new people, and feed your pinball addiction in a fun filled day of low stress competition at a low cost.
Videos: 9/18/2013 tourney (created by Pete Pinocci), 9/28/2014 documentary (created by Scott Roberts), 10/22/2016 streaming (provided by Jose Chong), 12/16/2017 streaming (provided by Jose Chong), 4/28/2018 streaming (provided by Jose Chong), 9/22/2018 streaming (provided by Jose Chong)
Pre-registration will open on August 28th at 8pm ET.
We will have a hard cap of 80 players, however all players that have signed up on the waiting list have had the opportunity to play (thus far). Therefore, still add yourself to the wait list because you'll very likely get a spot.
Confirmation emails will go out on Sunday, September 22nd at which point spots will open as players cancel.
Players Registered to Play
Legend: TD: Tournament Director, PW: Previous Winner, RSVD: Reserved, * Confirmed, – Cancelled, + Spot available from wait list
Alberto Santana (PW)
Bob S. Johnson
Bruce W. Jenkins
Douglas J Malcolm
Host Reserved Spot
Host Reserved Spot
Rob Thomas MD
Scott Sidley (TD)
Main: $30 per player, kids 15 and under are $10
Doors Open: 11am ET
Main Begins: 1pm ET
Doors Close: 3am ET
Qualifying: 4 strike knockout Swiss format until 8 players remain
Finals: PAPA style playoffs (3 or 4 game match), seeding based on # of strikes from qualifying
World Pinball Player Ranking (WPPR) Points
All participants will receive WPPR points based on their performance.
House of Stone, McLean, Virginia
Contact tournament director for address
See Official Rules for more details on format, finals, extra balls, etc.
Payouts and Expenses
Entry Fee Breakdown
Prize Pool - $20+ / player
Food Budget - $5 / player
IFPA Player Dues - $1 / player
Pintervention Fee - $1 / player
Management Fee - $100
Prize fund is $23 / player minus $100 Management Fee.
$100 goes towards management fee for the host, which helps with incidentals, party supplies and repairs
Prizes and Payouts
All remaining prize pool money is paid out to the top 8 finishers per the schedule below. If there are less than 35 paid players, then only the top 4 finishers receiving prize money.
|4-34 Players||35+ Players|
Pinholics Anonymous director, Kevin Stone, will no longer be eligible to win any prize money for Periodic Meetings, yet will still compete. Any finish that would place him in the money will be ignored and players finishing below him will move up as if he did not participate in the tournament. This is only for prizes and not for IFPA results.
2013 - 3 strike non-Swiss knockout
2014 - 3 strike Swiss knockout
2015 - 4 strike Swiss knockout
2016 - 4 strike Swiss knockout
PAPA final 3 games
2017 - 4 strike Swiss knockout
PAPA final 4 games
2018 - 4 strike Swiss knockout
PAPA final 3/4 games