Pinholics Anonymous is proud to present the semi-annual Never Cry VÜK in a Knockout tournaments held at VÜK in Bethesda, Maryland.

This tournament aims to be one of the largest tournaments held each year in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region, and will have an unlimited number of spots.

The format will use the relatively new knockout formats, called Fair and Progressive.  The March tournament will use the Fair method, and the September tournament will use the Progressive method.  This basically means players will play in 4 player groups (or 3 when necessary), and receive strikes for each player that defeats them in each game.

Both tournaments will also comprise a finals component for last 8 remaining players, PAPA style 4 player/3 game matches using game banks.

Entry fee will be a flat $25, coin drop of $.50 / game is also required.  New players and anyone above IFPA rank of 10,000 will get in FREE!!!  The events will also be part of the Pintervention Circuit Championship, held annually in McLean with a $2000 prize pool.

Come join us, meet new people, and feed your pinball addiction in a fun filled day of low stress competition at a low cost.

General Information

This tournament now has a 44 (reduced from 48) player limit due to space restrictions.

Pre-registration goes live on Wednesday, August 28th at 8pm ET.


Upcoming Tournaments
March 2nd - Fair Knockout format
September 21st - Progressive Knockout format

Main: $25 per player, new players and those ranked above IFPA 10,000 are FREE

Doors Open: 9am ET
Tournament Begins: 10:23am ET

Qualifying: 4 strike Fair / Progressive knockout Swiss format until 8 players remain
Finals: PAPA style playoffs (3 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.

4924 St Elmo Ave
Bethesda, Md 20814
(301) 652-8000

Official Rules

See Official Rules for more details on format, finals, extra balls, etc.

Payouts and Expenses

Entry Fee Breakdown
Prize Pool - $24 / player
IFPA Player Dues - $1 / player
Pintervention Fee - $50

Prize Fund
Prize fund is $24 / player minus $50 Pintervention Fee.  Prize fund may be lower due to free entries.

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.

Finish Payout Finish Payout
4-34 Players 35+ Players
1st 40% 1st 25%
2nd 30% 2nd 20%
3rd 20% 3rd 16%
4th 10% 4th 13%
5th 8%
6th 7%
7th 6%
8th 5%



Registered Players


Alex Jeffrey
Angela Ross
Audrey Bonsignore
Benjamin Linkow
Benji Hecker
Chris Newsom
Chuck Gardner
Dana Ost
David Ross
Dennis Muse
Douglas J Malcolm
Douglas M Malcolm
Doru Zuba


Elliott Keith
Fil Baird
Francis Parks
Jessy Ring
Joe Said
Jose Chong
Justin Bath
Justin Williams US
Karen Smith MD
Kevin Stone


Marc Borger
Matt Ring
Mike Boeck
Mike Polisky
Neil Tapper
Rick Elgendy
Rob Thomas MD
Rob Wintler-Cox
Robert Peters


Scott Nash
Shawn Hillman
Stephanie Traub
Tim Peterson
Tom Kenyon
Tom Warner
Victor Scelba
William Cromarty
Zachary Jones

Winners Club

Pending the first champion