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 48 player limit due to space restrictions. The Fall tournament may be expanded after evaluating the Spring tournament.

Pre-registration goes live on Wednesday, February 20th 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: 12pm ET
Tournament Begins: 1pm 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 35-64 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%



  • March 2
  • September 21

Registered Players





Winners Club

Pending the first champion