If you have missed going out to play pinball for the last couple of months some good news. Phantom Amusement will be open on June 21 at noon. They will be under reduced hours stay tuned for more information.
There is a hand sanitizer at the entrance and a marked walkway through the arcade. Due to social distance rules only one player per game. Unless you live in the same household. If a game is in use the games next to the machine will not be allowed to be played. The current limit is 15 people inside Phantom Amusement.
IFPA has not opened sanctioning of events so league and tournaments will still be unavailable at this time.
Special announcement video from Phantom Amusement. If you are on Facebook Phantom Amusement has a group page.
The Manitoba Pinball League and events have been put on hold until further notice. Manitoba Government has put a limit on gatherings to 10 people. Also, the venues that we play at are closed.
The Manitoba Pinball League brings great people together over their love of pinball. We look forward to bringing events to you when we can.
The decision has been made to postpone all events in March. The Manitoba Pinball League feels getting together for events would not be practicing social distancing guidelines presented by public health officials. The current plan is to reassess at the beginning of April.
In light of recent events with the coronavirus pandemic, the MPL staff had a discussion & came to the difficult decision to postpone the next 3 events, at public locations. With ALL the facts, it was clear this was the best thing to do. The following will be postponed: Friday March 13 – casual league Saturday March 14 – open league Monday March 16 – women’s league We have come to this conclusion for a few reasons:
• The public nature of the 2 locations where these events will be held.
• David Morris’ situation – Dave has a cold but was ordered to leave work today & get tested for the coronavirus – he is now in isolation until test results come back in 1-3 days.
• Dave will not be around to add another machine, fix machines, or give change, which may be problematic at a facility with just 6 machines
We will poll league members & reassess the situation closer to the date of the next tournament. These 3 league nights are NOT canceled, & will be rescheduled, to be announced later.
We celebrated February 29th by having a Matchplay tournament at the Pandora Inn that featured A & B sides, & an added challenge for playoff qualifiers – karaoke singers that started just as the playoff round started! Nobody sang The Who’s Pinball Wizard, however.
And the winner, his 1st in 21 months since winning at Underdogs, was Kevin P!!! He & Jill faced off in the A side final. 3rd place went to David Morris who had faced off against Lance W.
Over on the B side, Drew S took the title having faced Jody L in the B final, & Michael C took 3rd place after facing Mr. Miller who took 4th.
A consolation game was played on each side to determine 5th through 8th. Note that IFPA ranks for the B side are 9-16. Full results below:
1. Kevin P
2. Jill H
3. David Morris
4. Lance W
5. Jay W
6. Jeff J
7. Jeremy F
8. Dave C
1. Drew S
2. Jody L
3. Michael C
4. David Miller
5. Alain L
6. Samara M
7. Gilles T
8. Caren S
The Manitoba pinball tournament season has begun. We had 18 players including a few new people come out to the curling club along with many of the regulars & veterans, including at least 2 out of town veterans who regularly come a long way to make this truly the Manitoba Pinball League.
We welcomed back David Morris with a card signed by many league members. And it must’ve been a source of inspiration because Dave was the tournament winner! Dave & Jay W went head to head in a final 2 with Dave having only 1 strike to Jay’s 2 strikes. Jay won on Monopoly & was riding a streak of 6 1st places in a row. In the final deciding round, it came down to the very last ball in a close game of The Addams Family, but Dave was able to end Jay’s streak for the win.
Ian G & Grant Z played a 3rd place match on Space Shuttle, with Ian winning & taking the final spot on the podium.
Honourable mention goes to Hugh L who finished in 5th place in his 1st ever MPL tournament!
Videos of the tournament including interviews have been posted to the new MPL YouTube channel:
Women’s League night on Monday February 24 7pm at The Forks
Open League night on Thursday February 27 7pm at The Forks
For players with an IFPA rank of 4000 or lower (or no IFPA rank at all) – the 1st ever Casual League night Friday February 28th 7pm at The Forks
Pandora Leap Day Matchplay Spectacular Saturday February 29th 7pm at Joe’s Pandora Inn
As always, check the Events Calendar at manitobapinball.com for full details. See you then!