MPL – Playoff Outlook

Thursday night is the final open league night of the 2019 season. The race for playoff spots is solidifying. There are players with zeros to replace that will be looking to make some big moves. Even 17th & 18th (the 1st 2 alternates if any playoff qualifier cannot make it) will be important races. And whether you make the playoffs or not, you will earn IFPA points no matter where you place in the league standings.

If you are in the top 8, congratulations, you have already clinched a playoff spot!
The top 5 is quite solid, but some movement is still possible between Garth B, Drew S, Rick E, & Grant Z. The top 5 have already clinched a playoff spot in the top 8 which means they will get 1st table pick in round 1, game 1. The race for #1 is over. Jay W cannot be caught.

Click on League Standings above to see where you rank.

See you at the Forks on Thursday!

Farewell Summer 3 Strike Knockout – Results

History was made on Saturday night. Congratulations to Jill H who became the first woman to win a MB IFPA open strike tournament! Jill also becomes the 13th different IFPA MB pinball tournament winner in 2019! She defeated Ian G – both of whom crushed the competition by being the last 2 standing with only 1 strike each.

In the 3rd place match, Grant Z defeated Jay W to earn his 1st podium finish since November 29, 2018.

Congrats to all!

Final open league night takes place Thursday October 3rd at 7pm. Last chance to improve your league standing for 2019!

Jay W (4th), Grant Z (3rd), Jill H (1st), Ian G (2nd)

Pinball Learning Session Update

There were several responses to the Pinball Learning Session form. Thank you for all helping out. 14 responses were recorded the results are:

What skills and techniques would you like to learn about?


Aiming better shots, saving the ball better, etc

Bonus shots

How to get the big points

All the things I don’t even know I don’t know!



I am way out of practice on just about everything!

How to beat you

General play and control

What machines do you want to learn about?

Solid state

Any of the newer ones! Iron maiden especially

Anyone in the arcade


All of them actually but particularly The Addam’s Family

New ones

All of them

My favourite machines to play are the vintage ones from the 60’s – early 70’s. The new machines look overwhelming and when I have tried them I can never seem to get the ball flipped back into play.


Based on the feedback people would be interested in learning about machines and techniques. Repairs would be a different session but it is something Manitoba Pinball would like to do. Once the details are figured out we will let everyone know. In the meantime if you are looking for a more casual learning experience or just want to come out and play email Jay W. at Jay is always looking to play more pinball. If you would like more information about the learning sessions email me at

Jurassic Park Launch Party – Results

Congratulations to Ian G who won the Jurassic Park launch party!!! It is Ian’s 1st tournament win! Ian becomes the 12th different player to win an IFPA MB pinball tournament.

The launch party was played by 11 different players. In the qualifying round, Jay & Drew jumped out with very early huge scores that nobody could catch, including a new grand champion score for JMW. David Morris & Ian rounded out the top 4 playoff qualifiers. Then in a complete reversal, Ian beat Jay 2-1 & David beat Drew 2-1 in the semis. Ian won his 1st game against Jay by half a million! And Ian didn’t stop – racking up consistently big scores, often in the hundreds of millions, & beating David 2-0 in the final. In the 3rd place match, Drew beat Jay 2-0.

Next up – league night on Thursday at 7pm @ Phantom Amusement. It is the 2nd last open league night of the 2019 season. Expect some big movement as some players replace their lowest scores & any missed league nights from earlier in the season. See you there!

Pinball Learning Sessions

Have you ever struggled on a machine not sure what to do? The standard response to that is shoot flashing shots which is not very helpful. Pinball tutorial videos exist but they can be hard to follow and you can’t ask questions at the moment. The Manitoba Pinball League is looking to see if there is interest in pinball learning sessions. The idea is to help people better understand games and to practice pinball skills and techniques.

League standings – updated

In the open league, the top 2 that were tied going into August league day were the best 2 that night. But who was better? By just a single point, Garth B takes sole possession of 1st place over Jay W! Rick E is close behind in 3rd. In the middle, we have a logjam. The 8 players ranked 7-14 are separated by just 10 points! And in the race for the final playoff spot, Brant B is in 16th leading David Morris by a single point.

On the women’s side, Jill H continues to lead the way over Jody & Samara.

Next league nights will be Thursday September 19 for the open league at Phantom Amusement, & Monday September 23 for the women at Half Pints. Expect some BIG movement, as this will be the 1st chance for players to replace their lowest scores (or zero scores).

Click the applicable League Standings link above for full standings.

August Knockout At The Forks – Results

This was a night of storylines. Congratulations to Drew S who needed & got 3 wins in a row to take the top spot in tonight’s tournament! Drew becomes only the 2nd player to win multiple IFPA Manitoba 2019 tournaments to date, & may be the 1st to come back with 3 must-wins in a row in the final 2 of a Manitoba Pinball strike tournament.

Lance W took 2nd place after starting the tournament with 9 wins in a row.

And in a repeat of a tournament that took place exactly 1 year ago less a day, Jay W & Samara M again faced off for 3rd place, with Jay winning. Jay was nearly eliminated out of the top 10 in round 6 but after scoring just 4 million on GOTG in the 1st 2 balls, he then got 100 million on ball 3 to stay alive. Samara took 2 early strikes in the 1st 3 rounds & then rattled off 5 wins in a row to make the final 4.

Next up – Jurassic Park Launch Party on Saturday September 14th @ 4pm.

Samara M, Jay W, Lance W, Drew S
Front row L to R: Lance W (2nd), Drew S (1st), Jay W (3rd), Garth B (T-5th).
Back row L to R: Samara M (4th), Michael C (T-5th), Jody L (T-5th), Dan F (T-5th).