Embracing Tournament Pinball: Joining the Fun!

Tournament pinball might initially sound intimidating to newcomers or casual players, but fear not! The Manitoba Pinball League is here to help you embrace this thrilling aspect of the game.

One common concern is feeling inadequate or fearing you’ll be outmatched. But here’s the thing: in our league, players are more than willing to share their game knowledge. The only time you can’t ask for help is while playing a game, but before and after, feel free to seek guidance. Remember, even the top players had to start somewhere, so don’t be discouraged.

Participating in league and tournament pinball offers a social dimension as well. Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone when you arrive – you already have a built-in conversation starter: pinball! As you get to know fellow players, you might discover new friends who share your passion.

So, don’t let fear hold you back from enjoying the world of tournament pinball. Join the Manitoba Pinball League, where you’ll find a welcoming community ready to share their expertise, make new friends, and, most importantly, have a blast playing pinball!

MPL Women’s League Championship 2022 Results

Congratulations ? to Jessie F on winning ? her 1st Manitoba Pinball League Women’s title! She played extremely well on her way to the victory. Also congratulations to Samara M on a strong ? 2nd ? place finish. And also congratulations to Jodi on a really great score on Flight 2000 to lock in 3rd ? place!

4th place went to Jill H, 5th Steph P, 6th Sheri B, 7th Tammy K, & 8th Zoe K. 9th place went to Bonnie O, Tanya M, Sierrah A, Heather S, Michelle M, Kelly M, Kali I, & Ruby C.

It was a great evening of fun & pinball, & thank you to everyone who came last night & throughout the year to make this year an awesome season of Women’s League here in Manitoba.

New season 4 starts up on Monday January 30th at Phantom Amusement. Have a great holiday season and remember there’s one more event (Holiday Beat The Clock open tournament) on Thursday December 29th at 7pm @ Phantom Amusement at The Forks.

MPL Casual League Championship 2022 Results

Casual League Season 1 is in the books! Congratulations ? to Mr. Miller on finishing 1st! And also congratulations to Michael J on finishing 2nd! Also congratulations to Aaron W for finishing 3rd! Also congratulations to all other participants and all others that played in Casual League this year that didn’t qualify for the playoffs. There were a lot of close finishes and quite a few game 7s! We hope everyone had a great time this year and we look forward to the new season starting in late January with information on that soon.

MPL Open League Championship 2022 Results

Another Manitoba Pinball League Season is in the books. Yesterday we finished up season 4 playing out the best of 7 matches in a top 16 bracket. Congratulations to Jay W on winning and finishing 1st ? in season 4. Also congratulations to Drew on finishing 2nd, and Grant for finishing 3rd beating Tim Hoover in the tie breaker. 5th place went to Ian G, 6th Derek W, 7th David Morris, & 8th John B. Rounding out the top 16 were Kevin P, John G, Cam S, Mr. Miller, Jody L, Dave C, Marcel T, & Samara M. We also took our first ever top 16 picture which was a great idea. Congratulations ? to everyone on another great season and we’ll see you at the start on the next season in January.

The 11th Annual Pinhead Cup Weekend Results

The 11th Annual Pinhead Cup took place over the weekend of Friday November 11th to Sunday November 13th. This was the 1st ever weekend-long MPL tournament series, encompassing 4 tournaments – the Friday night beat the clock pre-tournament, Saturday night progressive strike tournament, Sunday morning beat the clock side tournament, & the main Pinhead Cup with a 12-round qualifying matchplay on Saturday morning & the finals for the top 16 on Sunday morning. At least 10 players came in from out of town to play, including Calgary, Regina, & Fargo.

We kicked off the Pinhead Cup weekend with a Friday night Beat The Clock pre-tournament at Phantom Amusement. Congratulations to Jay W ? on a 1st place ? performance! Also congrats to Drew S on 2nd ?, Jack T on 3rd ?, & Shaun A who came in from Regina SK & placed 4th ?

On Saturday morning bright & early, the Pinhead Cup main event qualifying tournament began @ Sych Drywall. Congratulations to Jack T who dominated & took 1st place by 14 points! The top 4 was rounded out by Drew S, Jay W, & Grant Z. They earned 1st choice of game or position in the 1st round of the playoffs on Sunday.


After the Pinhead Cup qualifier, everyone headed over to The Forks to play in event #2 which was a 10-strike progressive strike side tournament. Congratulations to Drew S ? on a remarkable comeback, finishing with 6 straight 1st place rounds to win with 8 strikes! ? And also congrats to Shaun A from Regina SK in 2nd ?, Bob R also from Regina SK in 3rd ?, & John B who had his 1st ever podium finish in 4th! ?

On Sunday morning, we gathered again bright & early at Sych Drywall, & had a Beat The Clock side tournament. Congratulations to Bob R from Regina SK on his 1st IFPA Manitoba win in a super close, hard-fought battle! ? Congrats to Dave C finishing right behind Bob in 2nd ?, Brennon P from Regina taking 3rd ?, & Shaun R from Regina taking 4th place ?

On Sunday morning, we also held the playoffs for the 2022 Pinhead Cup. It was a very closely fought affair, right down to the final game.

Congratulations to Drew S on his 1st Pinhead Cup championship! ? He defeated 2-time defending Pinhead Cup champ Jay W, who took 2nd place ?, & then David Morris took 3rd place ? in a tiebreaker over Jill H who took 4th place ?. Finishing 5th was John K all the way from Calgary AB, 6th was Jeff Jonuk, 7th was Matt W from Regina SK, & 8th was Derek W.

Congrats to all of the winners this weekend! The Manitoba Pinball League would like to thank everyone for coming out to the 11th annual & 1st ever weekend-long Pinhead Cup tournament, & we extend a special thank you to everyone who came from out of province including Regina, Calgary, & Fargo ND. And thank you to the Sych family & Phantom Amusement for hosting this year’s events.

Cash and Translite Giveaway!

Wow! We have gotten quite a few Pre-registrations already for the Pinhead Cup 2022!
So MPL has decided to give a little reward for people who Register Early! Anyone who registers and pays in full before October 25th will be entered to win 2 random prizes! One draw for $60 Cash and Second Draw for an Official Stern Translite
To Register:
E-transfer $65 & include your name in the comments, & send to Dave@manitobapinball.com

Pinhead Cup Weekend November 11 to November 13

For the first time ever the Manitoba Pinball League will be holding a weekend of pinball tournaments with the 11th annual Pinhead Cup as the main event.  The events will take place at two locations. 

Sych Drywall 8 Don Valley Pkwy Springfield MB

Phantom Amusement 1 Forks Market Rd Winnipeg MB

The Pinhead Cup Weekend kicks off with an optional IFPA ranked Friday night Timed Tournament @ Phantom Amusements 

$65 fee will get you entry into 3 tournaments – The Pinhead Cup Qualifier, Saturday Night 10 Strike Tournament and The Pinball Cup Finals or Sunday Matchplay Beat the Clock. $5 will go towards facility costs and $5 will go towards a random draw.

With 40+ people over $2,200 in Prize money Possible $200 in random Prize Draw 

To register for the weekend you can pay at the door before 9am November 12 at Sync Drywall. If you want to register early send an e-transfer to dave@manitobapinball.com please include your name in the transfer.


Friday November 11th @ Phantom Amusement 6PM 3hr beat the clock Kick-off Tournament ($10 separate entry fee from tournament fee) plus coin drop

Saturday @ Sych Drywall 8AM – Doors Open Practice Starts

Saturday @ Sych Drywall 9AM – 1PM Pinhead Cup Main Event Qualifier ($35 from tournament fees)

Lunch Break

Saturday @ Phantom Amusement 3pm – 10pm 10 Strike progressive strike ($10 Cost from tournament fees)  Coin drop required

Sunday @ Sych Drywall 8AM– Doors Open Practice Starts

Sunday @ Sych Drywall – Certified Main Event Finals start 1ST-16TH Start ($35 paid from qualifier)

Sunday @ Sych Drywall 9AM –1pm Matchplay beat the clock For players not in main Playoffs ($10 paid from Tournament Fees)

Prize Breakdown

Plaques or trophies for top 4 in each tournament

Cash Prizes for top 8 Main Event Final, prize amount is based on number of players and tournament fee for tournament.

Cash Prizes for top 4 in 10 Strike Knockout, prize amount is based on number of players and tournament fee for tournaments.

Cash Prizes for top 4 in Matchplay Beat the Clock, prize amount is based on number of players and tournament fee for tournaments.

Certified Tournaments with $35 Tournament Fee Paid Out

Main Cash Prizes % for 1st-8th

1st 40%

2nd 20%

3rd 12%

4th 8%

5th-8th 5% each

*Main Example Assuming 40 players $1,400 pot — actual payouts will be more or less depending on number of players

1st $560

2nd $280

3rd $168

4th $112

5th-8th $70 each

2 Tournaments with $10 Tournament Fee Paid Out

Cash Prizes for 1st-4th

1st 40%

2nd 25%

3rd 20%

4th 15%

*Example Assuming 40 players $400 pot — actual payouts will be more or less depending on number of players

1st $160

2nd $100

3rd $80

4th $60