Portland Pinbrawl 2016

It’s April. That means it is time for Portland Pinbrawl again. After taking photos last year, I was on hand with my camera again to document this 128-player pinball tournament.

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Some final repairs being made before the tournament so that every table was running in top shape.

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Assembling the crowd to explain the rules.

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Games underway.

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There was a side tournament on Baby Pac-Man once again, the combination arcade game + pinball table.

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Last year’s Baby Pac-Man tournament winner (left) passing off the trophy to this year’s winner.

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Pinbrawl is the one day a year that Ground Kontrol allows outside seating (and drinking), and the weather was certainly nice enough to take advantage.

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Putting Baby Pac-Man back in storage.

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Some finalists with their prize winnings.

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Once there were finally two players left — Chris “Specials” Chinn and John Gimera — the championship table was revealed to be Wizard of Oz.

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Chris starting off the final match. The game was also displayed on a TV and on a projector.

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John (left) was the winner of the entire tournament, taking home a $1,000 cash prize and the Pinbrawl trophy.

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Finally, I also made a time lapse video of a very busy area of the arcade. The tournament went all day, and this is only one section, so you can kind of get an idea of what this event can be like.

Congrats to John and all of the other incredible players that participated in Pinbrawl 2016. Already looking forward to next year.

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