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Meet your 40 finalists
1 Steven Bowden
2 Raymond Davidson
3 Trent Augenstein
4 David Riel
5 Eric Stone
6 Keith Elwin
7 Jim Belsito
8 Fred Richardson
9 Jason Werdrick
10 Colin Urban
11 Alberto Santana
12 Escher Lefkoff
13 Alex Harmon
14 Josh Sharpe
15 Karl DeAngelo
16 Robert Gagno
17 Drew Cedolia
18 Zach Sharpe
19 Cayle George
20 Sanjay Shah
21 Aleksander Kaczmarczyk
22 Adam McKinnie
23 Adam Lefkoff
24 Andrew Rosa II
25 Nick Zendejas
26 Greg Poverelli
27 Zachary Parks
28 Chris Basler
29 Andy Rosa
30 Phil Birnbaum
31 Jeff Teolis
32 Tony Pierce
33 Lewis Bevans
34 Jack Tadman
35 Sunshine Bon
36 Mark van der Gugten
37 Derek Price
38 Timothy Street
39 Eric Russell
40 Paul Caras
Event Schedule and Location
Date: March 9, 2019
Location: Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607
- 9am – Check in for Circuit Finalists and guests
- 9:15 – 9:45am – Open practice on all Circuit final machines.
- 10am – Circuit final round one begins. (40 players)
- 12pm – Circuit final round two begins. (20 players)
- 2pm – Ladder-style bracket of remaining 10 players begins.
- 5pm – Doors open to the public. Meet and Greet with Brian “Q” Quinn from Impractical Jokers and Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies (photos and autographed event posters)
- 9pm – Live acoustic performance by Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies after the Stern Pro Circuit Champion is crowned.
*all times approximate
The Circuit Final event is operated as a coordinated effort between PAPA and IFPA, and therefore the latest version of the PAPA/IFPA unified rules apply, in terms of handling malfunctions, player behavior, official rulings, and all other guidelines. The Circuit coordinators are the designated tournament officials for the Circuit Final.
The Circuit Final will feature a group of pinball machines selected by officials. Machines outside this group may not be selected for play. Officials may make machine substitutions as they deem necessary.
1. Qualified Players
Final Circuit standings will be determined promptly after the last Circuit event. Any player in the top 40 of the rankings will be invited to the Circuit Final. The tiebreaker for the 40th position will be determined by whichever player has the highest finish in a Circuit event in that season. If a tie remains after a single event, the next highest finish will be considered. This process will proceed until the tie is broken, or a coin flip is required.
Qualified players will be notified promptly by Circuit coordinators. If a player cannot attend, their opening will be filled by the next highest seeded available player who has participated in the Circuit. Players who do not attend will not receive any prize from the Circuit Final.
2. Rounds One and Two
All players will be grouped by seed into ten groups of four players. Each group of four players will compete on four different machines, with the highest seeded player given the choice of choosing the game to be played or determining order of play. At the end of the four-game round, two players will advance out of each group into the second round, which will function similarly to the first.
Both of these rounds will function as if they were the final rounds of the PAPA World Championships, with the only differences being the number of four-player groups competing and the use of four games per round in the Circuit Final instead of the typical three used in the PAPA World Championships. Scoring will be traditional PAPA-style 4-2-1-0.
Round 3 consists of a series of four-player games. The first game is played by the four lowest-seeded players. The highest-seeded player has choice of machine or order of play. Choice proceeds through the remaining players in descending order of seeding.
The player who has the lowest score is eliminated from the Final, and receives the appropriate prize. The next lowest-seeded player, who has not yet played, is added to the group for the next game.
In each subsequent match, the highest-seeded player (who will be the player who just joined the group) has choice of machine or order of play. The next choice is given to the winner of the previous game, and choice proceeds in descending order of score on the previous game.
No player may choose the same machine more than once, but any player may choose a machine already played, including the most recent machine played. Officials may remove any machine from consideration at any time.
Players will compete until two players remain. At that point, a best-of-three match between the final two players will take place to determine the champion. The highest seeded player has the choice of machine or order of play for the first game. From that point forward, the loser of the previous game has the choice of machine or order of play.
4. Operational Details
Each player participating in the Circuit Final must provide a cellular phone number where they can be reached. Exact times for each round are not guaranteed. Any player who is missing when his or her round is set to begin will be allowed no more than 5 minutes to appear. Play will then continue, with balls being plunged for any missing player or players.
Collusion and deals are not acceptable in the Circuit Final.
The Circuit Final features a guaranteed package of monetary prizes.
The winner of the Circuit Final will also receive a brand new Stern Pinball machine, the Stern Pro Circuit belt, and the title “Stern Pro Circuit Player of the Year”.
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