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2021 Wisconsin State Pinball Championships

January 15 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Pinball Machines Green Bay, WI

The brackets are live here:


Tournament will be live streamed Starting at 2PM here on Twitch:


Here are the qualifying positions of the players:

Seed Player
1  Neil Graf
2  Tom Graf
3  Erik Thoren
4  David Daluga
5  Erik Rentmeester
6  Kassidy Milanowski
7  Max Senesac
8  Jordan Semrow
9  Eric Strangeway
10  Matt McCarty
11  Mike Weyenberg
12  Brian Pierce
13  Don Mitchell
14  Drew Geigel
15  Michael Reiman
16  Brian Leuthner
17  sheldon olson
18  Mike Schlumpf
19  Greg Pitner
20  Jane Verwys
21  Jim Radovich
22  Becky Meyer
23  Mark Ten Haken
24  Jesse Carpenter
Alt #1  James Diederich
Alt #2  Chuck Blohm
Alt #3  Joe DeCleene
Alt #4  Tom Menge
Alt #5 Kris Koehler

 You must ‘Qualify’ for this tournament in order to play in it.

Tournament Details:

The prize money for this tournament will come from the players. This tournament is IFPA approved for points but it is not the NACS (North American Champion Series), The NACS is skipping 2021 and all of the $1 fee per person/ per tournament is from 2020,2021, and 2022 are rolling into the NACS held in January 2023.

To qualify for this tournament you must be ranked as top 24 player who is willing to come to championship from IFPA approved tournaments in the State of Wisconsin in 2021. Looking at the rankings I think this will go down to about the top 50 position so sign up if you are willing to play. State Ranking and that will be found here: https://www.ifpapinball.com/nacs/2021/standings.php?l=WI

24 players max

District 82 Pinball Arcade
800 O’Keefe Rd Suite E
De Pere, WI 54115


Saturday January 15th, 2022

1PM Practice Starts

2PM-9:30PM Tournament

No Specific Dinner Break

If you have not checked in by start of tournament and haven’t communicated that you will be late you will be removed from tournament.


Please register by clicking the ‘register’ button on this page and put in your name and email address.

This page is specifically for seeing if you are available and want to play in the Championship assuming you are one of the Top 24 players that wants to and is able to compete on this date and time.

Limited to 24 people with waitlist. I will reorganize the list based on final standings as of January 7th, 2022. You must declare if you are going to play by January 8th. By signing up on this page by January 8th you are saying that you want to play. By not signing up on this page by January 8th you are saying that you don’t want to play. If we have more players than spots the top 24 are guaranteed in and 25th on are alternates.

Cost is $20 per player with all money going to prize pool.

Prize pool will be for the top 4 players

Prize Pool Payout %
1. 50%
2. 25%
3. 15%
4. 10%

2021 Wisconsin Pinball Championship Format:

Format of Matches — I basically copied the NACS format but I changed the can’t pick the same game twice in one round to can’t pick the same game twice in the whole tournament and we are doing best of 5 instead of 7 matches.

Seeding of finalists
Once all participants are finalized, 24 players will be seeded based on their State rankings position at the end of the calendar year. In the event that any players are tied with the same amount of In-State WPPR points, we will look at the overall WPPR rank of those players as of the end of that calendar year. Any players tied on the qualifying bubble with the same State ranking position will result in a play-in tiebreaker game to determine who joins the field of finalists for the State Championship. Game and position will be pulled at random by the TD.

Machines Chosen
You may choose any game on the list at District 82 Pinball here; https://district82.com/game-list/
You may not choose the same game twice the whole tournament.

Head-to-Head Single Elimination Format
Players will be placed in a single elimination bracket once the seedings have been completed.

First round pairings are as follows:

1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15, 3 vs. 14, 4 vs. 13,
5 vs. 12, 6 vs. 11, 7 vs. 10, 8 vs. 9

Second round pairings are as follows:

1/16 winner vs. 8/9 winner, 2/15 winner vs. 7/10 winner,
3/14 winner vs. 6/11 winner, 4/13 winner vs. 5/12 winner

Third round pairings are as follows:

1/8/9/16 winner vs. 4/5/12/13 winner,
2/7/10/15 winner vs. 3/6/11/14 winner

Fourth round pairing are as follows:

Two winners of round 3 play for the State Championship
Two losers of round 3 player in the Consolation Final for 3rd/4th place.

Each match will be a best-of-five. The higher seeded player will have choice of machine or position for the 1st game, with the loser of each subsequent game having choice of machine or order, until someone has won 3 games. A machine may not be played more than once in the same match. Once a player verbally announces their game choice, or chooses position, that decision will be locked in and cannot be changed unless that game is unavailable.

Each player will have the opportunity for 30 seconds of practice time before starting every game of every match. This is to ensure that both players have a chance to get familiar with the machine.

The winner of the match advances to the next round, while the loser is eliminated.

The 3rd/4th place Consolation Final will be played as a best-of-three instead of a best-of-five like all other rounds, using the same rules.

For any state that is eligible for the expanded field of 24 finalists, the top 8 players will receive a bye, with the 9th through 24th seeds playing in an opening round. The rest of the bracket will play out as above.

9 vs. 24, 10 vs 23, 11 vs 22, 12 vs 21
13 vs 20, 14 vs. 19, 15 vs. 18, 16 vs. 17

I will be using challonge.com to generate a bracket so everyone can see this online.


Erik Thoren
(920) 621-9631


District 82 Pinball Arcade
800 Okeefe Rd
De Pere, WI 54115 United States
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(920) 621-9631