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2023 Great Lakes Pinball Open

April 14 @ 9:00 am - April 16 @ 5:00 pm

$260
GLPO Pinball Tournament

2023 Great Lakes Pinball Open Tournament Details:

3-4 Separate Tournaments over 3 days plus a 5th tournament on Thursday night April 13th.

Thursday April 13th is a separate ‘warm up’ tournament, open to anyone who wants to play, not combined with GLPO event, you do not have to be in the GLPO to play in the Thursday night tournament, $25 cost, pay at the door, and has its own registration which opens Saturday February 11th, 2023 at 11:15AM Central Time. Registration link for this tournament is below under tournament formats.

Live Stream:

All Tournaments will be live streamed via Twitch by Fox Cities Pinball Stream Watch it live April 13th-16th, 2023

Hotel Deal:

Cobblestone Hotel & Suites in De Pere is a brand new hotel (building built in 2022) and is offering a corporate rate on hotel rooms for District 82 events. The rooms are all really nice and the hotel is located 2.1 miles from District 82 which is about the closest place. The room rates start at $109 per night. Use this link https://be.synxis.com/?Hotel=37764&Chain=7721&promo=DIST82 or Promo Code DIST82 when booking through them directly.

Certified Main Event:

The main event will be a 20 Round, 1 game per round, Group Match Play, Qualifier that will happen on Saturday April 15th. All 20 rounds will be played on Saturday and use all the games inside District 82. We will then have a PAPA style finals for only the top 24 players of the Main Qualifier on Sunday April 16th. We will also have another tournament on Sunday April 16th run concurrently with main finals but on different machines in a different section of District 82. Everyone is welcome to participate in this final tournament for the weekend.

300% IFPA Points

New WPPR rules for IFPA points in 2023. The Main Tournament (Saturday Qualify with Sunday Finals) will have a base of 50TGP (200%) and will be IFPA certified (25% boost), or certified+ with 128 minimum players (50% boost) to the base TGP bringing the total points to 250% or 300% of a typical 100% tournament.

Other 3 Tournaments & Thursday Beat the Clock Tournament are all 100% (or very close) TGP for WPPR points from IFPA

NEW PLAYERS WELCOME

Lighting

Overhead ‘house’ lighting will be on for GLPO Friday-Sunday Tournaments. Overhead lighting will be off for Thursday ‘Warm Up’ Tournament.

Costs

Total Cost for this event is $260 per player and covers all events Friday-Sunday
Admission to District 82 for all 3 days is $150
IFPA Fees, Sales Tax, Credit Card Fees, Games on Free Play, Etc come out of the the admission fees to District 82
You can come and go all 3 days with all 100+ games on free play the whole time.
You do not have to play in all the events but you are paying for all of them, Friday-Sunday Tournaments, with this registration and I’m not offering individual tournament registrations at this time.
Click here for current game list.
Prize Pool Fees of $110 are separate and 100% of them go back to the players as cash prizes (paid in the form of a check from District 82)
Bottled water is free
Soda will cost $1 per can
You can bring beer, soda and food yourself. Just please bring a cooler I don’t have much extra fridge space for you items.
District 82 Pays the $1 IFPA Fee per player, per tournament

Registration:

Registration Opens February 11th at 11AM Central Time. Don’t pay until you are registered!

I will be registering up to 10% of the register list, 15 people, in advance whom are either sponsors or those helping to make this event happen. Also, The IFPA Board of Directors (they don’t count in the total).

Registration for The Great Lakes Pinball Open Tournaments is a 2 step process

  1. Secure your spot – be one of the first 150 people to register on this site when registration opens on February 11th at 11:00AM Central Time — That is the rush part and is the same it has always been for all my events. Exactly at 11AM a blue button that says ‘Register’ will appear (you need to hit F5 to refresh your browser). Click that button and give me your name and email, then click submit. You can only register for one person at a time. Once you have secured your spot the rush is over, take a minute, and correctly pay for it.
  2. Pay for your registration – After you register above, pay with a credit card by clicking the “Buy Now” button below which takes you to Square Pay or sending [email protected] a pay pal with the required funds. Pay Pal you can use either merchant or friends and family. Make sure you put your name that you registered with somewhere in the notes of the payments. I have to manually check the registration and payment systems separately and match them up. You can pay for more that one person at a time, just give me a note or send an email as to whom you are paying for. You can also pay cash for a $10 Discount ($250 Total), but only if you pay at the Winter 3X Tournaments on February 16th-19th. Just send me an email saying you are going to pay in full at that event. All sales taxes, fees, etc, are in that cost. If you pay first and don’t secure a registration your money will be refunded (less any fees incurred by District 82). Follow the instructions and Register First, Pay Second. Make sure you read and understand the Refund Policy stated below.

THIS $260 NEEDS TO BE PAID BY NOON ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12th. STARTING AT NOON ANYONE NOT PAID WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE REGISTERED LIST AND THE NEXT PERSON ON THE WAITING LIST WILL BE REGISTERED AND GIVEN 1 DAY TO PAY THE REGISTRATION FEE.

Waitlisted players will not receive any emails unless they are moved up to registered. Then they will have 1 day to make the payment of $260 for the tournaments. If they do not, they are deleted and then we will move onto the next player on the waitlist.

You are paying for all of the tournaments at once. I will not be offering individual tournament registrations on these tournaments at this time.

Pay for your entry into all 4 tournaments (Fri-Sun) using the button below AFTER you secure your spot in the Great Lakes Pinball Open. Do not pay any money if you are not registered. Do not pay any money if you are on the waitlist. You will be contacted if you move up from waitlist to registered.

DO NOT ‘BUY NOW’ UNTIL YOU’RE REGISTERED ABOVE!

2023 Great Lakes Pinball Open

2023 Great Lakes Pinball Open

$260.00

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Schedule of Events April 13th-16th, 2023

—Warm Up Tournament—
Thursday 4PM-6PM Doors Open Practice
Thursday 6PM – 11PM Beat the Clock Classics Tournament
—Great Lakes Pinball Open Events—
Friday 8AM – Doors Open Practice Starts
Friday 9AM – 5PM Target Match Play 30 points 3/2/1/0 scoring
Friday 12:30ish Lunch Break
Friday 5-6PM-Dinner Break in-between tournaments
Friday 6PM – Midnight 8 Strike Fair Strikes Classics Tournament
Saturday 8AM – Doors Open Practice Starts
Saturday 9AM – 10PM Main Event Qualify 20 Round Group Match Play
Saturday 4PM-6PM Only Break
Sunday 8AM – Doors Open Practice Starts
Sunday 9AM – Main Event Finals
Sunday 9:15AM – 3 Strike Knockout
No Lunch Break
5PM Projected end time for both Sunday Tournaments

Sunday has 2 separate events run concurrently. The Main finals are only for the top 24 players that qualify for it. The 3 strike knockout is open to anyone who wants to play in it including the top 24 qualifiers who are playing in the finals. If you play in both tournaments at the same time you run the risk of causing an ‘intentional delay’ of more than 60 seconds, as defined by IFPA rules, will result in a warning for first offense and a score of zero for that game on second and subsequent offenses.

Sunday’s alternate tournament has a prize pool of $10 per person that will include all the people that paid for these tournaments including the 24 players that are in the finals of the main event. So if we have a full event of 150 players and only 126 of them play in the Sunday 3 strike knockout the total prize pool will still be $1,500.

Total Cost is $260* ($150 Admission and $110 All Prize Pool Fees) and must be paid in advance

*Cash discount of $10 ($250 Total) if paid at Winter 3X Tournaments Feb 16th-19th
Prize Money for the top 24 players in the Main Event
Prize Money for the top 8 players in Target Match Play, 8 Strike & Sunday 3 strike
No Prize Money for the Thursday Tournament, only IFPA points and trophies/plaques

Sponsors:

A bid thank you to our sponsors for helping to make this event happen!

  1. The Pinball Company
  2. Lumberjack Johnny’s
  3. DOMINO Organization

Where:

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

When:

April 13th-16th, 2023
Doors open and Practice Starts 1 hour before each tournament
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the morning tournament to check in

Prizes:

The Pinball Company company is adding prize money to be spread out across the tournaments! We are going to add $300 to the first place prize in all 4 tournaments. This will come directly from the pinball company and will be in addition to your prize you receive from District 82!

Plaques or trophies for top 4 in each tournament
Prize Money for top 24 in Main Event Tournament, prize amount is based on number of players and Prize Pool Fee for tournament. Paid out as a check from District 82.
Prize Money for top 8 in Target Match Play, 8 Strike & 3 Strike, prize amount is based on number of players and prize pool fee for tournaments. Paid out as a check from District 82.
You are responsible for any income taxes. If you win over $600 in prize money from District 82 in a calendar year you will need to fill out a W-9 and will receive a 1099-MISC for the total amount of your winnings. You will get a check from District 82 not cash.

Main Tournament with $60 Prize Pool
Prize Money for 1st-16th
1st 28%
2nd 18%
3rd 8%
4th 6%
5th-8th 4% each
9th-16th 2% each
17th-24th 1% each

*Main Example Assuming 150 players $9,000 pot — actual payouts will be more or less depending on number of players
1st $2,520 + $300 from The Pinball Company!
2nd $1,620
3rd $720
4th $540
5th-8th $360 each
9th-16th $180 each
17th-24th $90 each

Target Match Play & 8 Strike with $20 Prize Pool Each
Prize Money for 1st-8th
1st 35%
2nd 20%
3rd 15%
4th 10%
5th-8th 5% each

*Example Assuming 150 players $3,000 pot — actual payouts will be more or less depending on number of players
1st $1,050 + $300 from The Pinball Company!
2nd $600
3rd $450
4th $300
5th-8th $150 each

Sunday 3 Strike with $10 Prize Pool
Cash Prizes for 1st-8th
1st 35%
2nd 20%
3rd 15%
4th 10%
5th-8th 5% each

*Example Assuming 150 players $1,500 pot — actual payouts will be more or less depending on number of players
1st $525 + $300 from The Pinball Company!
2nd $300
3rd $225
4th $150
5th-8th $75 each

The prize money awarded at the tournament is final. The tournament directors decisions on rulings are final. You agree to these terms by signing up. You can’t come back after the tournaments are finalized and dispute your finishing position or prize payout. Any discrepancies need to be brought up immediately to tournament director, at and during, the tournaments themselves.

Tournament Formats:

Thursday Night ‘Beat the Clock’ Tournament

4PM Doors Open
6PM Tournament Starts
No Cash Prizes, only trophies and IFPA points

This is a separate tournament and not part of the GLPO registration or fees. It has its own registration and a $25 fee (paid at event not in advance) for the night.

Sign up here: https://district82.com/event/beat-the-clock-tournament-glpo/

This is a 1 day tournament that will not be combined with anything else and there is no finals or side tournament. You do not have to be part of the GLPO to play in this one event but you do need to register for it.
This is going to be group match play style with swiss style pairings. The difference here is that we are going to play only the EM and earlier solid state pins. These are all the faster playing games at District 82 (the B group). Plus, this tournament is going to be based on time and not rounds of play. We will start promptly at 6PM and continue until 11PM. You need to be at District 82 by 5:45PM to check in. Whatever round we are on when 11PM comes we will finish that round and that is the end of the tournament. I would guess we will get in between 13-14 rounds of play. Full details at the registration link above.

GLPO Event 1: Target Match Play 30 Points 3/2/1/0 scoring

Friday April 14th

8AM Doors Open for practice and check in
9AM Tournament Starts

$20 Prize Pool per player, 100% gets paid out as prize money for top 8

Tournament will use all 100+ Pinball Machines inside District 82 Pinball. Each round will alternate the era of game played on. Odd Rounds will be LCD/DMD games Even Rounds will be Classics/EM games. The matchplay software will pick the games played and matches the players up in groups.

This is a Group Match Play Tournament, random seeding to start with Swiss pairings and 4 players (3 if necessary) in each group. Scoring is based on player performance for that one machine (3/2/1/0) or (3/1.5/0). This will be added to a running total for the tournament. The first player to reach 30 points is declared the winner and the tournament is over. If multiple players reach the target score on the same round the player with the higher total is the winner. If they are tied a randomly drawn game will be selected for tie breaker. Only a tie for 1st position will be broken with a 1 game tie breaker for the affected players. No playoffs or finals. Automatic Tiebreakers (if available in Match Play Software) will be turned on and will supersede any tie other than a tie for 1st place. A tie for first place will result in a 1 game playoff for the overall win and will be reported to the IFPA as a win. If there is a tie as determined by the automatic tiebreakers for 2nd-4th position that tie will be broken with a 1 game playoff for the money and trophy only. They will be reported to IFPA as a tie.

Top 4 Trophies/Plaques, Top 8 Cash Prizes

GLPO Event 2: 8 Strikes Classics Fair Strike Knockout

Friday April 14th

6PM Tournament Starts or after Target Match Play Ends

$20 Prize Pool per player, 100% gets paid out as prize money for the top 8

This Knockout Tournament is an 8 Strike Classics Tournament played in groups of 4 (3 when necessary).
Only the games from 1985ish and older will be used (Non-DMD games this is the B group at District 82 Pinball)
Look at the game list for the ‘Beat The Clock’ Tournament to see the names of games used
Random Seeding to start, then Swiss Style. Games drawn randomly.
Groups of 4 will play against each other on a single machine
1st Place No Strike, 2nd and 3rd Place 1 Strike, 4th Place 2 Strikes
3 player matches (as needed) 1st Place No Strike, 2nd Place 1 Strike, 3rd Place 2 Strikes
Once a player has 8 strikes they are out of this tournament
The tournament continues until there is one player remaining.
Should there be a tie for first place, another game shall be played as a tiebreaker and is significant. The winner of that game will be the overall winner of the tournament and reported to IFPA as the winner. Ties for 2nd-4th will be broken with a 1 game tiebreaker only to determine who gets what trophy and money. It will be reported to IFPA as a tie. No other ties will be broken unless its for a trophy or prize.

Top 4 trophies/plaques, Top 8 cash prizes

GLPO Event 3: GLPO Certified Main Event Qualifying

Saturday April 15th

Certified format (25% boost) or Certified+ format (50%) boost with 128 or more players

8AM Doors Open Practice
9AM Tournament Starts

$60 Prize Pool per player, 100% gets paid out as prize money to top 16 after finals on Sunday

Tournament will use all 100+ Pinball Machines inside District 82 Pinball. Each round will alternate the era of game played on. Odd Rounds will be LCD/DMD games Even Rounds will be Classics/EM games. The matchplay software will pick the games played and match the players up in groups.

This is a Group Match Play Qualifying with Random Pairings to start and Tiered Swiss thereafter. 20 rounds in total. 7/5/3/1 scoring. Longer 2 hour break from roughly 4-6PM. After 20 rounds the Top 24 Players make the Main Playoffs on Sunday. We will not have ‘B’ playoffs, you either make the playoffs or you don’t. Everyone will be seeded 1-24. Automatic Tie Breakers will be turned on. The exception to Automatic Tiebreakers will be for 8th and 24th positions. Those positions will have a 1 Ball playoff on a game chosen by the tournament director immediately at the conclusion of qualifying. The 24th position playoff is significant in that it will determine your finishing position for the tournament if you do not qualify in top 24 and finish 25th or worse. Top 8 players receive 1st round bye in playoffs. Playoffs will be Groups of 4 players, 4 Rounds Total on 3 Game Banks with 4/2/1/0 scoring. Top 2 advance Bottom 2 Eliminated. Final position 1st-24th will be determined solely by your play in the playoffs. No points carry over from qualifying.

Certified Main Event Finals

Sunday April 16th

8AM Doors Open Practice and check in
9AM Finals Start

Once the finals start there is no practicing allowed on the machines that are in the finals. That is the games in Rows 7 & 8 and rooms marked AC1 & AC2.

Top 24 Players from the Main Event Qualifying will play in the Finals. If someone doesn’t show up the 25th ranked person (or next highest available person) from qualifying can take there place. The format will consist of 4 rounds of 3 game banks. Top 8 qualifiers get a 1st round bye. Groupings for first round will be (9th, 16th, 17th, 24th), (10th, 15th, 18th, 23rd), (11th, 14th, 19th, 22nd), (12th, 13th, 20th, 21st) Games will be played one at a time. High seed in each group will get choice of Bank and Order on 1st game. Subsequent games the order choice is reversed with 4th place getting to pick first, then 3rd place next, etc. The games that are in the banks will be chosen by the tournament director before the start of the tournament and won’t be revealed to the players until the morning of the playoffs. Scoring will be 4/2/1/0 for each of the 3 games. Top 2 advance bottom 2 are eliminated. Should there be a tie for 2nd/3rd place a 1 game playoff will be played by the 2 affected players. That game will be chosen by the TD if needed.

The 8 Eliminated players from 1st round will be ranked 17th-24th according to how many points they accumulated in this round. Ties will not be broken.

In the Quarterfinal Round, the players advancing from the previous round will be reseeded according to their original ranks and divided into four groups as follows.

16 Players

Group 1:  1    8    9   16
Group 2:  2   7   10  15
Group 3:  3   6   11  14
Group 4:  4   5   12  13

The 8 eliminated players will be ranked 9th-16th according to the accumulated points in this round. Ties will not be broken.

For the Semifinal Round, the 8 players advancing will be divided into two groups of four. The groups will be organized according to the original qualifying rank as shown here:

8 Players

Group 1:   1    4   5   8
Group 2:   2   3   6   7

The 4 eliminated players from this round will be ranked from 5th-8th based on the accumulated points from this round. Ties will not be broken.

The four remaining players advance to the final round. The final round is conducted in the same manner as the Semifinal Round. The total scores for this round will determine the ordering of the winners. All ties in the final round are considered significant and will be broken with a 1 game playoff. The final reporting of points to IFPA will show 1st-4th place with no ties.

Top 4 Trophies/Plaques and All 24 Prize Money

GLPO Event 4: Sunday 3 Strike Knockout

Sunday April 16th

8AM Doors Open for practice and check in
9:15AM Tournament Starts

$10 Prize Pool per player. I am basing the player count for the money on who played in the Main Event Qualifying. So if people don’t play in the Sunday knockout but did play in the Main Event Qualifying that $10 will go into the prize pool for this tournament.

Tournament will use most of the 100+ Pinball Machines inside District 82 Pinball. It will use all games except the ones being used for the Main Finals which are games in rows 7 & 8 and rooms marked AC1 and AC2. Each round will alternate the era of game played on. Odd Rounds will be LCD/DMD games Even Rounds will be Classics/EM games. The matchplay software will pick the games played and match the players up in groups.

The Knockout Tournament is a 3 Strike Tournament played in groups of 4 (3 when necessary).
Random Seeding to start, then Swiss Style. Games drawn randomly.
Groups of 4 players 3rd and 4th place receive a strike
Group of 3 players (as needed) only 3rd place will receive a strike.
Once a player has 3 strikes they are out of this tournament
The tournament continues until there is one player remaining. Automatic Tiebreakers (if available in Match Play Software) will be turned on. Only ties for trophies or prize money will be broken with another game played but final results will show those players as tied when reported to IFPA.
Top 4 trophies/Plaques Top 8 Prize Money

Refund Policy:

You cannot ‘sell’ your tournament registration to another person. You need to go through District 82 if you want to attend or cancel your registration for this event. If you cancel your registration by the following dates I will send you back some but not all of your money. Make sure you are able to attend this event before you send payment. The amounts are listed below. Anyone from the waitlist who gets in will still have to abide by the below refund dates so please make sure you want to attend before you send me your money.

Cancel Registration By:
Saturday February 25th, 2023 6PM CST $250 Refund
Saturday March 11th, 2023 6PM CST $175 Refund
Saturday March 25th, 2023 6PM CST $100 Refund
Saturday April 8th, 2023 6PM CST $50 Refund

After April 8th, 2023 No Refunds of any amount. If you participate in only part of the tournaments or can’t continue no refunds or credit to future events will be given either.

How to Cancel

You can unregister by clicking the unregister link on this page (next to the Register/Waitlist Button above) or by sending a detailed email to [email protected] Both are time and date stamped and I will process your refund in the same manner you paid (Credit Card, Pay Pal, etc.) as soon as I can. This is not an automatic system so I personally need to process any refunds. It may take a couple days if I’m not in town when you cancel.
If the coronavirus or some other disease numbers go crazy (crazy is relative to every person individually) but I am still legally allowed to hold these tournaments, then the tournaments will go on as planned and no refunds will be issued.

If Event is Cancelled/Snow Storm

If the entire event is cancelled for any reason then a full refund will be issued to everyone. I would base any weather related cancellation or delays on the weather in Green Bay, WI. If I delay the start of a day I may make up that time by limiting breaks, etc. Please save the email address [email protected] and [email protected] in your contacts folder so email updates don’t go to spam folder. District 82 is not responsible for any other costs you may have incurred like lodging, car rental, or airfare for this event.

Video Recording and Photography

By participating in this and any event at District 82 you agree to have yourself video recorded and also photographs to be taken. These will be used to record the event and for promotion of future events.

Private Parties at District 82 Pinball

Have District 82 Pinball host your Private Event, Team Building Event, or Birthday Party! We have 2 different options. You get the the whole place to yourselves not just a side room.

Click here for more details on private events

Organizer

Erik Thoren
Phone:
(920) 621-9631
Email:
ekthoren@yahoo.com

Venue

District 82 Pinball
800 Okeefe Rd
De Pere, WI 54115 United States
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Phone:
(920) 621-9631
Website:
district82.com