A massive pinball event is coming to South Australia this weekend, and we’re giving away two tickets to one lucky person to come along and compete in the Sunday afternoon beginners tournament!
Whether you’re a pro on the machines or a beginner to the retro sport of pinball, the event still has tickets up for grabs so, keep on reading to find out how to win and learn all about the largest event of its kind in Adelaide.
Unable to travel and with time on their hands, many Australians have rediscovered their love of the age-old classic, pinball. COVID travel restrictions and more time at home has seen record numbers of new pinball machines sold across Australia and prices of used machines have skyrocketed.
South Australia is taking the reins on this phenomenon by holding the largest pinball event in the history of the state, with the SA Pinball Open presented by AMD on Friday 14 to Sunday 16 May.
Tournament director Greg Siegele said people are realising that pinball is something that you can own in your own home and something the entire family can get around and enjoy.
“We have 48 pinball machines from the 70s, 80s, 90s and modern eras, all faithfully restored by collectors in the community. They play like they just came off the production line,” says Greg.
“Previously an event like this was exclusive to competitive players. Our goal is to introduce more people to pinball, so we have scaled up the venue and the number of machines. For the first time we are opening the events to anyone who wants to enter. We have 480 tickets available across 5 events – 3 days of pinball bliss!
“Now that they can’t travel they’re cashed up and they’re buying pinball machines. We have seen prices double in the last 12 months, and some highly collectable used pinballs from the 90s like Medieval Madness and Addams Family are selling for $20,000. Entry level machines can be had for $3,500. The great thing about entering this hobby is that you are purchasing an asset that appreciates in value.”
The AMD SA Pinball Open is a non-profit event run by the community and all the machines are loaned from private collections around South Australia and by major sponsor Amusement Worx.
All proceeds from ticket sales go to venue hire, insurance and prize money for the players.
“The stature of this event and the prize money has attracted
all the top ranked players from around Australia. It is one of the top 3 events on the Australian pinball calendar. We are keeping our fingers crossed there won’t be any last minute border closures,” says Greg.
“This time around, we have a strong emphasis on catering to the casual or new player. Every event has a B division for players who have not played in tournaments. Casual players can enter one or all of the events.
“Friday night is a Flip Frenzy tournament exclusive to players new to tournaments. This is a fun format where our software allocates players opponents and machines in a non-stop pinball frenzy for 90 minutes straight. Player results are recorded in real time and shown on the big screen. People love to see their rise and fall on the ladder.”
The event is family friendly and kids are welcome but unfortunately, due to covid social distancing restrictions no spectators are possible and only competitors with a ticket may enter.Win Pinball tickets
To purchase tickets, visit the Eventbrite website here.