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Portland Pinbrawl 2013

Portland Pinbrawl 2013

Ground Kontrol’s 5th Annual

Pinball Tournament!


The limited Portland Pinbrawl 2013 shirt was illustrated by Zack Soto and printed by Kevin Darras!

On Sunday, April 21st, 2013, 128 of the best pinball players from Portland and beyond will once again gather at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade for Portland’s biggest pinball tournament!

PRE-REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Register NOW by clicking herePortland Pinbrawl is capped at 128 players and it usually fills up well before the day of the tournament.

Portland Pinbrawl 2013 takes place Sunday, April 21st. On-site registration (if any slots are available) begins at 10:00am. Tournament begins at 11:00am and ends “when it’s over!”


Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

511 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

(503) 796-9364

For directions, click here.


Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade is the premier arcade in the Northwest, featuring 26 of the most exciting pinball games and nearly 90 classic video arcade games in a two-level game room.


Our grand prize winner will take home a classic Bally-Midway table: Kings of Steel! This 1984 table is in beautiful condition and is sure to be a fantastic addition to any home collection.


Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers!


Players can pre-register online, or register on-site the day of the tournament. Pre-registration is strongly suggested! Read on for further details.


There is a $20 entry fee per participant. Registration is capped at 128 players. One entry per person is allowed, and no re-entries are allowed after elimination. On-site registration will begin at 10:00am Sunday, April 21st and will close at 10:45am or once we reach the maximum number of registrants. Cash is the only accepted form of payment for on-site registration. An ATM will be available on-site, but we recommend you come prepared with cash. 


Pre-registration guarantees you a spot in the tournament bracket without the hassle of waiting in line. As an added bonus, pre-registrants will receive priority for first-round byes. All remaining first-round byes will be randomly assigned to players with same day registration.


Pre-registrations will be accepted until 12:00pm PST Saturday, April 20th, 2013 or until we reach the maximum number of registrants. To pre-register, click here!



As a reminder, all players and spectators must be 21+ years old with a valid ID (valid state driver’s license with photo; valid DMV ID card with photo, name, DOB & physical description; valid passport or valid U.S. military ID card.)

Any player or spectator that does not have valid ID will not be permitted entry.


The tournament will be limited to 128 participants, and spectator entry will be limited by Ground Kontrol’s maximum capacity of 130 persons. Registered participants are guaranteed entry to Ground Kontrol, provided they are 21+ with valid ID. Spectators will not be permitted between the hours of 10:00am and 3:00pm. After 3:00pm, spectators are encouraged to come down and watch the final matches! Admission to the pinball mezzanine will be limited to tournament participants, and play on the pinball machines will be limited to tournament games only.


The full list of tournament rules will be available online soon and will be available for viewing at the registration desk the day of the tournament.


The tournament will be a random bracket placement head to head best two of three double elimination tournament.


This list reflects Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade’s pinball lineup as of March 31st, 2013. Games on this list are subject to change at any time and are not guaranteed to be included in tournament play.

On The Floor

  • Addams Family, The
  • Attack From Mars
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Champion Pub
  • Cirqus Voltaire
  • Doctor Who
  • Eight Ball Champ
  • Funhouse
  • Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure
  • Lord Of The Rings
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Red & Ted’s Road Show
  • Scared Stiff
  • Shadow, The
  • Shrek
  • Simpsons Pinball Party
  • Sopranos, The
  • South Park
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Trek: TNG
  • Star Wars Episode 1
  • Tales Of The Arabian Nights
  • T2: Judgment Day
  • Theatre of Magic
  • Twilight Zone
  • White Water


We’re pleased to announce 2 nearby hotels are offering discounted room rates for Portland Pinbrawl 2013 participants! Read on for the full details on how to book your discounted room.

JUPITER HOTEL – 800 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR – (503) 230-9200

From the Jupiter Hotel:

The Jupiter Hotel is the Boutique Lodging League’s runner up for Best Boutique Hotel Internationally for 2011 and offer a uniquely Portland experience.  Our mid-century hotel with a modern twist offers complimentary wireless internet, complimentary Water Ave Coffee every morning to our guests, unique wall art murals in each room and full chalkboard doors to unleash your inner artists.  The Doug Fir Restaurant and Lounge is on property and is considered one of the tastiest places in Portland for breakfast and happy hours.  We are also members of the Portland Geek Council and love being a supporter of the community.   We look forward to having you!

To book your room at the special discounted rate starting at $99:

Go to:  res.jupiterhotel.com

Enter : GEEK  into the promo code slot

Book your room!


ACE HOTEL – 1022 Southwest Stark Street, Portland, OR – (503) 228-2277

The Ace Hotel is offering 10% off all rooms (excluding shared bath guest rooms.) To book a room at the Ace Hotel, please call (503) 228-2277 and ask for the “Ground Kontrol” rate.

PLEASE NOTE: All questions and concerns regarding bookings at either Jupiter Hotel or Ace Hotel should be directed to their sales & management staff. Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade and Portland Pinbrawl’s organizers cannot answer any questions regarding either hotel, and take no responsibility for reservations or business conducted with either hotel.


From I-5 North: After entering Oregon…

  1. Take exit 302A toward Rose Quarter/City Center
  2. Turn right at N Broadway
  3. Turn left at NW Broadway
  4. Turn left at NW Couch St

From I-5 South: After entering Oregon…

  1. Take exit 299B on the left for I-405 W toward US-26 W/City Center/Beaverton
  2. Merge onto I-405 N
  3. Take exit 2B for Everett St toward I-405 N/Seattle
  4. Merge onto NW 14th Ave
  5. Turn right at NW Everett St
  6. Turn right at NW Broadway
  7. Take the 2nd left onto NW Couch St

Directions provided by Google Maps. To route your own trip, click here.


Street parking and paid parking lots are available. Street parking is metered from the hours of 1pm-7pm on Sundays. If you plan to drive to Ground  Kontrol, we recommend you park in the paid lot next to Ground Kontrol or the paid lot on NW Couch Street between 4th and 5th Avenue. Rates vary, but are typically around $5 for all-day parking on Sundays.


Ground Kontrol is located near several public transit lines, including bus and light rail. For schedule and route information, visit TriMet’s website or call (503) 238-RIDE. If you need a cab, call Radio Cab at (503) 227-1212.


All questions regarding Portland Pinbrawl 2013 can be sent to: pinbrawl13@groundkontrol.com. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response.


See you there! Let’s make this great! – Portland Pinbrawl 2013 Organizers and Ground Kontrol Owners & Staff

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