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Portland Pinbrawl 2014

Portland Pinbrawl 2014

Ground Kontrol’s 6th Annual

Pinball Tournament!

Portland Pinbrawl 2014 - Art by Lee Zeman

Sponsored by Portland Mercury!

On Sunday, April 27th 2014, 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! Portland Pinbrawl is capped at 128 players and it usually fills up well before the day of the tournament.

Portland Pinbrawl 2014 takes place Sunday, April 27th. 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 their very own pinball table: Stern’s 1980 classic, Flight 2000!


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 (plus $1 service charge for online pre-registration). 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 27th 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 26th 2014 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 17th 2014. 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
    Champion Pub
    Cirqus Voltaire
    Doctor Who
    Dr Dude
    Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure
    Judge Dredd
    Lord Of The Rings
    No Good Gofers
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Scared Stiff
    Shadow, The
    Simpsons Pinball Party
    Sopranos, The
    South Park
    Star Trek: TNG
    Star Wars Episode 1
    Tales Of The Arabian Nights
    T2: Judgment Day
    Theatre of Magic
    Twilight Zone
    White Water


Need a place to stay? We recommend these nearby hotels who have graciously offered room discounts to Portland Pinbrawl players!

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

From the Jupiter Hotel:

The Jupiter Hotel is a proud supporter of the gaming community and offers 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.  Please note that on some summer weekends we do have a two night minimum stay.  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 SW Stark St, Portland, OR – (503) 228-2277

Simply call and mention “Pinbrawl” when booking your room for a 10% discount! No other discounts or commissions can apply.


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 2014 can be sent to: pinbrawl14@groundkontrol.com. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response.


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