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Portland Pinbrawl 2015

Portland Pinbrawl 2015

Ground Kontrol’s 7th Annual

Pinball Tournament!

Portland Pinbrawl '15

Sponsored by Portland Mercury!

On Sunday, April 19th 2015, 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!

UPDATE 4/13/15: Portland Pinbrawl 2015 t-shirt pre-orders are CLOSED. If you missed the window, you can buy one in person at Ground Kontrol on Sunday 4/19. Access to Ground Kontrol will be limited to tournament players until 3pm on 4/19, and shirt quantities will be limited.

UPDATE 3/27/15: Portland Pinbrawl 2015 t-shirts are now available for pre-order! Follow this link to claim yours now!

UPDATE 3/14/15: Portland Pinbrawl 2015 is now officially SOLD OUT! Registration for Portland Pinbrawl 2015 is currently full, but we can add your name to a standby list. Should any bracket spots open up, standby registrants will be contacted with the option to purchase registration on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to be added to the standby list, please email us at pinbrawl15@groundkontrol.com with the subject “Standby” and the following info: Full Name, Location and Phone Number. Thanks!

PRE-REGISTRATION OPENS SUNDAY 3/8 @ NOON PST: Portland Pinbrawl is capped at 128 players and it usually fills up well before the day of the tournament. For more details, click here!

Portland Pinbrawl 2015 takes place Sunday, April 19th. On-site registration (if any slots are available) begins at 10:00am. Tournament begins at 11:00am and ends “when it’s over!”

PAPA TOURNAMENT CIRCUIT

We’re excited to announce that Portland Pinbrawl 2015 is part of the PAPA Circuit! What does that mean for you? From the PAPA Circuit overview:

Each Circuit event is worth the same number of points toward our annual PAPA Circuit Standings, and all players are eligible to compete. Each player’s ten best results during the Circuit season contribute to their final point total.

At the end of the PAPA Circuit season, the top forty ranked players will be invited to compete in the Circuit Final tournament the day before the PAPA World Championships.

The PAPA Circuit Final is an invitation-only, no-entry-fee-required event where all contestants who qualify win prize money. The Circuit Final is a unique competitive event that pits each season’s best performers against one another in a last-man-standing tournament format.

Short answer? The stakes are even higher this year, and conquering Portland Pinbrawl is one step towards facing the best players in the world at the PAPA Circuit Final in Philadelphia!

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TOURNAMENT LOCATION

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

511 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

(503) 796-9364

For directions, click here.

ABOUT GROUND KONTROL

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.

PRIZES

Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers!

Additional prizes from the following sponsors:

HOW TO REGISTER

Players can pre-register online, or register on-site the day of the tournament.

UPDATE 3/14/15: Portland Pinbrawl 2015 is now officially SOLD OUT! Registration for Portland Pinbrawl 2015 is currently full, but we can add your name to a standby list. Should any bracket spots open up, standby registrants will be contacted with the option to purchase registration on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to be added to the standby list, please email us at pinbrawl15@groundkontrol.com with the subject “Standby” and the following info: Full Name, Location and Phone Number. Thanks!

ENTRY FEES & ON-SITE REGISTRATION

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 19th 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 OVERVIEW

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-REGISTRATION PERIOD

Pre-registrations will be accepted from 12:00pm PST Sunday March 8th until 12:00pm PST Saturday, April 18th 2015 or until we reach the maximum number of registrants.

Ready to pre-register?

Pre-registration will open Sunday March 8th at 12:00pm PST. Set a reminder and bookmark the ticket page below!

 

VENUE RULES

AGE RESTRICTION

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.

CAPACITY

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.

TOURNAMENT RULES

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.

FORMAT

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

LIST OF GAMES

This list reflects Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade’s pinball lineup as of January 6th 2015. 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
    • Creature from the Black Lagoon
    • Doctor Who
    • Haunted House
    • Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure
    • Judge Dredd
    • Lord Of The Rings
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Scared Stiff
    • 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
    • Walking Dead
    • White Water
    • World Cup Soccer

SIDE TOURNAMENTS

We plan to feature at least one side tournament, to be announced!

HOTELS

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 located in the heart of the city 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.  We look forward to having you!

To book your room at the special discounted rate:

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

To book your room at the discounted rate, contact Ace Hotel at (503) 228-2277 and ask for the “Pinbrawl” rate, which grants you 15% off your choice of room (excludes shared bathroom guest rooms).

DIRECTIONS TO GROUND KONTROL

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.

PARKING

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 $6 for all-day parking on Sundays.

GETTING AROUND IN PORTLAND

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.

QUESTIONS?

All questions regarding Portland Pinbrawl 2015 can be sent to: pinbrawl15@groundkontrol.com. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response.

AND FINALLY…

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