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Pre-Order Your Pinbrawl IX T-Shirt Today!

Portland Pinbrawl IX T-Shirt Pre-Orders Open!

Pinbrawl IX

PREVIEW ONLY – Final art subject to change

Each year we produce a commemorative shirt for Pinbrawl, and we’re really excited to unveil this year’s design! Local artist Vo Minh McBurney (also responsible for last year’s Pinbrawl VIII design and our contest-winning “Arcade Meltdown” design) and colorist Lee Zeman stepped it up yet again and delivered one of our favorite designs yet, featuring Willy from White Water riding Paragon’s chimera off of a waterfall by a floating volcano – truly mystical!

The t-shirts will be printed on high-quality stock by our friends at Mad Pakyderms, but they’ll only be produced in limited quantities! If you want one, you’ll need to secure yours by pre-ordering it using the form below by 12pm PST on Saturday 4/15!

Portland Pinbrawl IX t-shirts will be available at Ground Kontrol during the tournament. We’ll also ship mail orders beginning that day!

Whether you’re the pinball hero we need or you just want to look the part, you need this limited-edition shirt. Order now!

UPDATE 4/15: Pinbrawl IX t-shirt pre-orders are now CLOSED. Thanks everyone!

* SOLD OUT * Portland Pinbrawl 2017 – Pre-Registration 3/11, 12pm PST

Portland Pinbrawl 2017

Ground Kontrol’s 9th Annual

Pinball Tournament!

Portland Pinbrawl IX

PORTLAND PINBRAWL IX IS SOLD OUT! Tournament registration filled up in a new record time of only 6 minutes! Miss out? Don’t worry, we’ve started a standby list to get as many of you in as cancellations etc. occur! Fill out our Google Form to join the standby list.

Online registration for Portland Pinbrawl IX will open Saturday March 11th at 12:00pm PST. Set a reminder and bookmark the ticket page below! (Don’t wait to register in person – Pinbrawl WILL sell out!)

For all other information about Portland Pinbrawl IX, click here.

Portland Pinbrawl VIII – Special Hours & Information – Sunday 4/17

Just a few things you should know about our hours on Sunday 4/17 during Portland Pinbrawl:

  • We’ll be closed to spectators until 3pm. If you’re not playing in the tournament, we may not be able to admit you entry until then!
  • Ground Kontrol will be 21+ all day – no minors will be admitted. Sorry, but in order to serve from our bar during the tournament, we have to be 21+ only.
  • Only Portland Pinbrawl tournament players will be admitted upstairs into the pinball mezzanine during the tournament. If you need your pinball fix, you’ll have to wait until the tournament’s over (generally not until later in the evening)!

If you’re not playing in the tournament, we appreciate your understanding on these few tweaks we have to make in order to host the biggest & best pinball tournament in Portland!

Thanks everyone!

Pre-Order Your Portland Pinbrawl VIII Shirt Today!

Portland Pinbrawl VIII T-Shirt Pre-Orders Open!

Portland Pinbrawl VIII T-Shirt by Vo Minh McBurney

Portland Pinbrawl VIII Shirt Preview

PREVIEW ONLY – Final art subject to change

Each year we produce a commemorative shirt for Pinbrawl, and we’re really excited to unveil this year’s design! Illustrated by local artist Vo Minh McBurney (also responsible for our contest-winning “Arcade Meltdown” design) with lettering by GK’s own Charles Olson, our Portland Pinbrawl VIII shirt features the prelude to a truly epic pinbrawl with the merciless Black Knight looming over our warriors.

The t-shirts will be printed on high-quality stock by our friends at Mad Pakyderms, but they’ll only be produced in limited quantities! If you want one, you’ll need to secure yours by pre-ordering it using the form below.

Portland Pinbrawl VIII t-shirts will be available at Ground Kontrol on Sunday April 17 during the tournament. We’ll also ship mailorders beginning that day!

Whether you’re the pinball hero we need or you just want to look the part, you need this limited-edition shirt. Order now!

UPDATE 4/1: Pinbrawl VIII t-shirt pre-orders are now CLOSED. Thanks everyone!

Portland Pinbrawl VIII

Portland Pinbrawl VIII

Ground Kontrol’s 8th Annual

Pinball Tournament!

Portland Pinbrawl VIII

Sponsored by Portland Mercury & Pabst Blue Ribbon!

On Sunday, April 17th 2016, 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!

PORTLAND PINBRAWL VIII IS SOLD OUT! Tournament registration filled up in record time (less than 3 hours)! Miss out? Don’t worry, we’ve started a standby list to get as many of you in as cancellations etc. occur! Fill out our Google Form to join the standby list.

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS FRIDAY 3/11 @ 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 VIII takes place Sunday, April 17th. On-site registration (if any slots are available) begins at 10:00am. Tournament begins at 11:00am and ends “when it’s over!”

STAY UPDATED

Join our email newsletter below to be updated on registration, t-shirt ordering and more!

 

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.

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 17th 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. 

ONLINE REGISTRATION OVERVIEW

Online 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.

ONLINE REGISTRATION PERIOD

Online registrations will be accepted from 12:00pm PST Friday March 11th until 12:00pm PST Saturday, April 16th 2016 or until we reach the maximum number of registrants.

UPDATE: Registration for Portland Pinbrawl VIII is SOLD OUT! Miss out? Join the standby list and we’ll get in touch if a spot opens up for you!

Ready to register?

Online registration will open Sunday March 8th at 12:00pm PST. Set a reminder and bookmark the ticket page below! (Don’t wait to register in person – Pinbrawl WILL sell out!)

 

T-SHIRT PRE-ORDER

Portland Pinbrawl VIII Shirt Preview

Pre-order your Portland Pinbrawl VIII shirt by March 31!

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

List current as of 3/30/16

  • AC⚡DC
    Addams Family
    Attack From Mars
    Bram Stokers Dracula
    Champion Pub
    Doctor Who
    Indiana Jones (The Pinball Adventure)
    Judge Dredd
    KISS
    Lord Of The Rings
    Metallica
    No Good Gofers
    Pirates Of The Caribbean
    Scared Stiff
    Simpsons Pinball Party
    Sopranos
    Spider-Man
    Star Trek TNG 2
    Star Wars
    Star Wars Episode 1
    Terminator 2
    The Shadow
    The Walking Dead
    Theatre Of Magic
    Twilight Zone
    White Water

SIDE TOURNAMENTS

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

HOTELS

Need a place to stay? Try our partner hotels!

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 “Ground Kontrol VIP” rate, which grants you 10% off rooms with private baths.

JUPITER HOTEL – 800 E Burnside St, Portland, OR – (503) 230-9200

To book your room at the discounted rate:

Go to: jupiterhotel.com
Click: the BIG red “Book Now” box in the upper right hand corner
Enter: Pinbrawl into the promo code slot **this code case sensitive**
Enter: your dates
Book your room! ​


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 VIII can be sent to: pinbrawl@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

Portland Pinbrawl 2015 – And the winner is…

Players battled it out on over 30 pinball machines in fantastic condition thanks to our techs. Photo by Dylan Higgins.

Players battled it out on over 30 pinball machines in fantastic condition thanks to our techs. Photo by Dylan Higgins.

Mako Honig locked in an epic game of "Funhouse" where one shot could make or break a champ. Photo by JohnNils Olson.

This year’s Portland Pinbrawl once again had an exciting finish! The final match pitted Maka Honig of Seattle against Raymond Davidson, also of Seattle. Maka reached the final undefeated, and Raymond’s only loss was to Maka on “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Being a double elimination tournament, Raymond needed to beat Maka twice to emerge victorious, and could not afford to lose a match. The pressure was on!

Portland Pinbrawl 2015’s finals machine was “Funhouse”, the 1990 Williams classic designed by the legendary Pat Lawlor. It’s a tough and very unforgiving table, and scoring 5 million will usually earn you a replay. Being really good at pinball, both players had no trouble doing so.

Raymond quickly won the first two games and thus the first match, then won the first game of the second match, putting the pressure on Maka. For him it was win or go home time, and he won the second game handily.

After 13 hours of playing pinball, it all came down to one game. The winner would take home the grand prize of $750 cash and the 2015 Pinhead Trophy. The loser would take home $500 – and the regret of having come so close without succeeding. Maka led with a strong ball 1, and continued to build his lead on balls 2 and 3, finishing with 18,752,830 points. When Raymond stepped up to play his final ball, he only had 6,592,500 points. Many thought the deficit was too large to overcome. But Raymond chipped away at it, until he activated Funhouse’s “Millions” mode. Each shot into the trap door would score more points. 1 million. 2 million. 3 million. Suddenly, Raymond had 15,453,500 points, and one more shot would score 4 million, pushing his score past Maka’s. Could he do it before the trap door closed? The seconds ticked down. Raymond lined up his shot…yes! The ball went in the trap door, putting him in the lead. There was no more to play for, so he turned around, victorious. After the bonus was counted, Raymond’s final score was 21,729,800, almost 3 million more than Maka’s. If he hadn’t made that last shot, things may have ended differently.

Raymond Davidson takes on "Funhouse", a tough game that demanded precise play. Photo by JohnNils Olson.

The final results:

1st Raymond Davidson
2nd Maka Honig
3rd Tim Tournay
4th Aaron Nelson (a previous Portland Pinbrawl champion)
5th Kevin Birrell
Garret Hays
7th Kevin Nickel
Andy Cobb
9th Jeff Gagnon (also a previous champion)
Blake Mitchell
Robert Gagno (another past champion)
Todd Rafacz

We’d like to thank Raymond and Maka for the suspenseful final matches as well as everyone else who competed, Isaac Ruiz and Team Brackelope for officiating a very well-run tournament, PAPA for sanctioning Portland Pinbrawl as part of their official tournament circuit, PBR for promotional prize items and a tent, Hopworks Urban Brewery for more prize items, and last but not least, the Ground Kontrol tech team for tuning our tables to tournament trim.

If you missed out, don’t worry – Ground Kontrol will host Portland Pinbrawl 2016 next April. Save your quarters, and start practicing now!

Ground Kontrol CEO Jeffrey McEachin awards Portland Pinbrawl 2015 Champion Raymond Davidson the coveted "Pinhead" trophy. Photo by JohnNils Olson.

Ground Kontrol CEO Jeffrey McEachin awards Portland Pinbrawl 2015 Champion Raymond Davidson the coveted “Pinhead” trophy. Photo by JohnNils Olson.

 

Portland Pinbrawl 2015: Special Hours & Information – Sunday 4/19

Just a few things you should know about our hours on Sunday 4/19 during Portland Pinbrawl:

  • We’ll be closed to spectators until 3pm. If you’re not playing in the tournament, we may not be able to admit you entry until then!
  • Ground Kontrol will be 21+ all day – no minors will be admitted. Sorry, but in order to serve from our bar during the tournament, we have to be 21+ only.
  • Only Portland Pinbrawl tournament players will be admitted upstairs into the pinball mezzanine during the tournament. If you need your pinball fix, you’ll have to wait until the tournament’s over (generally not until later in the evening)!

If you’re not playing in the tournament, we appreciate your understanding on these few tweaks we have to make in order to host the biggest & best pinball tournament in Portland!

Thanks everyone!

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!

STAY UPDATED

Join our email newsletter below to be updated when pre-registration is announced!

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

Portland Pinbrawl 2014 – Pre-Registration Closed

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. UPDATE: Pre-Registration is CLOSED! Still need to register? Get to Ground Kontrol by 10am Sunday 4/27 and we’ll accept on-site registration until the list is full!

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!”

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.

GRAND PRIZE

Our grand prize winner will take home their very own pinball table: Stern’s 1980 classic, Flight 2000!

OTHER PRIZES

Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers!

HOW TO REGISTER

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

ENTRY FEES & ON-SITE REGISTRATION

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 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 until 12:00pm PST Saturday, April 26th 2014 or until we reach the maximum number of registrants. To pre-register, click here!

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 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
    Junkyard
    Lord Of The Rings
    No Good Gofers
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    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

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 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.

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 $5 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 2014 can be sent to: pinbrawl14@groundkontrol.com. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response.

AND FINALLY…

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

Special Hours During Portland Pinbrawl – Sunday 4/27

Just a few things you should know about our hours on Sunday 4/21 during Portland Pinbrawl:

  • We’ll be closed to spectators until 3pm. If you’re not playing in the tournament, we may not be able to admit you entry until then!
  • Ground Kontrol will be 21+ all day – no minors will be admitted. Sorry, but in order to serve from our bar during the tournament, we have to be 21+ only. If you’re hoping to visit Ground Kontrol on this weekend during all-ages hours, come by on Saturday April 26 between Noon-5pm!
  • Only Portland Pinbrawl tournament players will be admitted upstairs into the pinball mezzanine during the tournament. If you need your pinball fix, you’ll have to wait until the tournament’s over (generally not until later in the evening) or come by Saturday April 26 (or Monday April 27 for Metal Monday!)

If you’re not playing in the tournament, we appreciate your understanding on these few tweaks we have to make in order to host the biggest & best pinball tournament in Portland!

Thanks everyone!