Portland Pinbrawl XII
April 29 - April 30
Portland Pinbrawl XII
Ground Kontrol’s TWELFTH Annual
On Saturday, April 29th 2023, 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! For the first time, Portland Pinbrawl will take place over two days, with qualifying matches 11am-7pm on Saturday, April 29th and finals for the top 32 qualifying players at noon on Sunday, April 30th.
Portland Pinbrawl XII will begin Saturday, April 29th. On-site registration (if any slots are available) begins at 10:00am. Tournament begins at 11:00am and ends “when it’s over!”
Online registration is scheduled to open Saturday March 25th, 2023 on the following Eventbrite page:
(Check back for link soon!)
Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade
115 NW 5th Ave. Portland, OR 97209
For directions, click here.
ABOUT GROUND KONTROL
Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade is the premier arcade in the Northwest, featuring the best-maintained lineup of pinball games and classic video arcade games spanning decades in two retro-futuristic game rooms and lounges.
Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers, with a $1,000 grand prize on the line!
Additional prizes from sponsors will be added as they are confirmed.
HOW TO REGISTER
Players can pre-register online (check back for link soon!), or register on-site the day of the tournament. Online registration has filled up quicker and quicker every year, so we highly recommend being prepared right at noon on Saturday 3/25 if you’d like to secure your spot in the tournament.
ENTRY FEES & ON-SITE REGISTRATION
There is a $40 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 Saturday, April 29th 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 PERIOD
Online registration guarantees you a spot in the tournament bracket without the hassle of waiting in line. Online registrations will be accepted from 12:00pm PDT Saturday March 25th until 12:00pm PDT Friday, April 28th 2023 or until we reach the maximum number of registrants. Up to two players can be registered per transaction. Multiple entries for one player will be voided, so please double check player names before finalizing the transaction if you’re also registering a friend.
Check back soon for information on how to pre-order our new Portland Pinbrawl XII t-shirt!
As a reminder, all players and spectators must be 21+ years old with a valid ID.
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. Registered participants are guaranteed entry to Ground Kontrol, provided they are 21+ with valid ID. Admission to the pinball areas 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.
Saturday 4/29: Ten rounds of 4-player match play, beginning at 11am and ending no later than 7pm.
Sunday 4/30: The top 32 players from Saturday’s qualifying matches will participate in a head-to-head best-of-three double elimination tournament.
LIST OF GAMES
The list of games will be posted closer to the tournament date.
We plan to feature at least one side tournament, to be announced!
DIRECTIONS TO GROUND KONTROL
From I-5 North: After entering Oregon…
- Take exit 302A toward City Center
- Turn right at N Broadway
- Turn left at NW Broadway
- Turn left at NW Couch St
From I-5 South: After entering Oregon…
- Take exit 299B on the left for I-405 W toward US-26 W/City Center/Beaverton
- Merge onto I-405 N
- Take exit 2B for Everett St toward I-405 N/Seattle
- Merge onto NW 14th Ave
- Turn right at NW Everett St
- Turn right at NW Broadway
- 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 (not operated by Ground Kontrol) are available. Street parking is metered from the hours of 7am-7pm on Saturdays and 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 typically range from $6-15 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.
All questions regarding Portland Pinbrawl can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response.
See you there! Let’s make this great!
– Portland Pinbrawl Organizers, Ground Kontrol Owners & Staff