Portland Pinbrawl VIII

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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!”


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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.


Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers!

Additional prizes from the following sponsors:



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


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 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 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!)



Portland Pinbrawl VIII Shirt Preview

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



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 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
    Lord Of The Rings
    No Good Gofers
    Pirates Of The Caribbean
    Scared Stiff
    Simpsons Pinball Party
    Star Trek TNG 2
    Star Wars
    Star Wars Episode 1
    Terminator 2
    The Shadow
    The Walking Dead
    Theatre Of Magic
    Twilight Zone
    White Water


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


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! ​


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 $6 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 VIII can be sent to: pinbrawl@groundkontrol.com. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response.


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