match play championship


Schedule | General Information | Prize Pools | Past Winners

This is the showcase pinball event at YEGPIN, to showcase the talents of pinball players in North America.

  • YEGPIN Match Play Championship is the one of largest pinball tournaments in the world, featuring 112 pinball machines and 300 players competing over three consecutive days to determine the champion.
  • There are a maximum of three distinct skill divisions in the event, with beautiful customized trophies going to all of the winners in each division.
  • The event has grown each year and we had 223 entrants in the tournament last year. With the new format change we have expanded to be able to include up to 300 participants this year. This event continues to grow so don’t miss out, show your stuff and compete against some of the best pinball players in the world.
  • This is an official Stern Pro Circuit event and an IFPA certified event

Entry Fees

  • $150 tournament fee.
  • Includes a custom sublimated YEGPIN 2022 lanyard and a tournament pass created by local artist Jackson Gee.
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Thursday, July 21 – Day 1

8:00 AM – 9:30AMRegistration
9:00AM – 10:00AMPractice Session (Registered Players Only)
10:00AM – 10:30AMWaitlist Additions, Final Repairs/Adjustments, Brackets Created, Orientation
10:30AM – 12:15PMRound 1 – YEGPIN Match Play Championship
12:15PM – 2:00PMRound 2 – YEGPIN Match Play Championship
2:00PM – 3:45PMRound 3 – YEGPIN Match Play Championship
3:45PM – 5:45PMDinner Break
5:45PM – 7:30PMRound 4 – YEGPIN Match Play Championship
7:30PM – 9:15PMRound 5 – YEGPIN Match Play Championship

Friday, July 22 – Day 2

9:00AM – 11:00AMRound 6 – YEGPIN Match Play Championship
11:00AM – 1:00PMRound 7 – YEGPIN Match Play Championship
1:00PM – 3:00PMRound 8 – YEGPIN Match Play Championship
3:00PM – 5:00PMDinner Break
5:00PM – 7:00PMRound 9 – YEGPIN Match Play Championship
7:00PM – 9:00PMRound 10 – YEGPIN Match Play Championship
  • If necessary, tiebreaker will happen once the last round has concluded.

Playoff Schedule

Saturday, July 23 – Day 3

TimePlayoff Rounds BanksStream
8:00 AM Main / B / Novice
Round of 40 (17th – 40th)
Main T1-T4
B T5-T8
Novice T9 -T12
Main – Group 1
10:00 AMMain / B / Novice
Round of 28
Main T1-T4
B T5-T8
Novice T9 -T12
Main – Group 1
12:00 PMMain / B / Novice
Quarter Finals
Main T1-T4
B T5-T8
Novice T9 -T12
Main – Group 1
2:00 PMMain / B / Novice
Semi Finals
Main T1-T4
B T5-T8
Novice T9-T12
Main – Group 1
4:00 PMMain / B / Novice
Main T1-T4
B T5-T8
Novice T9-T12
Main – Final Group
  • Main – Banks 1 – 4, B – Banks 5 – 8, Novice – Banks 9 – 12
  • The stream will be focused on group 1 in each round (highest seeded player).
  • Games can start up to 30 minutes before estimated start time

General Information

On Thursday, each participant will compete in a total of five rounds. Each of the rounds consisting of four (4) machine, four-player matches to determine the skill division for all competitors. Divisions will then be divided into Main (up to 100 players) B (up to 200 players) Novice (up to 300 players) The main being most highly skilled players in the tournament for play the next day.

On Friday, players will be put into their specific divisions based on their placement in the previous round and compete against other competitors that are solely within their own skill division, the top 40 in each skill division will move on to the playoff round the next day.

On Saturday, the top 40 placements in each division will compete in a separate division final in an exciting four (4) machine, four-player matches where only the top 2 will advance until we reach the finals. All playoff finalist will receive cash prizing, and the top 4 will also take home trophies or plaques.

  • The Main division is restricted to players;
  • with a IFPA rank 250 or less.
  • any current Stern Circuit winners 2019 – 2022
  • any past IFPA major winner from 2010 – 2019
  • The B division is restricted to players with a IFPA rank of 251 to 1000
  • Novice division is restricted to players with a IFPA rank of 1,000 or greater
  • Byes will be provided in the ‘Main’ division to the top 1-4 qualifiers in each division they will advance immediately into the quarter-final bracket. The 5-16 seeds will have a bye to through to the second round.
  • Finals start at 9:00 am sharp on Saturday, players must show up to be registered by 8:45 am sharp, please check the standings in each division if you qualified and be prepared to play on Sunday. No substitutes will be allowed in the playoff rounds, and any prize money is forfeited for no shows. If you have a bye then you must show up before your round starts, the schedule is only a guideline and we will start the rounds as soon as the round before has been completed.
  • Each elimination (playoff) round will be a four (4) game, four-player scoring format (3,2,1,0 scoring) knockout round with two players advancing until the final 4 grouping.
  • Top seed will get choice of bank (can defer) or position. After first game, position will be determine in descending order of rank on the previous machine.
  • A person cannot pick the same bank twice throughout the competition unless they have exhausted all bank choices.

General Rules

  • All rules, malfunctions, machine settings and player conduct to be based on PAPA rules.
  • Extra Balls will be turned off or a sign posted to ‘Play Extra Balls’ on particular games if needed.
  • A detailed listing of all the rules being used for this event can be found here.

Prize Pools

  • Prizing will be provided to the top 40 in Main, B Division, Novice Division.
  • Over $40,000 in cash and prizes to be given away to the winners (Based on 300 tickets sold, prize pool subject to change will be prorated based on number of participants).
  • Beautiful custom trophies will be given to the winners in all divisions, 2-4 places will receive plaques in each division of play.
Division1st2nd3rd4th5th-8th9th – 16th17th-28th29th – 40th
Main $5,000$3,000$2,000$1,000$500$400$300$200
B Division $1,000 $750 $550 $350 $250 $225$200$175
Novice $500$400$300$250$225$200$175$150

Past Winners

2019Germain Mariolle
2018Raymond Davidson
2017Derek Thomson
2016Doug Teale