April 27

News : PAPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 & IFPA 13 : Pinball News

Great article written by Pinball News about the Papa World Championship 2016.


I’d like to preface my report with a big thank you to the PAPA folks, who graciously let us use their huge collection of games each year.  People sometimes forget that it costs them quite a bit of money and a lot of mostly volunteered time to maintain that facility.  Kudos to PAPA President Kevin Martin, Director of Operations Mark Steinman, Tournament Directors Doug Polka and Elizabeth Cromwell and lead Technician Steve Eckert.

Director of Operation Mark Steinman playing Attack from the Back
Director of Operation Mark Steinman playing Attack from the Back

Circuit Final

The week began with the PAPA Circuit Final in its new format.

PAPA Circuit Champion belt
PAPA Circuit Champion belt

For the first three years, the Circuit took the top 20 players, who then played an extended 4-player stepladder elimination match where the loser of each game was eliminated and the next higher player then added for the subsequent game.

This year, the Circuit took the top 40 players and broke them into groups of four.  These 10 groups then played four games, using PAPA-point scoring, with the top two from each group moving on to round two.  Those 20 people were assigned to five groups and then played another four games in groups of four, again with the top two from each group moving on.  Each of the first two rounds had one tiebreaker, with Andrei Massenkoff besting Andy Rosa to survive round one, and Robert Gagno taking out Brian Dye in round two.

The final 10 players then entered the stepladder elimination finals, based on their original positions, starting with the four players seeded lowest.  Original #1 seed, Raymond Davidson, had been eliminated in round two, leaving Robert Gagno as the top seed for the stepladder portion.

The stepladder – a series of four-player games where the low scorer each game was eliminated – weeded out players one-by-one until a not-surprising final group of Robert Gagno, Zach Sharpe, Keith Elwin and Bowen Kerins remained.

Bowen then was nudged out to finish 4th, next Robert in 3rd, leaving Zach and Keith for the best-two-of-three final.

Keith took game one on Whirlwind, passing Zach’s 10M score on ball three.  Zach then chose Game of Thrones for game two.  Keith completely annihilated the game with a ridiculous 17B – plunging off ball three at that! – to 3B win to emerge as the Circuit Champion, adding yet another banner to his PAPA legacy.

Zach Sharpe "all I can do is laugh" after Keith Elwin blows up Game of Thrones with 17B in the Circuit Finals
Zach Sharpe “all I can do is laugh” after Keith Elwin blows up Game of Thrones
with 17B in the Circuit Finals

Keith Elwin with his PAPA Circuit Champion belt
Keith Elwin with his PAPA Circuit Champion belt


Read the rest of the article here :

http://www.pinballnews.com/shows/papaifpa2016/index.html


Thanks to Pinball News : Report by Bob Matthews
Pictures by Gene X Hwang of Orange Photography and Bob Matthews

 

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