2021 Game Tournaments

CAX's Bay Area GC Run

If you've never played in a pinball tournament before, but your initials are on the scoreboard for your local pinball paradise, or you've been "this-close" to cracking the top 4 of the machine your local camper plays until the flippers fall off. Well, here's your chance to compete with others to place your initials on our tournament machines. Even if you've played in a tournament before, you'll be in for a surprise with our lineup of machines from around California Bay Area's leagues and venues.

Quick run down:

Saturday, 10/16 from 10am (with pre-registration to CAX) to 1am

Best game qualifying, top 24 make finals:

Scoring 100/90/85/84/83...

--number of games TBD

--pricing TBD

Sunday, 10/17 starting at 10am

Finals will be a group elimination bracket: 

Top 8 receive a bye

4 matches per group

Top 2 from each group advances

Scoring 7/5/3/1



Qualifying begins on Saturday, 10/16/21 at 10:00am (for those that pre-registered for California Extreme '21) and 11am for the rest of CAX '21; tickets for California Extreme are required to play in the tournament.

-qualifying ends on Sunday, 10/17/21 at 1:00am

-15hrs of qualifying

-scoring 100/90/85/84/83...

CAX's Bay Area GC Run is a "best game" pinball tournament format. In this format players play a single-player game in the tournament area. Their "best game" is compared against the best game of the other tournament participants, and they are awarded points based on how well their best game ranks. All of the players' best game rankings are tallied to determine their overall standings to establish the top 24 players. Standings update throughout the day, and are only finalized after qualifying ends at 1am on Sunday.

-the total number of games available to play is TBD

-the total number of games counted towards the player's overall standings will be less than the number of available games (i.e. 11 games available, only 8 of the player's best games are tallied)

-entries must be purchased to play a tournament game

-total entries will be capped (# TBD)

-no refunds for unused entries

-entry price structures TBD

-players will be placed in a que to play their turn on the machine they selected

-the que identifies when it's the player's turn

-players cannot que-up on multiple machines at once

-if no one is behind you after you completed your game, and you have entries to play, you can que-up on the same game right away

-the tournament area will consist of games from various eras


Meaningful tiebreakers (ties to make the top 24) will occur on Sun at 10am

Sun, 10/17 starting at 10am (10:30am if there are tiebreakers)

Finals will be a group elimination bracket playoff: 

Top 8 receive a bye

4 matches per group

Top 2 from each group advances

Scoring 7/5/3/1

Group elimination bracket is determined by the top 24 standings from the qualifying round. Higher seeds play lower seeds. 

-top 8 players receive a bye

-in the 1st round players seeded 9-24 are grouped

-in the 2nd round the top 8 players join the winners of round 1

-4 games per round

-1st and 2nd round will be different games than the semis/finals


PAPA/IFPA rules apply, except where noted:

-1st game during playoffs: player order choice goes to the highest seed, followed by 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. 

-2nd, 3rd, and 4th games during playoffs: player order choice goes to last place on the previous game, followed by 3rd, 2nd, and 1st.

-ball savers will be off or reduced to the lowest time available (i.e. AFM would be set to 3 sec)

-additional adjustments may be made, but they will be listed on the backglass of the machine

-extra balls will be turned off (when available)

-if EB is awarded, player can setup their skill shot before the plunge, but must remove their hand from the machine after the plunge

---no video modes, or selections can be made after the plunge

PAPA/IFPA rules:


Happy Flipping!