08-04-2019 05:30 PM
The idea began in January 2019 when UK Tournaments head, Martin Ayub, was looking for ways to improve the annual UK Pinball Open and UK Pinball Classic tournaments.

These had previously been held as part of a larger national UK show, but restrictions on space, time, machines and building access had made organising two major tournaments on floor of a show increasingly difficult.

What was needed was a large permanent collection, where machines wouldn’t need to be transported and there was plenty of time to set up everything so the tournaments could be run without making the kinds of compromises faced previously. If this could be achieved, then it also offered the opportunity to extend the event beyond just those two tournaments, making it more attractive to international players and those who needed to travel from more distant parts of the UK.

We have featured the Flip Out London pinball club on this site before, as it offered the best range of machines and the most attractive location in the UK – the capital city, London. Martin is one of the founder members of Flip Out London and put his proposal to a special meeting of all the club’s founders in early February.

Martin’s idea was for a Fabulous Five Days of pinball tournaments, starting on a Wednesday and continuing through to Sunday. The UK Pinball Open and UK Pinball Classic would still be in their traditional Saturday and Sunday slot, but with new tournaments on Wednesday and Thursday, qualifying for the ‘Open’ and ‘Classic’ could begin earlier on Friday for those who could make it. Additionally, if there was time and machines available, a fifth tournament could be run on Sunday for those who didn’t qualify or got knocked out early in the Open and Classic.

Everyone knew it would involve a lot of hard work and the club’s facilities would need to be upgraded to cope with the expected number of visitors, but all the founders were all up for the challenge and the date was set for the middle of July. Neil McRae volunteered to run the Open and Classic as Tournament Director, while Matt Vince offered to do the same for the Wednesday and Thursday tournaments.

The original intention was to help support some of London’s other pinball locations by hosting the Wednesday and Thursday tournaments at Chief Coffee in Chiswick and possibly Brewdog in Shepherd’s Bush. Brewdog normally only has half-a-dozen machines, so that would have involved bringing more machines into an already-crowded location. Meanwhile, Chief Coffee is a relatively small location and changed their mind about hosting three weeks before the tournaments began, meaning everything ended up coming back to the known quantity that is Flip Out London.

Waddon Ponds at the entrance Flip Out London’s premises
Flip Out London would be hard to find without SatNav/GPS, housed in a fairly nondescript brick building on an industrial estate at the end of a bumpy road, but the surrounding area is actually rather attractive, with Waddon Ponds just a short walk up the road.

Waddon Ponds at the entrance Flip Out London’s premises
Walk (or drive) along the bumpy Mill Lane and you come to Flip Out London’s home in Unit 10 of James Business Park.

Mill Road, leading to Unit 10 – home of Flip Out London
The entrance to Flip Out London
Registration opened on 1st June and immediately the tournament slots started to fill up. Wednesday’s mid-week tournament was expected to be the hardest to fill, but surprisingly the forty places sold out first.

Qualifying in the Classic would be open from Friday evening and run all through Saturday, but the Open qualifying was split into four time slots – one on Friday evening and three on Saturday. Saturday’s slots also sold out quickly, all of which helped establish a generous prize package of over £1,000 ($1,222/€1,100).

Registrations quickly filled up for all the tournaments
The improvements work at Flip Out London included knocking down and rebuilding an internal wall, carpeting part of the club’s floor, installing new electrical cabling, buying a vending machine to serve drinks and snacks along with bringing in extra stocks for the five days, and – perhaps most importantly – making sure all the machines were professionally serviced and fully working in time for the tournaments.

As is usual with UK Pinball Tournaments events this was to be a non-profit operation, with all entry fees being used either for prize money, buying the trophies, or the cost of operating the facility. Everyone from the club involved in running the five days worked as a volunteer.

Chilled drinks and snacks were always available from the vending machine
Players were welcome to bring their own food and drinks to the club if they wished, with kitchen facilities, a fridge, freezer, microwave oven, cutlery, plates, bowls, mugs, glasses and a kettle all at their disposal.

The ‘quiet room’ away from all the pinball action
In addition, a number of new machines were brought in especially for the event. Neil donated several from his Domino Arcade home collection, while Pinball Heaven and Electrocoin made sure we had the latest Stern Pinball title, Black Knight: Sword of Rage.

The final addition to Flip Out London was a late arrival, as the weather forecast revealed how warm the temperatures were likely to be over the five days.

The number of entries had been deliberately limited due to the size of the venue, but having eighty players and around forty powered-up pinballs in a confined space with no air-conditioning in 25C+ temperatures meant something had to be done.

Neil arranged for several industrial air-conditioning units to be hired and located around the building, generously paying part of the cost of hiring them himself.

One of several industrial air-condition units brought in for the five days
Although the temperature didn’t reach the highs of the following week when a new UK record of 38.7C (101.7F) was reached, it was still toasty outside during the five days and would have been unbearable inside without the air-con units.

Neil also got the team personalised T-shirts and secured a sponsorship deal with London brewer FourPure Brewing Co. to provide players over 18-years-old with several cans each of their tasty Pils Lager, Session IPA and Indy Lager brews.

FourPure Brewing Co. generously sponsored the Fantastic Five Days with their flagship beers
With everything set, the first tournament of the five days was the Flip Frenzy on Wednesday. Matt delegated the running of the tournament to Nick Hamill who briefed players about the format and how to submit their scores.

Nick explains how the Flip Frenzy works
Forty players were pre-registered for Wednesday’s Flip Frenzy
The format used sixteen machines and put a random pair of players on each to play a single game with the result noted on each player’s score sheet.

Trophies for Wednesday’s Flip Frenzy
After the first game is over, player two leaves the machine to move onto the next available machine as player one in a new game. Meanwhile, player one on the original machine stays on but becomes player two in a new game against the next player in line to play.

In this way, everyone (after the first round) gets to play two games on each machine – firstly as player one, then as player two – against different opponents, before moving on to a different machine.

Play began at 7pm for ninety minutes, with a thirty-minute break at 8:30pm. Play continued at 9pm until the final games at 10:30pm.

The Flip Frenzy is underway
Match results were recorded on paper and handed in at the end of the tournament
The games were all set up to be tough to play, with no outlane rubbers on the posts and minimal or zero ball save timers. Although this initially came as something of a shock, most players soon embraced the potential for quick ball times and planned their strategies accordingly. It also ensured lots of games were played and there was minimal waiting involved.

Machines in the Stern room were mostly for practice but were used for the Flip Frenzy too
Live streaming was set up by Neil on his own Twitch channel. He had a wireless mobile camera rig which could be wheeled around and positioned over any suitable game before the match began.

Neil’s wireless camera rig mounted over The Addams Family
Neil commentating on his live stream from Flip Out London
When 10:30pm came around and the last games were completed the results were announced, with the winner being the player with the most wins. No play-offs were used, so any ties were decided in favour of the player with the highest win percentage.

The winner was Nick Marshall who won seventeen games in the three hours of play. Jack Burden and Hugo Ritter both had fifteen wins, but Hugo had played more games, making his win percentage lower and giving him third place. Keith Burden was one win behind on fourteen for fourth place.

Nick Hamill presented the trophies.

Winner of the Flip Frenzy, Nick Marshall
Second place, Jack Burden
Third place, Hugo Ritter
Fourth place, Keith Burden
The full results are:

1Nick Marshall172Jack Burden153Hugo Ritter154Keith Burden145Daniel Nowak13=6Hervé Pierru12=6Matt Vince128Rayne Passmore119Archibald Lefèvre1110Stan Simpson1111Victor-Francois Machart1112Cezary Glowala10=13Martyn Iles10=13Rodney Comegys1015Chris Poyntz9=16Ben Pike9=16Vin Jauhal9=18Greg Mott9=18Nick Hamill920Matt Silk921Denis Ritter922Dan Lewell923Wayne Russell924David Tucker825Sam McCourt826Ivan Miles827Mike Parkins828Tim Thornton729Rafal Wasik730Punk Stig731Kirk Sadler732Roy Smith7=33Alex Berta6=33Dan Andrews635Edina Berta636Kate Rothwell-Jackson537Josh Iles2Tidying-up then began for the Flip Out London team, so they could spend Thursday concentrating on getting the games cleaned and any repairs done before the doors opened for the second tournament of the five days.

The Club is normally open every Thursday evening for the Flip Out London League, but as this was a special event the Super League took over instead, keeping the same basic format but expanding it.

Trophies for Thursday’s Super League
For the Super League there were twenty games available, from which players had to pick fifteen to play. They had to do this before they entered the building, so they couldn’t choose on the basis of how others were playing or how easy or difficult it looked.

The machines available were:

  • Black Knight: Sword of Rage
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Metallica
  • Iron Man
  • The Walking Dead
  • Attack from Mars
  • Cirqus Voltaire
  • Eight Ball Deluxe
  • Robocop
  • The Shadow
  • Iron Maiden (201
  • Terminator 2
  • Dirty Harry
  • Junkyard
  • AC/DC
  • Spider-Man
  • Avatar
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Medieval Madness
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (Stern)
Other machines were available for general play or for practice.

Free play or practice games
Tournament Director, Matt Vince, explains the format
All the scores on each machine were ranked and the twelve players with the greatest number of points moved on to the play-offs at 10:30pm.

Play begins in the Super League on Thursday
More games in the Super League
The rankings were shown on the big screen
The streaming rig was in use again
They were: Cezary Glowala, Archibald Lefevre, Denis Ritter, Tim Thornton, Rafal Wasik, Matt Vince, Sam McCourt, John van der Wulp, Punk Stig, Mike Parkins, Greg Mott and Stan Simpson.

Players checking their standing
The first four players went straight into the semi-finals, while players ranked 5th-12th were split into two four-player groups to play a best-of-three quarter final using the 7-4-2-1 scoring format for each game.

The top two from each group then played the top four qualifiers in two more groups of four, with the top two from each of those groups making the four finalists.

They were: Tim Thornton, Rafal Wasik, Sam McCourt and John van der Wulp.

The final was again played on three machines. The first was Eight Ball Deluxe, where John’s 645,500 score took first place and 7 points. Tim’s 571,500 wasn’t far behind and got him 4 points, followed by Rafal in third and Sam fourth.

Sam won the second game on Guardians of the Galaxy, with John second, Rafal third again and Tim fourth. That put John in the lead on 11 points, Sam second on 8 points, Tim third on 5 points and Rafal fourth on 4 points.

The final game on Cirqus Voltaire provided a win for Tim, with Rafal second, John third and Sam fourth. That meant John was the winner with 13 points, Tim was second with 12 points, Sam third on 9 points and Rafal fourth on 8 points.

Tournament Director Matt Vince presented the trophies.

Winner of Thursday’s Super League, John van der Wulp
Second place, Tim Thornton
Third place, Sam McCourt
Fourth place, Rafal Wasik
The full results are:

1John van der Wulp2Tim Thornton3Sam McCourt4Rafal Wasik5Denis Ritter6Matt Vince7Cezary Glowala8Archibald Lefevre9Punk Stig10Mike Parkins11Greg Mott12Stan Simpson13Neil McRae14Matt Silk 15Ed Rojas16Daniel Nowak POL17Hugo Ritter18Robin Kemp19Thomas Doepelheuer20Hervé Pierru21Peter Blakemore22Kirk Sadler23Ad Jonker24Ivan Miles25Joshua Iles 25Vin Jauhal27Martyn Iles 28Clive Bush29Nick Hamill30Barry Spours 31Roy Smith32David Fowler UK33Dan Lewell34Suppressed Player35CJ Brown UK36Charlie Lawn37Rayne Passmore38Caroline Abbott 39David Tucker40Tony Molloy41Victor Machart42Edina Berta 43Alex Berta 44Mark Reeve 45Wayne Russell 46Diane Bush47Ben Leigh 48Patrick Doe49James Fowler50Russell Doe Day two was then over. Some more clearing up and repair work was needed, followed by a complete re-shuffle of the machines before the club re-opened the next evening for the start of the UK Pinball Open and UK Pinball Classic.

Some practice games were available to help players warm-up (while the air con helped them cool-down again)
The UK Pinball Open would play two groups (A & B) of up to ten players per group in the first round on Friday evening at 7pm. Groups C & D would play at 10am on Saturday, E & F at 2pm and G & H at 6pm.

Each group would be allocated ten machines to use, so the pinballs at the club were rearranged to provide each group with their own area in which to play.

Additionally, qualifying in the UK Pinball Classic began on Friday evening, giving those players with Saturday time slots for the Open a little extra time to get their Classic games in. There were ten Classic games set up in a side area of the club next to the tournament desk.

Neil McRae was Tournament Director for both the Open and Classic, so he explained how the games would be played.

Neil tells players about the format and the rules of the two tournaments
Players about to begin their games on Friday evening
Let’s begin with the UK Pinball Classic, which was played on ten pre-DMD titles using the Drains Tournament Manager (DTM) software to queue players on each machine, record the scores and display the standings. All the players for this were pre-registered and their details already entered into the DTM system.

The right bank of five Classic machines
Each player had ten entries, with each entry being a single game on one machine of their choice. All the scores were ranked, but only the highest score on their best six machines counted.

The left bank with the remaining five Classic machines
That meant players could play six different machines and then use their remaining four entries to either replay previous machines or try different ones. All the scores were recorded into the DTM system by volunteer scorekeepers using tablets.

Keith records Kirk’s Classic score
The machines used were:

  • Centaur
  • Embryon
  • Farfalla
  • Fathom
  • Flash Gordon
  • High Speed
  • Pinball Champ
  • Quicksilver
  • Space Shuttle
  • Spooky
Qualifying in the UK Pinball Classic started at 7pm on Friday and continued until 11pm, resuming again at 10am the next day and running until 10pm. The top twelve players from the qualifying round would proceed to the play-offs on Sunday morning.

Savouring the moment at the end of the first day of qualifying
Meanwhile over in the Open area, the first games were starting. The format was a single game against each of the other nine players in your group, with the win or loss being recorded.

All players were all given personalised score cards showing the order of their games – who their opponent would be, which machine they would play, and in which position they would play (first or second). They could then record a ‘1’ for a win, or a ‘0’ for a loss.

The trophies for the tournaments
This section of the tournament closely mirrored the Dutch Pinball Masters, so the organisers brought in Ad Jonker from the Netherlands, who designed that system, to help with the UK Pinball Open. Ad worked out the matches in each round to make sure players had a fair mix of opponents, machines and play positions, printing out all the score cards for each round.

Some of the UK Pinball Open 2019 machines before the tournament began
More of the Open machines
The machines used in the Open were:

  • AC/DC
  • The Addams Family
  • Attack from Mars
  • Avatar
  • Batman Forever
  • Black Knight: Sword of Rage
  • Cirqus Voltaire
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Dialed In!
  • Dirty Harry
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Iron Maiden
  • Iron Man
  • Junkyard
  • Medieval Madness
  • Metallica
  • The Shadow
  • The Simpsons Pinball Party
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Terminator 2
  • The Walking Dead
Score cards were handed in and the results entered at the end of each session
Although four hours had been allocated to the first two groups, the choice of machines and the tough set-up meant both groups completed all their games within two-and-a-half hours.

By 11pm, everyone had completed all their Open and Classic games for the evening, allowing the Flip Out London team to prepare for Saturday’s busier day.

Groups C & D began their Open qualifying games at 10am, by which time any machine issues had been fixed and they had all been given a clean.

Players in Saturday’s rounds of the UK Pinball Open 2019
Qualifying in the Classic tournament also started at 10am, giving players plenty of time to play their ten entries.

More UK Pinball Classic qualifying games
Although the first round of the UK Pinball Open was like the Dutch Pinball Masters, the subsequent rounds were quite different. For a start, nobody was eliminated after the group stage.

More games from the Open
That’s because the tournament followed the Flip Out format from Pinball Expo where everyone goes into a double-elimination ladder, but the better you do in your group, the more byes you get through the early rounds. There was a chart on the wall showing the system.

The play-offs ladder
Those who finished at or near the bottom of their group started the play-offs at the far-left side of the ladder, which meant an earlier start time. The top players could enjoy a leisurely Sunday morning, starting their games in the afternoon.

Not everyone can win a trophy today
A leisurely Sunday, that is, unless they were one of the top Classic qualifiers in which case they might have had to be back at Flip Out London at 8am for the quarter- and semi-final matches.

The top twelve qualifiers (with their points scores) were:

1Cezary Glowala4942Roberto Pedroni4923Kirk Sadler4884Nick Marshall4815Stan Simpson4806Daniel Nowak4777David Fowler4698David Tucker4669Mirko Plumari4629Vin Jauhal46211Craig Pullen46012Andrew Foster458The two quarter final matches in the Classic
The top four players got a bye into the semi-finals, but players in positions 5th-12th had the play in one of two groups of four using the 7-5-3-1 scoring system across three games. The top two from each quarter final moved on to the semis.

The second quarter-final
David Fowler, David Tucker, Daniel Nowak and Stan Simpson went out at the quarter final stage, while Cezary Glowala, Vin Jauhal, Kirk Sadler and Andrew Foster missed out on the final by losing in the semis.

That left Roberto Pedroni, Nick Marshall, Mirko Plumari and Craig Pullen to contest the final of the UK Pinball Classic 2019.

The first game of the three-game final was played on Flash Gordon.

Mirko Plumari begins the final on Flash Gordon as Nick, Craig and Roberto watch
Mirko had a great first ball scoring 627K, but Craig did better with 776K. Meanwhile, Nick only got 147K while Roberto had a bad first ball with only 25K.

Ball two only advanced Mirko’s score by 50K, while Craig solidified his lead on his second ball with a 941K score. Nick bumped his score up to 202K while Roberto was unable to move out of fourth place with his second ball.

On the final ball Mirko ended on 713K to take second, while Craig put in a great performance to more than double his score to 2.049M and take the win. Neither Nick nor Roberto did anything to change the situation, making them third and fourth respectively.

The second game was Quicksilver and it proved a near reversal of fortune for all players. Roberto won with 1.518M, ahead of Nick in second with 1.172M. Craig was third close behind on 1.117M while Mirko was fourth with his 281K score.

Nick was second on Quicksilver
Going into the third and final game, Craig was in the lead with 10 points, Nick and Roberto both had 8 points, while Mirko had 6 points. That meant anyone could still win.

Game three was Space Shuttle and by the start of his third ball, Mirko was leading with 521K. Second was Craig on 321K while Roberto was third on 133K and Nick fourth on 85K.

Craig was leading on points going into the last game of the final
The final ball only boosted Mirko’s score a little to 607K to stay in the lead, but Craig overtook him to finish on 808K.

Nick could only raise his total a little to 93K, leaving Roberto an uphill task of scoring 675K if he wanted to win the game and take the final into a tie-break.

Roberto playing his last ball of the UK Pinball Classic final
The great last ball never came, with Roberto draining with his total on 218K which gave him third place.

So Craig was the clear winner on 17 points. Roberto and Mirko were tied on 11 points, with Mirko winning the tie-breaker game, while Nick was fourth. Matt Vince presented the trophies.

Winner of the UK Pinball Classic 2019, Craig Pullen
Second place, Mirko Plumari
Third place, Roberto Pedroni
The final positions in the UK Pinball Classic 2019 were:

1Craig Pullen2Mirko Plumari3Roberto Pedroni4Nick Marshall5Cezary Glowala7Vin Jauhal7Kirk Sadler7Andrew Foster9David Fowler UK10David Tucker11Daniel Nowak POL12Stan Simpson13Keith Burden14Robin Kemp15John van der Wulp16Rafal Wasik17Hugo Ritter18Tim Thornton19Thomas Evrenos19Wayne Johns21Matt Vince22Greg Mott23Mike Parkins24Denis Ritter25Hervé Pierru26Peter Blakemore27Jack Burden28CJ Brown UK28Rich Mallett30Sam McCourt31Tony Molloy32Chris Poyntz33Olle Strandh34Archibald Lefevre35Victor Machart36Nick Hamill37Thomas Doepelheuer38Ad Jonker39Rodney Comegys40Punk Stig41Ed Rojas42Alex Berta 42Luke Grayson 44Mats Sahlberg45Matt Silk 46Enrico Giorgio de Stefani47Mike Kindler47David Mainwaring49James Fowler50James Adams 51Roy Smith51Gabi Molotov Gavrilita53Arvid Flygare54Edina Berta 54Wayne Russell 56James Gadbury57Tom Fletcher UK58Francesco Sacco59Rayne Passmore60John Whitfield60Jim King62Dan Lewell63Caroline Abbott 64Simon Harper65Phoebe Lewell66Johan Flygare66Ben Leigh 68Rob Endo69Nick Baxter-Sibley70Effie Lewell71Lukasz Dziewulski72Lucy Vince73Antonella IannottaIt was hoped to run a fifth tournament – the Pinball News Cup – as a consolation tournament for those who didn’t qualify for the Open play-offs but after the format was changed so everyone qualified, there was no time left to run the Cup on Sunday. It will take place at Flip Out London a little later this year.

So, only the UK Pinball Open play-offs remained.

Each round of the play-offs – both the winner bracket and the loser bracket – had a scheduled start time, and unlike some tournaments, the timetable proved to be accurate with some rounds even able to start earlier if the players were ready.

One of the later matches in the UK Pinball Open 2019
The first of the two players to make it to the final was Roberto Pedroni who remained undefeated in the winner bracket having qualified second in his group.

The route to the final
His opponent in the final was Craig Pullen who after getting knocked into the loser bracket straight away, won thirteen games in-a-row to win that bracket and claim his place in the final.

Roberto Pedroni and Craig Pullen before the start of the UK Pinball Open 2019 final
The final was a best-of three affair, with Roberto having choice of machine on the first and third games, or play position throughout. He opted to pick the machines and chose The Shadow, playing as player one.

The final is underway
Roberto plays first
Roberto’s first ball didn’t go so well. He scored 8.55M which wouldn’t normally put him in the lead, but Craig had a worse start, tilting his first ball while trying to save it, ending on less than a million

Craig is player two on The Shadow
Roberto’s second ball wasn’t great either, boosting his score up to 12.8M. Craig didn’t do any better, finishing his second ball with a 2.9M total.

The third ball was where both players finally got to grips with the machine. Both started Khan multiball, but Roberto had a better game and got Sanctum multiball too to win the game by 166,330,330 to Craig’s 91,460,550.

Craig then got to pick the machine for the second game and chose Dialed In! which had been a reliable ‘banker’ game throughout the tournament. Again, Roberto was put in as player one.

The start of the second game of the final – Dialed In!
It look to be a wise choice, as Roberto only scored 7,900 on his first ball compared to Craig’s 108,940.

Roberto almost doubled his score to 14,000 on his second ball. Meanwhile Craig cemented his lead with a ball two total of 532,470, which proved to be enough to win the game, despite a fight back by Roberto on his third ball to end on 73,230.

So, with one game each, the championship would be decided on the third and final game, picked by Roberto as AC/DC.

He got off to a good start this time, starting multiball and racking up a total of 42.263M on his first ball.

Roberto gets multiball on his first ball
Craig also started multiball, but his was over all too quickly to leave him on a score of 11.187M.

Roberto’s second ball wasn’t anywhere as good as his first, adding just 7M to end on 49.380M. In contrast, Craig had a much better second ball as he added another, better, multiball to nudge ahead of Roberto with 50.420M.

Craig had a much better second ball
It really was all down to the last ball.

Roberto had another impressive multiball, but also collected some valuable song and combo jackpots from the drop targets, taking his game end total right up to 210.524M.

Craig needed to match Roberto’s performance, and he too got multiball again. However he didn’t manage to earn so many points from it, and drained his last ball soon afterwards while only on 65.344M

Craig congratulates Robert at the end of the final
That made Roberto Pedroni the UK Pinball Open 2019 champion. Craig was second, while David Tucker who lost to Craig in the final of the loser bracket was third ahead of John van der Wulp who was fourth.

Winner of the UK Pinball Open 2019, Roberto PedroniSecond place, Craig PullenThird place, David TuckerHere are the full results.

1Roberto Pedroni2Craig Pullen3David Tucker4John van der Wulp5Jack Burden6Mirko Plumari7Enrico Giorgio de Stefani8Andrew Foster9Nick Marshall10Rich Mallett11David Mainwaring12Matt Vince14Tim Thornton14Arvid Flygare14Wayne Johns14Hervé Pierru20Tom Fletcher UK20Tony Molloy20CJ Brown UK20Thomas Evrenos20Denis Ritter20Ed Rojas20Joshua Iles 20Mike Kindler28Olle Strandh28Cezary Glowala28Sam McCourt28Kirk Sadler28Rodney Comegys28Matt Silk 28Gabi Molotov Gavrilita28Paul Owen36John Whitfield36Archibald Lefevre36Greg Mott36Rob Endo36Daniel Nowak POL36Martyn Iles 36Alex Berta 36Mats Sahlberg44Vin Jauhal44James Adams 44Antonella Iannotta44Simon Harper44Francesco Sacco44Punk Stig44Robin Kemp44Peter Blakemore52Luke Grayson 52Victor Machart52Nick Hamill52Johan Flygare52Wayne Russell 52Keith Burden52Thomas Doepelheuer52Caroline Abbott 60Lukasz Dziewulski60Jim King60Rafal Wasik60Effie Lewell60Hugo Ritter60Nick Baxter-Sibley60Stan Simpson60David Fowler68Dan Andrews 68Edina Berta 68Mike Parkins68Ben Leigh 68Phoebe Lewell68Roy Smith68Dan Lewell68Sarah Vince76Chris Poyntz76Justin Day76Ivan Miles76Adrian Terruli The trophy presentations concluded the Fantastic Five days of pinball at Flip Out London.

The reaction to the move of the UK’s premier tournaments to Flip Out London has been hugely positive, and the expansion of the event into a five-day series has been much appreciated. Having completed this first edition there were lessons learned about the smoothest way to prepare the club, the number of people the club can happily accommodate at its present size, and the way information is conveyed to players.

These are minor issues however, and there is no doubt players are already looking forward to next year event. The challenge for the organisers is how to make it even bigger and better for 2020

Just before the doors were closed on Sunday night, five of the ten founder members of Flip Out London still in attendance gathered to mark the end of their first ever Fantastic Five Days.

Five of the founding members: Martin Ayub, Matt Vince, Mike Parkins, Tim Thornton and Neil McRae