KCK tournament to host Kansas' top 16 pinball players

State winners advance to Las Vegas national tournament

Michael Ronnebaum
January 19, 2018 - 6:06 am

The 403 Club in Kansas City, Kansas is hosting the best pinball players in the state as part of an international competition.

The watering hole at 614 Reynolds Ave. is the site of a state championship round Saturday for a competition sanctioned by the International Flipper Pinball Association. The Missouri state championship tournament is being held the same day in St. Charles.

"There are 43 states included, including Washington DC," said Josh Sharpe with the IFPA. "Every state advances 16 players to the state championship for that given state, and Kansas is one of those states."

The top 16 advanced through 59 sanctioned qualifying events around Kansas.

"They'll crown a winner and that winner will advance to nationals," said Sharpe, who is ranked No. 18 in the world by the IFPA. "That'll be out in Vegas on March 1."

Nationwide more than 11,000 flippers have put their pinball skills to the test. 

There are more than 56,000 ranked pinball players in the world. The top 25 includes players are from seven countries in North America and Europe.

The 15th annual IFPA World Pinball Championship will be held June 1-3 in Keswick, Ontario, Canada.

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