Main Tournament

In 2009 Dutch Pinball Masters was a new, internationally oriented pinball tournament. It turned out to be a big success in its first 10 years, so we’re glad to announce that there will be an 11th edition in 2019. We hope to attract players from all over Europe again! Because we want to let more players into the tournament, we will make a few changes again, especially for Sunday’s finals.

 

Qualification (Saturday)

Players will be divided into groups of 12 (divided by strength and country). Each player will play a single head-to-head, 3-ball game against all other players in his/her group. The best 4 players in each group, decided by number of matches won, advance to the finals. All other players will be ranked based on the number of wins in their group.
In case of a tie the following rules will apply:

If it’s about qualification for the next round, a tiebreaker will be played. 1 machine, 3 balls. (no matter how many players are involved )

If it’s not about qualification for the next round:

1. If 2 players end up on the same number of points, their head-to-head result will decide.

2. If 3 players end up on the same number of points, their head-to-head results will decide. If there is no difference between them, their rank will be decided by draw.

3. If 4 or more players end up on the same number of points, their matches against all other players will be eliminated and a new ranking list will be made based on the matches played between the 4 ( or more ) players with the same number of points. In this new list the same rules will be applied as mentioned by 1. and 2.

Qualification and finals will be played on machines dating from the 1990’s to present. We may add a few solid state machines as back-up if necessary.

 

Finals (Sunday)

60 Players advance to the finals on Sunday. These players will be divided  into groups of 10. These groups will be made based on the results of Saturday.
Again, the best 4 players in each group advance to the next round. And again, all other players will be ranked based on the number of wins in their group. In case of a tie the same rules will apply as Saturday.

 The last 24, the quarter finals (last 12) and semi finals (last 6) will be head-to-head matches, best of 5.

The best 3 players will then play the final. In this final each player can choose a machine. You have to start on the machine that you choose. 3 3-player matches will be played. On each machine you can earn 3 points for 1st place, 2 points for 2nd place and 1 point for 3rd place.
The player with the most points after 3 matches will be the new champion. In case of a tie a shoot-out will be played.

For more details check the tournament scedule.

Referees for the tournament will be Albert Nomden and Paul Jongma.