Ground Kontrol presents the 1st annual Pinbrawl tournament

Shaggy April 15, 2009 0


One of the best things about an arcade is that they give you a great place to go and compete. You don’t have to set up anything at home and worry about strangers coming into your house and unlike online tournaments, you can actually see and talk with your opponents face-to-face. So it’s a good thing that we’ve been seeing an uptick in tournament announcements that are taking place in different arcades across the country.

The latest tournament announcement comes to us from the famous Ground Kontrol Arcade in Portland Oregon. On April 19th they are going to hold a big pinball tournament where one lucky player will walk away with their own pinball machine. What machine that will be has not been announced yet (they will reveal it at the event) and players will compete on a number of GK’s 26 different pins. At $10 entry, it sounds like it’s going to be a blast of a brawl so good luck to those of you who compete! More details below after the jump.

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Ground Kontrol Presents Portland Pinbrawl: Portland's First Annual
Pinball Tournament

Portland, Oregon - April 8, 2009 - On Sunday, April 19th, the finest
pinball players in the Northwest will gather in historic Old Town for
Ground Kontrol's first annual pinball tournament– an event sure to
attract skilled players from all over the Pacific Northwest in
addition to Portland's own pinball wizards.

Join your fellow Portland ‘ballers to battle the best of the Northwest
for the grand prize: a full-sized pinball machine. As an added perk,
Ground Kontrol will extend its beer and wine serving hours to cover
the entire day of the tournament.

Competition signup fee is $10 per person; spectators get in for free.
Doors open at 12:00pm, Sunday April 19th. Admission is limited to 21
and over with valid ID for competitors and spectators alike.

This tournament is brought to you by Aaron Nelson, Eric Hill, Fred
Franken and Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade. For more information and
pre-registration, please visit

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade is the premier arcade in the Northwest,
featuring 26 of the most exciting pinball games and over 90 classic
video arcade games in a two-story game room.


Aaron Nelson

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade
Art Santana, Manager

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  1. Paul April 15, 2009 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Why did they use a picture of somebody punching Elton John?

  2. Shaggy April 15, 2009 at 12:57 am - Reply

    Maybe he’s a bad pinball player? 😛

  3. Art April 15, 2009 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the post! We’re really excited for this event.

    The artwork is inspired by the backglass artwork on 2 classic pinball machines: Bally’s “Wizard!” (featuring a Roger Daltry likeness) and “Capt. Fantastic…” (featuring an Elton John likeness). Both pinball games were inspired by The Who’s “Tommy”, of course.

    Nothing personal against Sir Elton…

    Art Santana / Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

  4. fred April 16, 2009 at 12:43 am - Reply

    Check it out, dude rolls it over like ten times…. plus they have a keyboard pinball machine!

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