European Pinball Championships 2013 start today in Stockholm, Sweden.
There are more than 200 names on the participant list, including WPPR #1 Daniele Acciari, reigning IFPA World Champion Jörgen Holm, reigning EPC champion Levente Tregova and almost all other top European players too. There are 14 Finnish players on the list making Finland the second largest country in the tournament!
The venue for the competition is the same nice one where Stockholm Open was held three months ago. The tournament system put up by Swedish tournament arrangers should give players a fair and nice competition troughout the tournament. In qualifications every player plays four different machines, two attempts per game. It’s not much, but in my opinion way better than the too often used format of 6+1 games one attempt qualification with the machines you pick. And it’s about a time to see a proper play-offs bracket in EPC: this year 64 players will advance from qualifications to the single-elimination play-offs bracket and the bracket will go on until the winner is crowned.
I’ll be tweeting tournament news during the weekend. I think that live standings will appear to tournament website at europinball.org