California Extreme tournament, which is also a part of the PAPA 2012 North American Tournament Circuit, was played last weekend. Keith Elwin won the main tournament and finished second in classics, earning enough WPPR points to reach again the number one spot in World Pinball Player Rankings.
At the same time in Finland Heinola Pinball Open was played. 25 players participated in the tournament, and after the 16-player PAPA style play-offs the three best players to take home the trophies were:
1. Jussi Kahola (Tampere)
2. Sampo Simonen (Espoo)
3. Mikko Laakso (Vantaa)
The google docs results document can be seen here. The tournament arranger Josse (who arranged Kuopio Pinball Open last year) is going to arrange the tournament again next year. The Finnish players are really pleased to hear these news, since this event has been not only a really good competition, but also really fun social event. The machine lineup (including some great WPC titles like TAFG and MM and also newer Stern machines like IM, Batman and TF) hasn’t been that bad either.
PAPA 15 World Pinball Championships will start next week near Pittsburgh, US. Keith Elwin has to earn some points from PAPA to not to let Daniele Acciari from Italy to take back the #1 spot in WPPR rankings. But also Cayle George, who has been in the PAPA final both last two years, could reach the number one spot by playing really well. Interesting tournament to come, too bad I couldn’t make the trip to PAPA yet this year. At least there should be plenty of tournament videos to come!
European competition calendar is quite packed with tournaments this fall. In addition to EPC 2012, at least the following bigger tournaments will be held during next months:
Borås Pinball Open 28-30 September (Borås, Sweden)
Dutch Pinball Open 6-7 October (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Ch ti pinball tournament 28 October (Lille, France)
Swiss Open 27-28 October (Kollbrunn, Switzerland)