Sörkka Pinball Open 2004
There is quite a number of pinball enthusiasts in Finland, but for some reason
there haven't been many pinball tournaments. So let's do something! Sampo planned
the tournament rules, and the place was selected to be Antti's and Henkka's warehouse
in Sörnäinen, Helsinki. And so the tournament was named Sörkka Pinball Open.
So that everybody would be sure what we were playing, Henkka put an appropriate
sign on the wall.
First part or tournament was played with six games. Three of them were a bit older
style: Solar Ride, EM Hot Tip and Black Knight. The other three were newer: Banzai Run,
Road Show and Whitewater. So everybody could find at least one favourite game.
Hot Tip EM
Sampo collected the enrollments from contestants, and made ID cards for them.
There were 21 players, which is a nice amount for this kind of first tournament.
Of course we expect more on the next time.
First one to enroll was Kirsti.
Before starting the actual tournament, the players had some time to warm up,
although the tournament games were not allowed to be used yet. All other games
were available, and as a small extra competition, there was a "Set High Score"
contest, where a special prize was given to players that got the highest score
on some selected games.
Many games to choose from.
Tournament judge Tuukka looks at APZ's warm up game.
Countdown was a good game to practise for Solar Ride.
Antti makes some final adjustments and cleaning.
Before starting, Sampo explains the rules to contestants.
Some late enrollments were taken for a while after starting.
Now it's for real, and not for amusement!
After every player had played on every six games, it was time to calculate results.
Sampo keyed the player scores, approved by the judges, into a computer and the four
finalists were found.
To the final made their way Mika Koillinen, Ari Sovijärvi, Ari Paananen and Ari Koivunen.
Mika and the three Aris then played a 4-player game on the final game Fireball Classic.
Final game Fireball Classic
Winner of the final game was Ari Koivunen, while the scores were as follows:
1. Ari Koivunen 559,710
2. Ari Sovijärvi 299,280
3. Mika Koillinen 257,660
4. Ari Paananen 199,170
It was time for awards. Ari Koivunen was given, as the first prize, a Spiderman pinball
with a golden engraved plaque. No, it was not the 1980 Gottlieb game, but a modern compact
model :) The game was found to be interesting and it was tested thoroughly by the players.
The winner and his prize.
Second and third prize consisted of various stuff donated by sponsors,
bags, T-shirts, pinball spare parts and cleaning stuff etc.
"Set High Score" -contest winners select their prizes.
The winner trio.
The tournament went fine, and all the arrangements were done very well. Many thanks
to the Sörkka team, and of course to all participants! This was definitely not the
last tournament in Finland.
Click here for complete results
Photos by Jyrki