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Pinball Wizards


Ever since I was a young boy
I’ve played the silver ball …

After two years of COVID cancellations, the IFPA World Pinball Championship — considered the “Super Bowl of Pinball” — is coming to Southwest Florida this week!

Sixty-four of the world’s top pinball wizards — traveling from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, Canada, Austria and Germany — are flying into Southwest Florida for four days of competition at The Pinball Asylum in Fort Myers, where they’ll compete for $20,000 in cash and prizes.

“They’re the best in the world,” says Josh Sharpe, president of the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA).  “These people are the best in the world at pinball.”

The Pinball Asylum is preparing its 5,000-square-foot venue for the annual competition, which has been previously hosted in cities all over the world, including Toronto, Milan, Copenhagen and Las Vegas.

The public is invited to pre-tournament events today and tomorrow, and then the championship will take place May 26-29.  The championship is closed to the public, but will be livestreamed on Twitch.

For a great News-Press article discussing the preparations needed to pull off such an event, click here!


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