Showdown Finale

Posted: August 23rd, 2009 by ROM

After three days of pinball mayhem, the showdown is complete. Victory! For Portland’s Noah Davis. Congratulations, Noah. Noah took home a Lethal Weapon 3 pinball machine (the machine plays a song by C+C Music Factory, in case you didn’t know that), and $180 cash.

We’d like to extend our thanks to a number of folks for helping to make this a great weekend. First off, thanks to Brinda Coleman and Sam Soule at Slabtown, for hosting the event and advertising it and making it rad. Slabtown has 12 machines right now, and from what I’ve heard they’re going to stay there. Thanks to Jakob Chandler and Mike Mahaffey at Quality Entertainment. They dialed in the machines, and Jake stayed around (and competed) the whole weekend and made sure they all played well. Thanks also to Trish and Jeri from Ricochet. They operate the six non-tournament machines (Demo Man and Dr. Dude were used in mini-tourneys). Those machines are great, and thanks for putting them on free play all weekend.

Special thanks to Aaron, Eric, and Fred for organizing and running the tournament! And super thanks to Jake for putting a lot of work into the shopping out the prize machine.

Also, thanks to everyone who came from out of town. Maka, Cayle, Nycole, Julie, Deathsave – they all came down from Seattle. And we’re glad you did!

Here is the 16, with their payouts:

  • 1. Noah Davis (Lethal Weapon 3 – $180)
  • 2. Cayle George (tie breaker against Jay for 2nd place – $300; top qualifier – $50; Dr. Dude – $35)
  • 3. Jason America ($216)
  • 4. Fred Franken ($120)
  • 5. Maka Honig ($48 – tied 5th)
  • 5. Jeff Gagnon ($48 – tied 5th)
  • 7. Aaron Nelson ($48)
  • 8. Jake McGhee ($48)
  • 9. Louie Hamlett ($24)
  • 10. Dennis Brenhaug ($24)
  • 11. David Dimoff ($24)
  • 12. Nycole Hyatt ($24 – and top female qualifier – $50)
  • 13. Chris Rhodes ($24)
  • 13. Eric Hill ($24)
  • 15. Danny Backglass ($24)
  • 16. Paul Kalk ($24)

And Justin Lentz won on a vicious battle against Jakob Chandler on Demolition Man to earn the PBR snowboard.

Uh, I took this casual shot of the top four, but it kinda came out as the most depressing winners shot ever. The next picture I took, with them smiling, came out totally out of focus. So this is what you get.

Okay, here are some pictures, starting from last night.

The Saturday night scramble!

rhodesThere was some serious scrambling for position during the final hour on Saturday night. The most common word I heard floating around the room was, no doubt, “Fuck!” And during that hour this man right here, Chris Rhodes, kept things under control. Sometimes wielding two clipboards at once, he bounded back and forth behind the play area, marking scores, barking orders, grabbing quarters, and encouraging players to hit jackpots. It’s no surprise that on Sunday he traded in his Session hat for about 10 Session beers. If you ever happen to see Rhodes puttering around town on his scooter, make sure to rush out in the street and give him a high five.

Eric during a lull on the final day.

Jason “Kickback” America, 3rd place finisher, takes a breather during the second round of the final. I wonder what he’s thinking about? Maybe pinball?

The first game of the final round was – surprise! – played on the prize machine. The machine was set on the stage in the main room. Here, Noah plays his first ball while everyone watches.

Kickback has a go.

Solitary warrior – Cayle George.

Blurry shot of the line-up. This is during the final game of the final round.

Viewers and competitors during the final game. The energy in the room definitely became more tense during the final matches.

Today’s final rounds were a lot of fun (for me, fun to watch and keep track of scores). It was exciting through and through – lots of close matches, big come-backs, valiant efforts, and epic battles. We hope everyone had a good time.

Categories: CFF,Pinball

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  1. danny backglass   24 Aug 09 at 12:04 am

    Man. Thanks a lot you guys. I never had a better time playing that shitty. The 20 percent luck wasn’t on my side today. I had a blast tho. One of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time. The free play made it so much better. I’m a super sad its over. Ill be working tomorrow until 9. Come play “LOTR”. Thanks again!

  2. revtest   24 Aug 09 at 9:45 am

    Damn! no props for all the work I put in to this thing and you spelled my name wrong!!!! fuck this! I’m going home to play with my hotwheels! thanks for nothing!

  3. cAyle   24 Aug 09 at 10:30 am

    Congrats Noah!

    Way to bring it on Getaway when it counts.


    …I forgot my damn wrench!!!

  4. ROM   24 Aug 09 at 10:56 am

    revtest, don’t be mad at me! I’m just a simple blogger. I don’t have all the details – you shopped out the machine, right? and did Noah work on that, too?
    spelling fixed. I’m sure I spelled other names wrong, too.

  5. fred   24 Aug 09 at 12:04 pm

    Great win Noah!! That score on Getaway was epic! Where’s the picture of Jay and Danny B??

  6. revtest   24 Aug 09 at 12:27 pm

    I was just play’n Rom I know how it goes and everyone spells my name wrong. Big props to Noah with the clutch performance, also Cayle, Jay & Fred for there great performances. thanks to all who came and supported this event wouldn’t have been the same without all of you.

  7. Aaron   24 Aug 09 at 12:47 pm

    Yeah if you missed it when Jay walked in you missed the entire event. Who took that pic? Great performances from everyone who came down from Seattle…it may be a while before those GC’s can be reclaimed. I’m hoping quality just leaves all the machines in tourney mode! Everyone played great, thanks for all the help and we will see you all soon! Pin Golf after the holidays…18 machines at Slabtown!!

  8. dannybackglass   24 Aug 09 at 11:46 pm

    Pin Golf this weekend! I’ve been known to throw down a lil 20 spot.

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