Machines in Tournament
Unlike previous years, this year we will be providing the majority of the event's pinball machines from the private collection of a sponsor. As the pinball industry has slowed in recent years, there are fewer high-quality machines available from location operators, sadly.
Luckily, we expect to have at least forty machines present for the tournament, including machines available for practice play. Most machines are of recent vintage, and all have been selected on the basis of suitability to tournament play. In order to avoid the possibility of any unfair advantage, the following list is merely indicative of the machines that will be present. It is not guaranteed that every machine listed here will be present, nor that any number of unlisted machines may appear in any portion of the tournament.
Last year, it was revealed that for the final rounds of the tournament, a different selection of machines is used in each division. The precise selection of machines for each division's final rounds will not be announced until the final rounds begin on Sunday. Similarly, the precise selection of machines for each division's qualifying rounds will not be available until the tournament opens on Friday evening.
Machines used in tournament play are not available for practice play at any time. Machines configured for practice play will be available in a separate area; the coin drop from fifty-cent play will go towards meeting tournament expenses.
All machines are fully shopped, in good working order, and properly setup and leveled. Tournament rules and settings are being utilized. Although nearly all of these machines have seen play "in the field", of course, every effort has been made, and is being made on an ongoing basis, to maintain tournament-quality playability. Please keep in mind that very few new pinball machines are being built, and that of course a well-used machine may still be restored to excellent condition.
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updated March 30, 2001