Vancouver Flip-Out Tournaments at
2018 Vancouver Pinball Expo

Sept 6-9, 2018

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Vancouver Flip-Out at the Vancouver Pinball Expo

The Vancouver Flip-Out returns as the largest tournament in Canada and the only Canadian Event in the Stern Pro-Circuit. It is the main event of the Vancouver Pinball Expo (VPE).

As in 2017, there will also be Classic, Women, Junior, and restricted Knockout tournaments. Click on the tournament links below for additional details.

Please note that the tournaments start a day earlier than the Expo, on Thursday September 6, with doors opening at 4pm. Playing early is highly recommend to avoid long lines waiting to play, and to ensure you have sufficient time to play all of your games, especially in the Main division.

$10,000 in prizes, in the form of cash, trophies, plaques, and pinball memorabilia to be awarded across all tournaments!

Tentative Schedule

Vancouver Flip-Out (Main Tournament)

Main Tournament, Limited Best-Game Qualifying. IFPA Sanctioned.
2018 Stern Pro Circuit Event
$30 to Enter, 15 tickets. Maximum three rebuys, of 5 tickets for $10 each.
12 or more machines, best 7 scores count
Open Division: Top 24 qualifiers, $1000 guaranteed to winner.
Novice Division: Top 16 qualifiers, IFPA Rank Restriction at 2500, $150 guaranteed to winner.
Qualifying Thursday through Saturday, finals on Sunday.
IFPA-Sanctioned Tournament, with 100% tourney grading.

Jurassic Classics

Classics Tournament, PAPA-Style Card Qualifying in sets of 4 games. IFPA Sanctioned.
$10 per Entry. One entry is four games. Unlimited retries.
6 or more machines, all four scores from best card count.
Software automatically picks a player's best card for standings.
Open Division: Top 24 qualifiers, $500 guaranteed to winner.
Novice Division: Top 16 qualifiers, IFPA Rank Restriction at 2500, $150 guaranteed to winner.
Qualifying Thursday through Saturday 6pm, finals Saturday 7pm.
IFPA-Sanctioned Tournament, with 100% tourney grading.

Women's Coup-de-Grace

Women's Tournament, 4-Strike Knockout.
$10 Entry. Saturday 2pm.
$100 and plaque guaranteed to winner.
Plaques and cash prizes for top 4. Additional prizes if more than 20 players.

Knockout Tournament

3-Strike Knockout tournament for players who are not ranked in IFPA top 1500
$5 Entry. Sunday 1pm.
$100 and plaque guaranteed for the winner.
(Note: Players in VFO Open Division Final 16 or Novice Final 4 not eligible.)

Junior Jam

Match Play, 4 Rounds
$1 Entry. Sunday 11am.
Top 4 qualify for one 4-player-game final.
Plaques for Top 4.

Summary of Changes in 2018

2017 was very successful, and the plan is to retain the same tournament formats, and focus on improving various nuances that were experienced during the event.
The main improvement we expect is more space thanks to the new location, and thus possibility of additional machines in qualifying banks.
The threshold for Novice is changed to 2500 (was 3500 in 2017). This is our best estimate such that about half of the field of players will be novice-eligible.
During playoff rounds, to better balance the benefits of seeding, first seed will only get choice to pick machine in the second and third games in a round. The second seed will get choice to pick the machine for game 1 of the round.
No player can pick the same machine twice if they have choice of machine during entire playoffs. They may still end up playing a machine more than once, if a different player chooses it.
Other changes remain possible, either out of necessity due to new location or out of desire to improve upon 2017. If you have feedback for improvements, we encourage you to send your comments to

Additional Information

Every attempt is made to keep the rules and information on this website accurate and up-to-date, and to run tournaments per the advertised structure and schedule. However, due to the nature of pinball and the fact that the tournaments are entirely run by volunteers, the tournament officials reserve the right to modify the tournament structure or schedule until the start time of that tournament. Late or last minute changes will be announced as appropriate prior to the start of the tournament. Changes to the tournament structure will not be made mid-tournament unless circumstances make such a change absolutely necessary.

For regular updates and discussion on the tournament, please visit our public Facebook event page.
Tournament Directors: Dave Stewart, Germain Mariolle, and Rob Moller
For questions and inquiries regarding tournaments at Vancouver Flipout, please contact

Vancouver Flip-Out Tournaments are sponsored by Nitro Pinball, serving Canada and the Pacific Northwest in Sales, Rentals, Repairs, and Customizations of Pinball Machines.

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