Pinball Expo – This Weekend

2012 MIchigan Pinball Expo

More than 150 Pinball Machines and $15,000 in Cash and Prizes
Await Players of All Ages, April 12-15 at Oakland University


Novices and pinball wizards alike can enjoy four days of fun at the (3rd Annual) Michigan Pinball Expo! With more than 150 pinball machines set on free play across 15,000 square feet, pinball players of all ages and skill levels can play both vintage and new machines for one all-access pass ticket. Players who want to test their skills can compete for the chance to win more than $15,000 in cash and prizes across several divisions, from children to adults. Additional details are available at, including a video of previous years’ events and pre-event tickets at a discounted rate. The major sponsor of the MPE is “Environment by Design, inc.” (a local landscape company – as well as Abel Electronics, Jersey Jack Pinball, the Professional & Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA).

Players can enter the fierce-yet-fun Pinbrawl XI, the world’s only pinball tournament with five different skill levels of play. This two-player team competition takes place on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 8 a.m.-noon with the chance to win trophies, raffle prizes and the grand prize to one lucky entrant: a brand-new Wizard of Oz Emerald City Limited Edition pinball machine by Jersey Jack Pinball!

Our “Wizards in Training” tournament is to provide kids with a fun and memorable experience playing Pinball. This will be a special tournament that caters to build and expose pinball to kids 12 and under and their parents. Every player is made to feel like an “STAR”. During this tournament it is the equivalent of being on center stage/ the main event- we have announcers that will broadcast live over the hall PA system that provide color commentary. Each player is announced along with their “in game action” and at time it has been known to get a quick interview on what they like about pinball. It’s Free to play : Everyone has a chance to bring home a prize- no matter if first or last we will have random prizes given away—everyone gets a LE Wizards in Training certificate, we will have trophies, t-shirts, and other goodies.

Guest speakers include pinball machine maker Jack Guarnieri of Jersey Jack Pinball, Gary Stern of Stern Pinball, Kevin Kulek of Predator Pinball, Bobby Butara, author of Pinball 101: A First Time Owner’s Hand Guide, Jim Schelberg, Editor of PinGame Journal, Greg Freres of Whizbang!, Capcom artist Stanley Fukuoka, and Gene Cunningham of Illinois Pinball.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 12-14, 2012, 8 a.m.-midnight
Sunday, April 15, 2012, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Oakland Center at Oakland University, 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester, MI 48309

Thousands of pinball fans of all ages playing on more than 150 machines across four days; Pinbrawl XI competitors playing for trophies, prizes, and a new Wizard of Oz Pinball Machine (Valued at $7500.00!) Awards for pinball machines donated by personal owners for the expo.

John Kosmal (Show Director)

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