June tournament is cancelled (sorry!). No upcoming dates at the moment. Stay tuned.
400 15th Street Oakland, CA
Registration opens at 7:15pm in the back pinball room upstairs at Five10 Pizza. Tournament start time is 7:30pm.
Tournament entry fee is $5. Players are also responsible for the cost of games played during the event.
Tournament format is three strikes knockout.
Each round, you get paired up with one other player and assigned a machine. You play one two player game on that machine and when it is over the player with the lower score gets a strike. Then everyone gets new opponents and we do it again! Once you've accumulated three strikes, you're out of the tournament. Last player standing is the winner.
We provide cash prizes and awards for 1st through 3rd place at each tournament, as well as for the highest placing novice player).
For the purposes of these events, a novice is considered anyone who has a world pinball player ranking no better than 2000, and who has not previously received an award other than novice champion in an open Hella Heart Pinball tournament.
These tournaments are endorsed by the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) and award world pinball player ranking (WPPR) points. If you don't have a ranking, you will after you play in just one of these events!
Currently, the machines at Hi-Life are: Ghostbusters (Stern, 2016), Game of Thrones (Stern, 2015), Wheel of Fortune (Stern, 2007), The Simpsons Pinball Party (Stern, 2003), Medieval Madness (Williams, 1997), The Shadow (Bally, 1994), Whitewater (Williams, 1993), The Addams Family (Bally, 1992), Swords of Fury (Williams, 1988), Future Spa (Bally, 1979), and Melody (Gottlieb, 1967).
Five10 Pizza sells pizza by the slice or pie, as well as a limited number of salads. For drinks, they offer beer and a selection of craft sodas. All ages are welcome.
Hi-Life is located in downtown Oakland, two blocks from either the 12th Street or 19th Street BART stations. Most of AC Transit's major bus lines run down Broadway, one block away.
There is ample street parking available near Hi-Life. Spaces are metered until 6pm Monday through Saturday.