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TWIPY Awards

Let’s show the world why Space City is PREMIER! Our flagship tournament, the Space City Open, has been nominated for a 2021 TWIPY! Please take a moment to vote for it and the Houston Arcade Expo. There are lots of other Texans nominated in various categories. Show them some love too! Voting is open through January 17, 2022. Awards will be presented at the Texas Pinball Festival.

Pandemic Update

Friends of Space City Pinball,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended all Space City Pinball leagues and tournaments until further notice.

We realize that pinball is a great way to take your mind off the stress of the day and understand that it is disappointing to not be able to get together, relax and play this game we all love. We all look forward to the day when we can reunite with our pinball family!

There are still ways to stay connected to your pinball friends while socially distancing. One way our members can socialize is to join our league Slack channel; there are usually quite a few of us on it every day.  To join, just send your name to, and we will send you a link to the channel.   Another way to stay connected is to follow the league’s Twitch channel at  We’ve been streaming quite a bit recently. Of course, the league is also on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Follow us!

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to flipping together again soon. Take care of each other,

Phil, Elizabeth, Chris, Matt, David and Marc

Texas Pinball League – IX

Houston’s qualifying event will be on March 1st at Einstein’s Pub and Arcade in Richmond, TX. Finals will take place at the Texas Pinball Festival.

The Texas Pinball League unites the leagues in Austin, Dallas and Houston, to create a massive, Texas-sized pinball showdown and party at Finals.

General League Overview: Each major region of Texas hosts a qualifying event, each following the same format with the top 5 players from each event advancing to the finals. The finalists converge in a single city to represent their region. Finals coordinates with the four major Texas events (Texas Pinball Festival, Houston Arcade Expo, Bat City Open, State Championship Series Finals) to reduce travel burdens. The winner are immortalized on the TPL cup and possess the cup until the next TPL season.


Space City Pinball League will have a limited number of posters and stickers available at the Houston Arcade Expo and upcoming tournaments. Framed posters are a $10 donation and unframed posters are $3. Sticker sets are $5. Pay in person or on paypal. See Elizabeth Dronet for details or email her at bellesandchimeshouston at

The League Welcomes New Board Members!

Space City Pinball League is excited to welcome new leadership! These board members will work together to promote the growth and expansion of the league in Houston and the surrounding area.


  • 1820 Director: Erich Stinson will organize the seasonal weekly league meetings.
  • The Game Preserve Monthly Director: Marc Gammons will oversee the monthly matchplay events.
  • The Game Preserve Weekly Director: David Pollock will run the Three Strikes Tuesday tournaments.
  • EinStein’s Monthly Director: Matt Quanz will supervise EinStein’s Drainiacs.
  • Belles & Chimes Houston Director: Elizabeth Dronet will lead the Belles of Space City women’s tournaments and socials.
  • Chief Financial Officer: Chris Palis
  • Marketing and Communications Director: Phil Grimaldi


For more information about the league visit the Events and Calendar section of the website, join our Facebook group, or follow us on Instagram. Additionally, scheduled tournaments are published on the IFPA calendar.

Space City Pinball Gives Harvey Relief!

Hurricane Harvey brought unprecedented floods and destruction to the city of Houston. Nearly 200,000 homes are estimated to have been damaged or destroyed, including those of members in the Houston arcade and pinball community.

For this reason, the 2017 Houston Arcade Expo pinball tournament was held as a charity fundraising event where tournament entry fees were waived for any family whose home was flooded during the storm. Additionally, the Space City Pinball League donated tournament entry fees to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and to support Allen Robertson and his family, who suffered a catastrophic loss of their home. The league offers their gratitude for all those who participated in the event and to the Bat City Pinball Club in Austin for their sizable contribution.

Space City Pinball League/ Disaster Restoration team!


The Fall 2017 Season Starts September 11!

The best beer league in Houston will be returning for its 6th season at the Eighteen Twenty Lounge on September 11, 2017. There will be an 8 week season, followed by finals.

The Space City Pinball League offers friendly competition for players across a wide range of skill levels, from complete newbie to seasoned star. Our host, the Eighteen Twenty Lounge, provides a fresh array of new games each week. The league is a great opportunity to meet new friends, learn the rules to the latest games, and pick up some sweet flipper skills.

If you are interested in learning more about the league, please email or visit us on facebook!  The full schedule can be found on our Calendar page. 

An Empirical Evaluation of the IFPA Endorsement Fee

The purpose of this analysis is to provide a data driven perspective on the impact of the IFPA’s recent announcement to charge $1.00/per player for every tournament submission. My approach was to examine the 2016 calendar year as a proxy for determining the impact in future years. The data for this analysis was obtained directly from the IFPA via their API. Analysis code and data files are available at my github repository. Readers are encouraged to report errors by contacting me directly or by submitting a pull request in github.

The full report can be viewed here.