THE BEAST 2024

The event is sold out. Fill out the 2024 registration form to go on the wait list by clicking here:
https://forms.gle/UNcuaBUzpv9563Br6

Back by popular demand!  THE BEAST returns to Buffalo, NY, for the weekend of August 1-4, 2024.  THE BEAST is presented in part by American Pinball and Pinball Profile.

There are 5 pinball events (Thursday Warm-up, Women’s, Classics, Main, Sunday Crazy 8’s), with big cash, prizes, trophies from ULEKstore and IFPA sanctioned action at its best.

THE BEAST will once again be held at Pocketeer Billiards, 2444 Clinton St., in Buffalo, NY.  Pocketeer Billiards is home to over 80 pinball machines, including all the latest titles.  Barry and Cindy Gluckstein are thrilled to again be hosting THE BEAST at their massive (and very soon expanding!) venue.  The pinball action can be viewed all weekend on the Twitch channel The Pinballers at www.twitch.tv/pinballers

“We had a blast in 2023 at Pocketeer Billiards.  So many people have said they are looking forward to the return of THE BEAST this August.  We expect an even better event this year, and with MORE machines in play so the queue lines will be short.  People want to play pinball, and THE BEAST will deliver.” said tournament creator Jeff Teolis of Pinball Profile. 

Weekend passes for THE BEAST (Main, Classics, Women’s) are $90 and you can register here: https://forms.gle/UNcuaBUzpv9563Br6.  Limited to the first 140 players.  Confirmation and payment option will be sent once registration form is completed.  A wait list will be taken for those not in the first 140 registered.  The registration fee covers usage of the Main, Classics, and Womens’ pinball machines (turned to free play), IFPA fees, delivery of other machines, trophies, and other tournament expenses. Once expenses are paid, surpluses go into the prize pool like they did for 2023.   

For THE BEAST Main, Classics, and Women’s Tournaments players can purchase unlimited tickets to play individual games on their respective tournament machines (Herb style format).  Each player’s best score on each machine is tracked and those scores are ranked against the other competitor’s scores using the Never Drains software.  Players receive an aggregate of their machine rankings on their required number of games in each tournament to determine their overall qualifying position.  Tickets are priced at 3 for $10, and 7 for $20 (cash sales only at the Event).  All money from paid tickets goes into the prize pools.  All playoff finalists for THE BEAST Main, Classics and Women’s receive cash prizes based on their finishing position.  Additional prizes are given to the top 4 from their respective tournament sponsors.  Final payouts are determined by their tournament’s prize pools based on paid entries, which will be updated in real time on Never Drains software on SaturdayThere will also be random prize draws throughout THE BEAST

THE BEAST Main Tournament presented in part by PinShades/PinSteps features up to 16 LCD, DMD, and solid state pinball machines.  Qualifying happens all day both Friday and Saturday.  Your top scores on 9 different machines determine your ranking.  At the end of qualifying Saturday night, the top 24 players will play in the “A” playoffs to be held Sunday, August 4.  The next 8 who are “B” division eligible will play for the “B” championship.  Cash prizes for top 24 in “A” and top 8 in “B”, and trophies for top 4 in “A” and the “B” winner.  This IFPA Certified+ Main tournament is scheduled for 264% TGP (if 128 players or more).  

THE BEAST Classics Tournament presented in part by LTC Pinball features up to 12 solid state and EM pinball machines.  Qualifying happens all day Friday and until 4pm on Saturday. Your top scores on 7 different machines determine your ranking.  The top 24 players will play in the “A” playoffs to be held Saturday at approximately 4:30pm.  The next 8 who are “B” division eligible will play for the “B” championship.  Cash prizes for top 24 in “A” and top 8 in “B”, and trophies for top 4 in “A” and the “B” winner.  This IFPA Certified Classics tournament is scheduled for 200% TGP.

THE BEAST Women’s Tournament presented in part by 4evertheflip features up to 10 pinball machines.  Qualifying happens all day Friday. Your top scores on 5 different machines determine your ranking.  At the end of qualifying Friday night at midnight, (*up to) the top 12 players will play in the Finals to be held Saturday morning, August 3. (*based on 24 or more players in the Women’s Tournament as per IFPA playoff rules).  Cash prizes for each playoff player, and trophies & 4evertheflip hoodie for top 4.  

THE BEAST will hold a bonus event for those looking for something to do on Sunday.  The Crazy 8’s Tournament is Sunday at 11am.  Cost is a separate $20 (cash sales only).  Sign up is Friday, July 26 at noon ET.  First come, first serve.  Maximum number of players is 80.  Machines to be used will consist of the free-play machines used in the earlier Classics & Women’s Tournaments.  Players will receive a limit of 12 entries.  Your top scores on 8 different machines determine your ranking.  Qualifying is from 11am-4pm. The top 8 players will make the playoffs which will be 2 groups of 4 playing 4 games (one EM, 2 solid state, one modern with 3-2-1-0 scoring. Tie breakers played on random EM). Top 2 in each group advance to finals. Top 8 get paid, and trophy for the winner.

And for those that show up Thursday, we have a group matchplay tourney.  It will start at 6pm and no new matches begin after 10:45pm.  Cost is $10+coin drop.  These are not machines used in THE BEAST.  Sign ups for the Thursday event are July 26 at noon ET.  Capped at 56.


Limited edition signed 11”x17” posters for THE BEAST signed by artist Christopher Franchi will be available for purchase.  And in 2024, THE BEAST t-shirts will also be available for purchase.  Each shirt will require payment to be made in advance by July 1 and they will include 3 free entries for THE BEAST (Main, Classics and/or Women’s).

Assisting THE BEAST will be tournament directors Adam Becker, Ian Harrower, Bob Mathews, and Jeff Teolis.  Helping from the tech side will be Adam Becker, David Fix, Shane Jackson, Bruce Nightingale, and EJ Osis.  A volunteer schedule and shift availability will be made later.  Volunteers will receive a set number of free entries for each shift they volunteer.  They will be allowed to participate in the volunteer only qualifying period Saturday, Aug. 3 from 8:30-10am, in which they can use their entries for the Main and Classics tournaments.  

Refund policy:
Once your $90 registration is paid, if you need to withdraw from THE BEAST, you can receive a 100% refund up until Mon., May 13.  From May 14-June 15, you can receive a 75% refund.  From June 16-July 15, you can receive a 50% refund.  No refunds will be given beyond July 15.

For more info and/or to join the email/update list, please contact thebeastpinball@gmail.com.  Visit: www.pinballprofile.com/thebeast.  Follow @thebeastpinball (Instagram)

Sponsors:

Pocketeer Billiards: https://www.pocketeerbilliardsandbar.com/
American Pinball: https://www.american-pinball.com/
Pinball Profile: https://www.pinballprofile.com/ 
PinShades/PinSteps: https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1238-pinshades
LTC Pinball: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LTCPinball
4evertheflip: https://www.4evertheflip.com/
ULEKstore: https://www.ulekstore.com/
The Pinballers: https://www.twitch.tv/pinballers


GAMES (machines will be added to the list as we get closer) *subject to change
Main (18):
James Bond 60th anniversary

Classics (12):
Golden Arrow

Women’s (10):
Barry O’s Barbecue Challenge


SOLD OUT. These are the PLAYERS registered (for 2024) as of May 20

Aaron Rich
Adam Becker
Adam Lemankiewicz
Adam Robinson
Aiden Greenen
Alex Harmon
Alex Kelley
Allison Havens
Alysa Parks
Amber Woods
Andrew Cushman
Benjamin Furiga
Bill Mason
Bob Matthews
Bob Swan Jr.
Brandon Hoffman
Brian Shepherd
Bruce Nightingale
Calvin Reid
Carlos DeLaSerda
Carter Casselman
Chris Dooley
Chris Nosiglia
Chris Szatmary
Chris Warren
Christina Capra
Christopher CJ Smith
Cliff Albert
Cody Webb
Coleman Papa-Musgrave
Cryss Stephens
Daniel DeBobes
David Cowling
David Morris
David Riel
David Sousa
Dominic Labella
Donna Wai
Drew Cedolia
Drew Sych
Duncan McFarlane
E.J. Osis
Ed Zeltmann
Edward O’Keefe
Eric Russell
Escher Lefkoff
Gabi Antaya
Gabriel Chazanov
Galvin Morgan
Gary Hartz
George Underwood
Greg Lapa
Greg Poverelli
Gregory Kennedy
Hadi Seyed-Ali
Hagan Major
Holly Koskinen
Howard Dobson
Ian Harrower
Jack Tadman
Jamie Caton
Jared August
Jared Lemankiewicz
Jared Schmidt
Jason McKay
Jason Plourde
Jason Zahler
Jean-Michel St-Aubin
Jeff Serenka
Jeff Teolis
Jeffrey Becker
Jerry Bernard
Jessica Reagan Salzman
Jill King
Jody Stahlman
Joe Ciaravino
John Flitton
John Greenling
John Kottmann
John Lignos
Jose Chong
Joseph Landas
JT Harrison
Julie Dorssers
Justin Burkett
Kaite Martin
Ken Grant
Kim Musgrave
Kristen Gregory
Kristopher LaCross
Laura Edward
Lauren Horejda
Levi Nayman
Lewis Bevans
Lindsey Rhoades
Mark Jezioro
Marta Siemieniaka
Martin DeBobes
Maryz Bedard
Matt Dearborn
Matt Faulkner
Matt Lemoine
Matthew Richardson
Matti Kinnunen
Michael Geiss
Michael Jonah Salzman
Mike Casselman
Mike Dymus
Mike Havens
Mike Schmitt
Nate Grant
Nick Greenen
Nick Kennedy
Nikki DeLorenzo
Paul Caras
Pete Indick
Phil Birnbaum
Philip J Tomczak
Polly-Jean Vernon
Preston Currie
Raymond Davidson
Rebecca Herrle
Rob Frost
Robert Gonyo
Robert Werner
Ron Hallett
Sam Hall
Sanjay Shah
Scarlett Stefanovic
Scott August
Sean Ford
Shane Jackson
Stephanie Traub
Sterling Mitoska
Steven Bowden
Steven Zahler
Tom Graf
Tony Pierce
Travis Provick
Valencia Kelly
William McKeever
Zac Veron
Zachary Parks

WAIT LIST

Jacob Fischer
Francesco La Rocca
Alberto Santana
Courtney Wetzel
Jamie MacLeish
Mike Patterson CAN
Anne-Louise Colligan
Andy Lee
Nesa Rampersad


LOCATION

Pocketeer Billiards. 2444 Clinton St, Buffalo NY



2023 below

CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS!

MAIN EVENT (top 4 also received a set of PinShades):
1. Jason Zahler. + a Galactic Tank Force playfield & 121.27 WPPR’s!
2. Aaron Rich
3. Carlos DeLaSerda
4. Cryss Stephens

CLASSICS EVENT (top 4 also received pinball towels from LTC Pinball):
1. Raymond Davidson & 109.46 WPPR’s!
2. Ron Hallett, Jr.
3. Jason Zahler
4. Tim Tournay

WOMENS EVENT (top 4 also received hoodies from 4evertheflip):
1. Polly Jean Vernon
2. Donna Wai
3. Courtney Wetzel
4. Jody Stahlman