NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby DannyBackglass on Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:43 am

Maybe you heard. Got a real tough heat. We all kind of ate crap, just a matter of who ate less. I think I remained calm and took it in stride. I played strong pinball, just didn't get the soul power those last three games. Came in 2nd in the heat. Placed over all somewhere between 9-13. My thoughts, a high recommendation for everyone to attend all of these. It's a masterpiece. My strategy for this format is officially dialed.
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby Dropshot on Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:58 am

I think Tim got you in that round too, he ended with 5 lbs and moved on to the next round. The second round had a match on JB on which Keith was at 300 mil ball 3 and ended with 2.6 bil player one. Steve Bowden then got up to 3.1 from 600 to win the game (3) and tie force a 3 way tie for the 4th spot in the finals with Tim and Adam. Steve eventually won on WPT to make it into the finals. Jim Belsito, Raymond Davidson, Keith Elwin and Steve Bowden made up the finals. Super Sonic was up first, Keith played a very Bally style game, let the ball settle, trap, tap pass, make the shot. Raymond and Steve seemed to flail neither trapping or dead flipping at all. Jim went for bonus/bonus x which when maxed out is 100k. Succeeded on maxing it out ball 3 and taking 2nd about 70k short of Keith. 2nd game was on Stones. Keith ended with 10 mil, Raymond going 3rd was at 2 or 3 million. Had Mick lit and Records lit with the ball trapped on the right flipper. Instead of hitting records first to stack he went for Mick. I think most players would have gone for the stack but I could be wrong, in the end it worked out Raymond ended with 14 mil and the win.

Keith 6
Raymond 4
Jim 2
Steve 2

Final game on JB Keith ended with a 2.8 score, Raymond was at 600 or so on ball 3 got multiball 2 separate times and casino run on ball 3 to end up with 3.6 or something along those lines to force a tie breaker. Keith chose Supersonic and it was over before they even started. Keith didn't put up that good of a game but Raymond clearly can't play Bally's. Either way he played great all weekend and came up HUGE under pressure when a win was needed. About $6000 was given away to the top 4 finishers.

1 Keith Elwin
2 Raymond Davidson
3 Jim Belsito
4 Steve Bowden
5 Tim Hanson
5 Adam Lefkoff
7 Zach Sharpe
8 Brian Sheppard

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Brent Stoddard ???
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby ROM on Mon Jun 06, 2011 1:22 pm

Nice, thanks for the recrap.

What time did it end by?

And $6000 between the top 4 - holy crap! I only put in $20. But I nearly won it all back playing dollar games!
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby Opto on Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:20 pm

Yeah - it was really cool to see Raymond playing so well. We all assumed he was a long shot, but he was killing it!

Also . . . my money is on him buying/playing a Bally SS with his winnings. Now he can probably afford 2 or 3 of 'em!
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby Raymond on Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:19 pm

DropShot wrote:I think Tim got you in that round too, he ended with 5 lbs and moved on to the next round. The second round had a match on JB on which Keith was at 300 mil ball 3 and ended with 2.6 bil player one. Steve Bowden then got up to 3.1 from 600 to win the game (3) and tie force a 3 way tie for the 4th spot in the finals with Tim and Adam. Steve eventually won on WPT to make it into the finals. Jim Belsito, Raymond Davidson, Keith Elwin and Steve Bowden made up the finals. Super Sonic was up first, Keith played a very Bally style game, let the ball settle, trap, tap pass, make the shot. Raymond and Steve seemed to flail neither trapping or dead flipping at all. Jim went for bonus/bonus x which when maxed out is 100k. Succeeded on maxing it out ball 3 and taking 2nd about 70k short of Keith. 2nd game was on Stones. Keith ended with 10 mil, Raymond going 3rd was at 2 or 3 million. Had Mick lit and Records lit with the ball trapped on the right flipper. Instead of hitting records first to stack he went for Mick. I think most players would have gone for the stack but I could be wrong, in the end it worked out Raymond ended with 14 mil and the win.

Keith 6
Raymond 4
Jim 2
Steve 2

Final game on JB Keith ended with a 2.8 score, Raymond was at 600 or so on ball 3 got multiball 2 separate times and casino run on ball 3 to end up with 3.6 or something along those lines to force a tie breaker. Keith chose Supersonic and it was over before they even started. Keith didn't put up that good of a game but Raymond clearly can't play Bally's. Either way he played great all weekend and came up HUGE under pressure when a win was needed. About $6000 was given away to the top 4 finishers.

1 Keith Elwin
2 Raymond Davidson
3 Jim Belsito
4 Steve Bowden
5 Tim Hanson
5 Adam Lefkoff
7 Zach Sharpe
8 Brian Sheppard

9-16 (Not sure of order)
DannyB
Eden Stamm
Sanjay Shah
Robert Gagno
Bob Mathews
Cayle George
John Kremmer
Brent Stoddard ???


Nice summary! Definitely was an intense experience. I just couldn't handle the pressure of that $1000 game of Supersonic! That, and I was too chicken to do the tap passes... curse you, keith elwin and your amazing abilities! I would like to say though, to my credit, I wasn't completely clueless... I was soft plunging it right into the center lane every time, was drop catching out of the kickout every time, and nailing that spinner every once in a while :)
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby Dropshot on Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:54 pm

You clearly played great, I meant no disrespect in anything I said. I actually just learned how to tap pass myself 6 months ago. Was afraid to try, saw a friend do it, and made him teach me right then and there.

Also, Raymond's first game of the 2st round he came out and destroyed Space Invaders while other players in his group where getting big scores also. Set the bar for himself and continued it throughout the finals.

Just think, I a year or so you can come down here and kick all our asses too!

That was kinda crazy that you and Keith were playing one game of Supersonic for $1000.
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby revtest on Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:26 am

That was awesome to watch Ray! well played at every turn man. I dropped a dozen tap passes on that thing, I can only imagine trying to do it under that kind of pressure, congrates on a great tourney.
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby ROM on Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:17 am

My favorite games of the show:

Andromeda
Countdown
Cyclopes (except for the horrible LED job on it)
Banzai Run

prolly some others.
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby kevin on Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:25 am

Andromeda was awesome.

There was an old Stern, Split Second, that I liked. There were some great old Sterns there. Big Game is the shit.

I also played Big Game on the emulator-thingy they had. Every shot with the right flipper hit the spinner. Best pinball I've ever played?!
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby Opto on Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:57 am

I think the big surprises for me this year were the row of wedgeheads in the main pin room.

Majorettes, 2001, Atlantis - those were all incredible. Played like they were brand new.

I also really liked Andromeda, Star Gazer, Joker Poker, Nip It, Countdown (one of the first I played as a 4 or 5 year old).
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby Dropshot on Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:05 pm

Yeah, I would say Joker Poker may have been one of the best there. Countdown was fun (turn's out they don't need to be in order though), 1 handed Nip-it and Super Mario Brothers (real dumb game though). Ice Fever was a great game. The row of Gottlieb's is really where it's at. Slugfest was by far the best 4 player experience you could have there.
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby JeffK on Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:37 pm

punchy the clown!
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby videomode on Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:39 pm

I hope they get a slugfest at the Lutz
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby deathsave on Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:59 pm

those wedgeheads are tim meighan restorations. i've been on his list for a year and still have no idea what i'm getting or when, but it'll be worth it when it happens.
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby revtest on Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:32 pm

I don't get the love for Andromeda that game does nothing for me. those wedges were dope. Countdown was super fun also, but slugfest was the shit!!! Dropshot with the Grandslam!
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby DannyBackglass on Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:59 am

Can't believe I didn't make it to the wedge alley. No punchy the clown. I thought it went till six on Sunday. Stupid sexy tournament.
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby inthecan on Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:36 pm

I just noticed that Andromeda recently attained the # 1 SS rating on IPDB, sort of novel! Wish I had been able to play it more at the Seattle show, thing did a fruitless ball search on me and would not reboot properly.

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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby ROM on Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:18 am

Article on Raymond in the Mukilteo Beacon!
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby Opto on Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:27 am

Good quick read . . . Raymond definitely had some good quotes in there too. Always nice to see players explaining *why* pinball is fun in general terms that anyone can understand.
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Re: NW Expo June 3-5, Rides and Hotels

Postby Dropshot on Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:56 am

That is a good article! Don't worry Raymond, you'll be able to come down here and kick all of our asses soon enough. Or convince C-Bar to hire an electrician, put in some more outlets and it may be sooner than you think. They do have 12 machines right now and are all ages until 10pm.
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